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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
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
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 2x 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
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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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
104 ms vs 276 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Significantly 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
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              D3200400 ms
              K-5600 ms
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D32001080p @ 30fps
              K-51080p @ 25fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              K-512,800 ISO

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              Nikon D3200
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