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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 IIs

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,208 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 25fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
 
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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
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $622.98 vs $680.95
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The best price we've seen is $58 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5 IIs

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5 IIs'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
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,208 ISO vs 1,167 ISO
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The K-5 IIs has a slight edge (0 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Color depth Better color depth 23.9 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5 IIs's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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
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
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D7000:1,167 ISO
              K-5 IIs:1,208 ISO
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              D7000:1050 shots
              K-5 IIs:980 shots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7000:13.9 EV
              K-5 IIs:14.1 EV
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D7000:80.0
              K-5 IIs:82.0
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              K-5 IIs:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              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 Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7000:780 g
              K-5 IIs: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 IIs:1080p @ 25fps

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 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

              $747 body only

              $847 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 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

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 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

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              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $850 - $940 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 IIs Competitors

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              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $963 - $1,197 body only

              $1,546 - $1,547 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,166 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $447 body only

              $528 - $547 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-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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              Ben (3:42 PM, May 17, 2013)
              Hi, I'm pretty sure that the Pentax had phase detection Af right? And the d7000 has more than one shot per battery.....