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
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
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

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,000 body only

$1,700 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$832 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Pentax K-S2

Pentax K-S2

Entry-level DSLR

$527 body only

$850 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Pentax K-01

Pentax K-01

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$550 body only

Focus points Many more focus points
Size Much smaller
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$947 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Supports 24p No 24p support
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$723 with 18-55mm lens

Size Slightly smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price More expensive

discussion

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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?