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Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68

Portability
62
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
72
Pentax K-70 front
 
Sony SLT-A68 front
Portability
64
Imaging
67
Features
70
Overall
68

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68 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 Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Revealed June 2016
  • Updated by Pentax KF
Sony A68
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 610g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Revealed November 2015
  • Replaced the Sony A65
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Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68 Overview

Here is a thorough analysis of the Pentax K-70 versus Sony A68, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by rivals Pentax and Sony. The image resolution of the K-70 (24MP) and the A68 (24MP) is very comparable and both cameras boast the same sensor size (APS-C).

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The K-70 was announced 8 months later than the A68 so they are both of a similar generation. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before we go into a complete comparison, here is a quick summary of how the K-70 scores versus the A68 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Sony A68

 K-70 A68 
RevealedJune 2016November 2015Fresher by 8 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k461kSharper display (+460k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Sony A68 over the Pentax K-70

 A68 K-70 

Common features in the Pentax K-70 and Sony A68

 K-70 A68 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry your camera often, you'll have to factor its weight and size. The Pentax K-70 has outside measurements of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") accompanied by a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs) while the Sony A68 has specifications of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") with a weight of 610 grams (1.34 lbs).

Look at the Pentax K-70 versus Sony A68 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you choose at the time. Underneath is a front view size comparison of the K-70 vs the A68.

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the K-70 and A68 is 62 and 64 respectively.

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing just by seeing technical specs. The photograph here may offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the K-70 and A68.

As you can tell, both of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same exact megapixels so you should expect comparable quality of images but you may want to consider the release date of the cameras into account. The more modern K-70 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-70 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A68 as a Portrait photography camera
80
has manual focus
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers face detect focus
saves RAW formats
80
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-70 Street photography factors
Sony A68 Street photography factors
71
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
very good ISO range (102,400)
heavier than others in class (688g)
77
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
very good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax K-70
Sports photography with Sony A68
72
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect auto focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
terrible battery (410 per charge)
75
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking focus
comes with phase detect AF
low battery pack (510 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-70 Travel photography highlights
Sony A68 Travel photography highlights
64
weather proofing
MP count decent (24MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
terrible battery (410 shots)
heavier than others in class (688g)
55
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low battery pack (510 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-70 Landscape photography details
Sony A68 Landscape photography details
78
has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
no anti-alias filter
very good ISO range (102,400)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
terrible battery (410 shots)
68
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
low battery pack (510 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
Photography Glossary

Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax K-70
Vlogging with Sony A68
71
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have mic port
heavier than others in class (688 grams)
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have mic port
screen is not selfie friendly
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Pentax K-70 vs Sony A68 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-70 and Sony A68
 Pentax K-70Sony SLT-A68
General Information
Brand Pentax Sony
Model type Pentax K-70 Sony SLT-A68
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2016-06-08 2015-11-06
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip PRIME MII Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 102400 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
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
Total focus points 11 79
Cross type focus points 9 15
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses 151 143
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 3" 2.7"
Screen resolution 921k dot 461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.57x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/6000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 6.0fps 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt 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 Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Wireless, High Speed sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p, 24p), 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 688 gr (1.52 pounds) 610 gr (1.34 pounds)
Physical dimensions 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 79
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.1
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.5
DXO Low light rating not tested 701
Other
Battery life 410 images 510 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots One One
Launch cost $649 $581