Canon A480 vs Pentax K-5 IIs

Portability
94
Imaging
34
Features
13
Overall
25
Canon PowerShot A480 front
 
Pentax K-5 IIs front
Portability
60
Imaging
60
Features
83
Overall
69
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Canon A480 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Overview

In this article, we will be evaluating the Canon A480 and Pentax K-5 IIs, former being a Ultracompact while the latter is a Advanced DSLR by competitors Canon and Pentax. There is a considerable difference among the resolutions of the A480 (10MP) and K-5 IIs (16MP) and the A480 (1/2.3") and K-5 IIs (APS-C) feature different sensor measurements.

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The A480 was unveiled 5 years earlier than the K-5 IIs and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Canon A480 being a Ultracompact camera and the Pentax K-5 IIs being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting straight into a full comparison, below is a simple view of how the A480 scores versus the K-5 IIs when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Canon A480 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Key Specs

Canon A480
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-122mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 140g - 92 x 62 x 31mm
  • Released January 2009
Pentax K-5 IIs
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Boost to 51200)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 760g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Launched June 2013
  • Older Model is Pentax K-5
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Canon A480 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera regularly, you will have to factor in its weight and volume. The Canon A480 offers outer measurements of 92mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 140 grams (0.31 lbs) and the Pentax K-5 IIs has sizing of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") having a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have at the time. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the A480 against the K-5 IIs.

Canon A480 vs Pentax K-5 IIs size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A480 and K-5 IIs is 94 and 60 respectively.

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Canon A480 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's tough to visualise the difference between sensor sizing merely by reviewing technical specs. The photograph underneath will help give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the A480 and K-5 IIs.

As you can tell, both of these cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The A480 featuring a tinier sensor will make getting shallower DOF tougher and the Pentax K-5 IIs will deliver more detail utilizing its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos more aggressively. The older A480 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Canon A480 vs Pentax K-5 IIs sensor size comparison

Canon A480 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A480 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A480 Portrait photography info
Pentax K-5 IIs Portrait photography info
26
above average flash sync (1/500s)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
76
manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon A480 Street photography info
Pentax K-5 IIs Street photography info
47
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Canon A480 Sports photography details
Pentax K-5 IIs Sports photography details
17
slow fps (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
80
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
weather sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A480
Travel photography with Pentax K-5 IIs
51
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse function
low resolution (10 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (37mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
66
weather sealing
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A480 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-5 IIs as a Landscape photography camera
23
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (37mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
80
manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
does not have anti-alias filter
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A480 Vlogging factors
Pentax K-5 IIs Vlogging factors
22
wide angle not great (37mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not have a selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have mic socket
34
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have microphone support
screen is not selfie friendly
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Canon A480 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Canon
Pentax
Model type
Canon PowerShot A480
Pentax K-5 IIs
Type
Ultracompact
Advanced DSLR
Released
2009-01-15
2013-06-04
Physical type
Ultracompact
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip
-
Prime II
Sensor type
CCD
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
APS-C
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
372.1mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
3:2
Maximum resolution
3648 x 2736
4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO
1600
12800
Maximum boosted ISO
-
51200
Min native ISO
80
100
RAW support
Min boosted ISO
-
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
5
11
Cross type focus points
-
9
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range
37-122mm (3.3x)
-
Max aperture
f/3.0-5.8
-
Macro focusing range
1cm
-
Total lenses
-
151
Crop factor
5.8
1.5
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.5"
3"
Resolution of screen
115k dots
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech
-
TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
-
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
-
0.61x
Features
Slowest shutter speed
15s
30s
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000s
1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate
1.0fps
7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
-
Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.00 m
13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/500s
1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
640x480
1920x1080
Video file format
-
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
140g (0.31 pounds)
760g (1.68 pounds)
Physical dimensions
92 x 62 x 31mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 1.2")
131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
82
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
23.9
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
14.1
DXO Low light rating
not tested
1208
Other
Battery life
-
980 photos
Style of battery
-
Battery Pack
Battery ID
2 x AA
D-LI90
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
1
1
Cost at launch
$210
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