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

Pentax K-30

Winner
Pentax K-30

86

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Nikon D5100

71

Nikon D5100

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 1,129 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 80.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $352.00 vs $559.99
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The best price we've seen is $208 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight Lighter 560 g vs 650 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.51x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 162 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
Size Smaller 130x97x71 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.8" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D5100:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              K-30:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16.1 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $567 body only

              $444 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $697 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 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

              $1,257 body only

              $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $929 body only

              $831 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,199 body only

              $1,349 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 Higher frame rate movies
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $931 - $1,247 body only

              $1,345 - $1,447 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Size Significantly larger
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

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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.