Pentax K-1 II vs Nikon D810 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Professional DSLR cameras.

K-1 II vs D810 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax K-1 II vs Nikon D810 Specs

K-1 II

  • Introduced in February 2018
  • Professional DSLR
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 36 megapixel
  • 4 frames/second
  • 100 - 819200 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount KAF2
  • WiFi built-in
  • 136.5 x 110 x 85.5mm³ (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4")
  • 1010g (32.6 oz.)

All specs: Main page for K-1 II


  • Introduced in June 2014
  • Professional DSLR
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 36 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 64 - 12800 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor
  • Lens mount F
  • No WiFi
  • 146 x 123 x 81.5mm³ (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2")
  • 980g (31.6 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D810

K-1 II vs D810 Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: K-1 II an D810 sensor comparison

K-1 II vs D810: Viewfinder

K-1 II has an optical viewfinder with penta prism. It has magnification of 0.70x and covers 100% of view field.

The D810 features an optical viewfinder with a penta prism that also covers 100% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.70x.

Viewfinder magnifications of compared cameras. The black area shows a magnification of 1x, relative to native size; in red is a magnification of 0.85x.

K-1 II (0.70x)

D810 (0.70x)

Simulated viewfinder of the K-1 IISimulated viewfinder of the D810

Better choice: Draw

Pentax K-1 II VS Nikon D810 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax K-1 II a better choice

K-1 II


Wider resolution (5, megapixel)36.4036.30
Better sensibility (4)100 - 819200 ISO64 - 12800 ISO
Image stabilizer (3)
Articulated monitor (2)
More portable (2)1284cm³
WiFi (2)
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the K-1 II are the higher resolution, the larger sensitivity and the optical image stabilizer. A nice touch is the articulated display, the more compact size and the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection. Finally, there's the the built-in GPS.

The K-1 II scores 20 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon D810

K-1 II


Higher speed (4, frames/second)45
Auto Focus points (4)3351
Larger lens selection (3)40200
Built-in flash (2)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.041.23
Longer battery life (3, photos)6701200
USB 3.0 (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D810 are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger selection of lenses. We also like the built-in flash, that the display has a higher resolution and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the K-1 II: the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 20 points for the D810.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

K-1 II


Sensor formatFull frameFull frame
Sensor cleaning
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone
Similar weight1010g980g
Environmental sealing
Pentax K-1 II VS Nikon D810 Dimensions

Look at front view of the K-1 II and D810

K-1 II und D810, front viewK-1 II und D810, front view

Top view of cameras

K-1 II und D810, view from aboveK-1 II und D810, view from above

Total scores

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Pentax K-1 II

Nikon D810


We advise to choose the newest model: Pentax K-1 II.

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