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
|Sensor Format||Full Frame (FX)||Full Frame|
|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|
|Cross-type AF Points||15||25|
|LCD||3.2″ – Articulating||3.2″ – Articulating|
|LCD Resolution||1,229,000 dots||1,036,800 dots|
|Top LCD Display||Yes||Yes|
|Video Resolution||1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)||1920×1080 (60i/50i/30/25/24p)|
|1280×720 (60/50p)||1280×720 (60/50p)|
|Memory Card Type||SD + SD||SD + SD|
|Dual Card Slots||Yes||Yes|
|SD UHS Support||UHS-I||UHS-I|
|Fastest Shutter Speed||1/4000||1/8000|
|Slowest Shutter Speed||30″||30″|
|JPEG Buffer Size||40||74|
|RAW Buffer Size||10||17|
|Max Flash Sync Speed||1/250||1/200|
|USB Type||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|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″|
Nikon D750 vs Pentax K-1 Common Features
|Wireless Connection||Yes vs Yes||Better connectivity|
|Articulating Screen||Yes vs Yes||Flexible shooting positions|
|External Flash Shoe||Yes vs Yes||Better for flash photography|
|Viewfinder||Yes (Optical) vs Yes (Optical)||Better framing and control|
|RAW Support||Yes vs Yes||Better image quality|
|Face Detection Focus||Yes vs Yes||Useful for portraits|
|Max Resolution||36 MP vs 24 MP||Bigger prints and more details|
|LCD Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3.2″||Large display|
|LCD Screen Resolution||1.037k dots vs 1.229k dots||Higher resolution screens|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs Yes||High-quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs Yes||Better video control|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs Yes||Creative shooting|
|Top LCD Display||Yes vs Yes||Helps to view and change settings easily|
|AE Bracketing||Yes vs Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|AF Micro Adjustment (Fine Tune)||Yes vs Yes||Adjust each lens for accurate focusing|
|Storage Slot||2 vs 2||Extra Storage Slot|
|Smartphone Remote Control||Yes vs Yes||Remote control your camera with a smartphone|
|Min Focus Sensitivity||EV -3 vs EV -3||Autofocus in very low light|
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.
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||All the lenses are stabilized|
|GPS||Built-In vs None||Track your location|
|Max Sensor Resolution||36 MP vs 24 MP||50% more pixels|
|Max ISO||204.800 vs 12.800||1500% higher Max ISO|
|Number of Cross Type Focus Points||25 vs 15||10 more cross type focus points|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000s vs 1/4000s||Faster shutter speed|
|Color Depth||25.4 vs 24.8||Higher color depth|
|Dynamic Range||14.6 vs 14.5||Higher dynamic range|
|Low-Light ISO||3280 vs 2956||Better High ISO performance|
|Price||$1,897 vs $2,000||$103 cheaper|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Pixel Shift High-Resolution Mode||Yes vs No||Increased resolution with pixel shift|
|Anti-Alias Filter Simulator||Yes vs No||Turn on Anti-Alias filter effect to minimise Moire|
|Astrotracer Mode||Yes vs No||Great for Astrophotography|
|Operation Assist Lights||Yes vs No||LED lights on the body to illuminate in dark conditions|
|Support for UHS Memory Cards||UHS-I vs none||Read/Write in Ultra High Speeds|
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||Useful in low-light|
|Number of Focus Points||51 vs 33||18 more focus points|
|LCD Screen Resolution||1.229k dots vs 1.037k dots||18% higher resolution screen|
|Continuous Shooting||6.5fps vs 4.4fps||2.1 fps faster|
|Battery Life||1230 shots vs 760 shots||470 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||840 g vs 1010 g||170 g lighter|
|Sensor Pixel Area||35.66µm2 vs 23.83µm2||49% larger pixel area|
|Autofocus at f/8 aperture||11 points v snone||Autofocus with teleconverters|
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.