Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-30

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Nikon Coolpix 5200

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix 5200

Size
Really small
Compact 88x60x37 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
180 g
 
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Advantages of the Nikon 5200

Size Significantly smaller 88x60x37 mm vs 130x97x71 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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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" 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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution Much higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture more than 3x more detail in your photos
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs 1/1.8" 7.2x5.3mm
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More than 9.5x larger sensor
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The K-30's maximum light sensitivity is 5 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        5200:Tunnel
        K-30:Pentaprism
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible

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        Disadvantages

        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $397 - $476 body only

        $447 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 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 D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Nikon Coolpix 5200 Competitors

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        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen size Larger screen
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Significantly heavier

        Pentax K-30 Competitors

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        Pentax K-5

        Pentax K-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $609 body only

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $646 - $647 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
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Pentax K-3

        Pentax K-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $842 - $897 body only

        $1,171 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier

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