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

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

85

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Sony SLT-A77

77

Sony SLT A77

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
 
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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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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 130x96x72 mm vs 143x104x81 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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $609.00 vs $1,103.00
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The best price we've seen is $494 cheaper (more than 40% 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
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.60x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 12 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 70% 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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Focus points More focus points 19 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 A77's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 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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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 Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-5:104 ms
              SLT A77:124 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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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-5:109 lenses
              SLT A77:123 lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
              SLT A77:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $842 - $897 body only

              $1,171 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 - $476 body only

              $447 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 - $700 body only

              $1,193 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,048 body only

              $1,648 - $1,649 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $798 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $3,198 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