Pentax K-5 now $919, K-30 vs K-5 Comparison

Price drop at B&H and DSLR comparison

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Jun 4, 2012

Following yesterday's nationwide price drop to $959, it seems than B&H photo is now matching the Amazon price of $919 for the Pentax K-5. This is an all-time low K-5 price from an authorized Pentax dealer in the US- even lower than the great Cyber Monday deal that was offered earlier this year. Now that only $70 separates the K-5 and new mid-range K-30 in terms of price, the decision for new camera buyers will be harder than ever, but we'd like to help you make the decision by offering a brief comparison of the two cameras!

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

(In-Depth Review)
Price: $919

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

(Detailed Preview)
Price: $849

Pros

  • Available battery grip
  • Top LCD
  • 14-bit RAW
  • ISO 51,200
  • Tried & tested
  • Available now
  • More "pro" in-camera features
    • 2,3,5 frame bracketing
    • electronic level
    • stereo mic w/external input

Pros

  • New Prime M Processor
  • Improved Live View
  • Focus Peaking
  • Improved Video recording
  • Manual video controls
  • $70 cheaper
  • Faster image playback
  • Two handy "user" modes
  • Improved autofocus
  • Supports AA batteries

Cons

  • Dated body due for replacement
  • Not as beginner-friendly
  • Autofocus could use improvement

Cons

  • No top LCD
  • Not available until late June
  • Might have QC issues
  • Poor RAW framerate

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