Pentax K-30 vs Nikon Coolpix 5200

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix 5200

Size
Really small
Compact (88×60×37 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
180 g

Items often bought with the Pentax K-30 or Nikon 5200

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Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix 5200.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-30.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon 5200

Size
Significantly smaller
88×60×37 mm vs 130×97×71 mm
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4.6x smaller
Weight
Much lighter
180 g vs 650 g
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3.6x lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 2.8"
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Around 50% thinner
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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 1.5"
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2x larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 110k dots
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Around 8.5x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture more than 3x more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The K-30's maximum light sensitivity is 10 f-stops better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a through-the-lens viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/2000s
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3x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              5200Tunnel
              K-30Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $545 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix 5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $140

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Larger screen
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $643 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $597

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

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