Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70

Nikon D3400 front
Pentax K-70 front

Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70 Key Specs

Nikon D3400
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 395g - 124 x 98 x 76mm
  • Launched August 2016
  • Previous Model is Nikon D3300
  • Replacement is Nikon D3500
Pentax K-70
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Revealed June 2016
  • Updated by Pentax KF
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Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70 Overview

The following is a thorough overview of the Nikon D3400 and Pentax K-70, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the D3400 (24MP) and the K-70 (24MP) is relatively close and both cameras have the same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The D3400 was released 3 months after the K-70 so they are of a similar generation. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before diving straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the D3400 scores vs the K-70 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D3400 over the Pentax K-70

 D3400 K-70 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Nikon D3400

 K-70 D3400 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon D3400 and Pentax K-70

 D3400 K-70 
RevealedAugust 2016June 2016Same generation
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Screen resolution921k921kIdentical screen resolution
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70 Physical Comparison

If you are going to travel with your camera often, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Nikon D3400 features exterior measurements of 124mm x 98mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") with a weight of 395 grams (0.87 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-70 has sizing of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") with a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs).

Analyze the Nikon D3400 and Pentax K-70 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the D3400 compared to the K-70.

Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the D3400 and K-70 is 70 and 62 respectively.

Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very hard to see the contrast in sensor dimensions only by researching technical specs. The picture underneath may provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the D3400 and K-70.

As you have seen, both the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same exact resolution so you should expect comparable quality of pictures though you should really consider the production date of the cameras into account.

Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70 sensor size comparison

Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D3400 Portrait photography details
Pentax K-70 Portrait photography details
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D3400 Street photography advice
Pentax K-70 Street photography advice
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than competition (395g)
great high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment proof
great high ISO (102,400)
more heavy than average in class (688 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon D3400
Sports photography with Pentax K-70
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
great battery (1,200 shots)
supports phase detect autofocus
slow frames per second (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
high shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proof
comes with phase detect autofocus
low fps (6.0 fps)
bad battery pack (410 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D3400
Travel photography with Pentax K-70
great battery (1,200 CIPA)
lighter than competition (395 grams)
supports bluetooth
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
flash built-in
no Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
environment proof
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
bad battery pack (410 per charge)
more heavy than average in class (688 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D3400 Landscape photography factors
Pentax K-70 Landscape photography factors
focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
great high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
great battery (1,200 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
no Time Lapse recording
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
great high ISO (102,400)
supports RAW files
environment proof
bad battery pack (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D3400 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K-70 as a Vlogging camera
includes face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (395 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
no external mic support
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone support
more heavy than average in class (688g)
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Nikon D3400 vs Pentax K-70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D3400 and Pentax K-70
 Nikon D3400Pentax K-70
General Information
Brand Nikon Pentax
Model Nikon D3400 Pentax K-70
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2016-08-17 2016-06-08
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed 4 PRIME MII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 102400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points 1 9
Lens mount Nikon F Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses 309 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 921k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x 0.63x
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/6000s
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/200s -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Optional Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 395 grams (0.87 pounds) 688 grams (1.52 pounds)
Physical dimensions 124 x 98 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 86 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 24.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 13.9 not tested
DXO Low light score 1192 not tested
Battery life 1200 shots 410 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL14a -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures)) Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $397 $649