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

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

90

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Nikon D3200

74

Nikon D3200

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
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
 

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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
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$309.00 vs $909.99
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The best price we've seen is $601 cheaper (2.9x less)
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Weight
Significantly lighter
505 g vs 740 g
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More than 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
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
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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.9 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
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
82.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
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
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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm 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 significantly more expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $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

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,046 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $635 - $700 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $519 - $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

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