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

Pentax K-5 vs Nikon D5200

Winner
Pentax K-5

90

Nikon D5200

79

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

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
Lower 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
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 2x more lenses available
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
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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Almost the same
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$405.00 vs $544.94
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
  1. 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
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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 2 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
131×97×73 mm vs 129×98×78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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
              D520084.0
              K-582.0
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D520013.9 EV
              K-514.1 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D520024.2 bits
              K-523.7 bits
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D52006,400 ISO
              K-512,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $545 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $649 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              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

              $650 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $365 body only

              $531 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $618 body only

              $947 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Lowest price More expensive
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $547

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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