Pentax K-70 vs Canon 80D


Within an attainable budget an entry-Level DSLR Pentax K-70 is offering us much more than Canon 80D. You can see from the table Pentax has bigger sensor also implements Image stabilization and also the maximum ISO range.

Let’s read their basic specifications differences…

Features/ Models Pentax K-70
Canon  80D
Sensor 24 megapixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS  CMOS
Image stabilization Sensor-shift No
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor PRIME MII DIGIC 6
AF system Phase detect +Contrast detect
Phase detect + Contrast detect
AF points 11 45
ISO Auto, 100-102400 100-25600
Shutter Min/ mix  60-1/6000 30   -1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 6fps  7fps
Video Full HD 1080p Video at up to 60 fps Full HD 1080p Video at up to 60 fps
Display 3.0″ 921k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen  3.0″ 1.04m-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
Viewfinder 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder  Optical
Hot shoe Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-In Wi-Fi  Built-In Wi-Fi
Environmentally sealed Yes  Yes
Battery life  410  960
Dimensions  126 x 93 x 74 mm
 147 x 115 x 81 mm
Weight  688 g  860 g

Sensor sizes- Though, K-70 is an entry level DSLR camera, but still offering us the specifications that really compete with Canon 80D. As you can see form the table that sensor size of K-70(APS-C, 23.5 x 15.6 mm) is a little larger than 80D, however, both maintain almost common resolutions of 24mp, but it will be fair to see a slight sharper images produce by K-70 Compared with 80D, due to its bigger sensor size.

Image stabilization- Most of the time we observe slight blur in our snapped images that, in general, arises due to unwanted camera shake problem, or in other words at the time when we don’t shoot the subjects using tripod for our camera. But a very handy tool that is image stabilization (sensor shift) has been incorporated into the K-70 models can excellently reduce the effect of camera shakes and as a result sharp and clean images are possible. Unluckily, this effective image stabilization tool has not been implemented into the Canon 80D design.

AF systems-   The 45-point all cross-type viewfinder AF system in the Canon 80D DSLR camera, compared to 11-points in the K-70, allowing the users for easier composition to the subjects that are out of centre. However, both utilize the Hybrid AF systems, but the Pentax K-70 employs advanced Hybrid AF system during Live View autofocus operation that is actually to achieve high-speed, instant and accurate focusing on the subject. From both the camera, users can get pinpoint AF focusing results even in the lowlight.

ISO– To experience the best feeling of lowlight shooting one can use K-70 with the expandable ISO range of 102400. The Canon Pentax K-70 DSLR camera is capable of producing sharp, detailed images and videos even in low-light conditions. On the other hand, Canon 80D is having native ISO range of 12800 that can be extended upto 25600, which is lower than K-70.

Continuous shooting speed– High-speed continuous shooting up to seven frames per second (fps) of Canon 80D combined with the 45-point all cross-type AF for the photographers to capture fast moving subjects easily and accurately. On the other side, Pentax has only 6fps of continuous shooting function.

Shutter speed- With a faster shutter speed of 1/8000 second, the Canon 80d can able to capture the sharply focused images, even with fast-moving subjects, whereas Pentax K-70 offers shutter speed of 1/6000 sec, may not be as effective as 80D while capturing the faster moving subjects.

Shots– You can take atleast 960 shots at a single time battery charge with Canon 80D, whereas only 410 shots are possible with K-70 at a single time battery charge.

After all, both cameras allow you take full HD movie recording at 60fps.

Verdict- Eventually, Canon 80D is great camera that offers you extra number of AF points, even the camera is slight better for capturing action movement than K-70, but honestly K-70 is a great option for the entry-level shooter that offers maximum ISO range even the larger sensor size than Canon 80D. So, we must recommend the entry level users to pick the camera and get out for memorable shooting.

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