Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5

Pentax X70 front
Samsung NX5 front

Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5 Key Specs

Pentax X70
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 50 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-624mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 410g - 110 x 83 x 90mm
  • Released March 2009
Samsung NX5
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 499g - 123 x 87 x 40mm
  • Launched June 2010
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Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5 Overview

Here is a in-depth analysis of the Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by manufacturers Pentax and Samsung. The image resolution of the X70 (12MP) and the NX5 (15MP) is fairly close but the X70 (1/2.3") and NX5 (APS-C) have totally different sensor size.

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The X70 was unveiled 15 months prior to the NX5 making them a generation apart from one another. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Pentax X70 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Samsung NX5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving straight to a complete comparison, here is a simple overview of how the X70 scores vs the NX5 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax X70 over the Samsung NX5

 X70 NX5 

Reasons to pick Samsung NX5 over the Pentax X70

 NX5 X70 
LaunchedJune 2010March 2009Fresher by 15 months
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Common features in the Pentax X70 and Samsung NX5

 X70 NX5 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor its weight and measurements. The Pentax X70 provides physical dimensions of 110mm x 83mm x 90mm (4.3" x 3.3" x 3.5") and a weight of 410 grams (0.90 lbs) whilst the Samsung NX5 has proportions of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") having a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the X70 vs the NX5.

Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the X70 and NX5 is 71 and 80 respectively.

Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5 top view buttons comparison

Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very tough to visualise the gap in sensor sizing merely by viewing specs. The visual underneath will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the X70 and NX5.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The X70 having a smaller sensor will make shooting bokeh more difficult and the Samsung NX5 will provide you with greater detail having an extra 3MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The older X70 will be behind in sensor innovation.

Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5 sensor size comparison

Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax X70 Portrait photography advice
Samsung NX5 Portrait photography advice
you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
manual focus
decent MP (15MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Pentax X70 Street photography factors
Samsung NX5 Street photography factors
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
no image stabilization
heavier than competitors (499 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax X70
Sports photography with Samsung NX5
incredible zoom range (26-624mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking autofocus
supports phase detect AF
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
decent MP (15MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
great battery (400 CIPA)
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax X70 Travel photography factors
Samsung NX5 Travel photography factors
built-in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
great reach (624mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
low megapixels (12MP)
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
great battery (400 shots)
decent MP (15MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors (499g)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax X70
Landscape photography with Samsung NX5
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inch)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
manual focus
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
decent MP (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
great battery (400 shots)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax X70
Vlogging with Samsung NX5
reasonably wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone port
has face detection autofocus
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic socket
heavier than competitors (499g)
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Pentax X70 vs Samsung NX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax X70 and Samsung NX5
 Pentax X70Samsung NX5
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Samsung
Model type Pentax X70 Samsung NX5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2009-03-02 2010-06-01
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - DRIM Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 15MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4592 x 3056
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 50 100
RAW support
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 15
Lens support fixed lens Samsung NX
Lens zoom range 26-624mm (24.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.0 -
Macro focusing range 10cm -
Number of lenses - 32
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen technology - Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.10 m 11.00 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/180 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 410 grams (0.90 lb) 499 grams (1.10 lb)
Physical dimensions 110 x 83 x 90mm (4.3" x 3.3" x 3.5") 123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Battery life - 400 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI92 BP1130
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $200 $499