Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-70: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-70: How do these two Entry-Level DSLRs compare to each other? Both the Nikon D5500 and Pentax K-70 cameras have 24.0MP APS-C sensors. So, it's a close call. Here's a quick overview of the main specs and features before we go into more details.

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-70 Specs

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-70 – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-70 – Comparison

 Specifications

Nikon D5500

Pentax K-70

Megapixels24.224.2
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor FormatAPS-C (DX)APS-C
Crop Factor1.5x1.5x
AA FilterNoneOn/Off
Image Resolution6000 x 40006000 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationNoYes
Lens MountNikon FX/DXPentax K
ISO100 - 25,600100 - 102,400
Expanded ISONoNone
AF Points3911
Cross-type AF Points99
Continuous Mode5fps6fps
LCD3.2" - Fully Articulated3.0" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution1,036,800 dots921,600 dots
TouchscreenYesNo
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalOptical
Viewfinder Coverage95%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x0.95x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)1920x1080 (60i/50i/30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackNoNo
Memory Card TypeSDSD
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
SD UHS SupportUHS-IUHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/6000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size10047
RAW Buffer Size711
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/180
Startup Time0.4s1.0s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCNoNo
BluetoothNoNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)820 shots410 shots
Battery IncludedYes (EN-EL14a)Yes (D-LI109)
Weight14.8 oz (420g)23.9 oz (678g)
Size4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8"4.9 x 3.7 x 2.9"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20152016

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-70 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Optical) vs Yes (Optical)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
Max Resolution24 MP vs 24 MP
Continuous Shooting5.0fps vs 6.0fps
Microphone PortYes vs Yes
Timelapse RecordingYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes vs Yes
Selfie Friendly LCDYes vs Yes

Pentax K-70 vs Nikon D5500 Size Comparison

The Nikon D5500 is 2mm narrower and 4mm thinner than Pentax K-70 but it is also 4mm taller. It is also 268g lighter. A noticeable difference.

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-70 – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-70 – Comparison

Sensor Comparison

Both the Nikon D5500 and Pentax K-70 have APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors so sensor size and resolution is not different between these two cameras. And, both cameras lack an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. This increase sharpness and details.

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D5500

 Touch ScreenYes vs No
Number of Focus Points39 vs 11
LCD Screen Size3.2″ vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution1.037k dots vs 921k dots
Battery Life820 shots vs 410 shots
Weight420 g vs 688 g

Advantages of the Nikon D5500 Over Pentax K-70

  • AF Points – 39 vs 11.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution
  • Touchscreen Support
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 100 vs 47.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs 1/180.
  • Battery Life – 820 shots vs 410 shots.
  • Weight – The Nikon D5500 weighs 258g less.

Video: Nikon D5500 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Pentax K-70

Built-in Image StabilizationSensor-shift vs None
Max ISO102.400 vs 25.600
Viewfinder Coverage100% vs 95%
Max Shutter Speed1/6000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting6.0fps vs 5.0fps
Environmental SealingYes vs No
Price$599 vs $700
AE Bracketing Range±5 EVvs±2 EV
Optical Viewfinder TypePentaprismvsPentamirror
Pixel Shift HHigh-ResolutionModeYesvsNo
Anti Alias Filter SimulatorYesvsNo
Smartphone_remote controlYesvsNo
Support for UHS Memory CardsUHS-Ivsnone

Advantages of the Pentax K-70 Over the Nikon D5500

  • AA Filter – You can turn it on and off.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Pentax K-70 has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • ISO – 102,400 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • Continuous mode – 6fps vs 5fps. It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • Viewfinder Coverage – 100% vs 95%.
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/6000 vs 1/4000.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Pentax K-70 is much more protected for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.

Video: Pentax K-70 Hands-on Review