Updated (October 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5 vs Nikon D5200

Winner
Pentax K-5

100

Nikon D5200

85

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.60x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
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
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.

competitors

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$820 body only

$900 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Pentax KP

Pentax KP

Entry-level DSLR

$1,095 - $1,097 body only

$1,580 with 18-135mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1

Pro DSLR

$1,784 - $3,926 body only

$2,040 with 50mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$396 - $597 body only

$466 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$431 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$419 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

discussion

Pentax K-5
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Nikon D5200
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