Nikon D5 vs. Pentax K-1


Give atleast one look to this table before purchasing any of the cameras between Nikon D5 and the Pentax K-1. The table has been filled up with the specifications of these two cameras and later we have compared them in details to see the result that in the end which camera is incredible to you.

Features/ Models Nikon D5 Pentax K-1
Megapixel 21 MP 36 MP
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) CMOS sensor Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) BSI-CMOS
Low pass filter No No
Image processor Expeed 5 Prime IV
AF System Hybrid Hybrid
AF Points 153 AF Points – 99 Cross Type 33 AF points
ISO 50-3280000 Auto, 100-25600 (expands to 50-102400)
Shutter Min/ mix 30 – 1/8000 30 – 1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 14 fps 4.4fps
Image Stabilization No sensor- shift 5-Axis
Video 4K (30p/25p/24p) Full HD1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Display 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Optical Optical (Pentaprism)
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless optional built in
Battery life  3780 shots 760 shots
Dimensions 160X459X92 mm 137 x 110 x 86 mm
Weight 1415 g 1010 g

Megapixel– supported by approximately 36.4 effective megapixels the Pentax K-1- is much capable of producing High-resolution images. An AA (anti-aliasing) filterless design is equipped in K-1 to enhance the image resolution, as well as the new PRIME IV imaging engine, which is capable of 14-bit RAW-format image recording. On the other hand, the Nikon D5 is using 21 MP of resolution. By the way, both cameras have same sensor sizes.

AF points- Nikon D5 offers superior AF performance with 153 AF points, including 99 cross-type sensors. Out of which 55 AF points/35 cross-type points are selected by the photographers to snap any subjects in much lesser time. For Superior AF tracking performance of even the most rapidly moving subjects throughout the frame will be easier done by the innovative AF system of Nikon D5. On the other hand, K-1 has only 33 AF points.

ISO- Nikon D5 is touching the new range of ISO that is upto 3,280,000 makes any photographer more capable to shoot the desire subjects at the spot where the chances of getting light is zero (minimal light conditions). However the native ISO range of D5 is 100 to 102,400 allows for super-high-sensitivity shooting producing beautiful, high-resolution images. On the other hand Pentax K-1 allows for shooting up to ISO 204800.

Continuous shooting speed- For sports and wildlife photographers Nikon D5 is the recommended camera because the camera sports 14fps of shooting speed to capture any action of the desire subjects without any break. But limited shooting speed of 4.4 fps only provided by k-1.

Image stabilization– Undesirable camera shake problem caused by pitch and yaw ,horizontal and vertical shift, as well as camera shake caused by roll, will be effectively solved by SR II five-axis system engineered in Pentax K-1. This mechanism also enables accurate control and also maximizes the possibilities of getting superior images. Whereas there is no image stabilization engineered in Nikon D5, and photographers may have to deal with this camera shake problems.

Video- Nikon D5 becomes the first DSLR to offer 4K UHD video (3840×2160 at 30p), allowing users to create stunning ultra-high definition video with beautiful clarity. On the other hand the Pentax K-1 can record Full HD video only.

Display- Nikon D5 integrates 3.2” 2359K dot XGA LCD Touchscreen, letting the user to easily pinch, zoom, swipe and scrub in playback.

Battery- Nikon D5 allows you to take 3780 different shots whereas the Pentax K-1allows you to take 760 shots only.

Verdict- Nikon D5 is an outstanding camera and the efficient camera for the photojournalists as well as the sports and wildlife photographers so comparison to Pentax K-1 we will suggest you to buy Nikon D5 camera for its unbeatable features. Otherwise it’s also depending on you.

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