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

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Pentax K-5

55

Pentax X90

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

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

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Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5. Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Pentax X90.

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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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
104 ms vs 430 ms
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4.1x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 25fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
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
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
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.9"
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Around 30% thinner
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
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
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              K-5Pentaprism
              X90Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              K-52.9"
              X903.9"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              K-5130x96x72 mm
              X90112x81x99 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $580 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $566 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 - $970 body only

              $1,025 - $1,046 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $402 - $496 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-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $582 body only

              $892 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $758 with 18-55mm 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 K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $1,275 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $440

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $178

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $309 - $430

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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