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Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S

Portability
60
Imaging
56
Features
82
Overall
66
Pentax K-5 front
 
Pentax K100D Super front
Portability
65
Imaging
45
Features
38
Overall
42

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S Key Specs

Pentax K-5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800 (Boost to 51200)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 740g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Released December 2010
  • Succeeded the Pentax K-7
  • Refreshed by Pentax K-5 IIs
Pentax K100D S
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 129 x 91 x 71mm
  • Introduced June 2007
  • Replaced the Pentax K100D
  • New Model is Pentax K200D
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Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S, one being a Advanced DSLR and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR and both are sold by Pentax. There exists a sizeable gap between the resolutions of the K-5 (16MP) and K100D S (6MP) but they come with the exact same sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The K-5 was introduced 3 years later than the K100D S and that is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Pentax K-5 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Pentax K100D S being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going in to a detailed comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the K-5 scores against the K100D S with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 over the Pentax K100D S

 K-5 K100D S 
IntroducedDecember 2010June 2007More recent by 43 months
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k210kClearer display (+711k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K100D S over the Pentax K-5

 K100D S K-5 

Common features in the Pentax K-5 and Pentax K100D S

 K-5 K100D S 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch display Neither offers Touch display

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera often, you have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Pentax K-5 offers external measurements of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") having a weight of 740 grams (1.63 lbs) and the Pentax K100D S has measurements of 129mm x 91mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.8") having a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs).

Look at the Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have chosen during that time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the K-5 vs the K100D S.

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the K-5 and K100D S is 60 and 65 respectively.

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to envision the gap between sensor measurements only by reading specifications. The graphic below will help provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the K-5 and K100D S.

Plainly, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You should anticipate the Pentax K-5 to offer you extra detail using its extra 10MP. Greater resolution will help you crop photos much more aggressively. The fresher K-5 is going to have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S sensor size comparison

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-5 Portrait photography information
Pentax K100D S Portrait photography information
73
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
51
focusing manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
does not have liveview
low resolution sensor (6 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-5 Street photography details
Pentax K100D S Street photography details
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
screen is fixed
64
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-5 Sports photography advice
Pentax K100D S Sports photography advice
78
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proofing
supports phase detect AF
47
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
does not have liveview
low frames per second (3.0 fps)
low resolution sensor (6MP)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-5 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K100D S as a Travel photography camera
65
weather proofing
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
screen is not selfie friendly
45
has built in flash
no Timelapse recording
low resolution sensor (6MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-5 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K100D S as a Landscape photography camera
78
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
52
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
screen is small (2.5 inch)
does not have liveview
low resolution sensor (6 megapixels)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax K-5
Vlogging with Pentax K100D S
33
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with external microphone jack
screen is not selfie friendly
9
can't record video
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Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K100D S Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-5 and Pentax K100D S
 Pentax K-5Pentax K100D Super
General Information
Company Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax K-5 Pentax K100D Super
Type Advanced DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2010-12-18 2007-06-28
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Prime II -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 6 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4928 x 3264 3008 x 2008
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 51200 -
Minimum native ISO 80 200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 11 11
Cross type focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 151 151
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 2.5 inches
Screen resolution 921 thousand dot 210 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.57x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
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) -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/180 seconds 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 424 (25, 30 fps) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format Motion JPEG -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 740g (1.63 lb) 646g (1.42 lb)
Dimensions 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") 129 x 91 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 82 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 14.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1162 not tested
Other
Battery life 980 images -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID D-LI90 4 x AA
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $800 $520