Pentax KP vs Nikon D500 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Amateur DSLR cameras.

KP vs D500 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax KP vs Nikon D500 Specs

KP

  • Introduced in January 2017
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 7 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
  • 131.5 x 101 x 76mm³ (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.0")
  • 643g (20.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for KP

D500

  • Introduced in January 2016
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C (DX)
  • 21 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • WiFi built-in
  • 147 x 115 x 81mm³ (5.8" x 4.5" x 3.2")
  • 860g (27.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D500

KP vs D500 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: KP an D500 sensor comparison

KP vs D500: Viewfinder

KP has an optical viewfinder with penta prism. It has magnification of 0.59x and covers 100% of view field.

The D500 features an optical viewfinder with a penta prism that also covers 100% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.66x.

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.

KP (0.59x)

D500 (0.66x)

Simulated viewfinder of the KPSimulated viewfinder of the D500

Better choice: Nikon D500

Pentax KP VS Nikon D500 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax KP a better choice

KP

D500

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)24.3020.90
Better sensibility (4)100 - 819200 ISO100 - 51200 ISO
Built-in flash (2)
Image stabilizer (3)
Weighs less (2)643g
(20.7 oz.)
860g
(27.7 oz.)
More portable (2)1009cm³
(64 cu.in.)
1369cm³
(86 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the KP are the higher resolution, the larger sensitivity and the built-in flash. A nice touch is the optical image stabilizer, the lower weight than the D500 and the more compact size.

The KP scores 18 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon D500

KP

D500

Higher speed (4, frames/second)710
Auto Focus points (4)27153
Larger lens selection (3)40200
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.922.36
Touch screen (2)
Better Video (2)1920 x 10803840 x 2160
Longer battery life (3, photos)4201200
USB 3.0 (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D500 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 D500 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 D500.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

KP

D500

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Articulated screen
External microphone
WiFi
Environmental sealing
Pentax KP VS Nikon D500 Dimensions

Look at front view of the KP and D500

KP und D500, front viewKP und D500, front view

Top view of cameras

KP und D500, view from aboveKP und D500, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Pentax KP

Nikon D500

18
22

We advise to choose the newest model: Pentax KP.

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