Updated (September 2010): Compare the Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K200D

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K200D

Winner
Pentax K-5

90

Pentax K200D

45

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
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K200D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
125 ms shutter lag
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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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
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 11.4 EV
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1.8 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 size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.55x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
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 6 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
Slightly smaller
131×97×73 mm vs 134×95×74 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 Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-5104 ms
              K200D125 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-5740 g
              K200D690 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-516.1 MP
              K200D10 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              K-512,800 ISO
              K200D1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              K-51080p @ 25fps
              K200DNone

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $286 - $295 body only

              $375 - $378 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-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $365 body only

              $531 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $547

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $569 body only

              $1,229 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Pentax K-3 II

              Pentax K-3 II

              Boutique

              $847 - $1,026

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Pentax K-S1

              Pentax K-S1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $347 - $441 body only

              $397 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $626 body only

              $947 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower 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

              $1,025 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

              $298 body only

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

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