Updated (August 2011): Compare the Pentax K-5 vs Sony SLT-A77

Pentax K-5 vs Sony SLT A77

Pentax K-5


Sony SLT-A77



Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps


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.


Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$699 - $1,761 body only

$900 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Startup delay More startup delay
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$386 body only

$447 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$897 with 18-135mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Shorter battery life

Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II


$1,198 body only

$1,798 with 16-50mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Focus points Significantly more focus points
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$600 - $697 body only

$997 with 18-140mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Entry-level DSLR

$1,142 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Less startup delay
Size Smaller
Weather sealed No weather sealing


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Showing 2 comments

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