Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-5 II vs Sigma SD15

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

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Sigma SD15

Sigma SD15

     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sigma SD15

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Sigma SD15 over the Pentax K-5.
 

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 25fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 150k dots
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More than 6x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs Sigma X3 20.7x13.8mm
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Around 30% larger sensor
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 4.6 MP
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Capture around 3.5x more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 5 f-stops better
Size
Much smaller
130x96x72 mm vs 144x107x81 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
More lenses available
109 lenses vs 60 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.2"
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More than 10% thinner
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Focus points
More focus points
11 vs 7
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sigma SD15

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Lowest price
Cheaper
$799.00 vs $909.99
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The best price we've seen is $111 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Sigma SD15.

similarities

Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

Common Strengths
Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
Pentaprism
Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Very expensive Help
K-5:$909.99
SD15:$799.00
Weight Heavy Help
K-5:740 g
SD15:750 g
Autofocus No video autofocus Help
Manual focus only
Lens availability Few lenses available Help
K-5:109 lenses
SD15:60 lenses
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
K-5:16.1 MP
SD15:4.6 MP
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Focus points Few focus points Help
K-5:11
SD15:7
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Movie format One shoots movies Help
K-5:1080p @ 25fps
SD15:None

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$350 - $367 body only

$427 - $429 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$679 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is significantly larger
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$896 - $897 body only

$1,197 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$697 body only

$599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

Pro DSLR

$999 - $1,499 body only

$1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$497 body only

$597 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$385 body only

$429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$729 - $1,046 body only

$947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Battery life Shorter battery life
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$635 body only

$837 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Battery life Longer battery life
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Weight Slightly heavier
Pentax K-7

Pentax K-7

Entry-level DSLR

$599 body only

$883 with 18-55mm lens

Lowest price Much cheaper
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$370 body only

$525 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher frame rate movies
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

Sigma SD15 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sigma SD1

Sigma SD1

Entry-level DSLR

$1,650 - $1,999 body only

$1,143 - $2,628 with 17-50mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Lowest price Much more expensive
Size Larger
Sigma SD14

Sigma SD14

Entry-level DSLR

Screen size Much smaller screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus

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