Nikon D5500 vs Pentax KP: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax KP: Both the Pentax KP and Nikon D5500 cameras feature 24.0MP APS-C sensors. However, which camera truly stands out as the better buy? Let's have a quick overview of the main features before we go into more detail.

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax KP Specs

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax KP – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax KP – Comparison

Nikon D5500Pentax KP
Sensor FormatAPS-C (DX)APS-C
Crop Factor1.5x1.5x
AA FilterNoneOn/Off
Image Resolution6000 x 40006016 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationNoYes
Lens MountNikon FX/DXPentax K
ISO100 - 25,600100 - 819,200
Expanded ISONoNone
AF Points3927
Cross-type AF Points925
Continuous Mode5fps7fps
LCD3.2" - Fully Articulated3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,036,800 dots921,600 dots
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
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/24000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size10028
RAW Buffer Size78
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
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)820 shots390 shots
Battery IncludedYes (EN-EL14a)Yes (D-LI109)
Weight14.8 oz (420g)24.7 oz (699g)
Size4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8"5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0"
Release Date20152017

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax KP 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
LCD Screen Size3″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution921k dots vs 1.037k dots
Microphone PortYes vs Yes
Timelapse RecordingYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes vs Yes

Pentax KP vs Nikon D5500 Size Comparison

The Nikon D5500 is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 8mm narrower, 4mm shorter and 6mm thinner than Pentax KP. It is also noticeably lighter than the Pentax KP. 283g  lighter.

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax KP – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax KP – Comparison

Sensor Comparison

Both the Pentax KP and the Nikon D5500 have APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors. However, the Nikon D5500 lacks an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. Without it, there's an increase in sharpness and detail. Although, there's also a slight increase in the chance of moire in certain photos.

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D5500

Touch ScreenYes vs No
Number of Focus Points39 vs 27
LCD Screen Size3.2″ vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution1.037k dots vs 921k dots
Battery Life820 shots vs 390 shots
Weight420 g vs 703 g
Flash Coverage12.0m vs 6.0m
Price$700 vs $1,000

Advantages of the Nikon D5500 Over Pentax KP

  • AF Points – 39 vs 27.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″ and it’s fully articulated.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution
  • Touchscreen Support
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 100 vs 28.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs 1/180.
  • Battery Life – 820 shots vs 390 shots.
  • Weight – The Nikon D5500 weighs 279g less.

Video: Nikon D5500 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Pentax KP

Built-in Image StabilizationSensor-shift vs None
Max ISO819.200 vs 25.600
Number of Cross Type Focus Points25 vs 9
Viewfinder Coverage100% vs 95%
Max Shutter Speed1/6000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting7.0fps vs 5.0fps
Environmental SealingYes vs No
Optical Viewfinder TypePentaprism vs Pentamirror
Pixel Shift HHigh-ResolutionModeYes vs No
Anti Alias Filter SimulatorYes vs No
Smartphone_remote controlYes vs No
 Support for UHS Memory CardsUHS-I vs none

Advantages of the Pentax KP Over the Nikon D5500

  • AA Filter – You can turn it on and off.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Pentax KP has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • ISO – 819,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • Cross-type AF Points – 25 vs 9.
  • Continuous mode – 7fps vs 5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • 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 – 1/24000 vs 1/4000.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Pentax KP is protected and suitable for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.

Video: Pentax KP Hands-on Review