Nikon D750 vs Pentax K-1: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D750 vs Pentax K-1: Let’s compare two semi-pro DSLRs. The Nikon D750 with its Full frame 24.0 MP sensor and the Pentax K-1 with its 36.0 MP sensor. These are two of the top semi-professional cameras on the market right now. Here’s an overview of their specs before we go into detail.

Pentax K-1 vs Nikon D750 Specs

Nikon D750 vs Pentax K-1 – Comparison

Nikon D750 vs Pentax K-1 – Comparison


Nikon D750

Pentax K-1

Megapixels 24.3 36.4
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format Full Frame (FX) Full Frame
Crop Factor None None
AA Filter Yes On/Off
Image Resolution 6016 x 4016 7360 x 4912
Body Image Stabilization No Yes
Lens Mount Nikon FX Pentax K
ISO 100 – 12,800 100 – 204,800
Expanded ISO 50 – 51,200 None
AF Points 51 33
Cross-type AF Points 15 25
Continuous Mode 6.5fps 4.5fps
LCD 3.2″ – Articulating 3.2″ – Articulating
LCD Resolution 1,229,000 dots 1,036,800 dots
Touchscreen No No
Focus Peaking No Yes
Top LCD Display Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical Optical
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x 0.70x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p) 1920×1080 (60i/50i/30/25/24p)
1280×720 (60/50p) 1280×720 (60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack Yes Yes
Memory Card Type SD + SD SD + SD
Dual Card Slots Yes Yes
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 40 74
RAW Buffer Size 10 17
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/250 1/200
Startup Time 0.5s 1.2s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No Yes
Built-in NFC No No
Bluetooth No No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 1230 shots 760 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL15) Yes (D-LI90)
Weight 26.5 oz (750g) 35.8 oz (1,015g)
Size 5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1″ 5.4 x 4.3 x 3.4″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2014 2016

Nikon D750 vs Pentax K-1 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen 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 36 MP vs 24 MP
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.037k dots vs 1.229k dots
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Headphone Port Yes vs Yes
Environmental Sealing Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
Top LCD Display Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
AF Micro Adjustment (Fine Tune) Yes vs Yes
Storage Slot vs 2
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs Yes
Min Focus Sensitivity EV -3 vs EV -3

Pentax K-1 vs Nikon D750 Size Comparison

In the size department, the Pentax K-1 is 4mm narrower and 3mm shorter than the Nikon D750. However, it is also 8mm thicker.  And, the D750 is lighter by 170g.

Nikon D750 vs Pentax K-1 – Comparison

Nikon D750 vs Pentax K-1 – Comparison

Pentax K-1 vs Nikon D750 Sensor Comparison

The Pentax K-1 has a 36.0MP Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm ) sized CMOS sensor. The Nikon D750 has a 24.0MP Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features an Expeed 4 processor.

Noteworthy here is that the K-1 has 12MP more than the D750. The advantage is that you can crop and print larger images with more detail. Furthermore, the Pentax K-1’s sensor lacks anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. It increases the sharpness and level of detail but, at the same time, it increases the chance of moire.

Why You Should Choose The Pentax K-1

 Built-in Image Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
GPS Built-In vs None
Max Sensor Resolution 36 MP vs 24 MP
Max ISO 204.800 vs 12.800
Number of Cross Type Focus Points 25 vs 15
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Color Depth 25.4 vs 24.8
Dynamic Range 14.6 vs 14.5
Low-Light ISO 3280 vs 2956
Price $1,897 vs $2,000
Flash Sync Port Yes vs No
Pixel Shift High-Resolution Mode Yes vs No
Anti-Alias Filter Simulator Yes vs No
Astrotracer Mode Yes vs No
Operation Assist Lights Yes vs No
Support for UHS Memory Cards UHS-I vs none

Advantages of the Pentax K-1 Over Nikon D750

  • Megapixels – 12.1 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Pentax K-1 is a much better choice.
  • AA Filter – You can turn it on and off.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Pentax K-1 has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • ISO – 204,800 vs 51,200. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • Cross-type AF Points– 25 vs 15.
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 74 vs 40.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 17 vs 10.
  • Built-in GPS

Video: Pentax K-1 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D750

Built-in Flash Yes vs No
Number of Focus Points 51 vs 33
LCD Screen Resolution 1.229k dots vs 1.037k dots
Continuous Shooting 6.5fps vs 4.4fps
Battery Life 1230 shots vs 760 shots
Weight 840 g vs 1010 g
Sensor Pixel Area 35.66µmvs 23.83µm2
Autofocus at f/8 aperture 11 points v snone

Advantages of the Nikon D750 Over the Pentax K-1

  • AF Points – 51 vs 33.
  • Continuous mode – 6.5fps vs 4.5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Built-in Flash
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200.
  • Battery Life – 1230 shots vs 760 shots.
  • Weight – The Nikon D750 weighs 265g less.

Video: Nikon D750 Hands-on Review

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