• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Pentax KP advantages over Sony RX100 VA

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.91 vs 2.41 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
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 390 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony RX100 VA advantages over Pentax KP

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/180 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    16 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
  • Lighter weight
    299g vs 699g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    23.9 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    233 vs 35 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    23.9 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    103 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • 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

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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
Sony RX100 VA
Pentax K-3 II
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $830
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX100 V

Pentax KP
Sony RX100 V
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony RX100 VA
Sony RX100 V
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • Newer
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $896
  • 1 inch

Compared to Nikon D5600

Pentax KP
Nikon D5600
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony RX100 VA
Nikon D5600
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon T7i

Pentax KP
Canon T7i
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony RX100 VA
Canon T7i
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon G7X Mark III

Pentax KP
Canon G7X Mark III
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $749
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Sony RX100 VA
Canon G7X Mark III
  • $896
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $749
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
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