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Nikon D7500 vs Pentax KP – Comparison

Let’s see how the Nikon D7500 compares to Pentax KP. Both DSLRs belong to the mid-range and are pretty similar in speed and overall action/sports performance.

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 KP
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 - 819,200
Expanded ISO50 - 1,638,400None
AF Points5127
Cross-type AF Points1525
Continuous Mode8fps7fps
LCD3.2" - Articulating3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution921,600 dots921,600 dots
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayYesNo
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 JackYesNo
Memory Card TypeSDSD
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
Fastest Shutter Speed1/80001/24000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size10028
RAW Buffer Size508
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/250 1/180
Startup TimeN/A1.0s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built- in NFCNoNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)950 shots390 shots
Battery IncludedYes (EN-EL15a)Yes (D-LI109)
Weight22.58 oz (640g)24.7 oz (699g)
Size5.35 x 4.09 x 2.87"5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0"
Release Date20172017

Nikon D7500 Advantages:

  • Higher ISO Range -It goes 1 stop higher and all the way down to 50
  • AF Points – The D7500 has 24 more AF points, but less cross-type points
  • 8 vs 7fps – Makes a difference when shooting for a few seconds
  • LCD Size– 3.2″ vs 3.0″
  • Touchscreen
  • Top LCD Display – Saves a lot of time when shooting in manual/semi-auto modes
  • 4K Video – The D7500 can record 4K videos at 30, 25 or 24p
  • Buffer – Enormously bigger buffer. 100 vs 28 for JPEG, 50 vs 8 for RAW.
  • Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /180
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Battery Life – 540 shots longer


The D7500 gives you more AF points, a bigger LCD screen as well as a top LCD display, 4K video and a buffer on steroids compared to the KP. You can also take ~540 shots more with a single battery charge, so the D7500 is worth every dollar.

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Pentax KP 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 KP actuall allows you to turn the “effect” on or off. Doesn’t get better than this
  • Cross-Type – The Pentax KP 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
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – It can go up to 1/24000 (electronic)
  • Less Expensive – The Pentax KP body costs around $150 less

For a slightly lower price, the Pentax KP offers focus peaking, 4 more megapixels and the option to turn on/off the AA filter. Personally I don’t find it as exciting as the D7500, so if you don’t have any previous Pentax lenses and want the most for your money, I’d recommend the Nikon. Both cameras are great though!

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