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Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10

Portability
65
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44
Pentax X-5 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 front
Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
38
Overall
39

Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10 Key Specs

Pentax X-5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 22-580mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 595g - 119 x 86 x 107mm
  • Introduced August 2012
Sony WX10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-168mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 161g - 95 x 54 x 23mm
  • Released January 2011
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Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10 Overview

In this write-up, we will be analyzing the Pentax X-5 and Sony WX10, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Pentax and Sony. The resolution of the X-5 (16MP) and the WX10 (16MP) is relatively similar and they use the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The X-5 was introduced 20 months after the WX10 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Pentax X-5 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony WX10 being a Compact camera.

Before getting through a complete comparison, below is a simple summary of how the X-5 grades against the WX10 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax X-5 over the Sony WX10

 X-5 WX10 
ReleasedAugust 2012January 2011More modern by 20 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3"2.8"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Sony WX10 over the Pentax X-5

 WX10 X-5 

Common features in the Pentax X-5 and Sony WX10

 X-5 WX10 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Screen resolution460k460kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you'll have to consider its weight and size. The Pentax X-5 provides outside measurements of 119mm x 86mm x 107mm (4.7" x 3.4" x 4.2") having a weight of 595 grams (1.31 lbs) whilst the Sony WX10 has specifications of 95mm x 54mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") along with a weight of 161 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have attached at the time. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the X-5 vs the WX10.

Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the X-5 and WX10 is 65 and 95 respectively.

Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10 top view buttons comparison

Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is difficult to envision the difference between sensor sizes just by reviewing technical specs. The picture below will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the X-5 and WX10.

As you have seen, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same MP so you can expect similar quality of photographs but you have to take the launch date of the products into consideration. The newer X-5 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10 sensor size comparison

Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax X-5 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony WX10 as a Portrait photography camera
44
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focus
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
40
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Pentax X-5
Street photography with Sony WX10
50
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than competition in class (595g)
58
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Pentax X-5 Sports photography details
Sony WX10 Sports photography details
53
incredible zoom range (22-580mm 26.4 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax X-5 Travel photography info
Sony WX10 Travel photography info
54
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (22mm)
great zoom (580mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (595 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
66
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax X-5 Landscape photography details
Sony WX10 Landscape photography details
47
you can focus manually
fairly wide (22mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
50
manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (2.8")
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax X-5 as a Vlogging camera
Sony WX10 as a Vlogging camera
27
fairly wide (22mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (595 grams)
33
pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of external mic port
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Pentax X-5 vs Sony WX10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax X-5 and Sony WX10
 Pentax X-5Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10
General Information
Company Pentax Sony
Model type Pentax X-5 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-08-22 2011-01-06
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
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Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 22-580mm (26.4x) 24-168mm (7.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/2.4-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 2.8"
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology - Clear Photo LCD Plus
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 230 thousand dot -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1500s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 9.10 m 7.10 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 595 grams (1.31 lbs) 161 grams (0.35 lbs)
Dimensions 119 x 86 x 107mm (4.7" x 3.4" x 4.2") 95 x 54 x 23mm (3.7" 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 life 330 images -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID 4 x AA NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
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