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

72

Nikon D5100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
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

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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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
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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
500 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Significantly 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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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
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
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
Significantly more cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$369.99 vs $384.95
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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:$384.95
              K-30:$369.99
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16.1 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 body only

              $597 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly 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

              $439 - $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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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

              $679 with 18-55mm 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,046 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 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-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $514 body only

              $416 - $459 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

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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.