Updated (October 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Pentax K-x

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax K-x

Winner
Nikon D5200

79

Pentax K-x

65

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-x

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
97 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.7"

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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 811 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
84.0 vs 72.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 2x 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
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 420 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5 fps vs 4.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$405.00 vs $642.50
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The best price we've seen is $238 cheaper (around 40% less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Weight
Slightly lighter
555 g vs 580 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-x

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
97 ms vs 302 ms
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3.1x less delay when taking photos
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.56x vs 0.51x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Size
Significantly smaller
123×92×68 mm vs 129×98×78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D520095%
              K-x96%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D5200500 shots
              K-x420 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $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 D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Pentax K-x Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $586 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $628 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $365 body only

              $531 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K200D

              Pentax K200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Live view No live view
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $545 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger

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