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Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450

Portability
62
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
72
Pentax K-70 front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 front
Portability
65
Imaging
54
Features
52
Overall
53

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450 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
  • Announced June 2016
  • Replacement is Pentax KF
Sony A450
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 560g - 137 x 104 x 81mm
  • Released January 2010
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Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450 Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Pentax K-70 and Sony A450, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by competitors Pentax and Sony. There exists a noticeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the K-70 (24MP) and A450 (14MP) but both cameras have the same sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The K-70 was unveiled 6 years later than the A450 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before we go right into a thorough comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the K-70 matches up against the A450 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Sony A450

 K-70 A450 
ReleasedJune 2016January 2010More recent by 79 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Sony A450 over the Pentax K-70

 A450 K-70 

Common features in the Pentax K-70 and Sony A450

 K-70 A450 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Touch screen Neither includes Touch screen

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera regularly, you will have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Pentax K-70 features external 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 Sony A450 has proportions of 137mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2") with a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Here is a front view scale comparison of the K-70 versus the A450.

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the K-70 and A450 is 62 and 65 respectively.

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to imagine the difference between sensor measurements purely by reading technical specs. The visual underneath will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the K-70 and A450.

As you can tell, both of those cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You can count on the Pentax K-70 to offer more detail having an extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots more aggressively. The fresher K-70 provides an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-70 Portrait photography advice
Sony A450 Portrait photography advice
80
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
72
you can focus manually
MP count good (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
Photography Glossary

Street Comparison

Pentax K-70 Street photography features
Sony A450 Street photography features
71
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
above average ISO range (102,400)
heavier than competition in class (688 grams)
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax K-70
Sports photography with Sony A450
72
high shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
supports phase detect autofocus
low frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
terrible battery (410 shots)
77
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery life (1,050 CIPA)
has phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax K-70
Travel photography with Sony A450
64
weather sealing
good megapixels (24MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
terrible battery (410 shots)
heavier than competition in class (688g)
60
better than average battery life (1,050 shots)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
no Timelapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-70 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A450 as a Landscape photography camera
78
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (102,400)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
terrible battery (410 shots)
66
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (1,050 per charge)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-70 Vlogging features
Sony A450 Vlogging features
71
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with external mic socket
heavier than competition in class (688 grams)
9
can't record video
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Pentax K-70 vs Sony A450 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-70 and Sony A450
 Pentax K-70Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
General Information
Brand Pentax Sony
Model type Pentax K-70 Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2016-06-08 2010-01-05
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 4592 x 3056
Highest native ISO 102400 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
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
Total focus points 11 9
Cross type focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 151 143
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 921k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech - TFT Clear Photo Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.53x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 6.0 frames per second 7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual Auto, Fill, Rear Sync, Slow Sync, Wireless/ High Speed Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/160 seconds
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) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 688g (1.52 lb) 560g (1.23 lb)
Physical dimensions 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") 137 x 104 x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 66
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.8
DXO Low light rating not tested 769
Other
Battery life 410 images 1050 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $649 $1,241