Pentax K-70 vs Nikon D5500 Comparison

Here is a quick comparison for the Pentax K-70 vs Nikon D5500 entry-level digital SLR cameras with APS-c sized image sensors.

The newly announced Pentax K-70 offers a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor while Nikon’s D5500 offers exactly the same resolution and sensor size. Both cameras has almost the same price value so what may be the main differences when consider their specs list.

The Pentax K-70 ($649,95Amazon | B&H | Adorama) is a new all-weather digital SLR camera featuring a hinged LCD screen, Hybrid AF system. It comes packed with a 24.24-megapixel CMOS sensor with no anti-aliasing filter, while the PRIME MII image processor allows for 14-bit readout and a maximum ISO of 102,400.

The Nikon D5500 features a 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. The DSLR comes with a full articulated touch screen and powered by an EXPEED 4 image processor. See the best lenses we’ve covered earlier.

Comparison Table of Pentax K-70 vs Nikon D5500 DSLR Cameras

Pentax K-70 vs Nikon D5500 Comparison

Below you can see the specs comparison table of Pentax K-70 vs Nikon D5500 digital cameras. Some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.

Features  Pentax K-70 Nikon D5500
Megapixel 24-Megapixels 24-Megapixels
Sensor size / type APS-C (23.5 x15.6 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 m)
Low –Pass filter No Yes
Image Processor PRIME MII Expeed 4
AF Points 11 points 39 points
Image Stabilization Sensor shift No
AF System Hybrid sensor Phase detect
ISO Sensitivity 100-102,400 100-25600
Shutter Min – Max 30 sec 1/6000 sec 30 sec 1/4000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 6fps 5fps
Video 1080i / 60 fps / 50 fps

1080p / 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps

720p / 60 fps / 50 fps

1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps

1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps   640 x 424: 30 fps, 25 fps

Display 3″ Rear Screen Swivel  LCD (921k dots) 3.2″ Rear Touchscreen Swivel  LCD (1,037,000)
Viewfinder Optical pentaprism (100%) Optical pentamirror (95%)
Hot-shoe Yes Yes
Battery Life   410 shots 820 shots
Environmentally sealed Yes No
Dimensions 126 x 93 x 74 mm 143 x 104 x 81 mm
Weight 688g 420g

  • Jon Osterman

    This is a fake comparison: (1) K70 has no low pass filter (2) Bionz Processor is SONY processor, you correctly put in the article before, the image processor of K70 is PRIME MII, (3) K70 has pentaprism with cover of 100% not pentamirror.

    • dcnadmin

      Haha it’s a real comparison with some human errors. 🙂 Sorry for that. Even i checked several times the article sometimes eyes can make these mistakes. All are corrected now.

  • TinusVerdino

    AF-system K-70 PDAF and Hybrid PDAF/CDAF in liveview and video D5500 PDAF and CDAF in live view and Video.

    Video K-70 has maximum of 1080i 60p and the D5500 1080p 60p

    also the K-70 can operate screw drive AF lenses, the D5500 can’t
    K-70 is weather sealed, the D5500 is not.

  • Sakaphoto Graphics

    The D5500 is not environmentally sealed.