Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5

Portability
88
Imaging
36
Features
51
Overall
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Olympus XZ-1 front
 
Pentax X-5 front
Portability
65
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44

Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5 Key Specs

Olympus XZ-1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 275g - 111 x 65 x 42mm
  • Introduced January 2011
Pentax X-5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 22-580mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 595g - 119 x 86 x 107mm
  • Released August 2012
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Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Olympus XZ-1 and Pentax X-5, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Olympus and Pentax. There is a large difference between the image resolutions of the XZ-1 (10MP) and X-5 (16MP) and the XZ-1 (1/1.63") and X-5 (1/2.3") have different sensor dimensions.

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The XZ-1 was unveiled 19 months prior to the X-5 which makes them a generation apart from each other. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus XZ-1 being a Compact camera and the Pentax X-5 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving right into a in depth comparison, here is a concise summation of how the XZ-1 matches up vs the X-5 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-1 over the Pentax X-5

 XZ-1 X-5 
Screen resolution614k460kCrisper screen (+154k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax X-5 over the Olympus XZ-1

 X-5 XZ-1 
ReleasedAugust 2012January 2011More recent by 19 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Olympus XZ-1 and Pentax X-5

 XZ-1 X-5 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera regularly, you are going to need to think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus XZ-1 enjoys outer measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 275 grams (0.61 lbs) while the Pentax X-5 has proportions of 119mm x 86mm x 107mm (4.7" x 3.4" x 4.2") and a weight of 595 grams (1.31 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are using at that moment. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the XZ-1 versus the X-5.

Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the XZ-1 and X-5 is 88 and 65 respectively.

Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to imagine the gap between sensor measurements just by checking technical specs. The visual below might offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the XZ-1 and X-5.

As you can tell, each of the cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The XZ-1 using its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field less difficult and the Pentax X-5 will give extra detail having an extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots a bit more aggressively. The older XZ-1 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax X-5 as a Portrait photography camera
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you can focus manually
supports face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
44
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has face detection focus
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 as a Street photography camera
Pentax X-5 as a Street photography camera
59
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW files
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
heavier than competition in class (275g)
50
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
more heavy than others in class (595 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 Sports photography info
Pentax X-5 Sports photography info
39
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking autofocus
great battery (320 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
lack of phase detect autofocus
53
amazing zoom range (22-580mm 26.4 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 Travel photography highlights
Pentax X-5 Travel photography highlights
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great battery (320 shots)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (275g)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
54
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (22mm)
great reach (580mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than others in class (595g)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 Landscape photography information
Pentax X-5 Landscape photography information
55
you can focus manually
pretty wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW files
great battery (320 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
does not have Time Lapse mode
47
you can focus manually
rather wide (22mm)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 Vlogging details
Pentax X-5 Vlogging details
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pretty wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection autofocus
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic socket
heavier than competition in class (275 grams)
27
rather wide (22mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone port
more heavy than others in class (595g)
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Olympus XZ-1 vs Pentax X-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-1 and Pentax X-5
 Olympus XZ-1Pentax X-5
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus XZ-1 Pentax X-5
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2011-01-26 2012-08-22
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 44.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3664 x 2752 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 22-580mm (26.4x)
Maximal aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 4.5 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 614k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech OLED -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 230k dot
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 8.60 m (ISO 800) 9.10 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 275 gr (0.61 lbs) 595 gr (1.31 lbs)
Physical dimensions 111 x 65 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") 119 x 86 x 107mm (4.7" x 3.4" x 4.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 34 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 18.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 117 not tested
Other
Battery life 320 photos 330 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID Li-50B 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $567 $230