Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-7

Winner
Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-7

124

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

galleries

Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-7.

competitors

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$440 body only

$473 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$947 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$433 body only

$509 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Pentax K-7 Competitors

Ricoh Caplio GX100

Ricoh Caplio GX100

Pro digicam

Size Much smaller
Thickness Much thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Pentax K20D

Pentax K20D

Entry-level DSLR

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Thickness Thinner
Movie format Does not take movies
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$1,749 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

discussion

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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.