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Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30

Portability
61
Imaging
44
Features
39
Overall
42
Nikon D70 front
 
Pentax K-30 front
Portability
63
Imaging
58
Features
66
Overall
61

Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30 Key Specs

Nikon D70
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 1600
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 679g - 140 x 111 x 78mm
  • Launched April 2004
  • Successor is Nikon D80
Pentax K-30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Introduced October 2012
  • Newer Model is Pentax K-50
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Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30 Overview

Here is a extensive overview of the Nikon D70 and Pentax K-30, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Pentax. There is a large difference between the image resolutions of the D70 (6MP) and K-30 (16MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (APS-C).

Photography Glossary

The D70 was unveiled 9 years earlier than the K-30 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the D70 grades vs the K-30 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D70 over the Pentax K-30

 D70 K-30 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-30 over the Nikon D70

 K-30 D70 
IntroducedOctober 2012April 2004Fresher by 104 months
Screen dimension3"1.8"Bigger screen (+1.2")
Screen resolution921k130kSharper screen (+791k dot)

Common features in the Nikon D70 and Pentax K-30

 D70 K-30 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera, you will have to factor in its weight and size. The Nikon D70 offers external measurements of 140mm x 111mm x 78mm (5.5" x 4.4" x 3.1") having a weight of 679 grams (1.50 lbs) and the Pentax K-30 has specifications of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

Examine the Nikon D70 and Pentax K-30 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the D70 and the K-30.

Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the D70 and K-30 is 61 and 63 respectively.

Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's hard to imagine the difference between sensor sizing purely by reading technical specs. The visual underneath will give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the D70 and K-30.

As you can tell, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You can count on the Pentax K-30 to deliver more detail having an extra 10MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The older D70 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30 sensor size comparison

Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D70 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-30 as a Portrait photography camera
53
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/500 seconds)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
doesn't have liveview
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
74
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features face detect focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D70 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-30 as a Street photography camera
53
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D70 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-30 as a Sports photography camera
43
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
doesn't have liveview
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
67
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features tracking focus
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
low frames per second (6.0 frames/s)
not so great battery pack (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D70 Travel photography factors
Pentax K-30 Travel photography factors
43
has built in flash
no Timelapse function
low megapixels (6MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
60
environment sealing
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
not so great battery pack (410 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D70 Landscape photography information
Pentax K-30 Landscape photography information
45
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
tiny screen (1.8 inches)
doesn't have liveview
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
no Timelapse function
73
manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
not so great battery pack (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D70 Vlogging features
Pentax K-30 Vlogging features
9
no video
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing mic socket
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Nikon D70 vs Pentax K-30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D70 and Pentax K-30
 Nikon D70Pentax K-30
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Pentax
Model type Nikon D70 Pentax K-30
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Launched 2004-04-05 2012-10-29
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor - Prime M
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.5mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 367.4mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 6MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 3008 x 2000 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 1600 12800
Max enhanced ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 11
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F Pentax KAF2
Available lenses 309 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 1.8" 3"
Screen resolution 130k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.5x 0.61x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/8000s 1/6000s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 11.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/500s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 679 gr (1.50 lbs) 650 gr (1.43 lbs)
Dimensions 140 x 111 x 78mm (5.5" x 4.4" x 3.1") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 50 79
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 13.0
DXO Low light rating 529 1129
Other
Battery life - 410 shots
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL3 D-LI109,4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 to 20 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch cost $296 $525