• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 210.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 22.00mm - 580.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G9 advantages over Pentax X-5

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.33 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.90 vs 1.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 2.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 106 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    364g vs 623g
    Lighter weight
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/2500 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Pentax X-5 advantages over Canon G9

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    580 mm vs 210 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    6 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    22 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Impressive 26x optical zoom lens delivers crisp images, even when at full tele; Comfortable, ergonomic camera build feels higher-end than its low price point suggests; Lots of effective, automated features make picture-taking a fun experience for the beginner.

  • DSLR-style camera body might attract enthusiasts who will be disappointed in the X-5's consumer focus; Frustratingly slow to use all around; AA batteries can fall out when retrieving the SD card; Some design quirks are off-putting.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm S3200

Canon G9
Fujifilm S3200
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $191
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S3200
  • $187
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $191
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Fujifilm S4500

Canon G9
Fujifilm S4500
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $260
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S4500
  • $187
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $260
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Fujifilm S4200

Canon G9
Fujifilm S4200
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S4200
  • $187
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Fujifilm S6800

Canon G9
Fujifilm S6800
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S6800
  • $187
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Fujifilm S4800

Canon G9
Fujifilm S4800
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S4800
  • $187
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
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