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

Megapixels 24.2 24.2
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C (DX) APS-C
Crop Factor 1.5x 1.5x
AA Filter None On/Off
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization No Yes
Lens Mount Nikon FX/DX Pentax K
ISO 100 - 25,600 100 - 102,400
Expanded ISO No None
AF Points 39 11
Cross-type AF Points 9 9
Continuous Mode 5fps 6fps
LCD 3.2" - Fully Articulated 3.0" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution 1,036,800 dots 921,600 dots
Touchscreen Yes No
Focus Peaking No Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type Optical Optical
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.82x 0.95x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p) 1920x1080 (60i/50i/30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p) 1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD
Dual Card Slots No No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/6000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 30"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 100 47
RAW Buffer Size 7 11
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/180
Startup Time 0.4s 1.0s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC No No
Bluetooth No No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 820 shots 410 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL14a) Yes (D-LI109)
Weight 14.8 oz (420g) 23.9 oz (678g)
Size 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8" 4.9 x 3.7 x 2.9"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2015 2016

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-70 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen Yes vs Yes
Built-in Flash Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Optical) vs Yes (Optical)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 24 MP
Continuous Shooting 5.0fps vs 6.0fps
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
Selfie Friendly LCD Yes 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 Screen Yes vs No
Number of Focus Points 39 vs 11
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.037k dots vs 921k dots
Battery Life 820 shots vs 410 shots
Weight 420 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 Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Max ISO 102.400 vs 25.600
Viewfinder Coverage 100% vs 95%
Max Shutter Speed 1/6000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 6.0fps vs 5.0fps
Environmental Sealing Yes vs No
Price $599 vs $700
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EVvs±2 EV
Optical Viewfinder Type PentaprismvsPentamirror
Pixel Shift HHigh-ResolutionMode YesvsNo
Anti Alias Filter Simulator YesvsNo
Smartphone_remote control YesvsNo
Support for UHS Memory Cards UHS-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