Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-50

87

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Nikon D5200

80

Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-50

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,600 ISO
 

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 @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5200 does so at a higher frame rate
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 1,120 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.2 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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Better image quality 84.0 vs 79.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 13 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 555 g vs 650 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K-50

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 51,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-50's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.51x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 162 ms vs 302 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Size Significantly smaller 129x96x70 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.8" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed 1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price Cheaper $364.51 vs $496.95
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The best price we've seen is $132 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

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

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $950 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5200.

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              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $514 body only

              $449 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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              Point (5:48 PM, June 02, 2014)
              Having worked with both cameras, I would prefer D5200 more than Pentax k50. Pentax is a brand that offers zero support after sales. Accessories supplied by manufacturer are way too overpriced. You don't have the luxury of buying cheap ones from ebay as there aren't many sellers.
              Weather sealed. Good .. But how many times would you take a DSLR to a desert? How valuable is a 5% increase in viewfinder coverage? How good is significantly smaller when it does not become any lighter? And believe it or not. Above ISO 6400, the images have so much grains in Pentax K50, it doesnt make sense to put it to ISO 51600.