Updated (September 2010): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5 vs Nikon D7000

Pentax K-5


Nikon D7000



Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.


Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-500

Pentax K-500

Entry-level DSLR

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$349 body only

$478 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$947 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Nikon D7000 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 body only

$500 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$711 body only

$1,097 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Weather sealed No weather sealing


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Showing 25 comments

Vitaliy (1:19 AM, September 02, 2013)
George, I think the Snapshot answered this question:
because there can be reasons people like the camera that were not included in the other criteria.
And since popularity is a controversial parameter you can discount it.
Deither Silip (3:59 AM, May 09, 2013)
I'm a D7000 user and my decision to get it was based on several things:

1. D7000 is a very good camera, which has all the features I need as a beginner photographer. Features/specs wise this is what I decided would be best at the price point I can handle.

2. Availability of Nikon gear and it's price vs competitors Canon and Pentax. There are very few retailers of Pentax here. The SRP of the K5 is actually cheaper than the D7000 but there are just so much more stores that carry the Nikon that I can get the D7000 a lot (about 35%) cheaper than the K5 for a gray market unit, and cheaper than Canon's 60D and 7D too. Pentax lenses are a lot more expensive here than Nikon and Canon as well.
3. I've heard good reviews about the K-5, and it may be true that pound-for-pound the k-5 wins over the D7000 (weather sealing, good prime lenses, handling, IQ, etc.), but it's to be expected as it's the top of the line DSLR for Pentax. If you'd want to grow there's going to be a big jump to medium format. You'd have to get new gear again (like MF lenses, etc.). What about full frame?
4. Support for Nikon gear.
5. Better flash system.
6. Wide range of available 3rd party gear. The more the better.

