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

Pentax K-5 II

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Pentax K-5 II

87

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Nikon D5200

79

Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,235 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide 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
 
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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
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
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
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 $546.95 vs $679.00
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The best price we've seen is $132 cheaper (around 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
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.51x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 225 ms vs 302 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
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 Common Weaknesses
              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

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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 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 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 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

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              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $609 body only

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $842 - $897 body only

              $1,171 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $989 body only

              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..