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Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D

Portability
62
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
72
Pentax K-70 front
 
Pentax K100D front
Portability
64
Imaging
45
Features
36
Overall
41

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D 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 Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Revealed June 2016
  • Later Model is Pentax KF
Pentax K100D
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 660g - 129 x 93 x 70mm
  • Launched December 2006
  • Newer Model is Pentax K100D S
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Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Pentax K-70 and Pentax K100D, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras and both are sold by Pentax. There exists a large gap between the image resolutions of the K-70 (24MP) and K100D (6MP) but they come with the same exact sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The K-70 was unveiled 9 years after the K100D which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before going in to a in-depth comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the K-70 matches up versus the K100D in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Pentax K100D

 K-70 K100D 
LaunchedJune 2016December 2006More modern by 116 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution921k210kCrisper screen (+711k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax K100D over the Pentax K-70

 K100D K-70 

Common features in the Pentax K-70 and Pentax K100D

 K-70 K100D 
Focus manually More precise focus
Touch screen No Touch screen

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry around your camera frequently, you need to consider its weight and measurements. The Pentax K-70 comes with physical dimensions of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") along with a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs) whilst the Pentax K100D has proportions of 129mm x 93mm x 70mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.8") along with a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at the time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the K-70 versus the K100D.

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the K-70 and K100D is 62 and 64 respectively.

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very hard to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes purely by reviewing specifications. The pic here might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the K-70 and K100D.

To sum up, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can expect the Pentax K-70 to offer more detail having an extra 18MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The more modern K-70 should have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D sensor size comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax K-70
Portrait photography with Pentax K100D
80
focusing manually
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
51
focusing manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no liveview
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-70 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K100D as a Street photography camera
71
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather proof
good ISO range (102,400)
heavier than average in class (688 grams)
58
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
more heavy than competition in class (660 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-70 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K100D as a Sports photography camera
72
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proof
sensor has phase detect autofocus
max frames per second very slow (6.0 fps)
bad battery power (410 shots)
47
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
has phase detect autofocus
no liveview
max fps low (3.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (6MP)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-70 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K100D as a Travel photography camera
64
weather proof
good megapixels (24MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
bad battery power (410 CIPA)
heavier than average in class (688g)
42
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (660g)
megapixel count low (6MP)
does not have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-70 Landscape photography details
Pentax K100D Landscape photography details
78
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
does not have anti aliasing filter
good ISO range (102,400)
exports RAW files
weather proof
bad battery power (410 CIPA)
52
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen is small (2.5")
no liveview
megapixel count low (6MP)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-70 Vlogging information
Pentax K100D Vlogging information
71
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external mic jack
heavier than average in class (688 grams)
9
can't shoot video
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Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K100D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-70 and Pentax K100D
 Pentax K-70Pentax K100D
General Information
Company Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax K-70 Pentax K100D
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2016-06-08 2006-12-03
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip PRIME MII -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 6 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 3008 x 2008
Max native ISO 102400 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
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 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF
Amount of lenses 151 151
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.5 inches
Resolution of display 921k dot 210k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.57x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/6000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 6.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash settings Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 688 grams (1.52 lb) 660 grams (1.46 lb)
Dimensions 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") 129 x 93 x 70mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 410 photographs -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery model - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/MMC card
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $649 $0