Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF

Nikon D5200 front
Pentax KF front

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF Key Specs

Nikon D5200
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Expand to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 555g - 129 x 98 x 78mm
  • Launched May 2013
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D5100
  • Replacement is Nikon D5300
Pentax KF
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.00" 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
  • 684g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Released November 2022
  • Superseded the Pentax K-70
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Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF Overview

The following is a comprehensive assessment of the Nikon D5200 and Pentax KF, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by companies Nikon and Pentax. The resolution of the D5200 (24MP) and the KF (24MP) is fairly well matched and they use the exact same sensor size (APS-C).

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The D5200 was announced 10 years prior to the KF which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before we go through a complete comparison, below is a concise summary of how the D5200 grades versus the KF for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D5200 over the Pentax KF

 D5200 KF 

Reasons to pick Pentax KF over the Nikon D5200

 KF D5200 
ReleasedNovember 2022May 2013Newer by 115 months
Display resolution1040k921kClearer display (+119k dot)

Common features in the Nikon D5200 and Pentax KF

 D5200 KF 
Manual focus More precise focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display dimension3"3.00"Identical display size
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera frequently, you need to factor its weight and proportions. The Nikon D5200 enjoys external measurements of 129mm x 98mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1") along with a weight of 555 grams (1.22 lbs) whilst the Pentax KF has measurements of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") having a weight of 684 grams (1.51 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are employing at the time. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the D5200 vs the KF.

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the D5200 and KF is 66 and 63 respectively.

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF top view buttons comparison

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to imagine the gap between sensor dimensions purely by reading through a spec sheet. The image below will help give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the D5200 and KF.

As you can see, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the exact same MP therefore you can expect similar quality of images but you should take the age of the products into consideration. The more aged D5200 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF sensor size comparison

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D5200 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax KF as a Portrait photography camera
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
has manual focus
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D5200 Street photography information
Pentax KF Street photography information
screen can move to multiple angles
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no image stabilization
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
great high ISO (102,400)
more heavy than competition in class (684 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D5200 Sports photography features
Pentax KF Sports photography features
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
max fps low (5.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
terrible battery power (500 per charge)
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
environment proof
comes with phase detect auto focus
slow fps (6.0 fps)
low battery (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D5200
Travel photography with Pentax KF
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
terrible battery power (500 CIPA)
environment proof
resolution is good (24MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
low battery (410 shots)
more heavy than competition in class (684 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon D5200
Landscape photography with Pentax KF
focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no image stabilization
terrible battery power (500 per charge)
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
good sized screen (3.00 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
no low pass filter
great high ISO (102,400)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
low battery (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D5200 Vlogging details
Pentax KF Vlogging details
selfie friendly display
includes face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic support
no image stabilization
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone support
more heavy than competition in class (684g)
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Nikon D5200 vs Pentax KF Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D5200 and Pentax KF
 Nikon D5200Pentax KF
General Information
Make Nikon Pentax
Model type Nikon D5200 Pentax KF
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2013-05-16 2022-11-09
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed 3 -
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 24 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 6400 102400
Maximum boosted ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 39 11
Cross type focus points 9 9
Lens mount type Nikon F Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses 309 161
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Display type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3 inches 3.00 inches
Resolution of display 921k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech TFT LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.52x 0.63x
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/200 secs -
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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)
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 555 grams (1.22 lbs) 684 grams (1.51 lbs)
Dimensions 129 x 98 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1") 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 84 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 24.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.9 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1284 not tested
Battery life 500 shots 410 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL14 D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots One One
Retail cost $595 $850