• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 855.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Pentax K-5 II advantages over Nikon L840

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    73 mm vs 96 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    28 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon L840 advantages over Pentax K-5 II

  • Less expensive
    $209 vs $750
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Newer
    5 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.4 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Compact yet control-rich body packs in the features; Updated autofocus system focuses in near-darkness; Fully weather-sealed; Sharp, detailed images with very good dynamic range; In-body image stabilization; Dual-axis level with horizon correction.

  • Can seem intimidating at first; Fewer autofocus points than competitors; Doesn't take advantage of high-speed UHS-I flash cards; Movie feature set is very dated and file sizes huge.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7000

Pentax K-5 II
Nikon D7000
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon L840
Nikon D7000
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax K-30

Pentax K-5 II
Pentax K-30
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon L840
Pentax K-30
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T4i

Pentax K-5 II
Canon T4i
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Nikon L840
Canon T4i
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon L830

Pentax K-5 II
Nikon L830
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon L840
Nikon L830
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Nikon B500

Pentax K-5 II
Nikon B500
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon L840
Nikon B500
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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