Pentax K-5 II vs Pentax K-30

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Great battery life
Battery life
980 shots
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
51,200 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.8"

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
162 ms vs 225 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but K-30 does so at a higher frame rate
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$365.00 vs $598.42
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The best price we've seen is $233 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight
Lighter
650 g vs 760 g
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More than 10% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
130×97×71 mm vs 131×97×73 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5 II

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
980 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,235 ISO vs 1,129 ISO
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The K-5 II has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
82.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Less startup delay
600 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 13 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              K-3023.7 bits
              K-5 II23.8 bits
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.61x
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Thickness Thin Help
              K-302.8"
              K-5 II2.9"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-301/6000s
              K-5 II1/8000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-30650 g
              K-5 II760 g
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16.1 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              K-301080p @ 30fps
              K-5 II1080p @ 25fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $295 body only

              $350 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $410 - $497 body only

              $489 - $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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $250 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

              Pentax K-5 II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $989 with 18-135mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Lowest price More expensive

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              Lars A Gronningsater (8:18 PM, June 10, 2013)
              I have the K-30 and the K-5 and I think K-30 is the most likable and fun to use. And it seems it displays the image much more quickly.
              I am hoping for a faster Pentax regardless of format. My old Nikon D-70 displays the image instantly. Of course this depends on the amount of in-camera post processing in the two Pentaxes. Also they don't beat the old Nikon in the timing from off to
              record which is very fast on a D-70. So Pentax; build me a really fast camera regardless. Otherwise I'm happy with both the K-5 and the K-30. I'm not buying a K-5 II, s or no s, when the image processor hasn't improved.
               
              Rangerbob (11:49 PM, March 20, 2013)
              Here's the deal! The "unknown" for the k-5's makes the difference. For some reason Snapsort doesn't have some of the info.
               
              JYu (3:15 AM, March 11, 2013)
              Yes, I'm confused as well. They're implying the K-5 is better than the K-5 II (since in a comparison between the K-30 and K-5, the K-5 wins). Is that the general consensus? Because the K-30 isn't even in the same class as either K-5s.
               
              elvis (10:32 AM, March 02, 2013)
              something wrong is here. k-30 the winner??