• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Nikon D7200 advantages over Pentax K-70

  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1110 vs 410 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • 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
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    18 vs 11 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Pentax K-70 advantages over Nikon D7200

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $797 vs $1097
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs None
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.1 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • 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

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Rugged, weather-sealed body; Great ergonomics and loads of controls; Accurate optical viewfinder; Excellent image quality; Decent burst speed; Swift autofocus; Generous buffer depths; Superb battery life

  • Mixes plastic and magnesium-alloy panels on exterior; LCD monitor can't be tilted or swiveled; Presents a steep learning curve; No focus peaking in live view; Video mode feels a bit of an afterthought; New Wi-Fi features are rough around the edges

  • 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 D7500

Nikon D7200
Nikon D7500
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-70
Nikon D7500
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D7200
Pentax K-3
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-70
Pentax K-3
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Top deck display

Compared to Sony A77 II

Nikon D7200
Sony A77 II
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Pentax K-70
Sony A77 II
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC

Compared to Canon T6s

Nikon D7200
Canon T6s
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $780
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-70
Canon T6s
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $780
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • NFC

Compared to Canon 80D

Nikon D7200
Canon 80D
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-70
Canon 80D
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
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