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

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-5

90

Pentax K-30

86

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
51,200 ISO
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

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
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 $630.49
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The best price we've seen is $265 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Weight
Lighter
650 g vs 740 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
130×97×71 mm vs 131×97×73 mm
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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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
600 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
104 ms vs 162 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
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
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5'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
              23.7 bits
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              K-300.61x
              K-50.60x
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-30162 ms
              K-5104 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Thickness Thin Help
              K-302.8"
              K-52.9"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-301/6000s
              K-51/8000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-30650 g
              K-5740 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
              11
              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-51080p @ 25fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $287 - $295 body only

              $360 - $378 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-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
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $598 body only

              $947 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $745 - $897 body only

              $989 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

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              Advantages

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              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $300 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 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 with 28-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance 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?