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

Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-5

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Sony SLT-A65

72

Sony SLT A65

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great 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
 
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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 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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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $593.99 vs $649.00
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The best price we've seen is $55 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
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 Significantly 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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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
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 Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-5:104 ms
              SLT A65:138 ms
              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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              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              K-5:109 lenses
              SLT A65:123 lenses

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $447 body only

              $528 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $833 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 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

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $963 - $1,197 body only

              $1,546 - $1,547 with 18-135mm 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 body only

              $1,166 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
              Lowest price More expensive
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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

              $1,288 body only

              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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              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 - $1,700 with 16-50mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Significantly larger
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $861 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 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

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