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

Pentax K-5 vs Sigma SD15

Pentax K-5
Sigma SD15

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Sigma SD15

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.
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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
  1. 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
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
113 lenses vs 37 lenses
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More than 3x more lenses available
Size
Much smaller
131×97×73 mm vs 144×107×81 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 10 f-stops better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 8 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
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Advantages of the Sigma SD15

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Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$599.00 vs $630.49
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

Common Strengths
Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
Pentaprism
Common Weaknesses
Weight Heavy Help
K-5740 g
SD15750 g
Autofocus No video autofocus Help
Manual focus only
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
K-516.1 MP
SD154.6 MP
Lens availability Few lenses available Help
K-5113 lenses
SD1537 lenses
Focus points Few focus points Help
K-511
SD157
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
K-512,800 ISO
SD15800 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Movie format One shoots movies Help
K-51080p @ 25fps
SD15None

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$288 - $295 body only

$350 - $378 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

$718 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

Pro DSLR

$799 - $834 body only

$949 - $1,134 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 D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$725 - $897 body only

$985 - $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
Pentax K-7

Pentax K-7

Entry-level DSLR

$569 body only

$1,229 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Has slightly less color depth
Dynamic range Has much narrower dynamic range
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$407 - $497 body only

$489 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D

Pro DSLR

$724 body only

$929 with 18-135mm lens

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$749 - $900 body only

$1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Shorter battery life
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$611 body only

$947 with 18-55mm lens

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

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$365 body only

$531 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

$2,468 with 17-50mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
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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