Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350

Pentax K-5 IIs front
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 front

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350 Key Specs

Pentax K-5 IIs
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Raise to 51200)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 760g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Announced June 2013
  • Superseded the Pentax K-5
Sony A350
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 674g - 131 x 99 x 75mm
  • Launched June 2008
  • Refreshed by Sony A380
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Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350 Overview

Below, we will be evaluating the Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350, one being a Advanced DSLR and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by competitors Pentax and Sony. The image resolution of the K-5 IIs (16MP) and the A350 (14MP) is pretty comparable and they possess the exact same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The K-5 IIs was unveiled 5 years later than the A350 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Pentax K-5 IIs being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony A350 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going in to a complete comparison, below is a concise summation of how the K-5 IIs grades against the A350 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 IIs over the Sony A350

 K-5 IIs A350 
LaunchedJune 2013June 2008Fresher by 61 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kSharper screen (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A350 over the Pentax K-5 IIs

 A350 K-5 IIs 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Pentax K-5 IIs and Sony A350

 K-5 IIs A350 
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry your camera often, you will have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Pentax K-5 IIs provides external measurements of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") with a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs) whilst the Sony A350 has measurements of 131mm x 99mm x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") having a weight of 674 grams (1.49 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the K-5 IIs and the A350.

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the K-5 IIs and A350 is 60 and 62 respectively.

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its tough to visualize the gap in sensor sizing just by seeing a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the K-5 IIs and A350.

Clearly, both of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You should expect the Pentax K-5 IIs to provide more detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs much more aggressively. The more recent K-5 IIs should have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax K-5 IIs
Portrait photography with Sony A350
has manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
focusing manually
MP count good (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Street photography advice
Sony A350 Street photography advice
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
screen is fixed
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
more heavy than others (674g)
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Sports photography factors
Sony A350 Sports photography factors
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
weather sealing
comes with phase detect AF
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect AF
slow frames per second (3.0 fps)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Travel photography information
Sony A350 Travel photography information
weather sealing
good MP (16MP)
has built in flash
display is not selfie friendly
MP count good (14MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than others (674 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax K-5 IIs
Landscape photography with Sony A350
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
does not have anti aliasing filter
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-5 IIs Vlogging details
Sony A350 Vlogging details
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have microphone socket
display is not selfie friendly
lack of video recording
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Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony A350 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-5 IIs and Sony A350
 Pentax K-5 IIsSony Alpha DSLR-A350
General Information
Company Pentax Sony
Model Pentax K-5 IIs Sony Alpha DSLR-A350
Type Advanced DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2013-06-04 2008-06-06
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Prime II -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 372.1mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4928 x 3264 4592 x 3056
Highest native ISO 12800 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Min enhanced ISO 80 -
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 9
Cross focus points 9 -
Lens mount Pentax KAF2 Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses 151 143
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 921 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display tech TFT LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.49x
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 7.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/180 secs -
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format Motion JPEG -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 760 grams (1.68 lb) 674 grams (1.49 lb)
Dimensions 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") 131 x 99 x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 82 65
DXO Color Depth score 23.9 22.6
DXO Dynamic range score 14.1 11.5
DXO Low light score 1208 595
Battery life 980 shots -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery model D-LI90 -
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, UDMA Mode 5, Supports FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $749 $600