Pentax K-50 vs Nikon D5200

Winner
Pentax K-50

100

Nikon D5200

89

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-50

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
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

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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-S1

Pentax K-S1

Entry-level DSLR

$943 with 18-55mm lens

Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Super zoom

$212 - $229

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Size Much smaller
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$326 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Weather sealed No weather sealing

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$326 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 body only

$500 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price More expensive
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,275 with 18-200mm lens

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Movie format Lower frame rate movies

discussion

Pentax K-50
K-50
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Nikon D5200
D5200
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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.