Pentax KP vs Sony A68

Portability
61
Imaging
71
Features
76
Overall
73
Pentax KP front
 
Sony SLT-A68 front
Portability
64
Imaging
70
Features
70
Overall
70
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Pentax KP vs Sony A68 Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Pentax KP and Sony A68, one is a Advanced DSLR and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by manufacturers Pentax and Sony. The resolution of the KP (24MP) and the A68 (24MP) is fairly similar and they possess the same exact sensor size (APS-C).

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The KP was introduced 15 months after the A68 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Pentax KP being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony A68 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving straight into a detailed comparison, below is a short highlight of how the KP matches up versus the A68 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Pentax KP vs Sony A68 Key Specs

Pentax KP
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 819200
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 703g - 132 x 101 x 76mm
  • Launched January 2017
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
  • Superseded the Sony A65
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Pentax KP vs Sony A68 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry your camera frequently, you will want to consider its weight and dimensions. The Pentax KP enjoys external dimensions of 132mm x 101mm x 76mm (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.0") with a weight of 703 grams (1.55 lbs) whilst the Sony A68 has dimensions of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") along with a weight of 610 grams (1.34 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the KP versus the A68.

Pentax KP vs Sony A68 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the KP and A68 is 61 and 64 respectively.

Pentax KP vs Sony A68 top view buttons comparison

Pentax KP vs Sony A68 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to imagine the gap between sensor sizing simply by reading a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the KP and A68.

Clearly, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size and the same exact megapixels so you should expect similar quality of files though you should really consider the release date of the products into consideration. The fresher KP provides an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Pentax KP vs Sony A68 sensor size comparison

Pentax KP vs Sony A68 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax KP vs Sony A68 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax KP Portrait photography info
Sony A68 Portrait photography info
82
focusing manually
good resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
82
focusing manually
good resolution (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Pentax KP
Street photography with Sony A68
77
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
above average ISO range (819,200)
78
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
great ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Pentax KP Sports photography info
Sony A68 Sports photography info
74
high shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
quiet mode (1/24,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
environment proofing
low battery life (390 CIPA)
no phase detect auto focus
76
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
sensor has phase detect AF
terrible battery life (510 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax KP Travel photography information
Sony A68 Travel photography information
62
environment proofing
good resolution (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
low battery life (390 shots)
does not have a selfie friendly display
55
good resolution (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse function
terrible battery life (510 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax KP
Landscape photography with Sony A68
79
focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
above average ISO range (819,200)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
low battery life (390 CIPA)
69
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
tiny screen (2.7")
terrible battery life (510 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax KP Vlogging features
Sony A68 Vlogging features
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detection focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external microphone socket
does not have a selfie friendly display
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external mic support
display isn't selfie friendly
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Pentax KP vs Sony A68 Specifications

General Information
Company
Pentax
Sony
Model
Pentax KP
Sony SLT-A68
Class
Advanced DSLR
Entry-Level DSLR
Launched
2017-01-26
2015-11-06
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip
PRIME IV
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 surface area
366.6mm²
366.6mm²
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
6016 x 4000
6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO
819200
25600
Min native ISO
100
100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
27
79
Cross focus points
25
15
Lens
Lens mount
Pentax KAF2
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Amount of lenses
151
143
Crop factor
1.5
1.5
Screen
Display type
Tilting
Tilting
Display size
3 inch
2.7 inch
Display resolution
921 thousand dots
461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (pentaprism)
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
-
1,440 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
100%
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.63x
0.57x
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/6000 seconds
1/4000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed
1/24000 seconds
-
Continuous shutter rate
7.0fps
8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
6.00 m (at ISO 100)
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual, wireless
Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Wireless, High Speed sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
-
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, 30p)
1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p, 24p), 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic support
Headphone support
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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
703 gr (1.55 lb)
610 gr (1.34 lb)
Physical dimensions
132 x 101 x 76mm (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.0")
143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
79
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
24.1
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
13.5
DXO Low light score
not tested
701
Other
Battery life
390 photographs
510 photographs
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery model
D-LI109
NP-FM500H
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Card slots
One
One
Price at release
$747
$581