Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-5 II

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Nikon D7100

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Pentax K-5 II

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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-5 II

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
51,200 ISO
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 131x97x72 mm

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D7100 does so at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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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
Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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 23.8 bits
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Almost the same
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
83.0 vs 82.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
675 g vs 760 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5 II

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5 II's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Size
Significantly smaller
131x97x72 mm vs 136x107x76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
225 ms vs 251 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$584.74 vs $979.99
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The best price we've seen is $395 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 13.7 EV
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5 II's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
980 shots vs 950 shots
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D710083.0
              K-5 II82.0
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D710013.7 EV
              K-5 II14.1 EV
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D7100950 shots
              K-5 II980 shots
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.61x
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7100675 g
              K-5 II760 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D71006,400 ISO
              K-5 II12,800 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $579 - $797 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,250 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $797 body only

              $790 - $897 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

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $857 body only

              $849 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 - $950 body only

              $1,039 - $1,079 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,009 - $1,197 body only

              $1,274 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,325 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $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-5 II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,126 body only

              $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $382 - $496 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $617 body only

              $989 with 18-135mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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              mount10man (2:14 AM, May 20, 2013)
              I have to disagree that one advantage of the Nikon camera is that it has more lenses available. The Pentax K mount has been around for decades and even the most recent Pentax digital cameras are basically compatable with virtually every K-mount lens ever manufactured! Nikon & Canon keep changing their mounts making older lenses obsolete - and thus selling more new lenses! Not all of the features of the newer Pentax digital cameras will work with an older lens, but the older lenses can still be mounted and used. Nikon & Canon can't claim this. Thus, there are actually hundreds of Pentax lenses available to any Pentax K-mount camera - even the new K-5II.