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Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9

Portability
60
Imaging
58
Features
83
Overall
68
Pentax K-5 IIs front
 
Sigma SD9 front
Portability
54
Imaging
39
Features
27
Overall
34

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9 Key Specs

Pentax K-5 IIs
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Increase 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
  • Introduced June 2013
  • Succeeded the Pentax K-5
Sigma SD9
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 400
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 950g - 152 x 120 x 79mm
  • Revealed November 2002
  • Later Model is Sigma SD10
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Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9 Overview

The following is a complete review of the Pentax K-5 IIs versus Sigma SD9, both Advanced DSLR cameras by brands Pentax and Sigma. There exists a sizeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the K-5 IIs (16MP) and SD9 (3MP) but they come with the exact same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The K-5 IIs was launched 10 years after the SD9 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the K-5 IIs scores vs the SD9 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 IIs over the Sigma SD9

 K-5 IIs SD9 
RevealedJune 2013November 2002Newer by 129 months
Display dimension3"1.8"Larger display (+1.2")
Display resolution921k130kCrisper display (+791k dot)

Reasons to pick Sigma SD9 over the Pentax K-5 IIs

 SD9 K-5 IIs 

Common features in the Pentax K-5 IIs and Sigma SD9

 K-5 IIs SD9 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera, you will need to consider its weight and volume. The Pentax K-5 IIs enjoys outside dimensions of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") with a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs) while the Sigma SD9 has sizing of 152mm x 120mm x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1") accompanied by a weight of 950 grams (2.09 lbs).

Take a look at the Pentax K-5 IIs versus Sigma SD9 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. The following is the front view size comparison of the K-5 IIs vs the SD9.

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the K-5 IIs and SD9 is 60 and 54 respectively.

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to picture the gap in sensor dimensions just by checking out specs. The pic here may give you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the K-5 IIs and SD9.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different megapixels. You should expect to see the Pentax K-5 IIs to provide more detail utilizing its extra 13MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The fresher K-5 IIs should have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Portrait photography details
Sigma SD9 Portrait photography details
74
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
47
has manual focus
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
low megapixels (3 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Street photography highlights
Sigma SD9 Street photography highlights
67
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
screen is fixed
43
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (950g)
low maximum ISO (400)
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Sports photography advice
Sigma SD9 Sports photography advice
79
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proof
supports phase detect AF
36
high shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
doesn't have liveview
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (3MP)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax K-5 IIs
Travel photography with Sigma SD9
65
weather proof
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
does not offer selfie friendly display
29
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors (950g)
low megapixels (3 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Landscape photography highlights
Sigma SD9 Landscape photography highlights
79
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
41
has manual focus
change lenses (Sigma SA mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
small screen (1.8")
doesn't have liveview
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (3MP)
low maximum ISO (400)
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Vlogging highlights
Sigma SD9 Vlogging highlights
33
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external mic socket
does not offer selfie friendly display
9
can't record video
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Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sigma SD9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-5 IIs and Sigma SD9
 Pentax K-5 IIsSigma SD9
General Information
Company Pentax Sigma
Model type Pentax K-5 IIs Sigma SD9
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2013-06-04 2002-11-26
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Prime II -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.7 x 15.7mm 20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area 372.1mm² 285.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 3MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Full resolution 4928 x 3264 2268 x 1512
Max native ISO 12800 400
Max boosted ISO 51200 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Lowest boosted ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 11 -
Cross type focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Sigma SA
Total lenses 151 76
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.7
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 1.8 inch
Screen resolution 921k dot 130k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech TFT LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 98 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.77x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000s 1/6000s
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 13.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
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) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video file format Motion JPEG -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 760g (1.68 pounds) 950g (2.09 pounds)
Dimensions 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") 152 x 120 x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 82 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 14.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1208 not tested
Other
Battery life 980 pictures -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID D-LI90 -
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash Type I or II
Storage slots One One
Launch cost $749 $3,001