Pentax K-30 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Pentax K-30

100

Nikon D5100

81

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.6 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-30.

competitors

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$430 body only

$449 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$639 body only

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Supports 24p No 24p support
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$847 body only

$900 with 18-55mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Larger

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$431 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$389 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$396 - $597 body only

$466 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

discussion

Pentax K-30
K-30
Pentax

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Nikon D5100
D5100
Nikon

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cdubb77 (3:12 PM, June 01, 2013)
I was leaning towards the Nikon D5100 but I like the specs & price of this Pentax. Different color choices are nice too. Now leaning towards getting the Pentax K30.
 
Avatar for Cata Cata (7:32 PM, February 26, 2013)
Pentax is a small name, in Europe, but with k 30 and k 5, they will make history. I choose Pentax.