Updated (September 2010): Compare the Nikon D90 vs Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5 vs Nikon D90

Winner
Pentax K-5

92

Nikon D90

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

galleries

Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.

competitors

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$659 - $749 body only

$989 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
Startup delay More startup delay
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$280 - $295 body only

$377 - $470 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1

Pro DSLR

$1,795 - $1,797 body only

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$829 - $1,097 body only

$1,347 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$279 body only

$369 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$489 body only

$551 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Autofocus Video autofocus
Shutter lag More shutter lag

discussion

Pentax K-5
K-5
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