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Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70

Portability
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Imaging
68
Features
84
Overall
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Pentax K-3 II front
 
Pentax K-70 front
Portability
62
Imaging
69
Features
81
Overall
73

Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70 Key Specs

Pentax K-3 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 131 x 100 x 77mm
  • Launched April 2015
  • Earlier Model is Pentax K-3
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 Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Revealed June 2016
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Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70 Overview

Below, we will be analyzing the Pentax K-3 II versus Pentax K-70, former is a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR and both of them are built by Pentax. The image resolution of the K-3 II (24MP) and the K-70 (24MP) is pretty close and they use the exact same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The K-3 II was manufactured 13 months prior to the K-70 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Pentax K-3 II being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Pentax K-70 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before diving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the K-3 II matches up vs the K-70 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-3 II over the Pentax K-70

 K-3 II K-70 
Screen dimension3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1037k921kClearer screen (+116k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Pentax K-3 II

 K-70 K-3 II 
RevealedJune 2016April 2015Newer by 13 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Pentax K-3 II and Pentax K-70

 K-3 II K-70 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to travel with your camera, you need to consider its weight and volume. The Pentax K-3 II comes with outside dimensions of 131mm x 100mm x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") and a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-70 has sizing of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") and a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs).

Contrast the Pentax K-3 II versus Pentax K-70 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using during that time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the K-3 II against the K-70.

Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the K-3 II and K-70 is 59 and 62 respectively.

Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very tough to envision the difference in sensor dimensions merely by viewing a spec sheet. The picture below will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the K-3 II and K-70.

As you can see, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the identical megapixels and you can expect comparable quality of images however you should really take the launch date of the cameras into account. The more aged K-3 II will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-3 II Portrait photography features
Pentax K-70 Portrait photography features
80
focusing manually
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
81
focusing manually
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-3 II Street photography highlights
Pentax K-70 Street photography highlights
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
above average high ISO (51,200)
fixed screen
72
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
very good ISO range (102,400)
heavier than competition (688g)
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-3 II Sports photography info
Pentax K-70 Sports photography info
77
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
weather proofing
has phase detect autofocus
terrible battery life (720 CIPA)
73
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
environment proofing
supports phase detect autofocus
continuous shooting slow (6.0 fps)
bad battery (410 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-3 II as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-70 as a Travel photography camera
57
weather proofing
MP count good (24 megapixels)
terrible battery life (720 per charge)
does not have a selfie friendly display
65
environment proofing
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
bad battery (410 CIPA)
heavier than competition (688 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-3 II as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-70 as a Landscape photography camera
78
focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
nice screen size (3.2")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
no anti-alias filter
above average high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
two card slots
terrible battery life (720 CIPA)
79
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
very good ISO range (102,400)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
bad battery (410 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-3 II Vlogging details
Pentax K-70 Vlogging details
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built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external microphone socket
does not have a selfie friendly display
71
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external mic port
heavier than competition (688 grams)
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Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-3 II and Pentax K-70
 Pentax K-3 IIPentax K-70
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax K-3 II Pentax K-70
Class Advanced DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2015-04-23 2016-06-08
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Prime III PRIME MII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 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 6016 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 51200 102400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
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 27 11
Cross type focus points 25 9
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses 151 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3.2" 3"
Resolution of display 1,037 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x 0.63x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 8.3 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync (available with dedicated external flash) Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 800 gr (1.76 pounds) 688 gr (1.52 pounds)
Dimensions 131 x 100 x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 80 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.6 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1106 not tested
Other
Battery life 720 shots 410 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI90 -
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Storage slots Two 1
Cost at launch $829 $649