Canon PowerShot S120 vs Pentax X5

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Canon PowerShot S120
Pentax X5

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
1.3 smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 has a minimum aperture of 1.8, however the Pentax X5 is a 3.1 minimum aperture digital camera (1.3 larger).
Smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 20 smaller than the Pentax X5 (100).
50% higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 is a 60fpsfps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 30fps higher than the Pentax X5 (30fpsfps).
51% higher display resolution Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 is a 922,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 462 pixels higher than the Pentax X5 (460 pixels pixels).
2x lighter Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 has a weight of 217gg, but the Pentax X5 is a 507gg digital camera (290g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

8 Reasons For
3.9MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Pentax X5 has a megapixel count of 16MPMP, whereas the Canon PowerShot S120 is only a 12.1MPMP digital camera (3.9MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot bigger digital zoom Edit
The Pentax X5 has a digital zoom of 7.2xx, however the Canon PowerShot S120 is only a 4xx digital zoom digital camera (3.2x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

0.2 smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Pentax X5 has a maximum aperture of 5.9, whereas the Canon PowerShot S120 is only a 5.7 maximum aperture digital camera (0.2 bigger).
80% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Pentax X5 is a 580mmmm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 460mm longer than the Canon PowerShot S120 (580mmmm).
1.7mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Pentax X5 has a minimum focal length of 22.3mmmm, however the Canon PowerShot S120 is a 24mmmm minimum focal length digital camera (1.7mm longer).
Three more supported batteries Edit
The Pentax X5 is a four supported battery digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot S120 only has one supported battery.
One hundred more shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Pentax X5 is 330 shots, but the Canon PowerShot S120 only takes 230 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

User reviews are better
Based on 99 user reviews, the Pentax X5 has an average review score of 93%, however the Canon PowerShot S120 has an average rating of 87% (based on 183 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
33% lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 is a 12.1MPMP digital camera. That's 3.9MP lower than the Pentax X5 (16MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 is a 4xx digital zoom digital camera. That's 3.2x smaller than the Pentax X5 (7.2xx). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

4% bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 is a 5.7 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 0.2 bigger than the Pentax X5 (5.9).
Four times shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 has a maximum focal length of 120mmmm, but the Pentax X5 is a 580mmmm maximum focal length digital camera (460mm longer).
8% longer minimum focal length Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 is a 24mmmm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 1.7mm longer than the Pentax X5 (22.3mmmm).
Only one supported battery Edit
The Canon PowerShot S120 is a one supported battery digital camera, whereas the Pentax X5 only has four supported batteries.
Only 230 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Canon PowerShot S120 is 230 shots, but the Pentax X5 only takes 330 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

User review Rating is Worse
The Canon PowerShot S120's average user score is 87%, however the Pentax X5's is 93% (based on 99 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
Larger minimum aperture Edit
The Pentax X5 is a 3.1 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 1.3 larger than the Canon PowerShot S120 (3.1).
Bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax X5 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, but the Canon PowerShot S120 is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 smaller).
Lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax X5 has a JPEG frame rate of 30fpsfps, but the Canon PowerShot S120 is a 60fpsfps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps higher).
Hugely lower display resolution Edit
The Pentax X5 has a display resolution of 460 pixels pixels, but the Canon PowerShot S120 is a 922,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (462 pixels higher).
58% heavier Edit
The Pentax X5 is a 507gg digital camera. That's 290g heavier than the Canon PowerShot S120 (507gg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Over one year older
The Pentax X5 is older than the Canon PowerShot S120 by 14 months.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
BEST
 compact camera
Megapixel Count
12.1MP 16MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Optical Sensor Size
 2/3"
 2/3"
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2664
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2400 x 3000
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1696 x 2112
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 960 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 384 x 480
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3072 x 2304
 2592 x 1944
 2592 x 1464
 2048 x 1536
 1024 x 768
BEST
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2664
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2400 x 3000
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1696 x 2112
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 960 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 384 x 480
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3072 x 2304
 2592 x 1944
 2592 x 1464
 2048 x 1536
 1024 x 768
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3456
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 1:1
 16:9
 1:1
 16:9
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Total Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.37MP
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 4:5
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 4:5
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Polycarbonate
 Carbon
 Polycarbonate
 Carbon

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x
BEST
26x
Digital Zoom
4x 7.2x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
5.7 5.9
BEST
Minimum Aperture
1.8
BEST
3.1
Maximum Focal Length
120mm 580mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
24mm 22.3mm
BEST
Focal Length Range
5.2 - 26 4 - 104
Extra / Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 39x
Lens Structure
7/6 12/9
Combined Zoom
20x
BEST
187.2x
Aspheric Element
Unknown - Click to provide data 3

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 spot
 multi point
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 spot
 multi point
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
0.03m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.4 - ∞/1.5 - ∞
Macro Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.1 - 0.5
Auto Focus Point
Unknown - Click to provide data 9
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.39 - ∞
Super Macro Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.009 - 0.298
Manual Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.7 - ∞
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25
 8000
 10000
 2250
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25
 8000
 10000
 2250
Maximum ISO Speed
12,800 6,400
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
80
BEST
100
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
250s 4s
BEST
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Interval
Unknown - Click to provide data 4s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Tele Flash Range
0.5 - 2.3 1.5 - 6.1
Flash Range
0.5 - 5 0.2 - 11.6

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps
BEST
30fps
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Audio Format
 WAV
 WAV
BEST

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 75.3MB
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
922,000 pixels
BEST
460 pixels

Viewfinder

Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
BEST
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Manual
 Shade
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Manual
 Shade
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Maximum Playback Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 10x
Image Editing Mode
 Rotating
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 DCF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 DCF
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 6 iSAPS Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Underwater
 Children
 Documents
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Underwater
 Children
 Documents
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Sports
 Sunset
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
217g
BEST
507g
Height
59mm 86.5mm
Depth
29mm 106.5mm
Width
100.2mm 120mm
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 599g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 4
BEST
Battery Size
NB-6LH AA
Shot Per Battery Charge
230 shots 330 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX S-SW129
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
BEST

Other Features

Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7,Mac OS X 10.3.9+
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/1500- 1/4
Minimum System Requirement
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 x USB
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