As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-70 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, travel zooms, mirrorless and boutiques. The Pentax K-70's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-5 and the KP) and Nikon (such as the D5600 and the D7200)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-70 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), slightly larger viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.56x), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 16.1 MP) and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, slightly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 220 lenses), has a slightly shorter battery life (410 shots vs 720 shots), has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 27) and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
5 months newer
$468 - $597 (body only)
$500 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the K-70)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly more focus points: 39 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the K-70)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.62x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D5600 and K-70

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
5 years older
$331 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-5 (vs the K-70)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 (vs the K-70)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the K-5 and K-70

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.60x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Pentax KP

Pentax KP
7 months newer
$797 (body only)
$914 50mm lens

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

  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 819,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • More focus points: 27 vs 11

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

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (132×101×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)

common strengths of the KP and K-70

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

Pentax K-3 II

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

Significant advantages of the K-3 II (vs the K-70)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Shoots significantly faster: 8.3 fps vs 6 fps

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 II (vs the K-70)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the K-3 II and K-70

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
3 months older
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the K-70)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Many more focus points: 45 vs 11
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the K-70)

  • Much larger: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the EOS 80D and K-70

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.59x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Flip-out screens

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
6 years older
$1,495 18-55mm lens

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

  • Smaller: Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 2.7" vs 2.9"

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the K-x and K-70

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/6000 of a second vs 1/5999 of a second

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-70 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a screen which flips out, is newer (june 2016 vs april 2012), is much smaller (prosumer size (126×93×74 mm) vs large (146×123×82 mm)) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 24fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.70x), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6 fps vs 10 fps) and significantly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 220 lenses).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years older
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the K-70)

  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 6 fps
  • Many more focus points: 65 vs 11
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the K-70)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much larger: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and K-70

  • Built-in GPS
  • Inexpensive: $949.00 vs $594.89
  • Built-in flashes

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1
3 months older
$1,797 (body only)
$2,197 28-105mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.62x

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

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

common strengths of the K-1 and K-70

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

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years older
$1,877 18-135mm lens

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

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Significantly longer battery life: 920 shots vs 410 shots

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

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)

common strengths of the 70D and K-70

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.69 vs $594.89

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
6 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the K-70)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 8 fps vs 6 fps
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Longer battery life: 800 shots vs 410 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the K-70)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the 7D and K-70

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $594.89
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
1 year older
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the K-70)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much longer battery life: 1200 shots vs 410 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the K-70)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much larger: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the D810 and K-70

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS-1D C

Canon EOS-1D C
4 years older

Significant advantages of the EOS-1D C (vs the K-70)

  • Shoots much faster: 14 fps vs 6 fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.62x

Significant disadvantages of the EOS-1D C (vs the K-70)

  • Much larger: Large (164×158×83 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the EOS-1D C and K-70

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-70 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a built-in GPS, takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (102,400 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a weather sealed body and much larger viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.08x).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,040k dots), is slightly larger (prosumer size (126×93×74 mm) vs mid size (112×67×41 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6 fps vs 10 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90)

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10 months newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (vs the K-70)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly lighter: 322 g vs 688 g

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (vs the K-70)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.08x vs 0.62x

common strengths of the Lumix DC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) and K-70

  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 410 shots

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-70 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), has a weather sealed body, records movies in 24p and slightly more lenses available (113 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 120fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,400k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
2 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$2,098 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the K-70)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 921k dots
  • Lighter: 497 g vs 688 g

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the K-70)

  • No 24p support
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the E-M1 and K-70

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
similar age
$939 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,404 - $1,499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the K-70)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.62x
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 11
  • Significantly thinner: 1.9" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the K-70)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 113 lenses

common strengths of the X-T2 and K-70

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

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years older
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the K-70)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)
  • Much lighter: 285 g vs 688 g

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the K-70)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the A6000 and K-70

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $379.00 vs $594.89
  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
7 months newer
$699 - $749 (body only)
$700 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T20 (vs the K-70)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 11
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (118×83×41 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the X-T20 (vs the K-70)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the X-T20 and K-70

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in GPS

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
4 months older

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the K-70)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 11
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (120×67×49 mm) vs Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the K-70)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.46x vs 0.62x

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and K-70

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85
3 months newer
$695 - $698 12-60mm lens

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-G85 (vs the K-70)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Lighter: 505 g vs 688 g
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-G85 (vs the K-70)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.36x vs 0.62x
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-G85 and K-70

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-70 compared to boutique competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (126×93×74 mm) vs professional size (148×94×91 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), has a weather sealed body, uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection) and is thinner (2.9" vs 3.6").

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,360k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 51.1 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and significantly smaller viewfinder (0.62x vs 1.04x).

Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68
7 months older

Significant advantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the K-70)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the K-70)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SLT-A68 and K-70

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm GFX 50S
3 months newer
$5,499

Significant advantages of the GFX 50S (vs the K-70)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,360k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the GFX 50S (vs the K-70)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the GFX 50S and K-70

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 410 shots
  • Have external mic jacks