Pentax K-30 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Pentax K-30

100

Nikon D5100

81

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$597 body only

$599 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$845 body only

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$326 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Weather sealed No weather sealing

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$359 body only

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Shorter battery life
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$946 with 18-135mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Battery life 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.