• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Pentax K-1 II advantages over Nikon Z6

  • 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
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 380 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    105 mm vs 70 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 24.5 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    77 vs 47 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 204800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon Z6 advantages over Pentax K-1 II

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More dots on screen
    2100k vs 1037k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.80x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.0 fps vs 4.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    35 vs 17 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1 II
Pentax K-1
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
Nikon Z6
Pentax K-1
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Pentax K-1 II
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Nikon Z6
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon D850

Pentax K-1 II
Nikon D850
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Nikon Z6
Nikon D850
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony A7 III

Pentax K-1 II
Sony A7 III
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • High resolution composite
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon Z6
Sony A7 III
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Canon EOS R

Pentax K-1 II
Canon EOS R
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon Z6
Canon EOS R
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
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