Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-30

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Nikon D5200

80

Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format Higher frame rate movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5200 does so at a higher frame rate
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 1,129 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Better image quality 84.0 vs 79.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 13 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 555 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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 162 ms vs 302 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.51x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
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 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 130x97x71 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.8" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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 $559.99 vs $596.95
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The best price we've seen is $37 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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 Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D5200:500 shots
              K-30:410 shots

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5200.

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $594 - $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-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $728 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-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $963 - $1,197 body only

              $1,546 - $1,547 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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              pnk.rkrr (4:57 AM, November 11, 2013)
              well said anil...even after having shortcomings, which are nothing compared to its benifits, pentax has become my favourite. but not many people like it. i have seen very few reviews of pentax and nikon cameras have many hundreds of views. still i ll be purchasing pentax.
              btw is K5 worth the extra bucks
               
              jat (0:02 AM, September 28, 2013)
              The features he posted are passive. Dual dials allow for faster controls. I don't see how you couldn't use the pentaprism viewfinder, and the coverage of it is stellar, getting 100% of the photo. As far as IQ goes, I'd say they're about balanced because the Pentax has the edge on light sensitivity, it shoots faster bursts, has a larger sensor, and has a faster max shutter speed while the Nikon has a better color range and depth, more focus points, and a better ISO. The image quality is far from "bad" on the Pentax, at this point it just comes down to preference!
               
              anil p. pande (5:27 PM, September 19, 2013)
              some important points: Firstly, Pentex has image stabilization in its body, it means you can buy zoom lens without IS (canon) or VR (Nikon) making unbelievable savings in future when you wish to buy zoom lens. if you compare the prices of lens with and without image stabilizer/Vibration reduction, it is huge also don't forget the auto focus feature in the body. It has similar advantage on lens. auto focus lens are far more expensive, for example the 50 mm for portrait purpose. You will need it and will save at least 100$ for sure . secondly, it has better fps of 6 against 5 of Nikon, it means the boost shots for sports and wildlife photography better. also it has 100% viewfinder coverage, it means its not entry level. you can have much better pictures in raw mode with cropping...finally, I am not a photographer but love photography and my feeling is, if you wish to keep it for yourself....it seems to be a good technical decision to go for pentex, but may not be very good commercial decision as it may have lesser re-sale value due to poor marketing.
               
              lawliet888 (10:30 AM, August 21, 2013)
              lol what's the use of its features if the image quality is bad? please, i bet you won't even use all the features of it. camera is all about pictures not features ;) and btw nikon doesnt feel like crap, maybe the camera just doesnt feel the crap outta your hand :)
               
              c (1:18 PM, May 03, 2013)
              What about the weather sealing, having a dial on the front as well, the pentaprism viewfinder ,it's coverage and it's size? Not to mention the nikon feels like crap compared to the pentax. What matters are the features, not the image quality, since the sensors are so close in performance.
               
              Avatar for KI LY KI LY (9:05 PM, April 26, 2013)
              The advantages of Nikon are more important for me because they are about the image quality. I really don't need build in focus motor because all the dx lenses have it. resolution, image quality, dynamic, color depth, lower noise at high iso, focus points battery life ... that's what i need.

              I would of course be more happy with the shutter speed like the K-30 has, but 1/4000s is also very nice!

              I bought a D5200 as a replacement to DMC-G3, and very happy with it!
               
              Toby (11:46 AM, February 28, 2013)
              A pro won't by a pentax behause of the lense. A nube didn't need a build in motor or custom programs. The Nikon is brand new, it will get cheaper soon!
               
              Cata (8:53 PM, February 04, 2013)
              The advatages of Nikon D5200 is not very important to me.
               
              Cata (8:50 PM, February 04, 2013)
              I think Pentax k 30 is a better camera, and cheaper.