Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax K-x

Pentax K-5 IIs front
Pentax K-x front

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax K-x Key Specs

Pentax K-5 IIs
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Bump 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
  • Previous Model is Pentax K-5
Pentax K-x
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Push to 12800)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 580g - 123 x 92 x 68mm
  • Announced December 2009
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Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax K-x Overview

In this article, we are comparing the Pentax K-5 IIs and Pentax K-x, former is a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR and they are both offered by Pentax. There is a substantial difference among the image resolutions of the K-5 IIs (16MP) and K-x (12MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The K-5 IIs was manufactured 3 years after the K-x which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Pentax K-5 IIs being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Pentax K-x being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going through a thorough comparison, below is a simple summary of how the K-5 IIs scores vs the K-x in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 IIs over the Pentax K-x

 K-5 IIs K-x 
AnnouncedJune 2013December 2009Newer by 42 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K-x over the Pentax K-5 IIs

 K-x K-5 IIs 

Common features in the Pentax K-5 IIs and Pentax K-x

 K-5 IIs K-x 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax K-x Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to travel with your camera often, you will want to think about its weight and measurements. The Pentax K-5 IIs offers outer dimensions of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") accompanied by a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-x has proportions of 123mm x 92mm x 68mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.7") with a weight of 580 grams (1.28 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have during that time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the K-5 IIs vs the K-x.

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax K-x size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the K-5 IIs and K-x is 60 and 69 respectively.

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax K-x top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax K-x Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very hard to imagine the gap in sensor dimensions purely by looking through specs. The picture underneath may give you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the K-5 IIs and K-x.

All in all, both of those cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You can anticipate the Pentax K-5 IIs to render extra detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos a little more aggressively. The younger K-5 IIs should have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax K-x sensor size comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax K-x Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Portrait photography info
Pentax K-x Portrait photography info
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
has manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
MP count low (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Street photography advice
Pentax K-x Street photography advice
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
screen is fixed
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Sports photography highlights
Pentax K-x Sports photography highlights
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
weather proofing
supports phase detect auto focus
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good battery pack (1,900 per charge)
comes with phase detect autofocus
low fps (5.0 fps)
MP count low (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Travel photography factors
Pentax K-x Travel photography factors
weather proofing
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not posses selfie friendly display
good battery pack (1,900 CIPA)
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse recording
MP count low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-x as a Landscape photography camera
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
no low pass filter
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (1,900 CIPA)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax K-5 IIs
Vlogging with Pentax K-x
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with mic socket
does not posses selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection autofocus
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic jack
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Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax K-x Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-5 IIs and Pentax K-x
 Pentax K-5 IIsPentax K-x
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax K-5 IIs Pentax K-x
Type Advanced DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2013-06-04 2009-12-23
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Prime II Prime
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 4928 x 3264 4288 x 2848
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Max enhanced ISO 51200 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO 80 -
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points 9 -
Lens mount Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 151 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 921k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display technology TFT LCD monitor TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.57x
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.00 m (at ISO 100) 16.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear curtain, Wireless
External flash
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/180 secs 1/180 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps) 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 416 (24 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 760g (1.68 lb) 580g (1.28 lb)
Dimensions 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") 123 x 92 x 68mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 82 72
DXO Color Depth score 23.9 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score 14.1 12.5
DXO Low light score 1208 811
Battery life 980 images 1900 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI90 4 x AA
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $749 $600