Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

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Pentax K-5 II

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Nikon D5200

80

Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,235 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
 

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
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5200 does so at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
Focus points
Many more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 1,235 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
84.0 vs 82.0
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Weight
Significantly lighter
555 g vs 760 g
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Around 30% lighter
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Lowest price
Cheaper
$496.95 vs $635.29
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The best price we've seen is $138 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5 II

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.51x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Much longer battery life
980 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 2x more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
225 ms vs 302 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5 II's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5 II's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size
Smaller
131x97x72 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
2.9" 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D5200:1,284 ISO
              K-5 II:1,235 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D5200:84.0
              K-5 II:82.0
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D5200:13.9 EV
              K-5 II:14.1 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D5200:24.2 bits
              K-5 II:23.8 bits
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses

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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Pentax K-5 II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $793 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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              Dan (0:06 PM, June 06, 2013)
              Pentax K-5 ii is an entry-level DSLR??? It's a joke, right?! DPReview says that Pentax K-5 ii is in the semi-pro range and all the companies that sell this product included it in the middle range or semi-pro...and you people make fun of us... :(
               
              Paul (6:34 AM, April 22, 2013)
              You state that the pentax k-5 ii does not have 24fps movie filming, but their web site says that it films at 25fps for all 3 resolutions.
               
              Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (2:38 PM, January 19, 2013)
              i just sick of the "mistake" that you have no willingness to change The pentax k5 II has phase detection I think pentax should sue you for deliberant misreporting of this future..