Updated (March, 2015): Compare the Nikon D7200 vs Pentax K-30

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30

Winner
Nikon D7100

92

Pentax K-30

86

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
162 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.8"

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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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 D7100 does so at a higher frame rate
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution 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
Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,256 ISO vs 1,129 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
300 ms vs 1100 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Better image quality
83.0 vs 79.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 13 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
162 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
130×97×71 mm vs 136×107×76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-30's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$361.23 vs $759.00
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The best price we've seen is $398 cheaper (2.1x less)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
650 g vs 675 g
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.61x
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              D71001/8000s
              K-301/6000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7100675 g
              K-30650 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D71006,400 ISO
              K-3012,800 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 - $747 body only

              $709 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is significantly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is significantly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $960 - $1,197 body only

              $1,259 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $292 - $302 body only

              $351 - $380 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly smaller
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $842 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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