Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony NEX-5R

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

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Sony NEX-5N

55

Sony NEX-5N

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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
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 600 ms vs 1900 ms
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3.2x less delay when turning on
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 109 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Battery life Longer battery life 740 shots vs 460 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Better image quality 82.0 vs 77.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 104 ms vs 235 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,162 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 130x96x72 mm
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3.7x smaller
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Weight Much lighter 269 g vs 740 g
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2.8x lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 2.9"
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Around 50% thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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recommendations

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

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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        920k dots
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
        NEX-5N:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
        Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Many lenses to choose from
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
        K-5:16.1 MP
        NEX-5N:16 MP
        Color depth Good color depth Help
        K-5:23.7 bits
        NEX-5N:23.6 bits
        Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
        K-5:14.1 EV
        NEX-5N:12.7 EV
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $465 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

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

        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker

        Pentax K-5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Pentax K-3

        Pentax K-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 - $1,297 body only

        $1,345 - $1,447 with 18-135mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $447 - $476 body only

        $520 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Pentax K-5 II

        Pentax K-5 II

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 body only

        $1,247 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Lowest price Cheaper
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        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
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $348 body only

        $498 - $998 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $995 - $1,071 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $529 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        $748 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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