Pentax K-5 II vs Nikon D5200

Winner
Pentax K-5 II

100

Nikon D5200

89

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5 II.

competitors

Pentax K-5 II Competitors

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$639 body only

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Weight Slightly lighter
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$799 body only

$900 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$350 body only

$418 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$380 - $597 body only

$300 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$435 body only

$388 - $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 D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$410 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

discussion

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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..