Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax X90

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

55

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Pentax X90

48

Pentax X90

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weight
Light-weight
428 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 25fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 104 ms vs 430 ms
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4.1x less delay when taking photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 6x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.9"
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Around 30% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 51,200 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Weight Significantly lighter 428 g vs 740 g
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More than 40% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        K-5:Pentaprism
        X90:Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        K-5:2.9"
        X90:3.9"
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Weight Heavy Help
        K-5:740 g
        X90:428 g
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Size Large Help
        K-5:130x96x72 mm
        X90:112x81x99 mm
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
        Missing that film look

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

        Pentax K-5 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $397 - $497 body only

        $487 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Pentax K-3

        Pentax K-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $842 - $1,197 body only

        $1,247 - $1,447 with 18-135mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Pentax K-5 II

        Pentax K-5 II

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 body only

        $1,219 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $560 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Weight Lighter
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

        Pentax X90 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Super zoom

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $190

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $168 - $279

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Pentax Optio 550

        Pentax Optio 550

        Compact

        Size Significantly smaller
        Thickness Significantly thinner
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Super zoom

        $398

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Slightly heavier

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