I may have just found my next camera. . . . . (and its not a Nikon)

November 15, 2010
photo illustration by Tim Isaacson

I was really excited when Nikon announced their newest affordable camera body, the D-7000, on September 15; however, Pentax launched its own assault five days later with the comparable K-5. The Pentax K-5 has not gotten near the press that the Nikon D-7000 has, but in head-to-head comparisons, the Pentax kicks the D-7000’s rear. Both cameras boast of a 16.3 mp sensor size, extremely low-noise capabilities, and full stereo 1080p high-definition video recording.

Why do I like the Pentax, you wonder? Well, first of all, look here at the test numbers for color depth, dynamic range, and low noise at high ISO’s. The Pentax edges out or comes close in each of the three categories. The Pentax also edges out the Nikon in frames-per-second (6fps vs. 7fps). Additionally, Pentax builds image stabilization into all their camera bodies, as does Sony, but Nikon and Canon put it in their individual lenses. This means any lens you attach to the Pentax now becomes image stabilized, and with a number of different adapters available, you can mount just about any lens from just about any make on the Pentax, even some that are 40 years old or more. What’s more, the top-of-the-line Pentax lenses are much more affordable than those of Nikon or Canon. The only down side I can see for the Pentax is the initial cost of the camera body being about $100 more.

Some of you thought I would always be a Nikon owner, didn’t you? Well, what you don’t know is that before I owned my present Nikon, I used to shoot Canons! Now as you can see, I’m not much into blind loyalty!–MR I.

Here’s another link to a direct head-to-head comparison between the two contenders.


One comment

  1. Thank you Sony for another amazing sensor.

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