Pentax K-30 vs Nikon D5200

Pentax K-30


Nikon D5200



Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
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 D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV


Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-30.


Pentax K-30 Competitors

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$430 body only

$449 with 18-55mm lens

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

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$639 body only

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Supports 24p No 24p support
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$847 body only

$900 with 18-55mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Larger

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$431 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$396 - $597 body only

$466 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack


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Showing 9 comments

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 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 Kirill Lyamzin Kirill Lyamzin (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.