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

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

79

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Pentax K-7

60

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 24.1 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
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $646.95 vs $1,288.45
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The best price we've seen is $642 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight Significantly lighter 555 g vs 750 g
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Around 30% lighter
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Almost the same
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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 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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5200:5 fps
              K-7:5.2 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 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

              $437 - $520 body only

              $530 - $696 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 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 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

              $738 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 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

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $700 body only

              $830 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $783 - $797 body only

              $881 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $636 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many fewer focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 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

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $646 - $928 body only

              $830 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-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,297 body only

              $1,170 - $1,437 with 18-55mm 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-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $426 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              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

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