Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II vs Nikon D7000

Winner
Pentax K-5 II

87

Nikon D7000

83

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Battery life
Great battery life
1050 shots

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
1050 shots vs 980 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5 II

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,235 ISO vs 1,167 ISO
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The K-5 II has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5 II's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
82.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Size
Significantly smaller
131x97x72 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5 II's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
225 ms vs 238 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Slightly lighter
760 g vs 780 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7000:13.9 EV
              K-5 II:14.1 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D7000:1050 shots
              K-5 II:980 shots
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D7000:0.62x
              K-5 II:0.61x
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7000:780 g
              K-5 II:760 g
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16.1 MP
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D7000:6,400 ISO
              K-5 II:12,800 ISO
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D7000:1080p @ 24fps
              K-5 II:1080p @ 25fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $896 body only

              $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $719 body only

              $899 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $393 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $705 body only

              $902 with 55-300mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Pentax K-5 II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $337 - $367 body only

              $406 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,094 body only

              $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $982 body only

              $842 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $841 - $1,097 body only

              $1,079 - $1,164 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality

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              Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (3:07 PM, November 29, 2012)
              As a photographic site you do not research well, every photographic site except you says that that k-5 II uses phase detection to autofocus, You should have realised this if you bothered to do the reading.