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

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

90

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Nikon D5200

80

Nikon D5200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.60x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 1,162 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
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
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 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$496.95 vs $909.99
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The best price we've seen is $413 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
555 g vs 740 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
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
104 ms vs 302 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.60x 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5'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's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size
Smaller
130x96x72 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
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
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D5200:84.0
              K-5:82.0
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D5200:13.9 EV
              K-5:14.1 EV
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 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 D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $765 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,235 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $635 - $700 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

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