Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5

Portability
62
Imaging
70
Features
81
Overall
74
Pentax K-70 front
 
Samsung NX5 front
Portability
80
Imaging
57
Features
50
Overall
54
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Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5 Overview

The following is a extensive assessment of the Pentax K-70 versus Samsung NX5, one is a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Pentax and Samsung. There exists a significant gap between the image resolutions of the K-70 (24MP) and NX5 (15MP) but they use the exact same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The K-70 was released 6 years after the NX5 which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Pentax K-70 being a Compact SLR camera and the Samsung NX5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick summation of how the K-70 scores against the NX5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5 Key Specs

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 Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Introduced June 2016
Samsung NX5
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 499g - 123 x 87 x 40mm
  • Launched June 2010
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Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera regularly, you need to factor in its weight and volume. The Pentax K-70 has outer measurements of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") having a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs) whilst the Samsung NX5 has sizing of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") along with a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have chosen at that time. The following is a front view physical size comparison of the K-70 and the NX5.

Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the K-70 and NX5 is 62 and 80 respectively.

Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to picture the contrast in sensor sizing just by viewing a spec sheet. The visual here may provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the K-70 and NX5.

Clearly, both of those cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different MP. You should count on the Pentax K-70 to provide you with extra detail using its extra 9MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The more modern K-70 should have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-70 Portrait photography factors
Samsung NX5 Portrait photography factors
82
manual focus
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with face detect focus
saves RAW files
74
you can focus manually
MP count decent (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features face detect focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-70 Street photography advice
Samsung NX5 Street photography advice
72
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
very good high ISO (102,400)
more heavy than others in class (688g)
60
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
heavier than competitors in class (499 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax K-70
Sports photography with Samsung NX5
73
high shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
low frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
low battery (410 shots)
53
MP count decent (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery pack (400 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-70 Travel photography information
Samsung NX5 Travel photography information
65
environment sealing
MP count decent (24MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
low battery (410 per charge)
more heavy than others in class (688g)
63
better than average battery pack (400 shots)
MP count decent (15 megapixels)
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors in class (499 grams)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax K-70
Landscape photography with Samsung NX5
79
manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
doesnt have low pass filter
very good high ISO (102,400)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
low battery (410 shots)
69
you can focus manually
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is decent (3")
MP count decent (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
better than average battery pack (400 shots)
no image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-70 Vlogging details
Samsung NX5 Vlogging details
72
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes microphone port
more heavy than others in class (688g)
25
features face detect focusing
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have mic socket
heavier than competitors in class (499g)
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Pentax K-70 vs Samsung NX5 Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Pentax
Samsung
Model
Pentax K-70
Samsung NX5
Category
Entry-Level DSLR
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced
2016-06-08
2010-06-01
Physical type
Compact SLR
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor
PRIME MII
DRIM Engine
Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
APS-C
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.6mm
23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area
366.6mm²
365.0mm²
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
15 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
6000 x 4000
4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO
102400
3200
Min native ISO
100
100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
11
15
Cross focus points
9
-
Lens
Lens mount
Pentax KAF2
Samsung NX
Available lenses
151
32
Crop factor
1.5
1.5
Screen
Type of screen
Fully Articulated
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3"
3"
Screen resolution
921k dots
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology
-
Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.63x
0.57x
Features
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/6000 seconds
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
6.0fps
3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
11.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize
-
1/180 seconds
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)
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
1280x720
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
H.264
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
Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
688 gr (1.52 lb)
499 gr (1.10 lb)
Physical dimensions
126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6")
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 images
400 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery model
-
BP1130
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
SD/SDHC
Card slots
1
1
Cost at release
$649
$499