Pentax K-1 vs Nikon D800 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Professional DSLR cameras.

K-1 vs D800 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax K-1 vs Nikon D800 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 February 2012
  • Professional DSLR
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 36 megapixel
  • 4 frames/second
  • 100 - 6400 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")
  • 1000g (32.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D800

K-1 vs D800 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 D800 sensor comparison

K-1 vs D800: Viewfinder

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

The D800 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 (0.70x)

D800 (0.70x)

Simulated viewfinder of the K-1Simulated viewfinder of the D800

Better choice: Draw

Pentax K-1 VS Nikon D800 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax K-1 a better choice



Wider resolution (5, megapixel)36.4036.30
Better sensibility (4)100 - 204800 ISO100 - 6400 ISO
Image stabilizer (3)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.92
Articulated monitor (2)
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 that the display has a higher resolution, the articulated display and the more compact size. Finally, there's the the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection and the built-in GPS.

The K-1 scores 22 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon D800



Auto Focus points (4)3351
Larger lens selection (3)40200
Built-in flash (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)7501200
USB 3.0 (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D800 are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger selection of lenses and the built-in flash. A nice touch is 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 14 points for the D800.

Common Specs for both cameras compared



Sensor formatFull frameFull frame
Speed (frames/second)44
Sensor cleaning
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone
Similar weight1010g1000g
Environmental sealing
Pentax K-1 VS Nikon D800 Dimensions

Look at front view of the K-1 and D800

K-1 und D800, front viewK-1 und D800, front view

Top view of cameras

K-1 und D800, view from aboveK-1 und D800, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Pentax K-1

Nikon D800


We recommend Pentax K-1 as better choice.

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