Updated (December 2011): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Pentax K-5

Nikon D800 vs Pentax K-5

Winner
Nikon D800

100

Pentax K-5

83

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,979 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
96.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.6 bits
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.9"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.

competitors

Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,379 - $1,497 body only

$1,956 - $1,997 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,197 - $2,797 body only

$2,900 - $3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,099 body only

$2,685 - $2,699 with 24-105mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$844 body only

$869 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Pentax KP

Pentax KP

Entry-level DSLR

$879 - $880 body only

$1,100 with 50mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$595 body only

$697 - $790 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Battery life Shorter battery life

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