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
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
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
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
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
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
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
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
Lens availability More lenses available 109 lenses vs 36 lenses
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More than 3x more lenses available
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
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
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 Each supports an 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
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
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
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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$1,147 body only

$1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Thickness Is thicker
Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$437 - $520 body only

$530 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
Thickness Is thicker
Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$600 - $700 body only

$830 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $749 body only

$550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
Thickness Is thicker
Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$660 - $700 body only

$1,049 - $1,247 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$433 - $550 body only

$560 - $751 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Lighter
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$738 - $840 body only

$930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Image stabilization No image stabilization
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$486 - $497 body only

$584 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Autofocus Video autofocus
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$1,097 - $1,297 body only

$1,170 - $1,437 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Shorter battery life
Size Slightly larger

Samsung NX5 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Samsung NX10

Samsung NX10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,089 with 18-55mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Live view Has live view
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$493 - $748 body only

$668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
Thickness Slightly thicker
Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$350 - $503 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
Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $698 body only

$590 - $798 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Significantly larger
Thickness Significantly thicker
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,698 body only

$1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Larger
Built-in flash No built-in flash

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