Pentax K-50 vs Nikon D5200

Pentax K-50


Nikon D5200



Reasons to buy the Pentax K-50

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6 fps

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP


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


Pentax K-50 Competitors

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$597 - $599 body only

$697 - $790 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Thickness Significantly thicker
Pentax K-S2

Pentax K-S2

Entry-level DSLR

$527 body only

$799 with 18-135mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$419 body only

$470 with 18-55mm lens

Lowest price Slightly cheaper
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$458 - $597 body only

$499 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$370 body only

$349 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

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


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Avatar for Gforce27 Gforce27 (3:13 AM, January 20, 2017)
I could buy the D5200 locally right now with a kit lens for $400. A no brainer, I imagine?
Avatar for Javier Javier (6:15 PM, September 17, 2015)
How about the image stabilization? any difference?
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.