• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 204,800
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Pentax K-1 advantages over Olympus E-M1 II

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $195 vs $1699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.88 vs 3.36 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,280 vs 1,312 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.6 vs 12.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 760 vs 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 20.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs None
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus E-M1 II advantages over Pentax K-1

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Lighter weight
    574g vs 1015g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.6 fps vs 4.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.6 fps vs 4.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    51 vs 17 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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

  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Unlocks the full potential of full-frame Pentax lenses; Excellent image quality; Great ergonomics and build; Very compact for full-frame; Decent performance; Fast autofocus with great low-light capabilities; Very wide sensitivity range; Bright, accurate viewfinder; Articulated LCD; Stabilization, Wi-Fi and GPS in-camera

  • No built-in flash strobe; Quite heavy compared to APS-C flagships; Somewhat soft images and blown highlights by default in JPEG mode; Warm Auto white balance indoors; Slow startup and buffer clearing; Small top-deck status display; Weak viewfinder illumination; Below-average battery life for DSLR

  • Excellent image quality; Very good dynamic range & high ISO performance; Fantastic C-AF performance; Incredible burst rates, even with RAW; 4K UHD & Cinema 4K (DCI) video; Clean HDMI; Dual SD card slots.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Pentax K-1
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1264
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D810

Pentax K-1
Nikon D810
  • $1264
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Olympus E-M1 II
Nikon D810
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Pentax K-1
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1264
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2999
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Olympus E-M1 II
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Pentax K-1
Panasonic GH5
  • $1264
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GH5
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Panasonic G9

Pentax K-1
Panasonic G9
  • $1264
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic G9
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Longer video battery life
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Top deck display
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