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Canon vs Nikon - Mid-range battle: 80D vs D7500 - part 1 - Introduction and 80D advantages


There's a good chance you've owned a Canon or Nikon camera as these both lead in market share in the photography domain by large margin. And if you're a newbie, you probably own an entry level body.

The natural upgrade from an entry level is a mid-range which has much more advanced features for enthusiasts and hobbyists. Users tend to stick to the same brand since changing brands means changing your existing lenses, especially if you've been heavily investing into lenses which is a real hassle. But even then there are quite a few users who aren't content with their brand and wouldn't mind switching brands while choosing a mid-range option. There are also those who would want to invest in both brands and enjoy the advantages of both camera systems. Some even opt directly for a mid-range skipping the entry level option altogether.

If you have plans to switch brands or are investing in a mid-range DSLR as your first camera then knowing pros and cons o…

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Comparison: Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-S2 - Which one to get

Comparing the Pentax K-70 & Pentax K-S2 - What's changed & what Hasn't

The Pentax K-S2 released in 2015 has been a great feature rich & an innovative step for Ricoh-PENTAX with many firsts like an articulating screen & wifi-NFC & a new retracting screen.

Now with the arrival of the K-70, things are getting even more interesting as there are again whole new set of features. Some are taken from flagship models, some new to Pentax and some new to all DSLRs in this category.

There is a lot of confusion among potential buyers of K-70 & K-S2 as to which one to opt. The K-70 is really a K-S2 with a lot more bells and whistles attached & they look very similar too. Also after K-70's release, prices of already discounted K-S2 can be expected to come down.

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Here's a point wise comparison between the Pentax K-70 and the K-S2, what's different & what isn't. Hope this helps you decide better which way to go.

I've also written a detailed feature comparison between the Pentax K-70 and K-3 II, since they too are stacked against each other by many. Also the K-70 falls in the same price segment as the Nikon D5500. I have compared the both in detail in a 3 part series here:

First let's see what has been changed from the K-S2:

  • K-70 has 24 megapixels K-S2 has 20
    • More ability to crop.
  • K-70 has 102400 ISO, K-S2 has 51200
    • Although both these settings will perform poorly, an increase in ISO by a stop might suggest the K-70 performs marginally better at higher ISOs 
  • K-70 does 14bit sensor data readout K-S2 has 12bit
    • A good thing for Dynamic range for post processing.
  • K-70 has Hybrid Live view AF with on sensor phase detect
    • Will make Auto-focusing in live view dramatically faster.
  • K-70 has now continuous auto-focusing in video mode
    • But it will work with only supported lenses like the new 55-300 HD WR PLM.
  • K-70 has 1920x1080 60i & 50i, K-S2 has only up till 30p.
    • Still no 1080p, but still a lot of improvements in video.
  • K-70 has pixel shift resolution K-S2 doesn't
    • Better color reproduction with full color information. Better noise performance & Dynamic range & ultimate Image sharpness & Resolution. But at the cost of using tripod since the camera will be taking 4 images in a sequence. Any camera or even subject movement will induce color artifacts.
  • K-70 has 4.5 stops of Image stabilization instead of 3.5 of K-S2
    • Very significant, will help in slow shutter handhelds & macros.
  • K-70 has deeper RAW & JPEG buffer
    • 10 vs. 9 RAW, 40 vs. 30 JPEG, 8 vs. 6 RAW+JPEG.
  • K-70 does 6 fps instead of 5.4 of K-S2
    • marginal improvement matching the K-50
  • K-70 seems to have better grip & overall a better build quality than K-S2 (In my Opinion)
  • K-70 has better shaped buttons in it's 4 way controller
    • Many K-S2 users complained about the shape of  buttons, hope this improves some ergonomics.
  • K-70 has an accelerator chip
    • With this K-70 claims to have better noise correction algorithm.
  • K-70 also lacks AA filter like the K-S2.
    • This is becoming a standard nowadays.
  • K-70 won't have NFC but wifi only.
    • K-S2 had both.
  • K-70 will have 3 user settings on main dial, K-S2 only had 2.
    • Very helpful in switching between camera settings for different types of photography e.g. between landscape wildlife & night photography. K-70 also has preset on those 3 settings.
  • K-70 will have 2 Fn buttons (wifi button is now customizable)
    • Very important feature in my opinion. Will help & make changing settings faster.
  • K-70 has 24 custom functions which are customizable, K-S2 has 28 but not customizable.
    • Good that it is customizable now.
  • K-70 has 16 mode memory items, K-S2 has 12.
  • K-70 will have Outdoor view settings & Night vision display for better live view outdoors.
    • A testimony that Pentax really takes care of user experience. This camera is really geared for the outdoor rugged use.
  • K-70 will have 3 White Balance & 3 Color temperature settings.
    • vs. a single for either in K-S2.
  • No flash preset in white balance settings.
    • The flash white balance preset in K-S2 is absent in the K-70.
  • K-70 has +/-4 step clarity adjustment & Skin tone settings (K-S2 has clarity enhancement, not sure if it's same as clarity).
  • K-70 is just 10 grams heavier than K-S2.
    • That's a minor increase but overall both K-S2 & K-70 are on the heavier side compared to Cannon & Nikon counterparts.
  • K-70's mode dial is taller with deeper cuts.
    • For better handling, especially while wearing gloves.
  • K-70 works only with the optional Pentax Cable Switch CS-310 announced with the camera
    • K-70 is incompatible with all previously released cable remote release. It uses the stereo mic port on the K-70.
  • K-70 is available in body only & with 18-135mm kit while the K-S2 was available with body only, with 18-50mm, with 18-135mm or as a dual kit 18-50mm+50-200mm.

What should have been different from the K-S2 but isn't:

  • K-70 has same number of AF points as the K-S2 (same SAFOX X module from K-S2 reused) 11 with 9 cross type. 
    • This is outdated even for the K-S2 & should have been changed with K-70.
  • K-70 has the same battery life as K-S2 which is on the lower end for a DSLR.
  • No Wireless flash Commander ability with on board flash.
    • Its predecessor the K-50 had this functionality. K-70 should have included this.
  • K-70 has no composition adjustment feature.
    • The K-50 had this.
  • No touch function in the K-70.
    • Its competitors, the D5500 from Nikon & T6i/s all have touch.
  • No Proximity sensor for switching between OVF & Live View
    • Will make switching between Live View & Optical viewfinder a bit inconvenient.
  • Better metering sensor than the 77 segment from K-S2 would have been nice.
  • Video switch unchanged
    • it's very easy to switch to video mode by mistake after switching on the K-S2, since the video mode is part of the 3 way main switch. Sadly this hasn't changed in the K-70

In the end it really boils down to two things - whether you want more features or more cost saving. With more money saved on body you could invest it in lenses which are critical for you final output.

With more features available, as per your specific requirement, you may benefit in getting the image faster or easier & also make some photographic techniques possible (Pixel shift, blur free handheld low light-slow shutter shooting thanks to 4.5 stops of stabilization)

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