Pentax K-30 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Pentax K-30

88

Nikon D5100

71

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

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.6 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

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

$295 body only

$369 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

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

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$649 body only

$860 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
Supports 24p No 24p support
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$599 - $659 body only

$989 - $1,039 with 18-135mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Larger

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$294 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$299 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$324 body only

$386 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Shutter lag More shutter lag

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.