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
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

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 D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,449 - $2,797 body only

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

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,532 - $1,897 body only

$2,201 - $2,397 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,497 body only

$1,586 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Size Smaller
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$847 body only

$900 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
Startup delay More startup delay
Pentax KP

Pentax KP

Entry-level DSLR

$1,095 - $1,097 body only

$1,580 with 18-135mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$430 body only

$449 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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