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Pentax K-70 vs Nikon D5600 Comparison

The Pentax K-70 and Nikon D5600 are well-known entry-level cameras that combine a robust build with good performance at an inexpensive price, which is rare on the market.

First debuted in 2016, they’ve earned a lot of appeal among amateurs, enthusiasts, and semi-professionals who want to invest in robust, adaptable cameras that provide photographers a lot of shooting flexibility.

Both are entry-level DSLRs with APS-C sensors, to name a few commonalities. Let’s see how they may improve your photography experience and which camera wins.

Pentax K-70 vs Nikon D5600 Feature Comparison

Pentax K-70 Nikon D5600
Camera Type
DSLR
DSLR
Megapixels
24.0
24.2
ISO Range
100-102,400
100-25,600
Flip-Out Screen
Yes
Yes
AF Points
11 AF Points
39 AF Points
Viewfinder
Yes
Yes
Touchscreen
No
Yes
Video Recording
Yes
Yes
Sensor Size
APS-C
APS-C

Head To Head Comparison

Pentax K-70

The Pentax K-70 has a sleek, well-made, compact body that comes in all-black or all-silver. Regardless of your pick, both look great and you can’t go wrong.

Pentax features a polycarbonate top plate and a metal frame. This camera is neither cheap-looking nor cheap-feeling. You’ll be able to sense how nice the camera is if you buy it.

The K-70 also has a weather-sealing, which is unusual for cameras in this price category, so you won’t feel constrained in terms of shooting because moisture and dust won’t be a problem.

Also, shooting with K-70 is quite convenient because of its thick, textured grip that enables you to put your hand naturally, so you won’t feel stressed even if you’ve been shooting for a long time.

On the top is a Standard mode dial, followed by Wi-Fi, Fn2, and EV dials to the right of the hot shoe and pop-up flash, a Green button, three-stage power switch, and a Control dial ahead of the shutter.

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On the back, all the controls are on the right side, from top to bottom, allowing room for the viewfinder and LCD screen.

The pentaprism viewfinder has a magnification ratio of 0.95x and covers 100% of the frame, so you won’t miss a target.

Below the viewfinder is a fully-articulated 3′′, 921k-dot L CD display that produces clear views for both shooting and previewing. Pentax should have included touch sensitivity.

The K-70 contains a micro-USB connector, micro-HDMI port, 3.5mm microphone jack, and a single memory card slot that supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. This gadget is also Wi-Fi enabled, so transferring captured content is easy.

The K-70 has a 24MP image sensor, 11-point AF with 9 cross-sensors, a continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, an ISO range of 100-102,400, and a PRIME MII image processor that increases the camera’s performance and controls noise levels for the best photos and movies.

JPGs photographed at ISO 800 are overpowering; colors and details are strong, and the same can be stated at ISO 6400. Noise affects image quality at ISO 12,800, but details are largely maintained, thus photographs are still useable.

I wouldn’t advocate using ISO 51,200 – 102,400 since blur is pronounced and reduces image quality, so avoid it wherever possible.

RAW photos behave nicely up to ISO 12,800, but at ISO 25,600, photographs may still be useful despite the noise. Between ISO 51,200 and 102,400, they aren’t, and I wouldn’t go that high.

You can record 1080p movies at 24/25/30 fps, 720p films at 50/60fps, and while this camera can’t capture 1080p videos at 60 fps, the footage is great and for casual videography, you won’t be dissatisfied.

Nikon D5600

The Nikon D5600 has a thin, matte-black body with red accents below the grip that contribute to its stylish style. Its polycarbonate construction makes it durable enough to handle everyday usage and feel solid in your hands.

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Unlike the K-70, this device isn’t weather-sealed, which might be troublesome if you’re shooting in wet or dusty conditions.

The control structure is straightforward, there aren’t many controls, but the ones that are present are easy to use and strategically positioned to provide the photographer convenient access to modify the camera’s settings.

On the top plate, the left side is clean, there’s a hot hoe in the upper center, and on the right are several controls, including a single Mode dial, the lone control dial, and movie Record and EV adjustment buttons above the shutter release button with an On/Off switch.

A Menu button stands to the left of the viewfinder, while on the right are Info and AE-L/AF-L buttons. On the right is a four-way joypad with a squeezed OK button in the middle.

The viewfinder is a bit smaller and darker due to its pentamirror type, has a 95% coverage, 0.55x magnification ratio, and in contrast to the Pentax K-70, I think the D5600 may not provide you the convenience of the K-70’s coverage, magnification ratio, and clarity of the pentamirror when shooting.

Either way, the D5600 is more inexpensive, which isn’t surprising considering its price tag. You’ll still get a beautiful view of whatever you capture.

The D5600 boasts a 3.2-inch, 1037k-dot vari-angle touchscreen with superior resolution, size, and touch capability to the K-70.

The D5600 offers a mini-HDMI connector, micro-USB port, wired remote port, 3.5mm microphone input, and a single memory card slot that accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC media. The D5600 also has built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/NFC, giving you more ways to transmit your photographs and movies.

The D5600’s 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processor, 100-25,600 ISO range, 5 fps burst shooting speed, and 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors provide practically faultless performance.

As with the K70, this camera can capture JPG and RAW photos and handles noise well across the ISO range.

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JPGs captured using the default settings look great, with minimal noise, accurate colors, and well-defined details. At ISO 1600, the same can be stated, however the noise is somewhat more visible but does not harm image quality. Between ISO 3200-6400 noise increases, however, blur is well-controlled and photographs look beautiful. Noise becomes more noticeable between ISO 12,800 and 25,600, so if you don’t want to deal with it, avoid these settings.

RAW photographs have great details at ISO 12,800, so they’re useable, but ISO 25,600 has heavy noise, so avoid it.

The D5600 captures 1080p films at 60fps, while the K70 max out at 30fps. If you want semi-professional/casual video recording, the D5600’s footage quality is superior.

Conclusion

Let’s compare the two cameras’ essential features, and then you can decide which one belongs in your camera bag.

The K-70 is better for portraits and sports, but the difference isn’t great.

The K-70 excels in Street and Daily photography. Landscape photography results are similar, although the K-70’s environmental sealing may be more convenient.

The D5600 exceeds the K-70 with its touchscreen, 28 more focus points (39 vs 11), bigger display (3.2 vs 3′′) with a greater resolution (1,037k vs 921k-dots), stronger battery life (820 vs 410), NFC and Bluetooth enabled, and superior video performance.

The K-70 boasts built-in image stabilization, a 300 percent higher max ISO (102,400 vs 25,600), a far better viewfinder, and a quicker mechanical shutter (1/6000s vs 1/4000s), and a faster continuous shooting speed ( 6 vs 5fps).

Overall, the Pentax K-70 is a superior, all-around camera that would be a great choice if you desire environmental protection and higher performance. If you prefer capturing movies and sharing your material over Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/NFC without spending much money, the D5600 would be for you.

The K-70 wins any way.

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