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

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-x

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Pentax K-5

90

Pentax K-x

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-x

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
97 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 123x92x68 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.7"

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

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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 25fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,162 ISO vs 811 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
82.0 vs 72.0
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More than 10% better image quality
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 4.7 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 12.5 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
740 shots vs 420 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.56x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax K-x

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Significantly smaller
123x92x68 mm vs 130x96x72 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$499.99 vs $816.04
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The best price we've seen is $316 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
580 g vs 740 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.7" vs 2.9"
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Around 10% thinner
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
97 ms vs 104 ms
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Around 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-x97 ms
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Thickness Thin Help
              K-52.9"
              K-x2.7"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-51/8000s
              K-x1/6000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              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-x12.2 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-x6,400 ISO
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              K-51080p @ 25fps
              K-x720p @ 24fps

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $400 - $446 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 - $970 body only

              $1,039 - $1,079 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $1,229 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $377 body only

              $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $504 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              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 much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $697 - $797

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $585 body only

              $892 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Pentax K-x Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $227 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $860 body only

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Live view No live view

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              Avatar for Aleksey Aleksey (3:38 AM, February 07, 2012)
              I hope that Pentax will release more lenses for prosumer market/ k-5.
               
              Gloriameier (10:39 PM, January 01, 2012)
              I love my KX