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

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

91

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

55

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,162 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 25fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Storage slots
More storage slots
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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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high 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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 Less shutter lag 104 ms vs 180 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
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
Battery life Longer battery life 740 shots vs 650 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.60x vs 0.59x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
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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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        K-5:104 ms
        DSLR-A700:180 ms
        Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Weight Heavy Help
        K-5:740 g
        DSLR-A700:768 g
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        K-5:16.1 MP
        DSLR-A700:12.2 MP
        Lens availability Few lenses available Help
        K-5:109 lenses
        DSLR-A700:123 lenses
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        K-5:1080p @ 25fps
        DSLR-A700:None

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $701 - $840 body only

        $915 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $798 body only

        $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 - $629 body only

        $830 - $976 with 18-105mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $656 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $484 - $774 body only

        $200 - $595 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Pentax K-5 Competitors

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        Pentax K-3

        Pentax K-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $988 - $1,197 body only

        $1,200 - $1,337 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $447 - $476 body only

        $535 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        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 - $714 body only

        $1,049 - $1,187 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $463 - $550 body only

        $560 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 - $1,147 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Entry-level DSLR

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,073 body only

        $1,075 - $1,165 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Placeholder

        Konica Minolta Dynax 7D

        Pro DSLR

        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Screen size Much smaller screen

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