Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-5

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Nikon D3200

73

Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,162 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 25fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
Movie format Higher frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D3200 does so at a higher frame rate
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Weight Significantly lighter 505 g vs 740 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $319.00 vs $729.95
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The best price we've seen is $411 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 104 ms vs 276 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.60x vs 0.50x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life Longer battery life 740 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,162 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 82.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D3200:81.0
              K-5:82.0
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D3200:Contrast detection
              K-5:None
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D3200:1080p @ 30fps
              K-5:1080p @ 25fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $579 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 - $769 body only

              $848 - $948 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 - $740 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Size Smaller
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,044 - $1,197 body only

              $1,433 - $1,547 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,049 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $425 - $550 body only

              $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $667 - $981 body only

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Weight Slightly heavier

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