This is going to be an interesting comparison between Pentax K-70 and Sony A6300. You should know that K-70 is an entry-level DSLR camera, whereas A6300 is mirrorless camera from Sony and you also can take a look from the table that both feature almost common resolution as well as Sensor sizes. But the true difference we will get to see in their AF systems, however, not only AF system there are a lot of differences in their specifications. So, in order to know the camera’s major differences read our comparison details…
|Features/ Models||Pentax K-70
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Low pass filter||No||Yes|
|Image processor||PRIME MII||BIONZ X Image Processor|
|AF system||Hybrid Sensor||Contrast+phase detect (Hybrid)|
|AF points||11 points||425 points|
|Shutter speed||60 sec 1/6000 sec||60 – 1/4000|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift||No|
|Continuous shooting speed||6 fps||11fps|
|Video||Full HD 1080p Video at up to 60 fps||4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps|
|Display||3.0″ 921k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen||3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor|
|Viewfinder||2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder||XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF|
|Wireless||WiFi + NFC||WiFi + NFC|
|Battery life||410 shots||400 Shots|
|Dimensions||126 x 93 x 74 mm||120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm|
|Weight||426 g||404 g|
Sensor sizes -We have already mentioned above that both the two cameras (Pentax K-70 as well as Sony A6300) are having same resolutions and sensor sizes, so we can expect a common quality of images from both the two cameras. However, you can see from the table that Pentax is leaving off optical low pass filter, allowing the users to acquire rich details of the subjects compared to Sony A6300, which has optical low pass filter.
AF system- AF system of Sony A6300 is just brilliant and inventive, utilizing a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF along with extremely accurate contrast AF, so that the users can able to capture the subjects as quickly as 0.05 seconds. A6300 model of Sony incorporates High-density Tracking AF technology that is 4D focus system, uses 425 on-chip phase-detection points as well as 169 contrast-detection AF points for precise focusing on every desired subject, no problems how fast it’s moving.
Inside the core of K-70 model, a contrast-detection AF sensor with refined focusing accuracy and a phase AF sensor have been incorporated for immediate and accurate focusing results. But the biggest difference in their AF points, where Sony A6300 is pushing K-70 away with its advanced 425 phase-detection points as well as 169 contrast-detection. On the other hand, K-70 uses only 11 AF points including nine cross-type sensors.
ISO- But Pentax K-70 could be an outstanding camera for lowlight photography, as you can see from the table that this camera offers their users to use the expandable ISO range of 102400 that of course will be handy in the dimlight situation, where a photographer normally has to face difficulties shooting the desired subjects. On the other hand, the ISO range can be extended only upto 51200 that may not be suitable for the daunting lowlight photography situations.
Shutter speed- You may face difficulties with the A6300 if you use it for sports photography, because the shutter speed is slower than K-70. Look at the table the shutter speed of K-70 is 1/6000, which is somehow better for capturing the fast actions of the subjects. On the other hand, the shutter speed of Sony A6300 is very lesser that is 1/4000 sec, may not be efficient to capture the fast moving subjects comfortably.
Image stabilization- An inventive sensor shift image stabilization has been equipped into the core of K-70 camera, which is a great tool that reduces the appearance of unwanted camera shakes, allowing the users to acquire blur free images. But, no Image stabilization has been implanted into the design of A6300, unable to reduce the camera vibration.
Continuous shooting- The Sony A6300 is also coupled with its high-speed continuous shooting function with a top speed of approximately 11 fps for up to 21 raw frames in a single burst with AF and AE, 8 fps shooting in live view, and the users can capture almost entire parts even of the fast moving subjects. On the other hand, Pentax K-70 allows only six fps of continuous shooting functions.
Video recording- Sony is not only offering the 4k Video recording option but also Other Professional Video Capabilities. The A6300 offers internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format and effective 20MP (6000 x 3376) resolution, 2.4x oversampling to produce high quality footage with exceptional detail and depth. Users can also record Full HD 1080p recording in frame rates up to 120 fps at 100 mbps. The A6300 also offers S-Log gamma, S-Log3 and S-Gamut gamma recording for wide dynamic range shooting and also for a wider color gradation and finally both options (S-Log3 gamma setting, S-Gamut) allow for processing video post-production. On the other hand, Pentax K-70 is limited to full HD video of 1080p at 60fps only.
Battery- Maximum number of shots at a time is possible with Pentax K-70 compared to Sony A6300.
Verdict- Sony A6300 is the camera that must be the need of a serious photographer, which offers excellent AF systems, 4K video facility shooting speed etc. But, K-70 is an entry level DSLR camera and offers almost all the required specifications at an attainable price that a photographer actually needs in his starting period.