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

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Overall image quality
Great image quality
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Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 25fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Sigma SD15

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Sigma SD15 over the Pentax K-5.
 
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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
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.60x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life Significantly 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 Much 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
Lowest price Cheaper $729.95 vs $939.00
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The best price we've seen is $209 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sigma SD15

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similarities

Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
Pentaprism
Weight Heavy Help
K-5:740 g
SD15:750 g
Lowest price Very expensive Help
K-5:$729.95
SD15:$939.00
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
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Focus points Few focus points Help
K-5:11
SD15:7
Movie format One shoots movies Help
K-5:1080p @ 25fps
SD15:None

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Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$437 - $498 body only

$526 - $547 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
Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$463 - $550 body only

$560 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$701 - $840 body only

$913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm 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

$1,097 - $1,147 body only

$1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$597 - $647 body only

$544 - $747 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 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$1,049 - $1,231 body only

$200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is much larger
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,899 body only

$2,299 - $2,572 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

Pentax K-5 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$988 - $1,197 body only

$1,200 - $1,337 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Battery life Shorter battery life
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$700 - $714 body only

$1,049 - $1,187 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Weight Slightly heavier
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

Pro DSLR

$930 - $1,299 body only

$1,285 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

Sigma SD15 Competitors

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Sigma SD1

Sigma SD1

Entry-level DSLR

$1,799 - $1,816 body only

$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
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Entry-level DSLR

$470 with 18-55mm lens

Live view Has live view
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage

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