• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Nikon D7500 advantages over Pentax K-1 II

  • Less expensive
    $1197 vs $2197
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 950 vs 670 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More AF points
    51 vs 33
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.2 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.2 fps vs 4.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    47 vs 17 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    1638400 vs 819200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Pentax K-1 II advantages over Nikon D7500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.88 vs 4.22 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    25 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    15 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.63x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 20.9 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs None
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • New carbon fiber body is light, compact and very comfortable; Same excellent image quality as the flagship D500; Quick 8.2 frames per second burst shooting with generous buffer; Very fast, accurate autofocus; Tilting touch-screen display; Very good battery life; Records ultra high-def 4K and 60fps Full HD too.

  • Only a single flash card slot; Doesn't support portrait / battery grip accessories; No rear infrared receiver any more; non-CPU AI lenses will be manual only; 4K video comes with a heavy crop; Movie AF is prone to hunting, Extended ISO sensitivities are a gimmick.

  • Excellent build and comfortable handling; Bright, roomy viewfinder and articulated LCD; Great image quality; Good performance for the class; In-camera stabilization, GPS and Wi-Fi; Incredibly feature-rich design.

  • Bulkier than APS-C DSLRs; Top ISOs are for the spec sheet, not the real world; JPEGs are a bit punchy by default; Slow startup; Below-average battery life; Only a relatively modest update to the K-1.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7200

Nikon D7500
Nikon D7200
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1137
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach
Pentax K-1 II
Nikon D7200
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1137
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 80D

Nikon D7500
Canon 80D
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Fast startup
  • $1093
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • NFC
Pentax K-1 II
Canon 80D
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1093
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-70

Nikon D7500
Pentax K-70
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $596
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Pentax K-1 II
Pentax K-70
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $596
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Nikon D7500
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2823
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-1 II
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2823
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon 77D

Nikon D7500
Canon 77D
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Pentax K-1 II
Canon 77D
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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