Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30

Nikon D7500 front
Pentax K-30 front

Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30 Key Specs

Nikon D7500
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Increase to 1640000)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 720g - 136 x 104 x 73mm
  • Revealed April 2017
  • Replaced the Nikon D7200
Pentax K-30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Released October 2012
  • Renewed by Pentax K-50
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Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30 Overview

The following is a thorough analysis of the Nikon D7500 and Pentax K-30, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by companies Nikon and Pentax. There exists a huge gap between the image resolutions of the D7500 (21MP) and K-30 (16MP) but they come with the exact same sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The D7500 was unveiled 4 years after the K-30 which is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting in to a complete comparison, below is a simple view of how the D7500 scores against the K-30 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D7500 over the Pentax K-30

 D7500 K-30 
ReleasedApril 2017October 2012Newer by 55 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimension3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution922k921kClearer screen (+1k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-30 over the Nikon D7500

 K-30 D7500 

Common features in the Nikon D7500 and Pentax K-30

 D7500 K-30 
Manually focus More exact focus
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera, you have to factor its weight and volume. The Nikon D7500 offers exterior dimensions of 136mm x 104mm x 73mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 2.9") having a weight of 720 grams (1.59 lbs) while the Pentax K-30 has sizing of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") and a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the D7500 and the K-30.

Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the D7500 and K-30 is 60 and 63 respectively.

Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very hard to visualise the contrast between sensor dimensions only by checking a spec sheet. The picture underneath will help give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the D7500 and K-30.

As you can see, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You should expect the Nikon D7500 to give you more detail having an extra 5 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The newer D7500 is going to have an advantage in sensor technology.

Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30 sensor size comparison

Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D7500 Portrait photography factors
Pentax K-30 Portrait photography factors
you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (21 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect focus
saves RAW files
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D7500 Street photography information
Pentax K-30 Street photography information
tilting screen
has image stabilization
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
boasts focus by touch
environment sealing
good high ISO (51,200)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D7500 Sports photography info
Pentax K-30 Sports photography info
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization
megapixel count decent (21 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
weather proofing
supports phase detect autofocus
max frames per second very slow (6.0 frames/s)
terrible battery (410 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D7500 Travel photography info
Pentax K-30 Travel photography info
environment sealing
has bluetooth
boasts focus by touch
megapixel count decent (21 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen isn't selfie friendly
weather proofing
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
terrible battery (410 CIPA)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D7500 Landscape photography information
Pentax K-30 Landscape photography information
you can focus manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2 inch)
has image stabilization
megapixel count decent (21 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
good high ISO (51,200)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
has manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
terrible battery (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon D7500
Vlogging with Pentax K-30
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization
comes with face detect focus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes microphone jack
screen isn't selfie friendly
image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have external mic socket
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Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D7500 and Pentax K-30
 Nikon D7500Pentax K-30
General Information
Brand Nikon Pentax
Model type Nikon D7500 Pentax K-30
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2017-04-12 2012-10-29
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Expeed 5 Prime M
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 21MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Full resolution 5568 x 3712 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 51200 12800
Max boosted ISO 1640000 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Min boosted ISO 50 -
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 51 11
Cross type focus points 15 9
Lens support Nikon F Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 309 151
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.2 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 922k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.61x
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 8.0 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
External flash
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/250 secs 1/180 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 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 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector) None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 720 gr (1.59 lb) 650 gr (1.43 lb)
Dimensions 136 x 104 x 73mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 2.9") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 86 79
DXO Color Depth rating 24.3 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 14.0 13.0
DXO Low light rating 1483 1129
Battery life 950 pictures 410 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL15a D-LI109,4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $1,247 $525