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Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500

Portability
62
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
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Pentax K-70 front
 
Pentax Optio RS1500 front
Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
30
Overall
34

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500 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
  • Released June 2016
  • Newer Model is Pentax KF
Pentax RS1500
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-110mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 157g - 114 x 58 x 28mm
  • Announced March 2011
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Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500 Overview

Below, we will be reviewing the Pentax K-70 versus Pentax RS1500, one is a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both are designed by Pentax. There is a sizeable difference among the sensor resolutions of the K-70 (24MP) and RS1500 (14MP) and the K-70 (APS-C) and RS1500 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The K-70 was unveiled 5 years after the RS1500 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Pentax K-70 being a Compact SLR camera and the Pentax RS1500 being a Compact camera.

Before delving in to a in depth comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the K-70 matches up versus the RS1500 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Pentax RS1500

 K-70 RS1500 
AnnouncedJune 2016March 2011Newer by 64 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax RS1500 over the Pentax K-70

 RS1500 K-70 

Common features in the Pentax K-70 and Pentax RS1500

 K-70 RS1500 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you're going to have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Pentax K-70 has got external measurements of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") with a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs) while the Pentax RS1500 has dimensions of 114mm x 58mm x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 157 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilising at the time. Following is the front view proportions comparison of the K-70 vs the RS1500.

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the K-70 and RS1500 is 62 and 93 respectively.

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its tough to see the difference in sensor dimensions only by looking through specs. The pic underneath should offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the K-70 and RS1500.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The K-70 with its bigger sensor will make shooting bokeh easier and the Pentax K-70 will provide you with more detail having an extra 10MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The more modern K-70 will have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-70 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax RS1500 Portrait photography highlights
80
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
35
has manual focus
good MP (14MP)
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Pentax K-70
Street photography with Pentax RS1500
71
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
above average ISO range (102,400)
more heavy than others (688 grams)
54
weather proofing
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax K-70
Sports photography with Pentax RS1500
72
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
environment proofing
comes with phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
terrible battery (410 per charge)
37
good MP (14MP)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proofing
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-70 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax RS1500 as a Travel photography camera
64
environment proofing
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
terrible battery (410 per charge)
more heavy than others (688 grams)
67
weather proofing
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
does not offer selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-70 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax RS1500 Landscape photography highlights
78
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
no low pass filter
above average ISO range (102,400)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
terrible battery (410 per charge)
40
has manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
good MP (14MP)
weather proofing
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-70 Vlogging details
Pentax RS1500 Vlogging details
71
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have microphone socket
more heavy than others (688g)
25
relatively wide (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic socket
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Pentax K-70 vs Pentax RS1500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-70 and Pentax RS1500
 Pentax K-70Pentax Optio RS1500
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax K-70 Pentax Optio RS1500
Type Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Released 2016-06-08 2011-03-16
Physical type Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by PRIME MII -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 102400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 11 9
Cross type focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-110mm (3.9x)
Highest aperture - f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Number of lenses 151 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 921k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology - TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/6000 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 3.90 m
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 688 grams (1.52 lb) 157 grams (0.35 lb)
Dimensions 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") 114 x 58 x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 410 images 260 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $649 $150