Pentax K-S2 vs. Nikon D5300 - Camera Comparison

Pentax K-S2 vs. Nikon D5300:

Pentax K-S2
Pentax K-S2 ✭ Camspex.com
BODY
Nikon D5300
Nikon D5300 ✭ Camspex.com
2015
YEARYear of announcement
2013
Plastic with metal chassis
BODY MATERIAL
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic
Weather
sealed
WEATHER SEALING
Not
weather
sealed
Pentax KAF
LENS MOUNT
Nikon F
n/a
SHUTTER LIFEThe shutter durability as rated by the manufacturer.
n/a
678 g
122 x 91 x 73 mm
DIMENSIONS
& WEIGHTLength x Height x Width and the Weight according to CIPA (incl. batteries and memory card)
DIMENS.
& WEIGHTLength x Height x Width and the Weight according to CIPA (incl. batteries and memory card)
125 x 98 x 76 mm
530 g
Pentax K-S2
Nikon D5300
20.1 MP
CMOS APS-C sensor
APS-C
SENSORThe number of effective megapixels (MP). Sensor manufacturer (if known) and sensor type.
24.2 MP
Sony IMX193 CMOS APS-C sensor
APS-C
23.5 x 15.6 mm
SENSOR SIZE
23.5 x 15.6 mm
5472 x 3648 pixels
MAX. RESOLUTIONMaximum still image resolution
MAX. RES.Maximum still image resolution
6000 x 4000 pixels
1.5x
CROP FACTORA 50mm lens on a camera with a crop factor of 1.5x would behave like a 75mm lens on a full-frame camera with a crop factor of 1x (50mm x 1.5 = 75mm)
1.5x
Bayer array
COLOR FILTER
Bayer array
4.3 μm
PIXEL PITCHThe center-to-center distance between two pixels (photosites) on a sensor. The larger the photosites, the more light they can capture and the lower is the level of visible "noise" in captured images.
3.9 μm
None (with anti-aliasing simulator)
LOW-PASS FILTERA low-pass filter blurs fine details of an image to eliminate the moiré and the color artifacts of finely patterned structures. Without a low-pass filter images will appear sharper, but there is also a risk of moiré occurring in certain scenes.
None
3:2
NATIVE
ASPECT RATIOThe width to height ratio of the "straight out of the camera" images. However, most modern digital cameras are capable of producing images in various aspect ratios.
ASPECT RATIOThe width to height ratio of the "straight out of the camera" images. However, most modern digital cameras are capable of producing images in various aspect ratios.
3:2
12 bit RAW, DNG, JPEG
OUTPUT FORMATS
12 or 14 bit RAW, JPEG
Auto, 100 - 51200
ISO SEN­SITIVITY
Auto, 100 - 12800
(can be extended to ISO 25600)
Pentax K-S2
DXOMARK
SENSOR
SCOREAnalysis of the camera image quality by dxomark.com
Nikon D5300
 
Not tested
OVERALL SCOREDXOMARK Sensor Overall Score shows a camera's sensor quality in terms of noise, ability to render high contrast, formation of colored noise, ability to shoot in low light.
83
 
Not tested
COLOR DEPTHThe color depth performance (DXOMARK Portrait Score) in bits
24
 
Not tested
DYNAMIC RANGEThe maximum dynamic range performance (DXOMARK Landscape Score) in exposure value (EV)
13.9
 
Not tested
LOW-LIGHT ISOThe low-light sensitivity performance (DXOMARK Sports Score) in ISO sensitivity value
1338
Pentax K-S2
Nikon D5300
COVERAGE:
100 %
SIZE:
0.63
camspex.com — Viewfinder — Pentax K-S2
VIEW­FINDERThe viewfinder frame COVERAGE in percent and the real viewfinder SIZE (VF magnification corrected by the crop factor of a camera — this way cameras with different sensor sizes can be compared).
camspex.com — Viewfinder — Nikon D5300
COVERAGE:
95 %
SIZE:
0.54
Optical (pentaprism)
VF TYPE
Optical (pentamirror)
Articulated
 921 600 dot LCD
REAR SCREEN
Articulated 
1 036 800 dot LCD
3 inch
SCREEN SIZE
3.2 inch
LIVE VIEW & TOUCH SCREEN
LV & TS
No top LCD panel
TOP LCD PANELLCD panel on top of the camera which provides information about the current camera settings.
No top LCD panel
Pentax K-S2
Nikon D5300
Phase detection, Contrast detection in Live View mode
AUTOFOCUS SYSTEM
AF SYSTEM
Phase detection, Contrast detection in Live View mode
11
11
FOCUS POINTSAutofocus points
as shown in the figures below:

linear sensors
cross-type sensors
dual cross-type sensors
contrast autofocus areas
39
39
9
CROSS-TYPE FOCUS POINTS
CROSS-TYPE FP
9
camspex.com — Autofocus system — Pentax K-S2
-3
EV

100

The minimum exposure value of the AF working range (at 23°C and ISO 100). The smaller this value, the less light is needed for normal autofocus operation.
-1
camspex.com — Autofocus system — Nikon D5300
12 %
AF COVERAGEFrame coverage by AF sensors in percent.
23 %
Yes
IN-BODY
AF MOTORAn in-body AF motor gives the ability to auto-focus with older lenses which don't have their own motors.
None
Sensor shift
IN-BODY IMAGE STABILIZATION
IMAGE STABI
No
5.4
fps
CONTINUOUS DRIVEMaximum frames per second (fps) in continuous drive mode when using the mechanical shutter.
CONT. DRIVEMaximum frames per second (fps) in continuous drive mode when using the mechanical shutter.
5
fps
20 JPEG shots
5 RAW shots
MAX. BURSTMaximum number of shots in high-speed continuous drive mode until the buffer is full.
100 JPEG shots
6 RAW shots
-5/+5 EV  (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
EXP. COMP.
-5/+5 EV  (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Bulb,
 
30 sec → 1/6000 sec
SHUTTER SPEED Maximum and minimum possible exposure time in seconds.
Bulb, 
30 sec → 1/4000 sec
Pentax K-S2
Nikon D5300

X-SYNC:
1/180
GUIDE
NUMBER:

GN:
12
BUILT-IN FLASH
GUIDE
NUMBER:

GN:
12

X-SYNC:
1/200
Yes
HOT SHOE
Yes
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
1080p @ 30 fps (Full HD)
MAX. VIDEO RESOLUTION
VIDEO
1080p @ 60 fps (Full HD)
HDMI
CONNECTIONS
CONNECT.
Microphone port, HDMI
BUILT-IN
DEVICES
SD, SDHC, SDXC
STORAGE TYPES
SD, SDHC, SDXC
1
CARD SLOTS
1
410
shots
BATTERY LIFEMaximum number of images that can be shot per single battery charge (according to CIPA).
600
shots
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