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Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
10
Overall
25
Pentax Optio E85 front
 
Pentax Optio P70 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29

Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70 Key Specs

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
Pentax P70
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-110mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 155g - 97 x 54 x 22mm
  • Revealed March 2009
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Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70 Overview

Below is a extensive overview of the Pentax E85 versus Pentax P70, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Ultracompact and both of them are sold by Pentax. The image resolution of the E85 (12MP) and the P70 (12MP) is fairly close and both cameras provide the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The E85 was announced 7 months later than the P70 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both cameras have different body design with the Pentax E85 being a Compact camera and the Pentax P70 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go right into a full comparison, here is a brief view of how the E85 matches up vs the P70 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Pentax P70

 E85 P70 
RevealedSeptember 2009March 2009More recent by 7 months

Reasons to pick Pentax P70 over the Pentax E85

 P70 E85 
Manual focus Very precise focus

Common features in the Pentax E85 and Pentax P70

 E85 P70 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal display measurements
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera often, you will have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Pentax E85 provides physical dimensions of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs) while the Pentax P70 has proportions of 97mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") with a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs).

Examine the Pentax E85 versus Pentax P70 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Following is a front view over all size comparison of the E85 and the P70.

Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the E85 and P70 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70 top view buttons comparison

Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to picture the contrast in sensor measurements only by viewing specs. The visual underneath may provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the E85 and P70.

All in all, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the exact same MP therefore you can expect comparable quality of files but you should consider the launch date of the cameras into account. The more modern E85 should have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70 sensor size comparison

Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax E85 Portrait photography info
Pentax P70 Portrait photography info
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manual focus not available
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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focusing manually
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Pentax E85
Street photography with Pentax P70
48
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
47
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
heavier than competition (155g)
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Sports Comparison

Pentax E85 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax P70 as a Sports photography camera
18
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
17
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

Travel Comparison

Pentax E85 Travel photography information
Pentax P70 Travel photography information
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flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse recording
MP count low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
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has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (155g)
MP count low (12MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax E85 Landscape photography factors
Pentax P70 Landscape photography factors
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manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
small screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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focusing manually
fairly wide (28mm)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
missing Time Lapse function
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

Vlogging Comparison

Pentax E85 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax P70 as a Vlogging camera
22
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone port
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fairly wide (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic socket
heavier than competition (155 grams)
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Pentax E85 vs Pentax P70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax E85 and Pentax P70
 Pentax Optio E85Pentax Optio P70
General Information
Brand Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax Optio E85 Pentax Optio P70
Type Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Announced 2009-09-17 2009-03-02
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 80 64
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 32-96mm (3.0x) 28-110mm (3.9x)
Highest aperture f/2.9-5.2 f/2.8-5.0
Macro focusing distance 10cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7" 2.7"
Resolution of display 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 2s 4s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 4.60 m
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (15 fps), 848 x 480 (15 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 145 grams (0.32 pounds) 155 grams (0.34 pounds)
Physical dimensions 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") 97 x 54 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9")
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 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $0 $200