Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-5 II vs Sony SLT-A77

Pentax K-5 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Winner
Pentax K-5

90

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift

galleries

Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700.

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 25fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,162 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The K-5 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the DSLR-A700
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
82.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 11.9 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Size
Much smaller
130x96x72 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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More than 20% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
104 ms vs 180 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.59x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Thickness
Much thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 650 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
740 g vs 768 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Lens availability
More lenses available
123 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 10% more lenses available
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-5104 ms
              DSLR-A700180 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-5740 g
              DSLR-A700768 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-516.1 MP
              DSLR-A70012.2 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              K-5109 lenses
              DSLR-A700123 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              K-512,800 ISO
              DSLR-A7001,600 ISO
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              K-51080p @ 25fps
              DSLR-A700None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 body only

              $799 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 - $950 body only

              $1,039 - $1,079 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $382 - $496 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              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

              $585 body only

              $892 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $1,229 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $376 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              $934 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,063 body only

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,818 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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