Updated (August 2011): Compare the Pentax K-5 vs Sony SLT-A65

Pentax K-5 vs Sony SLT A65

Winner
Pentax K-5

90

Sony SLT-A65

75

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,162 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
600 ms vs 2800 ms
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4.7x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Overall image quality
Better image quality
82.0 vs 74.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 12.6 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
104 ms vs 138 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Size
Smaller
131×97×73 mm vs 132×97×81 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Much thinner
2.9" vs 3.2"
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More than 10% thinner
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Almost the same
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
$544.94 vs $592.93
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The best price we've seen is $48 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but K-5 does so at a lower frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.60x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
126 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 10% more lenses available
Weight
Lighter
622 g vs 740 g
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Around 20% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A65's maximum light sensitivity is 0.6 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-5104 ms
              SLT A65138 ms
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              K-57 fps
              SLT A6510 fps
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              K-50.60x
              SLT A650.71x
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-5740 g
              SLT A65622 g
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              K-5113 lenses
              SLT A65126 lenses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              K-512,800 ISO
              SLT A6516,000 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $950 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $628 - $749 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-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              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
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $626 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
              Lowest price More expensive
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $627

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $948 body only

              $1,548 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $553 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Size Significantly larger
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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