I am quites surprised that recently announced Nikon D7000 has many similarities to Pentax K5. Both cameras has similar concept, advanced SLR camera in high quality body and features.
The similarity will definitely confuse buyer on which camera (system) to buy, especially if you are not attached to any brand / system yet.
If you look at the comparison table below, both cameras has many similarities such as 16 MP sensor, 3 inch LCD, Full HD movie recording, fast continuous burst, magnesium alloy body and so on.
By taking a closer look, there are obvious differences between them.
Nikon D7000 advantages:
- 39 Auto focus point system with 9 cross type (more sensitive AF)
- Dual SD card slots (backup, overflow, RAW & JPG)
- New metering system for accurate exposure which may be the best today
- $150-250 cheaper
On the other hand, here are Pentax K5 advantages:
- Full weather-sealed magnesium alloy body
- Built-in shake reduction (image stabilization)
- Slightly faster continuous shooting
- Dual-axis leveller
If you are getting DSLR for the first time, you should also consider some “untold” stories:
First, Nikon system has more lenses in their collection, ranging from consumer to professionals. However, Pentax has many unique fixed focal lenses which are very compact and very high quality such DA 70mm f/2.4, 31mm f/1.8. These prime lenses will get benefit from Pentax built-in image stabilization called Shake Reduction. Recent standard Pentax lenses also has WR (water repellent) that is great to use with full weather-sealed Pentax K5.
The other thing that I like about Nikon system is built-in flash commander which is part of CLS (Creative Lighting System). This feature enable you to trigger out of camera compatible flashes.
So which is the best camera/system to jump into?
If you need a sturdy, unbreakable camera and use it in extreme weather condition, then you can rely on Pentax K5. Also consider your shooting style and check out each manufacturers lens collection. If you love prime lenses, you might love Pentax’s pancake lenses. On the other hand, if your need high performance, fast auto focus pro-grade lenses for sports / candid photography, Nikon has plenty of them.
The last one is consider the future. If you regard these cameras are just a stepping stone towards a better camera, then you should choose Nikon system, because Nikon has some better cameras such as Nikon D3s, while K5 is the best Pentax camera at the moment.
I hope this is helpful for you to make decision whether to get Nikon D7000 or Pentax K5.
Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K5 comparison table
|Nikon D7000||Pentax K5|
|Image||16 MP / APS-C Sensor||16 MP / APS-C sensor|
|LCD||3 inch, 910k resolution||3 inch, 910k resolution|
|Auto Focus||39 AF points / 9 cross type||11 AF points, 9 cross type|
|ISO||ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 25600)||ISO 100-12800, expandable to 80 and 51200|
|Movie recording||Full HD 1080p 24 fps with continuous AF||Full HD 1080p 25 fps, no manual exposure control|
|Continuous shooting||6 fps||7 fps buffer 40 JPGs|
|Handling/Control||Dual SD card slot, quiet mode||Shake Reduction, dual axis leveller|
|Body material||Partial magnesium alloy||Magnesium alloy – weather sealed|
|Price||$1200, street||Approx. $1500, street|
|Size/Weight||132 x 105 x 77 mm / 780 g||131 x 97 x 73 mm / 740 g|
|Viewfinder||penta prism, 100% coverage, .94 magnification||penta prism, 100% coverage, .95x magnification|