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

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

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Sony NEX-5N

53

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
 

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
 

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
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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
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.00 vs $909.99
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The best price we've seen is $611 cheaper (3x less)
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses

              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

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $427 - $497 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-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $635 - $700 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $525 - $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

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $559 - $630 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

              $396 body only

              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 A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $575 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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