Updated (August 2011): Compare the Pentax K-5 vs Sony NEX-5N

Pentax K-5 vs Sony NEX 5N

Winner
Pentax K-5

54

Sony NEX-5N

49

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
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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.

competitors

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$799 body only

$900 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Pentax KP

Pentax KP

Entry-level DSLR

$1,088 - $1,099 body only

$1,600 with 18-135mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$350 body only

$418 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Lighter
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$969 body only

$778 with 18-55mm lens

Focus points More focus points
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Battery life Shorter battery life
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 body only

$500 with 16-50mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$437 body only

$379 - $399 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

discussion

Pentax K-5
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