Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K-30

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Nikon D5300

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Pentax K-30

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,338 ISO
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

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

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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5300 does so at a higher frame rate
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,338 ISO vs 1,129 ISO
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The D5300 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality
Better image quality
83.0 vs 79.0
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Around 10% better image quality
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
500 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
600 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 13 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Almost the same
Weight
Significantly lighter
480 g vs 650 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
0.61x vs 0.54x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
162 ms vs 200 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
130×97×71 mm vs 124×99×76 mm
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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$365.00 vs $464.88
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D530024 bits
              K-3023.7 bits
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $547

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 - $749 body only

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

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $545 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies

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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................... :(