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03-08-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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K-7 or K-5

I'm not a heavy user, and am considering purchasing a used camera. Is the K-5 worth two or three hundred more than a K-7?

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Absolutely. You get far better dynamic range, low light, and features.
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Do you need the features common to both - WR, top lcd, etc? If yes, then I'd go for the one that best suits your budget.

If not, what about a K30 or similar? Or, a previous flag-ship model like the K20D?
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Both are excellent cameras. I currently have the K5 and it is an excellent performer. I had a K20 - which preceded the K7, and they both share the same sensor. I upgraded because I used it in a lot of ambient low light - landscapes, city scapes, evening shots, etc, and wound up pushing its envelope. The K7 performs well with lots of light, in very dim settings it can be a challenge. Just add a flash and it works well.

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The sensor in the k5 is definitely worth it. If you want something slightly cheaper, consider a used k30 perhaps.

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Thanks to all. So far K-5 has the edge.
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I upgraded from the k7 to a k5. I am very pleased with the upgrade.

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Hello Heathlock, welcome to the Forum!
From the perspective of using the K10D, K-7 and now K-5, I'd say the K-5 is by far the most versatile. It loses nothing to the K-7 at low ISO (and also goes to 80!) and is much more useable above 800 or so.
The K-7's sensor does have a slightly warmer cast to colors at base ISO, a tiny bit less 'sterile' or sharp-toned than the K-5. This difference is so small it can easily be changed in PP.
Other than that, they're pretty much the same camera; but the imaging capability and overall value of the K-5 make it the best choice, IMO.
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Although I like my K7 it does have limitations in low light. Of course you can use a flash but there are some instances when you don't want to or you are not allowed to do that. If I were you I would consider getting the K5 rather than the K7.
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I think the K5 is definitely worth the extra $$ and I also think you can find one less than 200-300 more than a K7. A K5 sold on this website for $400 with very little shutter actuations. I will say though, you cannot go wrong either way because if you get the K7 (still a very good camera) you will be able to get a decent/good lens with the money you save over a K5. Its everyone personal preference whether the extra $$ is worth the extra features and it's only my opinion that a K5 is worth it. You should come up with a checklist or just ask yourself if a K7 plus a lens is better suited for you than a K5. Good luck with the decision.
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K-5 was a super, major quantum leap over the K-7, imho.
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+1 for the K-5...I own both.
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I went from the K-7 to the K-5II. I cringed every time the ISO crept over 800 on the K-7, but now I just don't care! If you're a landscape/tripod kind of guy, save the $$$ and get a K-7. Otherwise get a K-5 and don't look back. My .02!
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I am thinking of upgrading my K-7. Truly, I have never been happy with it's low light performance / noise at any ISO over 800 and I do not feel the pictures are very sharp. Originally, I had a *istDS and overall, I did like it quite well, and the pictures seemed sharp. Should I look at the K-5II or K-3? I am mainly take portraits of my kids and many action shots (basketball and baseball).

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