Pentax K-30

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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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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 $399.99
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The best price we've seen is $250 cheaper (2.7x less)
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              5200:Tunnel
              K-30:Pentaprism
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $365 - $516 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 - $415 body only

              $389 - $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

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 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 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $950 - $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 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 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

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Larger screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $525 - $700 body only

              $580 - $950 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 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
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $825 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
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $797 - $1,147 body only

              $1,147 - $1,546 with 18-135mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $514 body only

              $449 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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