Pentax KP vs Nikon D5200 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Amateur DSLR cameras.

KP vs D5200 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax KP vs Nikon D5200 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

D5200

  • Introduced in October 2012
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C (DX)
  • 24 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 - 6400 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • No WiFi
  • 129.0 x 98 x 78mm³ (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1")
  • 555g (17.9 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D5200

KP vs D5200 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 D5200 sensor comparison

KP vs D5200: Viewfinder

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

The D5200 has an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror. It's magnification is 0.52x covering 95% of view field.

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)

D5200 (0.52x)

Simulated viewfinder of the KPSimulated viewfinder of the D5200

Better choice: Pentax KP

Pentax KP VS Nikon D5200 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax KP a better choice

KP

D5200

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)24.3024.20
Higher speed (4, frames/second)75
Better sensibility (4)100 - 819200 ISO100 - 6400 ISO
Better viewfinder (4)Penta prismPenta mirror
Image stabilizer (3)
WiFi (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the KP are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the larger sensitivity. We also like the better viewfinder, the optical image stabilizer and the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

The KP scores 22 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon D5200

KP

D5200

Auto Focus points (4)2739
Larger lens selection (3)40200
Longer battery life (3, photos)420600
Weighs less (2)643g
(20.7 oz.)
555g
(17.9 oz.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D5200 are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger selection of lenses and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the KP: the lower weight than the KP.

Yields 12 points for the D5200.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

KP

D5200

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Built-in flash
Sensor resolution (MP)0.920.92
Articulated screen
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone
Similar size1009cm³986cm³
Pentax KP VS Nikon D5200 Dimensions

Look at front view of the KP and D5200

KP und D5200, front viewKP und D5200, front view

Top view of cameras

KP und D5200, view from aboveKP und D5200, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Pentax KP

Nikon D5200

22
12

We recommend Pentax KP as better choice.

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