Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7

Nikon Coolpix S6000 front
Pentax K-7 front

Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7 Key Specs

Nikon S6000
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.7-5.6) lens
  • 156g - 97 x 55 x 25mm
  • Announced February 2010
Pentax K-7
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 2000 (Push to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 750g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Introduced October 2009
  • Replacement is Pentax K-5
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Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7 Overview

In this article, we are analyzing the Nikon S6000 and Pentax K-7, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Advanced DSLR by companies Nikon and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the S6000 (14MP) and the K-7 (15MP) is fairly close but the S6000 (1/2.3") and K-7 (APS-C) feature totally different sensor sizes.

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The S6000 was revealed 5 months after the K-7 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon S6000 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-7 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before we go through a in depth comparison, below is a simple summation of how the S6000 scores vs the K-7 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6000 over the Pentax K-7

 S6000 K-7 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-7 over the Nikon S6000

 K-7 S6000 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kClearer display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S6000 and Pentax K-7

 S6000 K-7 
IntroducedFebruary 2010October 2009Same generation
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera often, you should consider its weight and measurements. The Nikon S6000 features outside dimensions of 97mm x 55mm x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") with a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs) while the Pentax K-7 has proportions of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") having a weight of 750 grams (1.65 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you use at that time. Following is the front view dimensions comparison of the S6000 and the K-7.

Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the S6000 and K-7 is 94 and 60 respectively.

Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's tough to see the gap in sensor dimensions only by looking through specifications. The pic here will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the S6000 and K-7.

Plainly, both cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The S6000 having a smaller sensor will make shooting shallow DOF trickier and the Pentax K-7 will result in greater detail because of its extra 1 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop images a little more aggressively.

Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6000 Portrait photography features
Pentax K-7 Portrait photography features
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
focusing manually
decent MP (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6000 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-7 as a Street photography camera
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6000 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-7 as a Sports photography camera
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
slow fps (3.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S6000
Travel photography with Pentax K-7
good megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
environment sealing
decent MP (15 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6000 Landscape photography details
Pentax K-7 Landscape photography details
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
lack of Timelapse function
focusing manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6000 Vlogging advice
Pentax K-7 Vlogging advice
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone jack
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focus
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic socket
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Nikon S6000 vs Pentax K-7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6000 and Pentax K-7
 Nikon Coolpix S6000Pentax K-7
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Pentax
Model Nikon Coolpix S6000 Pentax K-7
Class Small Sensor Compact Advanced DSLR
Announced 2010-02-03 2009-10-02
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Expeed C2 Prime II
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 15MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 4320 x 3240 4672 x 3104
Highest native ISO 3200 2000
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 11
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 28-196mm (7.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.7-5.6 -
Macro focus range 2cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology - TFT color LCD with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.61x
Minimum shutter speed 8s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 13.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/180s
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 1536 x 1024 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 156g (0.34 pounds) 750g (1.65 pounds)
Dimensions 97 x 55 x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 61
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.6
DXO Low light score not tested 536
Battery life - 980 images
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL12 D-LI90
Self timer Yes (3 sec or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/MMC
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $300 $599