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

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has much less startup delay (600 ms vs 900 ms), has an external mic jack, has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 225 ms) and is significantly less expensive ($330.72 vs $1,094.00).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

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)

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

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

  • None found

common strengths of the K-70 and K-5

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.60x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Pentax K-50

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

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 16.2 MP vs 16.1 MP

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 162 ms vs 104 ms
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the K-50 and K-5

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.60x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Pentax K-3

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

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 138 ms vs 104 ms
  • 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

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.60x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 8.3 fps vs 7 fps
  • Weather sealed

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)

  • Much more shutter lag: 225 ms vs 104 ms

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

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

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)

  • Supports 24p

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 162 ms vs 104 ms
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the K-30 and K-5

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.60x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Nikon D7100

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

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 251 ms vs 104 ms
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)

common strengths of the D7100 and K-5

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.60x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-5 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 25fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), shoots faster continuously (7 fps vs 5 fps), has much less shutter lag (104 ms vs 197 ms) and is newer (september 2010 vs september 2009).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.60x vs 0.70x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and has much more startup delay (600 ms vs 300 ms).

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)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.60x

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

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.9"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D610 and K-5

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Very inexpensive: $789.99 vs $330.72
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 740 g

Canon EOS 50D

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

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

  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

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

  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 95% vs 100%
  • Larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 50D and K-5

  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $531.59 vs $330.72
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

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)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11

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

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 7 fps
  • Much larger: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the D800 and K-5

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,299.00 vs $330.72
  • Built-in flashes

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)

  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

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

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 7D and K-5

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $330.72
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
3 years older
$465 (body only)

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

  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11

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

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)

common strengths of the D300 and K-5

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Very inexpensive: $465.14 vs $330.72
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

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)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.60x
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11
  • More lenses available: 171 lenses vs 113 lenses

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

  • 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

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,590.99 vs $330.72
  • Built-in flashes

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