Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-3 II Comparison

This Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-3 II Comparison comparison shows what separates these DSLRs with a view of featured categories.

The Nikon D7500 borrows quite a bit of the tech from Nikon’s top-of-the-range DX-format DSLR, the D500. The DSLR offers a 20.9-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. The biggest advantage of the camera is the bigger buffer and a better AF system.

Pentax K-3 II features a 24.35 effective megapixel APS-c sensor. It has built-in 5-axis stabilization and the option of turning off the AA filter effect. Dustproof, weather-resistant construction is ideal for capturing shots outdoors.

Let’s have a brief look at the main features of Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-3 II. So what may be the main differences when consider their specs list?

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Specifications comparison of the Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-3 II Cameras

Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-3 II Comparison

If you’re trying to decide which one to buy as your first camera, here are the differences of Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-3 II cameras. you can see some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.

Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-3 II Comparison Table

Features Nikon D7500 Pentax K-3 II
Sensor resolution 20.9MP APS-C CMOS 24.3 MP APS-C CMOS
AA Filter No On/Off
Max Image Resolution 5568 x 3712 6016 x 4000
Body image stabilization Video only Yes
ISO ISO 50 (exp)/ISO 100 – ISO 51200/ISO 1,640,000 (exp) 100 – 51,200
not expandable
AF System 51 point AF
(15 cross-type)
27 point AF
(15 cross-type)
LCD 3.2″ / 8 cm Titling touchscreen 921,600 dots 3.2″ Fixed TFT-LCD 1,036,000 dots
Viewfinder Optical
100% coverage
0.94x/0.63 x
Optical (Pentaprism)
0.95x magnification
100% coverage
Shutter Speed 30-1/8000 sec 30-1/8000 sec
Built-in Flash Yes No
Burst Speed 8fps 8fps
Exposure Compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Video Recording
(max. res)
H.264 QuickTime MOV 4K UHD/30p, 25p, 24p 1920×1080 (60i/50i/30/25/24p)
SD Card Slots 1 card slot supports UHS-I Dual card slots supports UHS-I
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Jpeg Buffer Size 100 60
RAW Buffer Size 50 22
Mic Input Yes Yes
Headphone Jack Yes Yes
Wireless Connectivity Wi-Fi with Snapbridge None
Built-in GPS None Yes
USB Charge Yes Yes
Environmentally Sealed Yes Yes
Battery Life 950 shots 720 shots
Dimensions 5.35 x 4.09 x 2.87″ (136 x 104 x 73 mm) 5.2 x 4.0 x 3.1″ (141 x 113 x 78 mm)
Weight 22.58 oz (640g) 27.07 oz (785g)
Price $1,250 $846


As a verdict, we can say both cameras features Aps-c image sensor. Even both cameras look very identical in the specs list, Nikon D7500 has a lot more AF points, LCD with touchscreen support, 4K video recording and a bigger buffer for burst shooting.

The price difference of Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-3 II is huge. We recommend the D7500, but according to your budget the K3-II is also a good budget-friendly DSLR in this segment.

  • Roland Delhomme

    K-3II is brutally, brutally sharp to the point that for best results, you might want to back off on jpeg sharpening settings. There is still so much absolute range of control in that little monster, a year in, shooting both D500 and K-3II, the K-3II leaves me feeling like an amateur driving a Ferrari. Lots of room for me to grow into the capabilities of that amazing instrument, and if absolute sharpness and hyper crisp images are an obsession or a requirement, its pixel shift resolution feature allows for unbelievable astro images and macro, other shots, while the GPS enabled astro tracer allows you to do long exposure and stacked, composite shots with star motion cancelled out by the sensor’s tracking. Simply amazing and built like a metal ingot, but light and extremely comfortable to hold. D500 is also a pure joy, a very easy camera to love and a real swift shooter with very deep buffer for high frame rate shooting.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Hmm, no mention of a built-in GPS, do think that is something people would like to know????
    You make a built-in flash important but not the GPS, seems fair.

  • Weevil

    Nikon biased review IMHO!
    They did not mention about the Pentax K-3 II the fact that it has :
    – In-body stabilization
    – GPS
    – Pixel-Shif Hi-Res Mode
    – Focus-Peaking
    – Astrotracer feature (this IS a GREAT feature for astrophotography!)
    – and apart from a lot of little goodies, it also has a user friendly menu system.

    And the fact that the Pentax had those features 2 years ago…
    Now Nikon just got even… for 1.5x the price… not imperssive at all! (OK I admit about the AF performance of Nikon… BUT! the K-3II is not bad at all!, I have made very good BIF shots using a a 300mm with a 1.4x HD TC without problem!)

  • Fran Grau

    You have missed that the K-3 II has GPS (+astrotracer). You explain about the weather/dust resistantance, but it is not in the features table nor the conclusion. (for some people that might be a game changer)
    The K-3 II also has pixel shift, which for landscape photography is a big plus. It also comes with a top display, which the D7500 doesn’t have.
    On the other hand the D7500 is a new body, whereas the K-3 II is 2+ years old. The KP might be a better challenger to the D7500 nowadays.