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Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II

Portability
72
Imaging
35
Features
38
Overall
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Olympus SP-590 UZ front
 
Pentax K-5 II front
Portability
60
Imaging
58
Features
82
Overall
67

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II Key Specs

Olympus SP-590 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-676mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 413g - 116 x 84 x 81mm
  • Announced January 2009
  • Replacement is Olympus SP-600 UZ
Pentax K-5 II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expand to 51200)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 760g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Released June 2013
  • Superseded the Pentax K-5
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Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II Overview

Here is a comprehensive analysis of the Olympus SP-590 UZ and Pentax K-5 II, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by brands Olympus and Pentax. There is a crucial difference among the sensor resolutions of the SP-590 UZ (12MP) and K-5 II (16MP) and the SP-590 UZ (1/2.3") and K-5 II (APS-C) use different sensor measurements.

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The SP-590 UZ was announced 5 years earlier than the K-5 II and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus SP-590 UZ being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax K-5 II being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before we go through a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the SP-590 UZ grades against the K-5 II with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-590 UZ over the Pentax K-5 II

 SP-590 UZ K-5 II 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 II over the Olympus SP-590 UZ

 K-5 II SP-590 UZ 
ReleasedJune 2013January 2009Fresher by 53 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Olympus SP-590 UZ and Pentax K-5 II

 SP-590 UZ K-5 II 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and size. The Olympus SP-590 UZ provides exterior measurements of 116mm x 84mm x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") having a weight of 413 grams (0.91 lbs) while the Pentax K-5 II has specifications of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") having a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs).

Look at the Olympus SP-590 UZ and Pentax K-5 II in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are utilising during that time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the SP-590 UZ against the K-5 II.

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the SP-590 UZ and K-5 II is 72 and 60 respectively.

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very hard to picture the contrast in sensor sizing merely by researching a spec sheet. The photograph underneath might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the SP-590 UZ and K-5 II.

Clearly, both of these cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The SP-590 UZ using its smaller sensor is going to make shooting bokeh more difficult and the Pentax K-5 II will result in extra detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The older SP-590 UZ will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Portrait photography advice
Pentax K-5 II Portrait photography advice
37
you can focus manually
supports RAW formats
no external flash support
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
74
focusing manually
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-5 II as a Street photography camera
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Sports photography highlights
Pentax K-5 II Sports photography highlights
38
incredible zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
continuous shooting slow (6.0 fps)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
79
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
weather proof
comes with phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SP-590 UZ
Travel photography with Pentax K-5 II
58
environment proof
has built in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
long reach (676mm)
low MP (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
65
weather proof
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Landscape photography features
Pentax K-5 II Landscape photography features
46
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
79
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Vlogging factors
Pentax K-5 II Vlogging factors
24
reasonably wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
missing mic port
33
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone socket
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Pentax K-5 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-590 UZ and Pentax K-5 II
 Olympus SP-590 UZPentax K-5 II
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus SP-590 UZ Pentax K-5 II
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Announced 2009-01-07 2013-06-04
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by - Prime II
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 3:2
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 4928 x 3264
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Highest enhanced ISO - 51200
Minimum native ISO 64 100
RAW data
Minimum enhanced ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 11
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 26-676mm (26.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.0 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.61x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames per second 7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 8.00 m 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 413g (0.91 lb) 760g (1.68 lb)
Dimensions 116 x 84 x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 82
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 1235
Other
Battery life - 980 pictures
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch price $249 $830