I've read a lot of Pentax loyalists here. And I can see they are very happy with their gear. If you already have Pentax gear and are looking into getting a top of the line APS-C camera, then K-5 is for you. If you're starting from scratch and want to go for the K-5, then you couldn't go wrong with it. But if you can relate to the reasons I listed, then the D7000 may be the one for you. You wouldn't regret it too.
Volcan357 (4:07 AM, April 25, 2012)
I think the most important difference between Pentax and Nikon is image stabilization which Pentax has built into the camera. Nikon has lots of nice lenses that don't have VR which makes the difference between having to set up a tripod or not. Certainly tripods have their place but their are lots of situations where you don't have time to set up a tripod. Anyhow with Pentax you get the advantage of image stabilization with any lens which is a very nice advantage. Another feature with Pentax is the availability of the older A series manual focus lenses which give you an electronic connection to the camera for metering plus image stabilization with the only disadvantage being the lack of AF. No such lenses are available for Nikon. These lenses give you a lot of features minus AF for a great price. 
Spnny1 (4:49 PM, April 22, 2012)
The Pentax K-7 and K-5 bodies are built like tanks.  There are no more rugged D-SLRs to be found by any other maker.  They are wonderous feeling in hand, sturdy, well-balanced despite their weight.  Interval timing is essential to me and K-7 ans K-5 do not limit my timing to specific set times (5, 30, 60 sec) as the Nikon D-7000 does.  I can select any time interval from 1 second up to 24 hours.  The K-7 will take 99 interval shots and the K-5 takes 999 interval shots.  With my Canon T3i I have to use software and a computer/laptop to do interval timing.  The k-5 and K-7 are ready to do any interval timing anywhere at any time, no computer needed, and both are FULLY weather-sealed to be able to do the job, anytime, anywhere, and any weather.  Both will shoot continuously until the SD card is full with the remote control trigger, which means a person can set the camera up so they can sit with their won't sit still children and/or pets and get some great pictures.  I use this feature all the time.  I read the operating manuals for every DSLR on the market and there are no other DSLRs that offer this feature set.  As for 90 versus 180 lenses.  Whoever can afford to buy all the lenses in a line?  One only needs a basic number of lenses.  With Pentax I can use any lens, save money buying used lenses.  With Nikon and Canon I have to use their currently available lenses.  To me Nikon and Canon are a dime a dozen; cheaply made production line cranked out cameras and accessories.  Pentax is quality right down to how the lenses feel in your hand when zooming, the thorough printed manuals, and even the little cover that Pentax includes to cover the hotshoe on all their cameras.  My Canon T3i looks naked to me.  The Pentax WG-1 is one rugged little camera too.  You must not have ever used any of the weather sealed Pentax cameras given your erroneous comments about their quality.
tantan (10:57 PM, April 12, 2012)
ill buy a k5, knowing they are better,,,, doesn't matter what others know.
swnabi (10:14 PM, March 28, 2012)
thank u for late reply.
cameras price comparison uk (6:55 AM, March 26, 2012)
 Pentax k-5 is the best option.picture quality of camera is very good.higher ISO.
Mrpeck81 (1:10 AM, March 17, 2012)
dont  even bother with the d51000 doesnt come close to the k5
Mrpeck81 (1:06 AM, March 17, 2012)
what len's are you using?
Mrpeck81 (0:42 PM, March 16, 2012)
hi i own a pentax kr with several different len's and  im looking to up grade to either the k5 or the nikon d7000. its pretty obvious the k5 takes better photos but the  problem is i want to up grade to full frame eventually ,thats why im considering the d7000 over  the k5 because i can upgrade to full frame easier eg d7000-d800 does anyone know if pentax are bringing out a full frame camera in the same class as d800 anytime soon?
Anonymous (7:52 PM, March 02, 2012)
I got a pentax K-5 more than a year ago. More than 80% of my activity is live music photography, and pentax K-5 is really BAD for this. I regret i can't change because i don't have the money for re buy lenses
The autofocus of the K-5 is very inaccurate indoor with low lights, nothing more to say.
Jok (11:39 AM, March 01, 2012)
K-5 has awful AF it can't hit a thing in low light
Brianlclark2 (0:00 AM, February 25, 2012)
I know its hard for you nikon boys 2get your headsaround it but the k5 is by far far far a better camra than the lightweight d7000! it compares better with the 700 or7d. build q- i.q and sensor q is diffrent leag! hondas bigger than ducati.and ford bigger than audi but i know what id prefer!
Avatar for Robertbgillies Robertbgillies (2:03 AM, February 23, 2012)
It appears that the K-5 is the winner except that with Nikon you have a much bigger selection of lenses. Third party lens manufacturers don't make near as many lenses with a Pentax mount as they do for a Canon or Nikon mount. The Tokina F2.8 100mm macro is not available for example in the Pentax mount. The fact is that there are many current lenses made by Sigma. Tamron or Tokina that are not available in the Pentax mount. Actually more lenses are available in the Sony-Minolta mount than in the Pentax mount.  Maybe Pentax needs to get together with Sony and have a common mount so they can compete better with Canon and Nikon. The mount problem is a serious drawback to the availability of lenses in general. There doesn't seem to be any good adapters available that permit the adapted lens to work with all of it's functions. The thing is that the Pentax K-5 would be much more appealing if you could use Nikon or Canon lenses with all their functions working. I have the D7000 and of course Nikon lenses. It annoys me that Nikon doesn't make a camera body with built-in VR. There are lots of Nikon lenses around that would benefit from such a camera body. Maybe the VR built into the lenses is better but if it was built into the camera body it would be better than having no VR at all which is the case with many Nikon lenses. In any case some kind of standardization of lens mounts would help the smaller camera companies like Pentax.
Avatar for Leonard Washington Leonard Washington (7:26 PM, February 19, 2012)
I shot with all major camera brands. I owned 2 full frame digital bodies in the past years. Pentax K-5 is a great APS-C sensor camera as it is much smaller and compact compared to the competition. Weather seals, and magnesium body construction are on the higher grade than 60d or D7000. 
Brujo (8:04 AM, January 25, 2012)
Video AF sucks, ask a pro, they never use AF on pro cams. A friend of mine who works as a cameraman for a national tv station (for 8 years now) told me they always use manual focus. I asked him why. Answer was: i'll focus wherever i want, not where my camera wants; if i do a live on the street i want my focus stay where it is, not jump on a shiny car window that happens to pass by. I guess he might be right. Btw, check out those great award winning movies filmed 60 years ago, when AF was not there even for still cameras. 
Nevromotion (0:21 AM, January 18, 2012)
nikon is the winner, maybe cuz NIKON sound better than PENTAX when you "spell it" ... or people like the red little thing under the wheel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arn (6:37 PM, January 16, 2012)
You think bad.
K5's AF is excellent, nothing to complaint about. (read the comment above).
Better lenses  ? Have you heard about the limited serie ? Read this article from Luminous Lanscape : "The Best (Autofocus) Lenses Money Can Buy" http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/sm-02-05-02.shtml : "...the Pentax SMC-FA 31mm Limited one of the
greatest prime lenses it had ever tested..."
Shake reduction, again, works perfectly fine. And YES, having the possibility to win 2-3 stop with the SR is really useful, even with short focals.
You're just like the masses who buy Nikon & Canon ; you don't know what you are talking about, and, i'm pretty sure you've never try a K5.
wahid (2:21 PM, January 12, 2012)
Philip is rigt. if vdo is ok then colour depth,dynamic range,image quality go to hell. The f..king vedio shoter why don't buy vedio handycam or iphone 4/sony experia instead of a DSLR?
Avatar for Mary Joy Llenas Mary Joy Llenas (2:20 AM, January 09, 2012)
yup thats true but idont care about the video like taking photo so help me i buy pentax k5 or nikon d7000 i'm very confused.
Erf (11:28 AM, December 29, 2011)
I think*
Avatar for LittleRayovSun LittleRayovSun (3:24 AM, December 20, 2011)
Hahahahahah! Nice.
Erf (2:50 PM, December 10, 2011)
I thing that the K5 has more shutter lag... The Pentax are generally slower... The shutter lag of the D7000 is more like 80ms. There's a video on youtube comparing shutter lag of D700, 5D mkII, 7D and D7000 and the D7000 is in second position after the D700...
The autofocus performance is also really important, I think the K5 would be a great camera with a decent AF...
And don't forget available lenses, or the possibility to switch to a full frame camera.
I was Pentax, but I wanted better lenses and a full frame sensor...
Please, stop with the built-in shake reduction... Under 50mm lenses it is really useless, and above lens stabilization is very more efficient... I was afraid by the absence of sensor stabilization, but in fact... it is useless...
Lukelbd (3:58 AM, December 08, 2011)
Looks like you guys finally updated the score! Pentax is now tied I see. Good, in your score evaluation the only reason nikon scored equal to the pentax previously was its popularity.

It seems to me that pentax has many small advantages and three big ones -- less shutter lag, hdr processing (granted this could be done in post), and image stabilization -- while nikon's big three advantages are contrast detection for video and live view autofocus, more focus points (though 11 seems plenty to me), and better battery life. Availability of 24p recording seems like a small advantage, much like 7fps vs. 6fps burst mode or higher iso.

I think a tie is an appropriate consensus.
Private_82001 (4:12 AM, December 07, 2011)
again popularity contest.