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Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-3 II – Comparison

Check out our Nikon D7500 vs Pentax K-3 II comparison.

Our comparison table below covers all the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.

Nikon D7500Pentax K-3 II
Sensor FormatAPS-C (DX)APS-C
Crop Factor1.5x1.5x
AA FilterNoOn/Off
Image Resolution5568 x 37126016 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationNoYes
Lens MountNikon FX/DXPentax K
ISO100 - 102,400100 - 51,200
Expanded ISO50 - 1,638,400None
AF Points5127
Cross-type AF Points1525
Continuous Mode8fps8fps
LCD3.2" - Articulating3.2" - Fixed
LCD Resolution921,600 dots1,036,800 dots
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayYesYes
Viewfinder TypeOpticalOptical
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.94x0.95x
Video Resolution3840x2160 (30/25/24p)1920x1080 (60i/50i/30/25/24p)
 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackYesYes
Memory Card TypeSDSD + SD
Dual Card SlotsNoYes
Fastest Shutter Speed1/80001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size10060
RAW Buffer Size5022
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesNo
Max Flash Sync Speed1/250 1/180
Startup TimeN/A1.2s
Built-in Wi-FiYesNo
Built-in GPSNoYes
Built- in NFCNoNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 3.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)950 shots720 shots
Battery IncludedYes (EN-EL15a)Yes (D-LI90)
Weight22.58 oz (640g)27.07 oz (785g)
Size5.35 x 4.09 x 2.87"5.2 x 4.0 x 3.1"
Release Date20172015

Nikon D7500 Advantages:

  • Higher ISO Range – From down to 50, all the way up to 1,638,400 which is 5 stops higher
  • AF Points – The D7500 has 24 more AF points, but less cross-type points
  • LCD Size– 3.2″ vs 3.0″
  • Touchscreen
  • 4K Video – The D7500 can record 4K videos at 30, 25 or 24p
  • Buffer – 100 vs 60 for JPEG, 50 vs 22 for RAW
  • Built-in Flash
  • Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /180
  • Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • Battery Life – 230 shots longer
  • Weight – The D7500 weighs 140g less

The Nikon D7500 has a lot more AF points, a bigger LCD with touchscreen support, 4K video recording and overall better video quality and auto focus, a bigger buffer, longer battery life and more ISO range.

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Pentax K-3 II Advantages:

  • Megapixels – 4 more megapixels, but you won’t notice the difference unless you print extremely large
  • AA Filter – None of these two cameras have an AA filter, but the Pentax K-3 II actuall allows you to turn the “effect” on or off. Doesn’t get better than this
  • Body Stabilization – A very welcome feature is the built-in 5-axis stabilization that works with every lens you mount
  • Cross-Type – The Pentax K-3 II has 25 cross-type points compared to 15 on the D7500, which results in better low light focusing
  • Focus Peaking – Like mirrorless cameras, it can highlight whatever is in focus before recording videos/taking a picture
  • Dual Memory Cards – You can use 2 x SD cards
  • Built-in GPS
  • USB 3.0 vs 2.0 – Faster transferring speeds
  • Less Expensive – The Pentax K-3 II body costs around $400 less

The K-3 II was released in 2015 and has built-in 5-axis stabilization, the option of turning off the AA filter effect, slightly more megapixels, 2 x memory card slots, built-in GPS and costs quite a lot less. While both cameras are great for all sorts of photographers, it’s obvious that the K-3 II was intended to be mostly used outside because of its GPS and two memory card slots.

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