Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-r

Pentax K-70 front
Pentax K-r front

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-r Key Specs

Pentax K-70
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Launched June 2016
  • Replacement is Pentax KF
Pentax K-r
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 598g - 125 x 97 x 68mm
  • Revealed March 2011
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Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-r Overview

Below is a in depth review of the Pentax K-70 and Pentax K-r, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras and both are offered by Pentax. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the K-70 (24MP) and K-r (12MP) but they feature the exact same sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The K-70 was manufactured 5 years later than the K-r and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before delving straight into a complete comparison, below is a short summation of how the K-70 matches up against the K-r for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Pentax K-r

 K-70 K-r 
RevealedJune 2016March 2011More recent by 64 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax K-r over the Pentax K-70

 K-r K-70 

Common features in the Pentax K-70 and Pentax K-r

 K-70 K-r 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Screen resolution921k921kExact same screen resolution
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-r Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera often, you are going to need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Pentax K-70 has exterior dimensions of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") having a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs) and the Pentax K-r has proportions of 125mm x 97mm x 68mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.7") having a weight of 598 grams (1.32 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. The following is the front view scale comparison of the K-70 compared to the K-r.

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-r size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the K-70 and K-r is 62 and 67 respectively.

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-r top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-r Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to visualise the gap in sensor measurements simply by going through specifications. The photograph underneath may give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the K-70 and K-r.

To sum up, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You can count on the Pentax K-70 to produce extra detail due to its extra 12MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots much more aggressively. The newer K-70 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-r sensor size comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-r Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-70 Portrait photography info
Pentax K-r Portrait photography info
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-70 Street photography info
Pentax K-r Street photography info
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
very good ISO range (102,400)
more heavy than competition in class (688g)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax K-70
Sports photography with Pentax K-r
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
environment proofing
comes with phase detect AF
max fps low (6.0 frames per second)
bad battery life (410 per charge)
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
slow frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
low battery pack (470 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax K-70
Travel photography with Pentax K-r
environment proofing
good megapixels (24MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
bad battery life (410 CIPA)
more heavy than competition in class (688g)
built-in flash
low battery pack (470 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-70 Landscape photography features
Pentax K-r Landscape photography features
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
very good ISO range (102,400)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
bad battery life (410 shots)
manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
low battery pack (470 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax K-70
Vlogging with Pentax K-r
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (688 grams)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection autofocus
does not offer selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone support
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Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-r Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-70 and Pentax K-r
 Pentax K-70Pentax K-r
General Information
Make Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax K-70 Pentax K-r
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2016-06-08 2011-03-11
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by PRIME MII Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 4288 x 2848
Highest native ISO 102400 12800
Highest enhanced ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW data
Lowest enhanced ISO - 100
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points 9 9
Lens mounting type Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 151 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 921k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.57x
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/6000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync, High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/180 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p) 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 688g (1.52 lb) 598g (1.32 lb)
Dimensions 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") 125 x 97 x 68mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 72
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.9
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.4
DXO Low light score not tested 755
Battery life 410 pictures 470 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI109,4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC
Card slots 1 1
Retail pricing $649 $1,100