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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX5

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5. Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Samsung NX5.

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
Slightly 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
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

No significant shared competitors found.

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$799 - $950 body only

$1,039 - $1,079 with 18-135mm 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

$350 - $367 body only

$382 - $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

$585 body only

$892 with 18-135mm lens

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

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$734 with 18-55mm 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

$376 body only

$358 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 NX1

Samsung NX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,299 - $1,499 body only

$1,500 - $2,499 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Samsung NX10

Samsung NX10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Samsung NX30

Samsung NX30

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$648 body only

$796 - $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

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