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

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
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

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$456 body only

$509 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$519 body only

$864 with 18-135mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Supports 24p No 24p support
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$850 body only

$869 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Screen size Much larger screen
Size Larger

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$269 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 - $597 body only

$519 - $529 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

discussion

Pentax K-30
K-30
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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.