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

Nikon D800 vs Pentax K-5

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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
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
51,200 ISO
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)

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

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Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,797 body only

$2,126 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

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

Pro DSLR

$2,228 - $2,797 body only

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

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
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Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,497 body only

$1,900 - $2,447 with 28-300mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points

Pentax K-5 Competitors

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Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$1,020 body only

$1,108 with 18-55mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Much more startup delay
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Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
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Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$599 body only

$697 - $747 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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