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
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
In-camera HDR
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
 

differences

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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$150.00 vs $369.99
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The best price we've seen is $220 cheaper (2.5x less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              5200:Tunnel
              K-30:Pentaprism
              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-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $516 body only

              $427 - $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

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix 5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

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

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $765 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,235 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              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

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 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

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