As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax KP is also often compared to boutiques, pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Pentax KP's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-3 II and the K-70) and Nikon (such as the Z6 and the D7200)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax KP compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (819,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), has a screen which flips out and is newer (january 2017 vs october 2013).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,037k dots), slightly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 220 lenses), has a slightly shorter battery life (390 shots vs 960 shots) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Pentax K-3 II

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

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the K-3 II and KP

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.62x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 8.3 fps vs 7 fps
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.1 MP vs 24.1 MP

Pentax K-70

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

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

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

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

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Fewer focus points: 11 vs 27

common strengths of the K-70 and KP

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

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year older
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the KP)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the KP)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 819,200 ISO

common strengths of the D7200 and KP

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS 80D

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

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the KP)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the KP)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the EOS 80D and KP

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.59x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 7 fps

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
3 years older
$818 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 (vs the KP)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 (vs the KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the K-3 and KP

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.62x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 8.3 fps vs 7 fps
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.1 MP vs 24.1 MP

Pentax K-5

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

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

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs Professional size (132×101×76 mm)
  • Thinner: 2.9" vs 3"

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the K-5 and KP

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.60x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 7 fps

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax KP compared to boutique competitors include: it much higher maximum light sensitivity (819,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), has a weather sealed body, has a slightly longer battery life (390 shots vs 310 shots), has a built-in GPS and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,100k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 51.1 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and slightly smaller viewfinder (0.62x vs 1.04x).

Nikon Z6

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1 year newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the KP)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots
  • Larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Z6 and KP

  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm GFX 50S
4 months older
$5,499

Significant advantages of the GFX 50S (vs the KP)

  • 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 KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the GFX 50S and KP

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 390 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the KP)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SLT-A68 and KP

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Built-in flashes

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax KP compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), is newer (january 2017 vs september 2014), is much smaller (professional size (132×101×76 mm) vs large (160×159×92 mm)) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,359k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.70x), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (819,200 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Pentax K-1

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

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

  • Shoots much slower: 4.4 fps vs 7 fps
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Much thicker: 3.4" vs 3"

common strengths of the K-1 and KP

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

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
1 year older
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the KP)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 27
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the KP)

  • Lower true resolution: 20.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Professional size (132×101×76 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D500 and KP

  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 1,640,000 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Flip-out screens
  • Built-in GPS

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
2 years older
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the KP)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 7 fps
  • Many more focus points: 79 vs 27
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the KP)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the A77 II and KP

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Professional size (132×101×76 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,198.00 vs $796.95

Nikon D750

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

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the KP)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much longer battery life: 1230 shots vs 390 shots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • No built-in GPS
  • Larger: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Professional size (132×101×76 mm)

common strengths of the D750 and KP

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,149.00 vs $796.95

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
1 year older
$4,860 - $6,497 (body only)
$6,714 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the KP)

  • Much longer battery life: 3780 shots vs 390 shots
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 3,280,000 ISO vs 819,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the KP)

  • Much larger: Large (160×159×92 mm) vs Professional size (132×101×76 mm)
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Lower true resolution: 20.7 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D5 and KP

  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 3,280,000 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax KP compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), much higher maximum light sensitivity (819,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), has a weather sealed body, significantly more lenses available (113 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,620k dots), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (7 fps vs 60 fps) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Fujifilm X-T2

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

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the KP)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.62x
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 27

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the X-T2 and KP

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $939.00 vs $796.95

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
similar age
$699 - $749 (body only)
$700 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T20 (vs the KP)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 27

Significant disadvantages of the X-T20 (vs the KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the X-T20 and KP

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Built-in GPS
  • Inexpensive: $699.00 vs $796.95

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the KP)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly more focus points: 425 vs 27
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (120×67×49 mm) vs Professional size (132×101×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and KP

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
4 months older
$1,699 - $2,049 (body only)
$1,998 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the KP)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 7 fps
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.36x vs 0.62x

common strengths of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and KP

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

Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5
4 months older
$565 - $679 (body only)
$679 - $799 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M5 (vs the KP)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M5 (vs the KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 113 lenses

common strengths of the EOS M5 and KP

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $564.89 vs $796.95
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-GF8 (vs the KP)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (107×65×33 mm) vs Professional size (132×101×76 mm)
  • Much lighter: 266 g vs 703 g

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-GF8 (vs the KP)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 819,200 ISO
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-GF8 and KP

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash