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

Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-5

90

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Nikon D5200

79

Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
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
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
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 Slightly cheaper $546.95 vs $609.00
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The best price we've seen is $62 cheaper (more than 10% 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 Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.60x vs 0.51x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 740 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
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 Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D5200:84.0
              K-5:82.0
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D5200:1,284 ISO
              K-5:1,162 ISO
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D5200:Contrast detection
              K-5:None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 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

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 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 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $650 - $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 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

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              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $878 - $897 body only

              $1,171 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 - $700 body only

              $1,252 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Lowest price More expensive

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