As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-5 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Pentax K-5's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-70 and the K-50) and Nikon (such as the D7100 and the D610)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70
5 years newer
$595 (body only)
$672 - $715 18-55mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the K-70 and K-5

  • None found

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50
2 years newer
$1,444 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-50 (vs the K-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-50 (vs the K-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-50 and K-5

  • None found

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
3 years newer
$818 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the K-3 and K-5

  • None found

Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II
2 years newer
$1,094 18-135mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
1 year newer
$391 (body only)
$548 18-55mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the K-30 and K-5

  • None found

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
2 years newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the K-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the K-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7100 and K-5

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
3 years newer
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the K-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the K-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the D610 and K-5

  • None found

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
2 years older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the K-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the K-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the 50D and K-5

  • None found

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
1 year newer
$1,299 - $1,879 (body only)
$3,464 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the K-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the K-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the D800 and K-5

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and K-5

  • None found

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
3 years older
$465 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the K-5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the K-5)

  • None found

common strengths of the D300 and K-5

  • None found

Nikon D700

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the D700 and K-5

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), slightly larger viewfinder (0.60x vs 0.44x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a weather sealed body and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), 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).

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
1 year newer
$469 - $629 (body only)
$649 - $749 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the K-5)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (109×66×32 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the K-5)

  • 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 EOS M and K-5

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $449.96 vs $330.72

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the K-5)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the K-5)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 740 shots

common strengths of the E-M10 II and K-5

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

Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm X-T10
4 years newer
$522 (body only)
$400 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T10 (vs the K-5)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the X-T10 (vs the K-5)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.41x vs 0.60x

common strengths of the X-T10 and K-5

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $400.00 vs $330.72
  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5
1 year newer
$511 - $899 (body only)
$999 14-150mm lens

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

  • 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)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 610k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the E-M5 and K-5

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