Pentax K-1 vs Nikon D5 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Professional DSLR cameras.

K-1 vs D5 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax K-1 vs Nikon D5 Specs


  • Introduced in February 2016
  • Professional DSLR
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 36 megapixel
  • 4 frames/second
  • 100 - 204800 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


  • Introduced in January 2016
  • Professional DSLR
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 21 megapixel
  • 14 frames/second
  • 100 - 102400 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • No WiFi
  • 160 x 148.5 x 92mm³ (6.3" x 5.8" x 3.6")
  • 1405g (45.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D5

K-1 vs D5 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 an D5 sensor comparison

K-1 vs D5: Viewfinder

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

The D5 features an optical viewfinder with a penta prism that also covers 100% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.72x.

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 (0.70x)

D5 (0.72x)

Simulated viewfinder of the K-1Simulated viewfinder of the D5

Better choice: Nikon D5

Pentax K-1 VS Nikon D5 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax K-1 a better choice



Wider resolution (5, megapixel)36.4020.80
Better sensibility (4)100 - 204800 ISO100 - 102400 ISO
Image stabilizer (3)
Weighs less (2)1010g
(32.6 oz.)
(45.3 oz.)
More portable (2)1284cm³
WiFi (2)
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the K-1 are the higher resolution, the larger sensitivity and the optical image stabilizer. A nice touch is the lower weight than the D5, 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 scores 20 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon D5



Higher speed (4, frames/second)414
Auto Focus points (4)33153
Larger lens selection (3)40200
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.042.36
Touch screen (2)
Better Video (2)1920 x 10803840 x 2160
Longer battery life (3, photos)7503780
USB 3.0 (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D5 are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger selection of lenses. We also like that the display has a higher resolution, the rather comfortable touch screen and the superior video recording. A recommendation of the D5 is made easy by that the battery has more stamina and the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 22 points for the D5.

Common Specs for both cameras compared



Sensor formatFull frameFull frame
Sensor cleaning
Articulated screen
External microphone
Environmental sealing
Pentax K-1 VS Nikon D5 Dimensions

Look at front view of the K-1 and D5

K-1 und D5, front viewK-1 und D5, front view

Top view of cameras

K-1 und D5, view from aboveK-1 und D5, view from above

Total scores

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Pentax K-1

Nikon D5


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

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