Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-5 II vs Pentax K200D

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

90

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Pentax K200D

45

Pentax K200D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax K200D

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
125 ms shutter lag
 

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 25fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,162 ISO vs 561 ISO
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The K-5 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the K200D
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
82.0 vs 64.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 11.4 EV
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2.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Much longer battery life
740 shots vs 80 shots
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Around 9.5x more shots per battery charge
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.55x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
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 1,600 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
104 ms vs 125 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Size
Smaller
130x96x72 mm vs 134x95x74 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K200D

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Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Weight
Lighter
690 g vs 740 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-5:104 ms
              K200D:125 ms
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
              K200D:APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-5:740 g
              K200D:690 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-5:16.1 MP
              K200D:10 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              K-5:1080p @ 25fps
              K200D:None

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $400 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,046 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $635 - $700 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $519 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $442 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Pentax K200D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $930 body only

              $812 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Pentax K-m

              Pentax K-m

              Entry-level DSLR

              $469 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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