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

Pentax K-5 vs Samsung NX5

Pentax K-5
Samsung NX5

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
In-camera HDR
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

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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
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
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
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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
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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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths
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 Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
K-5Pentaprism
NX5Digital
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Weight Heavy Help
K-5740 g
NX5491 g
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
Missing that film look
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$619 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$647 - $697 body only

$569 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Thickness Is thicker
Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,499 body only

$3,249 with 24-70mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$799 - $970 body only

$1,025 - $1,046 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Shorter battery life
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$367 - $378 body only

$399 - $496 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

$576 body only

$837 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Cheaper
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$396 body only

$418 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Lighter
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Pentax K-7

Pentax K-7

Entry-level DSLR

$599 body only

$680 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
Lowest price Cheaper
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

Samsung NX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
Thickness Slightly thicker
Samsung NX30

Samsung NX30

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$935 body only

$685 - $999 with 18-55mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Entry-level DSLR

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Screen size Smaller screen
Size Larger
Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$250 with 20-50mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$473 body only

$398 with 16-50mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Viewfinder No viewfinder

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