Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-7

Winner
Pentax K-5

100

Pentax K-7

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,162 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
 

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-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$850 body only

$869 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Much larger screen
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$456 body only

$509 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Pentax KP

Pentax KP

Entry-level DSLR

$879 - $880 body only

$1,100 with 50mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Autofocus Slower autofocus

Pentax K-7 Competitors

Pentax K20D

Pentax K20D

Entry-level DSLR

$634 body only

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Movie format Does not take movies
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$456 body only

$509 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x

Entry-level DSLR

$700 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Significantly smaller
Screen resolution Much lower resolution 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.