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

Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
162 ms shutter lag

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

$875 body only

$939 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-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$417 body only

$449 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$638 body only

$943 with 18-135mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Battery life Longer battery life
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$697 body only

$780 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$599 - $647 body only

$799 - $871 with 18-135mm lens

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

Pentax KP

Entry-level DSLR

$1,050 - $1,097 body only

$1,580 with 18-135mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Autofocus Slower autofocus

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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?