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

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-7

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Pentax K-5

90

Pentax K-7

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
51,200 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
93 ms shutter lag

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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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 5.2 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
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
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.60x
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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
Cheaper
$599.00 vs $816.04
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The best price we've seen is $217 cheaper (around 30% 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
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              K-5104 ms
              K-793 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.60x
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-5740 g
              K-7750 g
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-516.1 MP
              K-714.5 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              K-512,800 ISO
              K-73,200 ISO
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              K-51080p @ 25fps
              K-7720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $367 - $378 body only

              $399 - $496 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly 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

              $799 - $970 body only

              $1,025 - $1,046 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $396 body only

              $418 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $576 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $619 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 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
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $617 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              GPS Has a built-in GPS

              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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              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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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.