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

Nikon D800 vs Pentax K-5

Winner
Nikon D800

100

Pentax K-5

84

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

$1,399 - $1,797 body only

$2,297 with 24-120mm lens

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

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,385 - $2,497 body only

$2,971 - $3,197 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,190 - $2,499 body only

$2,699 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$1,123 body only

$403 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Startup delay More startup delay
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$428 body only

$338 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$526 body only

$814 with 18-135mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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