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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
104 ms vs 125 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.55x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
740 shots vs 80 shots
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Around 9.5x more shots per battery charge
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Size
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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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
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-516.1 MP
              K200D10 MP
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-5740 g
              K200D690 g
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              K-5600 ms
              K200D500 ms
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              K-51080p @ 25fps
              K200DNone
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              K-512,800 ISO
              K200D1,600 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              K-5920k dots
              K200D230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              K-53"
              K200D2.7"

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