Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-5 IIs vs Samsung NX5

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX5

Size
Really small
Mid size 123x87x39 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.6"
Weight
Light-weight
491 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 25fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Lens availability More lenses available 109 lenses vs 36 lenses
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More than 3x more lenses available
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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Advantages of the Samsung NX5

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Size Smaller 123x87x39 mm vs 130x96x72 mm
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2.1x smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 491 g vs 740 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.6" vs 2.9"
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Around 50% thinner
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similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Sensor size Large sensors Help
K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
NX5:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
Many lenses to choose from
Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
Better editing
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
K-5:Pentaprism
NX5:Digital
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Weight Heavy Help
K-5:740 g
NX5:491 g
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
Missing that film look

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$1,097 - $1,197 body only

$1,394 - $1,430 with 18-140mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$747 body only

$679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Thickness Is thicker
Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$1,099 - $1,155 body only

$450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$3,199 - $3,399 body only

$3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
Thickness Is thicker

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$931 - $1,247 body only

$1,345 - $1,447 with 18-135mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Shorter battery life
Startup delay More startup delay
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$447 - $476 body only

$520 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Supports 24p Supports 24p
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$700 body only

$1,247 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Cheaper
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,257 body only

$1,330 with 18-105mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Image stabilization No image stabilization
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$560 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Lighter
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

Samsung NX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$488 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$278 body only

$427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Samsung NX10

Samsung NX10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,089 with 18-55mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Samsung NX11

Samsung NX11

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$719 with 18-55mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$299 with 20-50mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Viewfinder No viewfinder

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