Pentax KP vs Nikon D5300 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Amateur DSLR cameras.

KP vs D5300 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax KP vs Nikon D5300 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

D5300

  • Introduced in October 2013
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C (DX)
  • 24 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 - 12800 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
  • 81.00mm (3.2") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • WiFi built-in
  • 125.0 x 99 x 76mm³ (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0")
  • 530g (17.1 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D5300

KP vs D5300 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 D5300 sensor comparison

KP vs D5300: Viewfinder

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

The D5300 has an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror. It's magnification is 0.55x 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)

D5300 (0.55x)

Simulated viewfinder of the KPSimulated viewfinder of the D5300

Better choice: Pentax KP

Pentax KP VS Nikon D5300 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax KP a better choice

KP

D5300

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)24.3024.20
Higher speed (4, frames/second)75
Better sensibility (4)100 - 819200 ISO100 - 12800 ISO
Better viewfinder (4)Penta prismPenta mirror
Image stabilizer (3)
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.

The KP scores 20 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon D5300

KP

D5300

Auto Focus points (4)2739
Larger lens selection (3)40200
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.921.04
Longer battery life (3, photos)420600
Weighs less (2)643g
(20.7 oz.)
530g
(17.1 oz.)
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D5300 are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger selection of lenses and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is that the battery has more stamina, the lower weight than the KP and the built-in GPS.

Yields 16 points for the D5300.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

KP

D5300

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Built-in flash
Articulated screen
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone
Similar size1009cm³940cm³
WiFi
Pentax KP VS Nikon D5300 Dimensions

Look at front view of the KP and D5300

KP und D5300, front viewKP und D5300, front view

Top view of cameras

KP und D5300, view from aboveKP und D5300, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Pentax KP

Nikon D5300

20
16

We advise to choose the newest model: Pentax KP.

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