Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D810 vs Pentax K-5 II

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

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Pentax K-5

84

Pentax K-5

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO vs 1,162 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the K-5
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
95.0 vs 82.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.60x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Startup delay
Less startup delay
200 ms vs 600 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
Lens availability
More lenses available
152 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 40% more lenses available
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Battery life
Longer battery life
900 shots vs 740 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
104 ms vs 209 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
130x96x72 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.2"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$909.99 vs $2,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,087 cheaper (3.3x less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
740 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D800:14.4 EV
              K-5:14.1 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,345 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $516 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $765 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,235 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $635 - $700 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $525 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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