Pentax K-1 vs Nikon D850 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Professional DSLR cameras.

K-1 vs D850 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax K-1 vs Nikon D850 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 August 2017
  • Professional DSLR
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 46 megapixel
  • 7 frames/second
  • 64 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 82.00mm (3.2") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • WiFi built-in
  • 146 x 124 x 79mm³ (5.7" x 4.9" x 3.1")
  • 1015g (32.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D850

K-1 vs D850 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 D850 sensor comparison

K-1 vs D850: Viewfinder

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

The D850 features an optical viewfinder with a penta prism that also covers 100% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.75x.

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)

D850 (0.75x)

Simulated viewfinder of the K-1Simulated viewfinder of the D850

Better choice: Nikon D850

Pentax K-1 VS Nikon D850 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax K-1 a better choice



Better sensibility (4)100 - 204800 ISO64 - 25600 ISO
Image stabilizer (3)
More portable (2)1284cm³
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the K-1 are the larger sensitivity, the optical image stabilizer and the more compact size. Finally, there's the the built-in GPS.

The K-1 scores 11 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon D850



Wider resolution (5, megapixel)36.4045.70
Higher speed (4, frames/second)47
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)7501840
USB 3.0 (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D850 are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Nikon are the larger selection of lenses, that the display has a higher resolution and the rather comfortable touch screen. A recommendation of the D850 is made easy by the superior video recording, 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 27 points for the D850.

Common Specs for both cameras compared



Sensor formatFull frameFull frame
Sensor cleaning
Articulated screen
External microphone
Similar weight1010g1015g
Environmental sealing
Pentax K-1 VS Nikon D850 Dimensions

Look at front view of the K-1 and D850

K-1 und D850, front viewK-1 und D850, front view

Top view of cameras

K-1 und D850, view from aboveK-1 und D850, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Pentax K-1

Nikon D850


We recommend Nikon D850 as better choice.

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