Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-r

Winner
Pentax K-5

129

Pentax K-r

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Pentax K-5 over the Pentax K-r.
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-r

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Pentax K-r over the Pentax K-5.

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-r.

competitors

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$595 body only

$672 - $715 with 18-55mm lens

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$1,444 with 18-55mm lens

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$818 body only

Pentax K-r Competitors

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x

Entry-level DSLR

$1,495 with 18-55mm lens

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$1,877 with 18-135mm lens

Pentax K-7

Pentax K-7

Entry-level DSLR

$656 body only

discussion

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Lukelbd (6:29 AM, January 04, 2012)
Snapsort, if you read this comment, you should REALLY not, when comparing megapixel count, that the k-5 captures "30%" more detail, because this is false. The detail that can be observed is determined by LINEAR RESOLUTION, and as the resolution toted by camera companies is a square function, it doesn't reflect what we really see or the quality you are actually getting.

The image *dimensions* reflect how much more detail you are getting, which in this case is closer to 10%.
 
Din (2:03 PM, August 05, 2011)
'The only down-side is it's noisy shutter and less than spectacular video capacity.'

Totally agree with all of your statement especially above. Going to upgrade to K5 tomorrow :-)
 
Snapper (0:16 AM, March 24, 2011)
Pentax K-5 recieves Snapsort's best score for a DSLR, and rightly so, much to the annoyance of the Canon and Nikon owners. However the K-r at half the price must be the best bargain on the market. In comparison to similar priced cameras from Nikon, Canon and Sony you only have to hold one to feel the difference. It's construction is far superior to the plasticky build of the other manufacturers. This is before you dig deeper and find it has a better image quality, focussing accuracy, built in stabilisation, HDR, in camera aberation correction, unique effect filters and a better kit lens that it's competitors. It also has the unique ability to save a.jpeg image as RAW after you have taken a shot if you decide it is worth keping in that format. The only down-side is it's noisy shutter and less than spectacular video capacity.