Nikon D3200 vs Pentax K-5 IIs

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Nikon D3200
Pentax K-5 IIs

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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
33% higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 24.2MP digital camera. That's 7.9MP higher than the Pentax K-5 IIs (16.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

0.99s shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a flash sync-speed of 0.01s, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s longer).
5fps higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 5fps higher than the Pentax K-5 IIs (25fps).
A lot lighter Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a weight of 455g, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 680g digital camera (225g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Shorter Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 76.5mm tall digital camera. That's 20.5mm shorter than the Pentax K-5 IIs (97mm).
5% narrower Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a width of 125mm. That's 6mm narrower than the Pentax K-5 IIs (131mm).
Cheaper by £499
The Nikon D3200 costs £198.99, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs is £698.00.
10 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Better selling
The Nikon D3200 ranks No. 9683 by number of sales, but the Pentax K-5 IIs ranks No. 321674.
5 Reasons For
Vastly higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, however the Nikon D3200 is only a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (44,800 lower).
Smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a minimum ISO speed of 80, but the Nikon D3200 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 bigger).
14% higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a lens magnification ratio of 0.92x, however the Nikon D3200 is only a 0.8x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.12x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

23.5mm thinner Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 72.5mm deep digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3200 is a 96mm deep digital camera (23.5mm thicker).
User reviews are better
The Pentax K-5 IIs has an average user review score of 100% based on 1 review, however the Nikon D3200 has an average rating of 95% (based on 691 reviews).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 44,800 lower than the Pentax K-5 IIs (51,200).
20 bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 20 bigger than the Pentax K-5 IIs (80).
Lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 0.8x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.12x lower than the Pentax K-5 IIs (0.92x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

25% thicker Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a depth of 96mm. That's 23.5mm thicker than the Pentax K-5 IIs (72.5mm).
User review Rating is Worse
The Nikon D3200 has an average user score of 95%, but the Pentax K-5 IIs has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review).
10 Reasons Against
A lot lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a megapixel count of 16.3MP, whereas the Nikon D3200 is a 24.2MP digital camera (7.9MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s longer than the Nikon D3200 (1s).
Lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a JPEG frame rate of 25fps, but the Nikon D3200 is a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (5fps higher).
Heavier Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 680g digital camera. That's 225g heavier than the Nikon D3200 (680g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Taller Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is 97mm tall, but the Nikon D3200 is a 76.5mm tall digital camera (20.5mm shorter).
A little wider Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 131mm wide digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3200 is a 125mm wide digital camera (6mm narrower).
£499 more expensive
The Pentax K-5 IIs is more expensive than the Nikon D3200 by £499.01.
Less retailers
Only 3 retailers sells the Pentax K-5 IIs, whereas 13 sellers sell the Nikon D3200. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over two years older
The Pentax K-5 IIs is older than the Nikon D3200 by three years.
Worse selling
The Pentax K-5 IIs ranks No. 321674 by sales volume, however the Nikon D3200 ranks No. 9683.

Awards

16 Awards
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Akam.no: Recommended
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
CNET.co.uk: Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
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onfoto.ru: Silver
pcforalla.idg.se: Good Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Techradar: Best in Class
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
tweakers.net: Very Good
What Digital Camera: Gold
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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
24.2MP
BEST
16.3MP
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
 4512 x 3000
 3008 x 2000
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
BEST
 6016 x 4000
 4512 x 3000
 3008 x 2000
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
BEST
 6016 x 4000
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.2 x 15.4 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
24.7MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour
 Red
 Red

Lens System

Maximum Aperture
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
18 - 200 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
16/13 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Nikon F
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
62mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 multi point
 contrast detection
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 multi point
 contrast detection
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Point
11 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 51200
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 51200
Maximum ISO Speed
6,400 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 80
BEST
Auto Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
BEST
1s
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps
BEST
25fps
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Field of View
100% 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.8x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

GPS
 GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
Photo Effect
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,5,10,20 2,12
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dioptre correction
Image Editing Mode
 Rotating
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 - 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
455g
BEST
680g
Height
76.5mm
BEST
97mm
Depth
96mm 72.5mm
BEST
Width
125mm
BEST
131mm
Lens Weight
405g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
78.4mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
70mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
505g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 AC
 Battery
 AC
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
EN-EL14 D-LI90
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 740 shots

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating system
Windows Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating system
Mac Compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac compatible

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4
Included Cable
 USB
 AC
 AV
 USB
 AC
 AV
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap

Other Features

Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7 & OS X 10.3.9 +
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/8000 - 30
Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Digital SLR
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