Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K-7

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax K-7

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

Pentax K-7

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,284 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
84.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.60x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 536 ISO
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The D5200 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the K-7
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
84.0 vs 61.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 10.6 EV
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3.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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 14.5 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
555 g vs 750 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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$496.95 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $102 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-7

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
93 ms vs 302 ms
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3.2x 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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Around 40% larger viewfinder
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
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
131x97x73 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.2 fps vs 5 fps
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D52006,400 ISO
              K-73,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 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

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $685 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $716 body only

              $1,030 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $525 body only

              $630 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $600 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution

              Pentax K-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,117 body only

              $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price More expensive
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 - $940 body only

              $1,021 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $396 body only

              $475 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $860 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $504 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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