• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 624.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1000.00mm (35mm eq.)

Buy From

Differences

Pentax X70 advantages over Nikon P520

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.53 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Lighter weight
    411g vs 550g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Nikon P520 advantages over Pentax X70

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,000 mm vs 624 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    8 years vs 12 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    18.1 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    8 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Buy From

Your purchases support this site

Your purchases support this site

Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Olympus SP-590UZ

Pentax X70
Olympus SP-590UZ
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster shutter
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer exposure
Nikon P520
Olympus SP-590UZ
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon P90

Pentax X70
Nikon P90
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Faster shutter
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
Nikon P520
Nikon P90
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Pentax X90

Pentax X70
Pentax X90
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out
Nikon P520
Pentax X90
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon P510

Pentax X70
Nikon P510
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon P520
Nikon P510
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Nikon P530

Pentax X70
Nikon P530
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon P520
Nikon P530
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 24p video
Compare Other Cameras?