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 D5500 Pentax KP
Megapixels 24.2 24.3
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 6016 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization No Yes
Lens Mount Nikon FX/DX Pentax K
ISO 100 - 25,600 100 - 819,200
Expanded ISO No None
AF Points 39 27
Cross-type AF Points 9 25
Continuous Mode 5fps 7fps
LCD 3.2" - Fully Articulated 3.0" - Articulating
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 1/24000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 30"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 100 28
RAW Buffer Size 7 8
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 390 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL14a) Yes (D-LI109)
Weight 14.8 oz (420g) 24.7 oz (699g)
Size 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8" 5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2015 2017

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax KP 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
LCD Screen Size 3″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution 921k dots vs 1.037k dots
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes 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 Screen Yes vs No
Number of Focus Points 39 vs 27
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.037k dots vs 921k dots
Battery Life 820 shots vs 390 shots
Weight 420 g vs 703 g
Flash Coverage 12.0m 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 Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Max ISO 819.200 vs 25.600
Number of Cross Type Focus Points 25 vs 9
Viewfinder Coverage 100% vs 95%
Max Shutter Speed 1/6000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 7.0fps vs 5.0fps
Environmental Sealing Yes vs No
Optical Viewfinder Type Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
Pixel Shift HHigh-ResolutionMode Yes vs No
Anti Alias Filter Simulator Yes vs No
Smartphone_remote control Yes vs No
 Support for UHS Memory Cards UHS-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