• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Nikon D5300 advantages over Pentax K-70

  • Less expensive
    $517 vs $797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 600 vs 410 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More AF points
    39 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 47 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Pentax K-70 advantages over Nikon D5300

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.63x vs 0.55x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs None
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.1 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    11 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen 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

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality similar to more expensive DSLRs (like the D7100); Great dynamic range; Responsive all-around performer; Excellent Full HD video-shooting quality; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Built-in GPS; Compact and lightweight size; 18-140mm kit lens performs well for its type and has a very versatile focus length range.

  • AA-filterless sensor makes it more prone to moire; Burst speed slows with highest quality 14-bit RAW images; Live View mode not as good as some competitors; No external headphone jack; GPS receiver not very sensitive.

  • Huge bang for the buck; Great image quality; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast autofocus; Good burst frame rate with deep buffer; Pentaprism viewfinder; Twin control dials; Articulated LCD; Comprehensive weather-sealing and freeze-proofing; Unbelievable wealth of rare to unique (yet very useful) features

  • Wi-Fi wireless communication is slow, clumsy and unintuitive; Video autofocus is prone to hunting or racking focus; Slow buffer clearing; Rather heavy for an entry-level DSLR; Autofocus and metering systems are a bit dated; Below average battery life

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D5300
Nikon D5200
  • $587
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Pentax K-70
Nikon D5200
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7100

Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
  • $587
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Pentax K-70
Nikon D7100
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $587
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $833
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-70
Pentax K-3
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $833
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Top deck display

Compared to Canon T6s

Nikon D5300
Canon T6s
  • $587
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $716
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • NFC
Pentax K-70
Canon T6s
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $716
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • NFC

Compared to Canon 77D

Nikon D5300
Canon 77D
  • $587
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • NFC
Pentax K-70
Canon 77D
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
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