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

Pentax K-5 II

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Pentax K-5 II

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Nikon D7000

83

Nikon D7000

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,235 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 25fps
Dynamic range
Wide 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
 
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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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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
Size Significantly smaller 131x97x72 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              K-5 II:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              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

              $815 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 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 - $999 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 - $1,079 body only

              $1,099 - $1,499 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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,147 body only

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

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 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

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $792 body only

              $950 with 18-105mm 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

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              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $825 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $797 - $1,147 body only

              $1,147 - $1,347 with 18-135mm 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

              $490 - $982 body only

              $815 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.