As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-m is also often compared to super zooms. The Pentax K-m's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-r and the K20D) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P500 and the D50)

Competitor classes

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r
1 year newer
$1,195 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-r (vs the K-m)

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Significant disadvantages of the K-r (vs the K-m)

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common strengths of the K-r and K-m

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Pentax K20D

Pentax K20D
8 months older

Significant advantages of the K20D (vs the K-m)

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Significant disadvantages of the K20D (vs the K-m)

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common strengths of the K20D and K-m

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Pentax K100D

Pentax K100D
2 years older
$399 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K100D (vs the K-m)

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Significant disadvantages of the K100D (vs the K-m)

  • None found

common strengths of the K100D and K-m

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Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
1 year newer
$1,495 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-x (vs the K-m)

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Significant disadvantages of the K-x (vs the K-m)

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common strengths of the K-x and K-m

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Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D
2 years older

Significant advantages of the K10D (vs the K-m)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K10D (vs the K-m)

  • None found

common strengths of the K10D and K-m

  • None found

Nikon D50

Nikon D50
3 years older
$1,342 (body only)
$2,058 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D50 (vs the K-m)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D50 (vs the K-m)

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common strengths of the D50 and K-m

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compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-m compared to super zoom competitors include: it is thinner (2.7" vs 4.1"), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital), supports an external flash and slightly longer exposures (30 seconds vs 2 seconds).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.5 fps vs 10 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
2 years newer
$546

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the K-m)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the K-m)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the P500 and K-m

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 590 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 2.7"

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the K-m)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the K-m)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and K-m

  • Fairly small: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm)
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 2.7"
  • Light weight: 650 g vs 590 g