As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-5 IIs is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Pentax K-5 IIs's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-5 and the K-3) and Sony (such as the A7)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 IIs compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 25fps vs 720p @ 25fps), has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), shoots faster continuously (7 fps vs 6 fps) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 27), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and is significantly more expensive ($1,016.29 vs $601.90).

Pentax K-5

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

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

  • None found

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

  • No built-in GPS

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

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

Pentax K-3

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

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

  • 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 IIs)

  • Shorter battery life: 560 shots vs 980 shots
  • No built-in GPS
  • Larger: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)

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

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

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
3 months older
$391 (body only)
$548 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 980 shots
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the K-30 and K-5 IIs

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x 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 IIs)

  • Smaller: Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 2.7" vs 2.9"
  • Lighter: 598 g vs 760 g

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

  • 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 IIs

  • 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

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years older
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly more focus points: 39 vs 11
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (132×105×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)

common strengths of the D7000 and K-5 IIs

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

Pentax K20D

Pentax K20D
4 years older

Significant advantages of the K20D (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K20D (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Much lower true resolution: 14.5 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the K20D and K-5 IIs

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

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 IIs compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 25fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen and shoots faster continuously (7 fps vs 5.5 fps).

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.61x vs 0.70x), doesn't record movies in 24p, slightly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 220 lenses), has a slightly shorter battery life (980 shots vs 1400 shots) and has significantly fewer focus points (11 vs 39).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
6 months newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 70D and K-5 IIs

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.69 vs $1,016.29
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 760 g

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
4 years older
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.61x
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11
  • More lenses available: 171 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 7 fps
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Much larger: Large (147×123×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)

common strengths of the D700 and K-5 IIs

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,590.99 vs $1,016.29
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon DF

Nikon DF
1 year newer
$2,215 - $2,747 (body only)
$2,508 - $2,997 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the DF (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.61x
  • Significantly more focus points: 39 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the DF (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 5.5 fps vs 7 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the DF and K-5 IIs

  • Fairly small: Professional size (144×110×67 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Thin: 2.6" vs 2.9"

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
2 years older
$5,383 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 1D Mark IV (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 7 fps
  • Significantly more focus points: 45 vs 11
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1500 shots vs 980 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 1D Mark IV (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Much larger: Large (156×157×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the 1D Mark IV and K-5 IIs

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
7 years older
$2,499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.61x

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the 5D and K-5 IIs

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 IIs compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 25fps vs none), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital) and has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.61x vs 0.71x), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 117) and is slightly larger (prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs mid size (139×80×37 mm)).

Sony A7

Sony A7
1 year newer
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 980 shots

common strengths of the A7 and K-5 IIs

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Leica M8.2

Leica M8.2
4 years older
$1,106 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M8.2 (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • 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 M8.2 (vs the K-5 IIs)

  • 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 M8.2 and K-5 IIs

  • Viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Pentaprism