Pentax K-50 vs Nikon D5200

Winner
Pentax K-50

87

Nikon D5200

79

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-50

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

galleries

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.

competitors

Pentax K-50 Competitors

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$897 with 18-135mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Thickness Significantly thicker
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$452 body only

$399 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Pentax K-S2

Pentax K-S2

Entry-level DSLR

$527 body only

$545 with 18-50mm lens

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

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$452 body only

$399 - $547 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

$597 body only

$540 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$563 - $749 body only

$469 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Weight Lighter
Movie format Lower frame rate movies

discussion

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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.