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Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300

Portability
60
Imaging
56
Features
69
Overall
61
Pentax K-7 front
 
Sony Alpha a6300 front
Portability
83
Imaging
69
Features
82
Overall
74

Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300 Key Specs

Pentax K-7
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 2000 (Expand to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 750g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Announced October 2009
  • Renewed by Pentax K-5
Sony A6300
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Boost to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 404g - 120 x 67 x 49mm
  • Introduced February 2016
  • Earlier Model is Sony A6000
  • New Model is Sony A6500
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Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300 Overview

Here, we will be matching up the Pentax K-7 versus Sony A6300, former being a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless by manufacturers Pentax and Sony. There is a sizable difference among the image resolutions of the K-7 (15MP) and A6300 (24MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The K-7 was introduced 7 years prior to the A6300 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Pentax K-7 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony A6300 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the K-7 matches up vs the A6300 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-7 over the Sony A6300

 K-7 A6300 

Reasons to pick Sony A6300 over the Pentax K-7

 A6300 K-7 
IntroducedFebruary 2016October 2009More recent by 77 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution922k921kClearer screen (+1k dot)

Common features in the Pentax K-7 and Sony A6300

 K-7 A6300 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera, you're going to have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Pentax K-7 features external dimensions of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") along with a weight of 750 grams (1.65 lbs) whilst the Sony A6300 has dimensions of 120mm x 67mm x 49mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.9") with a weight of 404 grams (0.89 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at that time. Underneath is a front view scale comparison of the K-7 against the A6300.

Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the K-7 and A6300 is 60 and 83 respectively.

Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to picture the gap in sensor measurements merely by going through a spec sheet. The graphic below might give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the K-7 and A6300.

Clearly, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You can count on the Sony A6300 to provide extra detail using its extra 9 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots way more aggressively. The older K-7 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-7 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A6300 as a Portrait photography camera
73
you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
exports RAW formats
81
manual focus
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-7 Street photography advice
Sony A6300 Street photography advice
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
no articulating screen
80
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
above average high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-7 Sports photography features
Sony A6300 Sports photography features
70
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
environment proof
comes with phase detect auto focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
76
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
environment proof
comes with phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-7 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A6300 as a Travel photography camera
65
environment proof
megapixel count decent (15MP)
has built in flash
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
77
environment proof
good MP (24MP)
flash built-in
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-7 Landscape photography factors
Sony A6300 Landscape photography factors
78
you can focus manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
80
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-7 Vlogging highlights
Sony A6300 Vlogging highlights
25
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focus
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic port
35
features face detection autofocus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic socket
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
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Pentax K-7 vs Sony A6300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-7 and Sony A6300
 Pentax K-7Sony Alpha a6300
General Information
Brand Pentax Sony
Model type Pentax K-7 Sony Alpha a6300
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2009-10-02 2016-02-03
Physical type Mid-size SLR Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Prime II BIONZ X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 15 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4672 x 3104 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 2000 25600
Max boosted ISO 6400 51200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
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 11 425
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Sony E
Number of lenses 151 121
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 921k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology TFT color LCD with AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.00 m 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction, Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 1536 x 1024 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 4K (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (24p)
Max video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 750g (1.65 lbs) 404g (0.89 lbs)
Physical dimensions 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") 120 x 67 x 49mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 61 85
DXO Color Depth rating 22.6 24.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.6 13.7
DXO Low light rating 536 1437
Other
Battery life 980 photos 400 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI90 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Storage type SD/SDHC/MMC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Retail price $599 $889