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

Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-5

90

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Pentax K200D

44

Pentax K200D

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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 K200D

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
125 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 11.4 EV
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2.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 7 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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
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
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
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
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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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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        K-5:104 ms
        K200D:125 ms
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
        K200D:APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
        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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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $397 - $497 body only

        $487 - $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-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $560 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-7

        Pentax K-7

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,288 body only

        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Pentax K-x

        Pentax K-x

        Entry-level DSLR

        $735 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Size Is significantly smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Pentax K-r

        Pentax K-r

        Entry-level DSLR

        $484 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

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        Pentax K-3

        Pentax K-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $897 - $1,197 body only

        $1,247 - $1,447 with 18-135mm 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 body only

        $1,219 with 18-55mm 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

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Pentax K-5 IIs

        Pentax K-5 IIs

        Entry-level DSLR

        $683 - $989 body only

        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Weather sealed No weather sealing

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        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
        Pentax K20D

        Pentax K20D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $569 with 18-135mm lens

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

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