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

Pentax K-5 vs Nikon D3200

Winner
Pentax K-5

90

Nikon D3200

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,162 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.60x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.
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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
Movie format
Lower 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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Almost the same
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Weight
Much lighter
505 g vs 740 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$299.95 vs $639.69
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The best price we've seen is $340 cheaper (2.1x less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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 2 f-stops 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
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              K-512,800 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D32001080p @ 30fps
              K-51080p @ 25fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $477 - $497 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 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

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $291 - $302 body only

              $341 - $379 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $360 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $900 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $562 body only

              $916 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $362 body only

              $420 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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