Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Pentax K-30

85

Nikon D5100

70

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
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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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.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
500 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 1,129 ISO
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Almost the same
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
80.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
560 g vs 650 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$353.95 vs $395.69
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The best price we've seen is $42 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.51x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
162 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
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
Thickness
Much thinner
2.8" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
130x97x71 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-30's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D5100$353.95
              K-30$395.69
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16.1 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D51006,400 ISO
              K-3012,800 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $517 body only

              $359 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $450 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,483 body only

              $420 - $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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              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 slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $709 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 D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $253 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $730 body only

              $1,051 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $350 body only

              $380 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,084 body only

              $816 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 - $950 body only

              $1,079 - $1,684 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Larger
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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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.