• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Pentax KP advantages over Pentax K-1 II

  • Less expensive
    $747* vs $2197
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    699g vs 1010g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.0 fps vs 4.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/24000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Pentax K-1 II advantages over Pentax KP

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.88 vs 3.91 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 390 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    18 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    77 vs 35 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    17 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

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
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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 Pentax K-3 II

Pentax KP
Pentax K-3 II
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $830
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • Longer stills battery life
Pentax K-1 II
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $830
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Pentax K-1

Pentax KP
Pentax K-1
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Lighter weight
  • $1800
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-1 II
Pentax K-1
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $1800
  • 35mm

Compared to Nikon D5600

Pentax KP
Nikon D5600
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-1 II
Nikon D5600
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon T7i

Pentax KP
Canon T7i
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-1 II
Canon T7i
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon D850

Pentax KP
Nikon D850
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
Pentax K-1 II
Nikon D850
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
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