As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Pentax K-1 is also often compared to boutiques, entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Pentax K-1's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Z7 and the D800) and Sony (such as the Alpha a99 II and the SLT A99)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-1 compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (36.2 MP vs 24.3 MP) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.4 fps vs 6 fps), slightly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 165 lenses), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2), is thicker (3.4" vs 3") and is slightly heavier (1,010 g vs 812 g).

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
4 years older
$1,299 - $1,879 (body only)
$3,464 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the K-1)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • More lenses available: 171 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Significantly thinner: 3.2" vs 3.4"

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the K-1)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the D800 and K-1

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 36.2 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
4 years older
$2,300 (body only)
$2,844 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the K-1)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 6 fps vs 4.4 fps
  • Significantly more focus points: 61 vs 33
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the K-1)

  • Much lower true resolution: 22.3 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and K-1

  • None found

Sony SLT A99

Sony SLT A99
3 years older
$3,198 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A99 (vs the K-1)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 6 fps vs 4.4 fps
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Much thinner: 3.1" vs 3.4"

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A99 (vs the K-1)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the SLT A99 and K-1

  • Flip-out screens
  • Built-in GPS

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
3 years older
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the K-1)

  • Much thinner: 2.8" vs 3.4"
  • Lighter: 770 g vs 1,010 g

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the K-1)

  • Much lower true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the 6D and K-1

  • Built-in GPS

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year older
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the K-1)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 6.5 fps vs 4.4 fps
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1230 shots vs 760 shots
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the K-1)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D750 and K-1

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
6 months newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the K-1)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 4.4 fps
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the K-1)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and K-1

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-1 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (204,800 ISO vs 50,000 ISO), has a screen which flips out, has a much longer battery life (760 shots vs 370 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 2,100k dots), is slightly larger (professional size (137×110×86 mm) vs prosumer size (134×101×68 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.4 fps vs 12 fps) and slightly smaller viewfinder (0.70x vs 0.80x).

Nikon Z7

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2 years newer
$3,397 - $3,547

Significant advantages of the Z7 (vs the K-1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Shoots significantly faster: 9 fps vs 4.4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Z7 (vs the K-1)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 760 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Z7 and K-1

  • Capture very high resolution images: 45.4 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha a99 II

Sony Alpha a99 II
7 months newer
$3,198 - $3,654

Significant advantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the K-1)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 12 fps vs 4.4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the K-1)

  • Much shorter battery life: 490 shots vs 760 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the Alpha a99 II and K-1

  • Capture very high resolution images: 42.2 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long battery life: 490 shots vs 760 shots

Hasselblad X1D

Hasselblad X1D
4 months newer
$8,960

Significant advantages of the X1D (vs the K-1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 51.3 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Significantly lighter: 725 g vs 1,010 g

Significant disadvantages of the X1D (vs the K-1)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the X1D and K-1

  • Capture very high resolution images: 51.3 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Have external mic jacks

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
4 months older
$5,995

Significant advantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the K-1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (147×104×39 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Shoots significantly faster: 11 fps vs 4.4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the K-1)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 760 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 50,000 ISO vs 204,800 ISO
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SL (Typ 601) and K-1

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 760 shots
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Built-in GPS

Nikon Z6

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2 years newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the K-1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Shoots significantly faster: 12 fps vs 4.4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the K-1)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 760 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Z6 and K-1

  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 204,800 ISO
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Leica Q2

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3 years newer
$4,995

Significant advantages of the Q2 (vs the K-1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots much faster: 20 fps vs 4.4 fps
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Q2 (vs the K-1)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 760 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 50,000 ISO vs 204,800 ISO
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Q2 and K-1

  • Capture very high resolution images: 46.7 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 760 shots

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-1 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 921k dots), much larger viewfinder (0.70x vs 0.54x) and has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.4 fps vs 6 fps), slightly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 220 lenses), is much larger (professional size (137×110×86 mm) vs prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and is much more expensive ($1,796.95 vs $796.95).

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50
2 years older
$1,444 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-50 (vs the K-1)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Shoots significantly faster: 6 fps vs 4.4 fps
  • Much thinner: 2.8" vs 3.4"

Significant disadvantages of the K-50 (vs the K-1)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.2 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.70x

common strengths of the K-50 and K-1

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.70x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Pentax KP

Pentax KP
1 year newer
$797 (body only)
$914 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the KP (vs the K-1)

  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 4.4 fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×101×76 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 819,200 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the KP (vs the K-1)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the KP and K-1

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.70x
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.1 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Weather sealed

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
similar age
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the K-1)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Much lighter: 485 g vs 1,010 g

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the K-1)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.50x vs 0.70x

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and K-1

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70
3 months newer
$595 (body only)
$672 - $715 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-70 (vs the K-1)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Shoots significantly faster: 6 fps vs 4.4 fps
  • Much thinner: 2.9" vs 3.4"

Significant disadvantages of the K-70 (vs the K-1)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the K-70 and K-1

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.70x
  • Weather sealed
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years older
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the K-1)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Much lighter: 480 g vs 1,010 g

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the K-1)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.70x

common strengths of the D5300 and K-1

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Flip-out screens

Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II
10 months older
$1,786 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 II (vs the K-1)

  • Shoots much faster: 8.3 fps vs 4.4 fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 II (vs the K-1)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.70x
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the K-3 II and K-1

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.70x

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-1 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes significantly higher resolution photos (36.2 MP vs 24 MP) and much higher maximum light sensitivity (204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.70x vs 0.76x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have a touch screen and has significantly fewer focus points (33 vs 325).

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
4 months newer
$939 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,404 - $1,499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the K-1)

  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 33
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (133×92×49 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Much lighter: 507 g vs 1,010 g

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the K-1)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

common strengths of the X-T2 and K-1

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony A7

Sony A7
2 years older
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the K-1)

  • Higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Much lighter: 417 g vs 1,010 g

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the K-1)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the A7 and K-1

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony a7 III

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2 years newer
$1,876 - $1,998 (body only)
$2,116 - $2,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 III (vs the K-1)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the a7 III (vs the K-1)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

common strengths of the a7 III and K-1

  • Weather sealed
  • Very long battery life: 710 shots vs 760 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

Pentax K-01

Pentax K-01
4 years older
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-01 (vs the K-1)

  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (122×79×58 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Much lighter: 561 g vs 1,010 g
  • Significantly thinner: 2.3" vs 3.4"

Significant disadvantages of the K-01 (vs the K-1)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

common strengths of the K-01 and K-1

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 760 shots
  • Many lenses available: 113 lenses vs 113 lenses

Sony Alpha 7R II

Sony Alpha 7R II
8 months older
$1,595 - $1,798 (body only)
$2,600 - $2,696 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7R II (vs the K-1)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly more focus points: 399 vs 33

Significant disadvantages of the 7R II (vs the K-1)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 760 shots

common strengths of the 7R II and K-1

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 42.2 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 204,800 ISO
  • Weather sealed

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
1 year older
$998 (body only)
$1,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the K-1)

  • Higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (127×96×60 mm) vs Professional size (137×110×86 mm)
  • Much lighter: 599 g vs 1,010 g

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the K-1)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

common strengths of the 7 II and K-1

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection