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

Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-5

91

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Pentax K-x

63

Pentax K-x

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 25fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-x

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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
 
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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
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 resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 82.0 vs 72.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 740 shots vs 420 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 4.7 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
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 size Larger viewfinder 0.60x vs 0.56x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $706.99 vs $734.81
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Almost the same
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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
Weight Significantly lighter 580 g vs 740 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 2.7" vs 2.9"
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Around 10% thinner
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
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Almost the same
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 Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              K-5:104 ms
              K-x:97 ms
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
              K-x:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              K-5:2.9"
              K-x:2.7"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-5:1/8000s
              K-x:1/6000s
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              K-5:$706.99
              K-x:$734.81
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-5:16.1 MP
              K-x:12.2 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Movie format Poor movies Help
              K-5:1080p @ 25fps
              K-x:720p @ 24fps

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $447 - $473 body only

              $526 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $463 - $550 body only

              $560 - $621 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 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-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $484 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,288 body only

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $674 - $697 body only

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $988 - $1,197 body only

              $1,200 - $1,337 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 - $714 body only

              $1,049 - $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $915 - $1,299 body only

              $1,268 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

              Pentax K-x Competitors

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              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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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