• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

Buy From

Differences

Pentax K-70 advantages over Pentax KP

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Pentax KP advantages over Pentax K-70

  • More cross-type AF points
    25 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    27 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 6.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.0 fps vs 6.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/24000 vs 1/6000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

User reviews

Buy From

Your purchases support this site

Buy the Pentax K-70

Your purchases support this site

Buy the Pentax KP

Review Excerpt

  • 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 Canon T6s

Pentax K-70
Canon T6s
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • NFC
Pentax KP
Canon T6s
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon D7200

Pentax K-70
Nikon D7200
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
Pentax KP
Nikon D7200
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon D5600

Pentax K-70
Nikon D5600
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Pentax KP
Nikon D5600
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon 77D

Pentax K-70
Canon 77D
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Pentax KP
Canon 77D
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon T7i

Pentax K-70
Canon T7i
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Pentax KP
Canon T7i
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Compare Other Cameras?