Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Pentax K-7

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

71

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Pentax K-7

61

Pentax K-7

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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
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.60x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 536 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the K-7
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 61.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 10.6 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Lowest price Much cheaper $378.00 vs $1,288.45
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The best price we've seen is $910 cheaper (3.4x less)
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 14.5 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Weight Significantly lighter 560 g vs 750 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Almost the same
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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 93 ms vs 273 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.60x vs 0.51x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.2 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 740 shots vs 660 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Size Smaller 131x97x73 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D5100:16.1 MP
              K-7:14.5 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              K-7:3,200 ISO
              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 Poor movies Help
              D5100:1080p @ 30fps
              K-7:720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $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 body only

              $549 - $579 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm 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 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $674 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $752 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $484 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 body only

              $890 with 18-55mm, 50-200mm lenses

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $910 - $1,197 body only

              $1,258 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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