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Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25
Pentax Optio E85 front
 
Pentax Optio E90 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24

Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90 Key Specs

Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Launched September 2009
Pentax E90
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 32-95mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 145g - 102 x 59 x 25mm
  • Launched January 2010
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Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90 Overview

The following is a detailed assessment of the Pentax E85 versus Pentax E90, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both offered by Pentax. The image resolution of the E85 (12MP) and the E90 (10MP) is fairly similar and both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The E85 was revealed 4 months prior to the E90 which means that they are of a similar age. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief summation of how the E85 grades vs the E90 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Pentax E90

 E85 E90 

Reasons to pick Pentax E90 over the Pentax E85

 E90 E85 

Common features in the Pentax E85 and Pentax E90

 E85 E90 
LaunchedSeptember 2009January 2010Similar age
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size2.7"2.7"Same display sizing
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you will need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Pentax E85 has external measurements of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs) whilst the Pentax E90 has dimensions of 102mm x 59mm x 25mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.0") with a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

Check the Pentax E85 versus Pentax E90 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the E85 and the E90.

Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the E85 and E90 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90 top view buttons comparison

Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its hard to picture the gap between sensor dimensions just by going over a spec sheet. The pic underneath may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the E85 and E90.

Clearly, each of these cameras come with the identical sensor size but different resolution. You can anticipate the Pentax E85 to deliver more detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics a good deal more aggressively.

Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90 sensor size comparison

Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax E85 Portrait photography info
Pentax E90 Portrait photography info
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
19
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax E85 Street photography information
Pentax E90 Street photography information
47
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
47
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax E85
Sports photography with Pentax E90
17
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
16
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax E85
Travel photography with Pentax E90
51
flash built-in
no Time Lapse recording
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (32mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
50
has built in flash
no Time Lapse function
low resolution sensor (10MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (32mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax E85 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax E90 as a Landscape photography camera
23
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (32mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
22
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (32mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7")
lack of manual mode
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax E85 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax E90 as a Vlogging camera
22
wide angle not great (32mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
no mic socket
22
wide angle not the best (32mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic port
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Pentax E85 vs Pentax E90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax E85 and Pentax E90
 Pentax Optio E85Pentax Optio E90
General Information
Company Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax Optio E85 Pentax Optio E90
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-09-17 2010-01-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Prime
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 3
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 32-96mm (3.0x) 32-95mm (3.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.9-5.2 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range 10cm 6cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 2 seconds 4 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 3.50 m
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (15 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 145 gr (0.32 lb) 145 gr (0.32 lb)
Physical dimensions 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") 102 x 59 x 25mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery ID D-LI95 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $0 $100