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Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24
Pentax Optio E70 front
 
Pentax Optio E85 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25

Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85 Key Specs

Pentax E70
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 61 x 26mm
  • Announced January 2009
Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Announced September 2009
Photography Glossary

Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85 Overview

The following is a extended overview of the Pentax E70 and Pentax E85, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both manufactured by Pentax. The image resolution of the E70 (10MP) and the E85 (12MP) is very similar and both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The E70 was introduced 8 months earlier than the E85 which means that they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief summary of how the E70 grades versus the E85 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax E70 over the Pentax E85

 E70 E85 

Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Pentax E70

 E85 E70 
AnnouncedSeptember 2009January 2009Newer by 8 months
Display size2.7"2.4"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution230k112kCrisper display (+118k dot)

Common features in the Pentax E70 and Pentax E85

 E70 E85 
Manually focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to travel with your camera often, you'll need to think about its weight and proportions. The Pentax E70 comes with outside measurements of 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") having a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Pentax E85 has measurements of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") with a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have at that time. Following is a front view measurements comparison of the E70 and the E85.

Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E70 and E85 is 94 and 95 respectively.

Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85 top view buttons comparison

Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is tough to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions just by reviewing technical specs. The image below should provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the E70 and E85.

As you can tell, both of those cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Pentax E85 to offer greater detail using its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos way more aggressively. The more aged E70 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85 sensor size comparison

Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax E70 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Portrait photography camera
19
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
low MP (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
21
manual focus not available
no manual mode
no external flash support
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Pentax E70 Street photography details
Pentax E85 Street photography details
47
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
47
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Pentax E70 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Sports photography camera
16
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
17
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Pentax E70 Travel photography info
Pentax E85 Travel photography info
50
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse recording
low MP (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
51
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
low megapixels (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (32mm)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax E70 Landscape photography factors
Pentax E85 Landscape photography factors
22
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is small (2.4")
lack of manual mode
no image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
does not have Timelapse recording
23
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (32mm)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no manual mode
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax E70 Vlogging details
Pentax E85 Vlogging details
22
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external microphone support
22
wide angle not good (32mm)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have microphone socket
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Pentax E70 vs Pentax E85 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax E70 and Pentax E85
 Pentax Optio E70Pentax Optio E85
General Information
Make Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax Optio E70 Pentax Optio E85
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-01-05 2009-09-17
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 64 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35-105mm (3.0x) 32-96mm (3.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/2.9-5.2
Macro focus range 10cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.4 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 112 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 2 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m 3.00 m
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
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 None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 175g (0.39 lb) 145g (0.32 lb)
Physical dimensions 94 x 61 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model 2 x AA D-LI95
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
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