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

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

80

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Pentax K-7

61

Pentax K-7

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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
 

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
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
 
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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
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
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 Significantly longer battery life 740 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
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
Size Smaller 131x97x73 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness 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
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 Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5200:6,400 ISO
              K-7:3,200 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 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 - $469 body only

              $485 - $669 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 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $900 with 18-105mm 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

              $815 - $1,097 body only

              $1,247 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $950 with 18-105mm 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 significantly more expensive
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $449 body only

              $450 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $629 - $847 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

              $439 - $547 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 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-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $825 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,130 body only

              $1,169 - $1,546 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $700 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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