Pentax KP vs Nikon D5500 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Amateur DSLR cameras.

KP vs D5500 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax KP vs Nikon D5500 Specs


  • Introduced in January 2017
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 7 frames/second
  • 100 – 819200 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 76.00mm (3.0″) Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount KAF2
  • WiFi built-in
  • 131.5 x 101 x 76mm³ (5.2″ x 4.0″ x 3.0″)
  • 643g (20.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for KP


  • Introduced in January 2015
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C (DX)
  • 24 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 – 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
  • 81.00mm (3.2″) Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • WiFi built-in
  • 124.0 x 97 x 70mm³ (4.9″ x 3.8″ x 2.8″)
  • 470g (15.2 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D5500

KP vs D5500 Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: KP an D5500 sensor comparison

KP vs D5500: Viewfinder

KP has an optical viewfinder with penta prism. It has magnification of 0.59x and covers 100% of view field.

The D5500 has an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror. It’s magnification is 0.54x covering 95% of view field.

Viewfinder magnifications of compared cameras. The black area shows a magnification of 1x, relative to native size; in red is a magnification of 0.85x.

KP (0.59x)

D5500 (0.54x)

Better choice: Pentax KP

Pentax KP VS Nikon D5500 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax KP a better choice



Wider resolution (5, megapixel)

24.30 24.20
Higher speed (4, frames/second)

7 5
Better sensibility (4)

100 – 819200 ISO 100 – 25600 ISO
Better viewfinder (4)

Penta prism Penta mirror
Image stabilizer (3)

Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the KP are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the larger sensitivity. We also like the better viewfinder, the optical image stabilizer.

The KP scores 20 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon D5500



Auto Focus points (4)

27 39
Larger lens selection (3)

40 200
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)

0.92 1.04
Touch screen (2)

Longer battery life (3, photos)

420 970
Weighs less (2)

(20.7 oz.)
(15.2 oz.)
More portable (2)


Conclusion: Advantages of the D5500 are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger selection of lenses and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the rather comfortable touch screen, that the battery has more stamina and the lower weight than the KP. Another advantage over the KP: the more compact size.

Yields 18 points for the D5500.

Common Specs for both cameras compared



Sensor format

Sensor cleaning

Built-in flash

Articulated screen

Video resolution

1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
External microphone


Pentax KP VS Nikon D5500 Dimensions

Look at front view of the KP and D5500

Top view of cameras

Total scores

Here’s the total score according to comparison above:

Pentax KP

Nikon D5500


We advise to choose the newest model: Pentax KP.