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

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

Pentax K-3

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years older
$602 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the D7000 and K-5 IIs

  • None found

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)

  • None found

common strengths of the K20D and K-5 IIs

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 70D

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 70D and K-5 IIs

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the D700 and K-5 IIs

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DF and K-5 IIs

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

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