• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Advantages

Nikon D5100 over Pentax K-500

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 30 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Pentax K-500 over Nikon D5100

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.0 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Side-mounted tilt / swivel LCD screen; same sensor and processing as the Nikon D7000; good speed and battery life; in-camera HDR and filter effects; Full HD video capture with aperture control; audio levels control and external microphone jack.

  • AF-S lens mount doesn't offer autofocus with screw-drive lenses; popup flash isn't the greatest; no built-in wireless flash control; HDR function doesn't microalign source images.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3100

Nikon D5100
Nikon D3100
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $700
  • APS-C
Pentax K-500
Nikon D3100
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • HDMI out
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Sony DSLR-A560

Nikon D5100
Sony DSLR-A560
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-500
Sony DSLR-A560
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A35

Nikon D5100
Sony A35
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-500
Sony A35
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • HDMI out

Compared to Sony A57

Nikon D5100
Sony A57
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Longer battery life
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoots 60p video
Pentax K-500
Sony A57
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • HDMI out

Compared to Pentax K-50

Nikon D5100
Pentax K-50
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $342
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-500
Pentax K-50
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • $342
  • APS-C
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