Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-30

Winner
Pentax K-5

105

Pentax K-30

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-30.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.

competitors

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1

Pro DSLR

$1,679 - $1,697 body only

$2,094 - $2,097 with 28-105mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$874 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Much larger screen
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

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,098 with 18-105mm lens

Lens availability Much more lenses available
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$739 - $997 body only

$1,099 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$595 body only

$647 - $706 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Thickness Thicker

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Avatar for CezarG CezarG (0:14 PM, September 06, 2015)
The K-5 and K5-ii does not have focus peaking, a feature that I found very useful for focusing with a manual focus lens.
 
Avatar for Kyle Murphy Kyle Murphy (11:07 PM, July 30, 2015)
Why does Snapsort not realize that Pentax K mount cameras have way more then 113 lenses available. they do know that any K mount lens made ever fits them right?
 
pnk.rkrr (5:02 AM, November 11, 2013)
is K5 worth of extra bucks?...the minimum difference i m getting is of $300...
 
shifty (5:19 AM, July 08, 2012)
this is a k-r successor not k-5
 
Avatar for Tomek Marcinkowski Tomek Marcinkowski (1:21 PM, July 06, 2012)
I can't understand why K-30 lacks so many semi-pro features that we all loved about K-5. I wanted to upgrade my K-10d to the recently relased K-30, but I know I'd miss a top LCD screen, external mic jack, K-5 battery life, body size (my big palms need big camera ;)) and *magnesium alloy casing*. K-5 with video capturing features of K-30 would be just perfect. How long will I have to wait for it to happen?