Updated (April 2014): Compare the Pentax K-5 vs Sony SLT A77 II

Pentax K-5 vs Sony SLT A77

Winner
Pentax K-5

83

Sony SLT-A77

80

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

Items often bought with the Pentax K-5 or Sony SLT A77

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Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A77.

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
600 ms vs 3100 ms
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5.2x 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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,162 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
82.0 vs 78.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Smaller
131×97×73 mm vs 143×104×81 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 530 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.2"
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More than 10% thinner
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
104 ms vs 124 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$544.95 vs $1,098.89
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The best price we've seen is $554 cheaper (2x less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
12 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.60x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Almost the same
Focus points
More focus points
19 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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 0.6 f-stops better
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
11 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-5104 ms
              SLT A77124 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              K-5113 lenses
              SLT A77126 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              K-511
              SLT A7719
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution 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 Much more lenses available
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $1,099 - $1,138 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $859 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $685 - $749 body only

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

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              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
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $597

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $365 body only

              $531 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $662 body only

              $947 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $3,280 with 28-75mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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              Bulatow (4:16 AM, January 22, 2012)
               And is rounder,  what about pictures?
               
              Lewisz (1:43 AM, November 10, 2011)
              You never add the the score on Sony for
              1- More focus points 19 vs 11
              2- Continuous video focus
              3- Slightly more cross-type focus points 11 vs 9
              4- Supports 24p
              5- Takes 3D photos
              6- Video autofocus
              7- Better maximum light sensitivity

              These few points are indeed make the Sony A77 better than K5. As I had both camera + nikon D7000