Nikon D7100

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Nikon D7100

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Pentax K-5 II

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Pentax K-5 II

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 25fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Battery life
Great battery life
980 shots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Movie format Higher 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
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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
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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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
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
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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
Size Much smaller 131x97x72 mm vs 136x107x76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $659.99 vs $1,146.95
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The best price we've seen is $487 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 225 ms vs 251 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 13.7 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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 Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D7100:1,256 ISO
              K-5 II:1,235 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D7100:83.0
              K-5 II:82.0
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              D7100:950 shots
              K-5 II:980 shots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7100:13.7 EV
              K-5 II:14.1 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D7100:24.2 bits
              K-5 II:23.8 bits
              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 Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7100:765 g
              K-5 II:760 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,297 body only

              $1,170 - $1,222 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,668 - $1,899 body only

              $2,364 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,600 - $1,613 body only

              $1,999 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher 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

              $660 - $928 body only

              $830 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $584 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

              $689 - $790 body only

              $1,117 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $433 - $550 body only

              $560 - $751 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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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.