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Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s

Portability
65
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44
Pentax X-5 front
 
Sigma DP2s front
Portability
86
Imaging
45
Features
31
Overall
39

Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s Key Specs

Pentax X-5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 22-580mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 595g - 119 x 86 x 107mm
  • Released August 2012
Sigma DP2s
(Full Review)
  • 5MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 50 - 3200
  • 320 x 240 video
  • 41mm (F) lens
  • 280g - 113 x 60 x 56mm
  • Launched February 2010
  • Succeeded the Sigma DP2
  • Later Model is Sigma DP2x
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Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s Overview

The following is a thorough assessment of the Pentax X-5 versus Sigma DP2s, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Large Sensor Compact by rivals Pentax and Sigma. There exists a noticeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the X-5 (16MP) and DP2s (5MP) and the X-5 (1/2.3") and DP2s (APS-C) use totally different sensor sizes.

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The X-5 was unveiled 2 years after the DP2s which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Pentax X-5 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sigma DP2s being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before getting in to a detailed comparison, below is a quick overview of how the X-5 matches up versus the DP2s in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax X-5 over the Sigma DP2s

 X-5 DP2s 
LaunchedAugust 2012February 2010Newer by 31 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sigma DP2s over the Pentax X-5

 DP2s X-5 

Common features in the Pentax X-5 and Sigma DP2s

 X-5 DP2s 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera often, you are going to need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Pentax X-5 has external measurements of 119mm x 86mm x 107mm (4.7" x 3.4" x 4.2") with a weight of 595 grams (1.31 lbs) and the Sigma DP2s has proportions of 113mm x 60mm x 56mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.2") with a weight of 280 grams (0.62 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are working with during that time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the X-5 vs the DP2s.

Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the X-5 and DP2s is 65 and 86 respectively.

Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s top view buttons comparison

Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is hard to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions just by checking out a spec sheet. The picture underneath will offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the X-5 and DP2s.

Clearly, the 2 cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The X-5 having a smaller sensor will make getting shallow DOF tougher and the Pentax X-5 will provide more detail having an extra 11 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures far more aggressively. The fresher X-5 is going to have a benefit in sensor technology.

Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s sensor size comparison

Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax X-5 as a Portrait photography camera
Sigma DP2s as a Portrait photography camera
44
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
comes with face detect focus
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
57
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
low megapixels (5MP)
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Street Comparison

Pentax X-5 as a Street photography camera
Sigma DP2s as a Street photography camera
50
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
heavier than others in class (595g)
68
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than average (280 grams)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Pentax X-5 Sports photography info
Sigma DP2s Sports photography info
53
excellent zoom range (22-580mm 26.4 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
30
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
fixed focal length (41mm)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
low megapixels (5 megapixels)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax X-5 as a Travel photography camera
Sigma DP2s as a Travel photography camera
54
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (22mm)
great reach (580mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (595 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
67
lighter than average (280g)
has built in flash
good maximum aperture (f)
low megapixels (5MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax X-5 Landscape photography info
Sigma DP2s Landscape photography info
47
manual focus
quite wide (22mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
48
has manual focus
good maximum aperture (f)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (41mm)
small screen (2.5 inches)
no image stabilization
low megapixels (5 megapixels)
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax X-5 Vlogging information
Sigma DP2s Vlogging information
27
quite wide (22mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
no mic support
heavier than others in class (595 grams)
28
good maximum aperture (f)
lighter than average (280 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (320 x 240 pxls)
lack of mic jack
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Pentax X-5 vs Sigma DP2s Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax X-5 and Sigma DP2s
 Pentax X-5Sigma DP2s
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Sigma
Model Pentax X-5 Sigma DP2s
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Released 2012-08-22 2010-02-20
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - True II
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 285.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 5MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 2640 x 1760
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 50
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 22-580mm (26.4x) 41mm (1x)
Highest aperture f/3.1-5.9 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Crop factor 5.9 1.7
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.5 inches
Resolution of display 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 230 thousand dot -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 15s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 9.10 m 4.30 m
Flash options - Forced Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 320 x 240
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 320x240
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 595g (1.31 lb) 280g (0.62 lb)
Dimensions 119 x 86 x 107mm (4.7" x 3.4" x 4.2") 113 x 60 x 56mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.2")
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 life 330 shots -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/MMC card
Storage slots One One
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