Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-5

91

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Pentax K-30

87

Pentax K-30

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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
Movie format Higher 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 Much cheaper $432.99 vs $927.99
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The best price we've seen is $495 cheaper (2.1x less)
Weight Lighter 650 g vs 740 g
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More than 10% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 130x97x71 mm vs 130x96x72 mm
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Almost the same
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
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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

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External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 740 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Better image quality 82.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 13 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 104 ms vs 162 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 600 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,162 ISO vs 1,129 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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 Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-30:162 ms
              K-5:104 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              K-30:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Size Fairly small Help
              K-30:130x97x71 mm
              K-5:130x96x72 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              K-30:2.8"
              K-5:2.9"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-30:1/6000s
              K-5:1/8000s
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16.1 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              K-30:1080p @ 30fps
              K-5:1080p @ 25fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $584 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $660 - $700 body only

              $920 - $1,751 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,120 - $1,297 body only

              $1,525 - $1,647 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $1,050 body only

              $900 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $576 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 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

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-30.

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

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              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?