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

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

vs

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
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
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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
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
Slightly 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
Slightly cheaper
$752.44 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $47 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sigma SD15

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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
Weight Heavy Help
K-5:740 g
SD15:750 g
Lowest price Very expensive Help
K-5:$752.44
SD15:$799.00
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
Focus points Few focus points Help
K-5:11
SD15:7
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Movie format One shoots movies Help
K-5:1080p @ 25fps
SD15:None

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$797 - $1,197 body only

$1,164 - $1,247 with 18-135mm lens

Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$615 body only

$600 - $1,025 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

$997 body only

$1,170 - $1,297 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
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

Pro DSLR

$999 - $1,041 body only

$1,099 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$697 body only

$745 - $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 60D

Canon EOS 60D

Pro DSLR

$699 - $799 body only

$899 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is much larger
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$640 body only

$830 with 18-105mm lens

Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$337 - $397 body only

$83 - $497 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

$614 - $700 body only

$927 - $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

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

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$370 body only

$449 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower 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

$1,999 body only

$1,092 - $2,628 with 17-50mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Size Larger
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
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

$899 body only

$499 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
Sigma DP3 Merrill

Sigma DP3 Merrill

Digicam

$485 - $708

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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