Updated (August 2012): Compare the Pentax K-5 vs Sony NEX-5R

Pentax K-5 vs Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Pentax K-5

50

Sony NEX-5N

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
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 (111×59×38 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

Items often bought with the Pentax K-5 or Sony NEX-5N

galleries

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

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
Help
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
600 ms vs 1900 ms
Help
3.2x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
104 ms vs 235 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
82.0 vs 77.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 460 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
More lenses available
113 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
Help
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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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
Help
A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 131×97×73 mm
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3.7x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
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
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
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 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Focus points
Slightly 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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-51/8000s
              NEX-5N1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses

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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $636 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 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

              $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $597

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              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
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $665 body only

              $947 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $346 body only

              $898 with 16mm 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 NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 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 Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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