Pentax K-5 II vs Nikon D5200

Winner
Pentax K-5 II

88

Nikon D5200

79

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

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

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

$599 body only

$943 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

$659 - $749 body only

$989 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$280 - $295 body only

$377 - $470 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$279 body only

$369 - $397 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

$409 - $497 body only

$497 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$404 - $649 body only

$495 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

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..