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Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70

Portability
72
Imaging
69
Features
70
Overall
69
Nikon D3500 front
 
Pentax K-70 front
Portability
62
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
72

Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70 Key Specs

Nikon D3500
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 365g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
  • Announced August 2018
  • Previous Model is Nikon D3400
Pentax K-70
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Revealed June 2016
  • Successor is Pentax KF
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Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70 Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Nikon D3500 and Pentax K-70, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by brands Nikon and Pentax. The image resolution of the D3500 (24MP) and the K-70 (24MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras offer the identical sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The D3500 was launched 2 years after the K-70 which is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before diving right into a more detailed comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the D3500 scores versus the K-70 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D3500 over the Pentax K-70

 D3500 K-70 
RevealedAugust 2018June 2016Newer by 28 months

Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Nikon D3500

 K-70 D3500 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon D3500 and Pentax K-70

 D3500 K-70 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Display resolution921k921kThe same display resolution
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera frequently, you'll need to think about its weight and size. The Nikon D3500 enjoys exterior dimensions of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") along with a weight of 365 grams (0.80 lbs) and the Pentax K-70 has specifications of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") having a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you select at that moment. Here is a front view scale comparison of the D3500 against the K-70.

Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the D3500 and K-70 is 72 and 62 respectively.

Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to imagine the difference between sensor dimensions only by checking specifications. The picture underneath should provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the D3500 and K-70.

To sum up, both cameras feature the identical sensor size and the same megapixels and you can expect similar quality of images though you should really consider the age of the products into consideration. The younger D3500 should have an advantage in sensor technology.

Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70 sensor size comparison

Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D3500 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-70 as a Portrait photography camera
81
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW files
80
has manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D3500 Street photography information
Pentax K-70 Street photography information
69
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than average in class (365g)
great high ISO (25,600)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
71
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
great ISO range (102,400)
more heavy than others in class (688 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D3500 Sports photography features
Pentax K-70 Sports photography features
70
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
good battery power (1,550 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect AF
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
72
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proofing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
terrible battery life (410 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D3500 Travel photography information
Pentax K-70 Travel photography information
71
good battery power (1,550 per charge)
lighter than average in class (365g)
connects via bluetooth
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
no Timelapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
64
weather proofing
good MP (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
terrible battery life (410 per charge)
more heavy than others in class (688g)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D3500 Landscape photography information
Pentax K-70 Landscape photography information
75
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
does not have low pass filter
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
good battery power (1,550 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
no Timelapse mode
78
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
no low pass filter
great ISO range (102,400)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
terrible battery life (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D3500 Vlogging factors
Pentax K-70 Vlogging factors
31
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (365g)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
no microphone support
71
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external microphone support
more heavy than others in class (688 grams)
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Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D3500 and Pentax K-70
 Nikon D3500Pentax K-70
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Pentax
Model Nikon D3500 Pentax K-70
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2018-08-29 2016-06-08
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by 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 surface area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 25600 102400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount Nikon F Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 309 151
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 921 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x 0.63x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/6000s
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt 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
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 365 gr (0.80 pounds) 688 gr (1.52 pounds)
Physical dimensions 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 1550 shots 410 shots
Style of battery 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
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots 1 1
Retail pricing $397 $649