Pentax KP vs. Sony A6500

Pentax KP vs. Sony A6500

Excellency in the specifications of both cameras; Pentax KP and Sony A6500 as well, such as the AF system of Sony A6500, simply outstanding! Now Pentax KP is flying at the upper level when we talk about the lowlight camera since it offers you the expandable ISO of 819,200. Photographers must be happy to see the new Pentax camera with massive specifications, but Pentax KP needed to be much stronger to beat Sony A6500 in overall specifications. Rating of Sony A6500 is fabulous for its groundbreaking performance in almost every challenging shooting condition and its 4K video recording capability is not short of any astounding! Let’s go in detailed comparisons to see the performance of both cameras and find out which one is impressive.

Pentax KP vs. Sony A6500 Specifications comparison

Features/ Models Pentax KP Sony A6500
Megapixel 24 megapixels 24.2 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor Type Contrast Detect Contrast detect + Phase
Image Stabilization 5 axis IS II 5-Axis
Low pass filter Variable Yes
Image processor PRIME IV Bionz X
AF system SAFOX 11 27-Point AF Sensor 425 AF points
ISO 100-819200 100-51200
Shutter Min/ mix 30- 1/24000  60 seconds-1/32000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 7 fps 11 fps
Video Full HD 1080p30 4K @ 30 fps
Display 3.0″ 921k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-In
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life  390 350 shots
Dimensions 132 x 101 x 76 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Weight   703 g 453g
Price $896.95 $1,398.00

We can clearly see from the table that both the two cameras utilize the same size APS-C sensor plus both have almost similar number of effective pixels, allowing the two cameras to capture sharp and crystal clear images, even if the photographers choose the lowlight area for shooting.

AF system

As we have already told you that Sony A6500’s AF system is just unmatched and its blazing fast focusing response is catching the eyes of the photographers very immediately. Sony A6500 comes with 4D FOCUS system – a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF, which allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds ( yes really blazing fast!). Furthermore, it also features 425 phase detection AF points and High-density Tracking AF Technology, which significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance. On the other hand, Pentax KP is built on contrast detect sensor only means the camera is of course fast in tracking the subjects, but no phase detect sensor implemented in the AF system might reduce the chance to provide accuracy in the subjects tracking. Also, compared to creative 425 AF points of Sony A6500, Pentax KP offers you SAFOX 11 phase-matching AF sensor module out of its 27 focus sensors, 25 are cross-type sensors positioned in the middle, ensuring pinpoint focus on the target subject.


However, both Pentax KP as well as Sony A6500 has been backed up by 24.3 effective megapixels and APS-C sensor, but you can achieve highest ISO of 819,200 while shooting with Pentax KP. On the other hand while shooting in the dark conditions you will be capable to capture images with minimum noise since Pentax KP offers you a massive ISO range. Other side, Sony A6500 has lesser ISO range, but it can perform astonishingly in lowlight conditions since Sony improved it lowlight shooting capability by adding front-end LSI chip to the camera.

Shutter speed

The Sony A6500 also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum speed of 1/32000 second) that excellently minimizes the “rolling shutter” effect. This fast shutter speed also allows the camera to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture at brightness levels up to EV199. And when the photographers shooting at wide aperture with the fast shutter speed they will be able to capture beautiful content with sharply focused subjects and gorgeous defocused backgrounds.

On the other hand, Pentax KP also offers 1/24000 sec of faster shutter speed, which is lesser than Sony A6500.

Continuous shooting speed

Sony A6500 can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking and up to 8 frames per second in a live-view shooting mode, which is extremely beneficial for tracking faster moving subjects. But Pentax KP can shoot at 7fps only.


We don’t know the theory of Pentax to offers 1080p at 30fps only not even offering 60fps, which might be its undisputed unfilled space. But Sony A6500 is touching the height by offering their users internal 4K movie recording, as it can shoot 4K (3840x2160p) video in the Super 35mm format on the full width of the image sensor, making it the perfect choice for the photographers whose basics priority is video along with beautiful stills.


Battery life of Pentax is a bit better than its competitor, Sony A6500 that allows you to take 390 shots at a time, whereas Sony A6500 lets you take 35 shots only at a time.

Price of Pentax KP can be a little lower than Sony A6500, but Sony is just outstanding cameras that has blazingg fast AF system, offering 4K videos, continuous hooting drive etc. Whereas, Pentax KP can give you best stills and its performance can also earn appreciations, but overall, A6500 is the best choice you should go for if you are in mind to buy one of these two cameras.

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