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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Screen size Significantly 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
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $245.00 vs $825.00
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The best price we've seen is $580 cheaper (3.4x less)
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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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $516 body only

              $450 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 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 Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,130 body only

              $1,169 - $1,550 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

              $649 - $700 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $500 - $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

              $625 - $899 body only

              $929 - $997 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $149

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Super zoom

              $229

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $400

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $171 - $277

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

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