Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

91

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Nikon D90

68

Nikon D90

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 25fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.60x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Battery life
Great battery life
850 shots
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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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
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.60x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life 850 shots vs 740 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 703 g vs 740 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 25fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Overall image quality Better image quality 82.0 vs 73.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,162 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 104 ms vs 208 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 12.5 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 4.5 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Size Significantly smaller 130x96x72 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $593.99 vs $689.00
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The best price we've seen is $95 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Nikon D90 Nikon D90 68
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D90:850 shots
              K-5:740 shots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D90:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
              Weight Heavy Help
              D90:703 g
              K-5:740 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D90:12.2 MP
              K-5:16.1 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D90:720p @ 24fps
              K-5:1080p @ 25fps

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $833 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording 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
              Size Is much larger
              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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 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 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D90.

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $972 - $1,197 body only

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

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life 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
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Lowest price More expensive
              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
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,288 body only

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

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