Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-30

Winner
Pentax K-5

100

Pentax K-30

95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,162 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%

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-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$869 body only

$867 with 18-55mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$599 body only

$747 - $901 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Shorter battery life
Pentax K-7

Pentax K-7

Entry-level DSLR

$696 body only

Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
Lowest price Cheaper
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$599 body only

$747 - $901 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Thickness Thicker
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$413 body only

$480 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r

Entry-level DSLR

$589 body only

$498 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Movie format Lower resolution movies

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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?