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

Pentax K-5 II

Winner
Pentax K-5 II

87

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Nikon D7000

83

Nikon D7000

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,235 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
 

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
Focus points
Many more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
1050 shots vs 980 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5 II

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
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
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              D7000:1050 shots
              K-5 II:980 shots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7000:13.9 EV
              K-5 II:14.1 EV
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D7000:80.0
              K-5 II:82.0
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D7000:1080p @ 24fps
              K-5 II:1080p @ 25fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 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

              $599 - $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

              $497 body only

              $597 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K-5 II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 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-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,046 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $846 body only

              $793 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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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.