Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K-30

Winner
Nikon D5300

100

Pentax K-30

95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,338 ISO
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5300.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-30.

competitors

Nikon D5300 Competitors

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$697 body only

$796 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Lowest price More expensive
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$400 body only

$345 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$540 body only

$549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
GPS No built-in GPS

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$417 body only

$480 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Pentax KP

Pentax KP

Entry-level DSLR

$950 body only

$1,820 with 20-40mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$800 body only

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Supports 24p No 24p support

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Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (0:39 AM, November 02, 2013)
I guess Nikon is going with the Canon route................... :(