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

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

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Pentax K-7

61

Pentax K-7

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
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
 

differences

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
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
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5200:6,400 ISO
              K-7:3,200 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $442 with 18-55mm lens

              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-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $765 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,235 with 18-55mm 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-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $796 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
              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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