• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D4 advantages over Pentax K-5 IIs

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 4.81 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,965 vs 1,208 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 2600 vs 740 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.61x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    51 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 22 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Pentax K-5 IIs advantages over Nikon D4

  • Less expensive
    $497 vs $5999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    740g vs 1347g
    Lighter weight
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Noticeably better sharpness than standard K-5 II; Compact yet control-rich body packs in the features; Updated autofocus system focuses in near-darkness; Fully weather-sealed; Very good dynamic range; In-body image stabilization; Dual-axis level with horizon correction.

  • Prone to moire, aliasing, and false color artifacts; Can seem intimidating at first; Fewer autofocus points than competitors; Doesn't take advantage of high-speed UHS-I flash cards; Movie feature set is very dated and file sizes huge.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A35

Nikon D4
Sony A35
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
Pentax K-5 IIs
Sony A35
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More viewfinder magnification

Compared to Canon 1DX

Nikon D4
Canon 1DX
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Pentax K-5 IIs
Canon 1DX
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Nikon D4
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • More cross-type AF points
Pentax K-5 IIs
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-500

Nikon D4
Pentax K-500
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Pentax K-5 IIs
Pentax K-500
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video

Compared to Nikon D4S

Nikon D4
Nikon D4S
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
Pentax K-5 IIs
Nikon D4S
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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