As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-5 II is also often compared to mirrorless, pro DSLRs, boutiques and compacts. The Pentax K-5 II's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-5 and the K-3 II) and Sony (such as the Alpha NEX-5 and the Alpha a99 II)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 II compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 25fps vs 720p @ 25fps), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a weather sealed body, has much less startup delay (600 ms vs 900 ms) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
2 years older
$331 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-5 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much less shutter lag: 104 ms vs 225 ms

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 (vs the K-5 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-5 and K-5 II

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.60x vs 0.61x
  • Weather sealed
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 7 fps

Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II
2 years newer
$1,786 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 II (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 II (vs the K-5 II)

  • Larger: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • No built-in flash
  • Significantly thicker: 3" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the K-3 II and K-5 II

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.61x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 8.3 fps vs 7 fps
  • Weather sealed

Pentax K-S2

Pentax K-S2
2 years newer
$551 (body only)
$1,176 18-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-S2 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the K-S2 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Shoots significantly slower: 5.4 fps vs 7 fps
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 980 shots

common strengths of the K-S2 and K-5 II

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.61x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r
2 years older
$1,195 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-r (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much less shutter lag: 105 ms vs 225 ms
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 2.7" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the K-r (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the K-r and K-5 II

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/6000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
1 year newer
$818 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Shorter battery life: 560 shots vs 980 shots
  • Larger: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the K-3 and K-5 II

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.61x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 8.3 fps vs 7 fps
  • Weather sealed

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the K-5 II)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 7 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.61x

common strengths of the T3i and K-5 II

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 II compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 610k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 25fps vs UHD @ 30fps), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
2 years older
$593 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Much lighter: 287 g vs 760 g

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the K-5 II)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the NEX-5 and K-5 II

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80
3 years newer
$493 (body only)
$616 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX80 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX80 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 980 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the DMC-GX80 and K-5 II

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5
7 months older
$511 - $899 (body only)
$999 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M5 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 610k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much shorter battery life: 500 shots vs 980 shots

common strengths of the E-M5 and K-5 II

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Leica M9

Leica M9
3 years older

Significant advantages of the M9 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (139×80×37 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.5" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the M9 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the M9 and K-5 II

  • Viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Pentaprism

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 980 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the A6000 and K-5 II

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Pentax Q-S1

Pentax Q-S1
1 year newer
$333 5-15mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q-S1 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (105×58×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Much lighter: 203 g vs 760 g

Significant disadvantages of the Q-S1 (vs the K-5 II)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 980 shots

common strengths of the Q-S1 and K-5 II

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 II compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has much less shutter lag (225 ms vs 249 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (980 shots vs 670 shots), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs professional size (149×112×78 mm)) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.61x vs 0.70x), takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 36.2 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
6 months newer
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the K-5 II)

  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 7 fps
  • Many more focus points: 65 vs 11
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the K-5 II)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and K-5 II

  • Inexpensive: $949.00 vs $1,094.00
  • Built-in flashes

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1
3 years newer
$1,797 (body only)
$2,197 28-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-1 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.61x

Significant disadvantages of the K-1 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Shoots much slower: 4.4 fps vs 7 fps
  • Much thicker: 3.4" vs 2.9"
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (137×110×86 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)

common strengths of the K-1 and K-5 II

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 II compared to boutique competitors include: it has an external mic jack, has a much longer battery life (980 shots vs 370 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection), is thinner (2.9" vs 3.6") and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 46.7 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (7 fps vs 20 fps).

Sony Alpha a99 II

Sony Alpha a99 II
4 years newer
$3,198 - $3,654

Significant advantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 490 shots vs 980 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the Alpha a99 II and K-5 II

  • Very long battery life: 490 shots vs 980 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Leica Q2

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6 years newer
$4,995

Significant advantages of the Q2 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots much faster: 20 fps vs 7 fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 46.7 MP vs 16.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Q2 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 980 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Q2 and K-5 II

  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 980 shots

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 II compared to compact competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 9.8 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it is much larger (prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs super compact (100×53×23 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (2.9" vs 0.9"), is much heavier (760 g vs 170 g) and is much more expensive ($1,094.00 vs $379.99).

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS
3 years older

Significant advantages of the SD980 IS (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (100×53×23 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Much lighter: 150 g vs 760 g
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the SD980 IS (vs the K-5 II)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the SD980 IS and K-5 II

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon PowerShot SD600

Canon PowerShot SD600
6 years older
$380

Significant advantages of the SD600 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (86×54×22 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 2.9"
  • Much lighter: 170 g vs 760 g

Significant disadvantages of the SD600 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 160 shots vs 980 shots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the SD600 and K-5 II

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentaprism

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months older
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Much lighter: 213 g vs 760 g
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the K-5 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 980 shots
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and K-5 II

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 16.1 MP