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

Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-5

59

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Pentax X90

50

Pentax X90

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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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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
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
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
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
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 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

        $975 - $1,197 body only

        $1,433 - $1,547 with 18-135mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Pentax K-5 II

        Pentax K-5 II

        Entry-level DSLR

        $679 - $700 body only

        $1,166 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Lowest price Cheaper
        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
        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $447 - $473 body only

        $528 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $690 - $1,257 body only

        $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

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

        Pentax X90 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Pentax X-5

        Pentax X-5

        Super zoom

        $199 - $324

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Super zoom

        $330

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Olympus SP-570 UZ

        Olympus SP-570 UZ

        Super zoom

        $295

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Zoom Less zoom
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $370 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Slightly larger
        Pentax XG-1

        Pentax XG-1

        Super zoom

        $397 - $400

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Larger
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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