Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-5 II vs Pentax K-7

Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-5

90

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Pentax K-7

61

Pentax K-7

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 25fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
93 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 131x97x73 mm
 
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 25fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,162 ISO vs 536 ISO
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The K-5 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the K-7
Overall image quality Much better image quality 82.0 vs 61.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 10.6 EV
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3.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 5.2 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 14.5 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Size Slightly smaller 130x96x72 mm vs 131x97x73 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.9" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-7

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Lowest price Much cheaper $391.20 vs $825.00
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The best price we've seen is $434 cheaper (2.1x less)
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 93 ms vs 104 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              K-5:104 ms
              K-7:93 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              740 shots
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-5:740 g
              K-7:750 g
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-5:16.1 MP
              K-7:14.5 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              K-5:1080p @ 25fps
              K-7:720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

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              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $497 body only

              $450 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,130 body only

              $1,169 - $1,347 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
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $700 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $500 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $886 with 55-200mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 - $987 body only

              $815 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-5.

              Pentax K-7 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-7.

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:01 AM, November 30, 2010)
              Pentax seems to make downloading their user manuals difficult :) I did managed to download the Pentax K-X user manual, and I'm sure the lens compatibility of the K-5 and K-7 would be the same.

              According to the manual:
              - the K-x will autofocus with Kaf, Kaf2 and Kaf3 (DA, DA L, D FA) lenses, Kaf (F*6), and K (M, P). but not Ka (A) lenses.
              - It will do 5 and 11 point AF with Kaf, Kaf2 and Kaf3 (DA, DA L, D FA) lenses, Kaf (F*6), but not K (M, P) or Ka (A) lenses.

              So I think you just have to check for the letters in the len's name, for example newer lenses have "DA" in the name.
               
              Ackbclark (1:47 AM, November 30, 2010)
              This may sound amature, which it is, but does the auto focus work with the older lens? Do you have to purchase the new lens' to get the AF on either of these cameras?
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:15 PM, November 27, 2010)
              Thanks for pointing that out, we'll get that fixed up asap.
               
              Socks (3:26 AM, November 14, 2010)
              The K-7 and K-5 actually have the same weight of 750g with battery and 670g without.