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
  1. 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 (123×87×40 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.6"
Weight
Light-weight
491 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 4 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
  1. 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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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 4 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
123×87×40 mm vs 131×97×73 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

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Samsung NX5.

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

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$289 - $302 body only

$379 - $380 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$849 - $999 body only

$929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$300 - $547 body only

$379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Thickness Is thicker
Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$680 - $900 body only

$1,021 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Shorter battery life
Startup delay More startup delay
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$684 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-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$561 body only

$914 with 18-135mm lens

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

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$361 body only

$420 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Lighter
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$759 - $897 body only

$959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

Samsung NX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$370 body only

$270 with 20-50mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,299 - $1,448 body only

$1,499 - $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 NX1100

Samsung NX1100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 20-50mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Nikon D600

Nikon D600

Pro DSLR

$1,357 body only

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Size Significantly larger
Weight Significantly heavier

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