Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-5 II vs Sony SLT-A65

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

90

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Sony SLT-A65

76

Sony SLT A65

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
82.0 vs 74.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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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1.5 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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size
Significantly smaller
130x96x72 mm vs 132x97x81 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
104 ms vs 138 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Significantly 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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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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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
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Movie format
Lower 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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
More focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability
More lenses available
123 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 10% more lenses available
Lowest price
Cheaper
$703.50 vs $909.99
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The best price we've seen is $206 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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 0.3 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
622 g vs 740 g
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Around 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-5:104 ms
              SLT A65:138 ms
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              K-5:7 fps
              SLT A65:10 fps
              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              K-5:$909.99
              SLT A65:$703.50
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              K-5:109 lenses
              SLT A65:123 lenses

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $516 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $549 body only

              $1,000 - $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              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

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

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

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $765 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,235 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 - $700 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-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $525 - $560 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
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $605 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

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

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