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Nikon D3500 vs Pentax K-S1

4.88 in
3.82 in
Nikon D3500 Digital Camera
Nikon D3500
4.72 in
3.64 in
Pentax K-S1 Digital Camera
Pentax K-S1
Available colors
Editiorial reviews
21
4.2 out of 5
13 user ratings
5 stars
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4 stars
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20
3.9 out of 5
10 user ratings
5 stars
20 %
4 stars
70 %
3 stars
10 %
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0 %
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User rating
96
3.6 out of 5
96 user ratings
5 stars
30 %
4 stars
27 %
3 stars
19 %
2 stars
13 %
1 stars
9 %
36
4.1 out of 5
36 user ratings
5 stars
36 %
4 stars
33 %
3 stars
30 %
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Full Comparison

Sensor

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
Sensor typeCMOSCMOS
Image sensor formatDXAPS-C
ProcessorEXPEED 4PRIME MII
Sensor size
N/A
0.93 in
Sensor photo detectors
N/A
20.0 Mpx
Effective pixels
N/A
20.0 Mpx
Image ratio w:h
N/A
3:2
Max resolution
N/A
5472 x 3648 px
Other resolutions
N/A
  • 4224x2816
  • 3456x2304
  • 3072x2448
  • 1920x1080

Image

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
ISO
  • 100
  • 25600
  • 100
  • 51200
ISO minimum100100
ISO maximum2560051200
Maximum image resolution6000 x 4000 px5472 x 3648 px
White balance modes
  • Auto
  • Cloudy
  • Direct sunlight
  • Flash
  • Fluorescent
  • Incandescent
  • Manual
  • Shade
  • Auto
  • Cloudy
  • Daylight
  • Flash
  • Fluorescent
  • Manual
  • Shade
  • Tungsten
Supported image file formats
  • JPEG
  • RAW
  • PEF
  • DNG
  • JPG
  • RAW
Photo effects
  • Black&White
  • Neutral
  • Vivid
  • Black&White
  • Fader
  • Pastel
ISO Auto
N/A
yes
White balance presets
N/A
9
Custom white balance
N/A
yes
Image stabilizer
N/A
yes
Image stabilization type
N/A
Sensor-shift
Image stabilization axis
N/A
3-axis
Uncompressed format
N/A
RAW
HDR
N/A
yes
AEB/HDR support
N/A
yes

Optics and focus

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
Lens mountNikon FPentax KAF2
Minimum aperture5.6
N/A
Maximum aperture5.63.5
Focus adjustmentAutoAuto
Brightness adjustmentyesyes
Autofocus
  • Continuous Auto Focus
  • Single Auto Focus
  • Continuous Auto Focus
  • Face detection
  • Single Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) lockyes
N/A
Auto Focus (AF) points selection
  • Auto
  • Manual
N/A
Auto Focus (AF) assist beamyesyes
Number of focus points1111
Filter diameter2.17 in2.44 in
Optical zoom
N/A
11.0 x
Magnification (Crop factor)
N/A
1.5 x
AF assist (auto-focus assist light)
N/A
Lamp
Contrast autofocus
N/A
yes
Saturation adjustment
N/A
yes
Autofocus in recording mode
N/A
yes
Focal length multiplier
N/A
1.5x
Manual focus
N/A
yes
Max number of AF points (incl. assistant)
N/A
11
Image stabiliser
N/A
Built-in
Phase detection autofocus
N/A
yes
Number of AF points (contrast)
N/A
11

Screen and viewfinder

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
Screen size3.0 in3.0 in
Screen technologyLCD TFTLCD TFT
Touch screennono
Field of view100.0 %100.0 %
Live viewyesyes
ViewfinderPentamirror
Optical
Viewfinder magnification0.85 x0.95 x
Dioptre correctionyesyes
Diopter adjustment (D-D)-1.7 - 0.52.5 - 1.5
Eye relief0.71 in0.88 in
Flip-out screenno
N/A
Articulated LCD
N/A
no
Screen dots
N/A
921000
Viewfinder coverage
N/A
100.0 %
Separate info display
N/A
no
Second display
N/A
no

Photography features

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
Shooting modesAuto
  • Sensitivity priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Auto
  • Movie
  • Scene
  • Shutter priority
Camera shutter typeElectronicElectronic
Auto exposure lockyesyes
Continuous shootingyesyes
Self-timer delay
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
  • 2
  • 12
Histogramyesyes
Flash modes
  • Auto
  • Fill-in
  • Manual
  • Redeye Reduction
  • Slow Sync
  • Auto
  • Flash ON
  • Manual
  • Redeye Reduction
  • Slow Sync
External flash connectionHot shoeHot shoe
Scene modes
  • Landscape
  • Portrait
  • Backlight
  • Candlelight
  • Children
  • Museum
  • Night
  • Night portrait
  • Pet
  • Portrait
  • Snow
  • Sunset
  • Surf
  • Landscape
Minimum shutter speed
N/A
30.0 s
Maximum shutter speed
N/A
1.0 s
Shutter priority
N/A
yes
Aperture priority
N/A
yes
Manual exposure mode
N/A
yes
Number of exposures
N/A
3
Exposure compensation plus
N/A
5
Exposure compensation minus
N/A
-5
Expousure compensation steps
N/A
  • 1/3
  • 1/2
AE EV steps
N/A
  • 1/3
  • 1/2
AE frames
N/A
3
WB Bracketing
N/A
No
Subject / scene modes
N/A
yes
Flash sync speed
N/A
1/180s
Built-in flash
N/A
yes
Flash range
N/A
10
Flash metering system
N/A
P-TTL
External flash
N/A
yes
Continuous drive
N/A
5.4 fps
Self-timer
N/A
yes
Metering modes
N/A
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Manual settings
N/A
yes
Self-timer options
N/A
  • 2
  • 12
Speed (JPEG)
N/A
5.4 fps
Speed (RAW)
N/A
5.4 fps
Exposure bracketing
N/A
0.3 - 0.5±EV

Videography features

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
Maximum resolution1920 x 1080 px1920 x 1080 px
Video recordingyesyes
Recording resolutions
  • 1280 x 720
  • 1920 x 1080
1920.0 px
HD typeFull HDFull HD
Supported video file formatsMOV
  • AVC
  • AVI
  • H.264
  • M-JPEG
  • MOV
  • MPEG-4
  • RAW
Camera playback
  • Movie
  • Single image
  • Slide show
  • Single image
  • Slide show
Motion JPEG frame rate60.0 fps60.0 fps
Analog signal format system
N/A
  • NTSC
  • PAL
Max resolution (highest frame rate)
N/A
1280 x 720
Max frame rate (highest resolution)
N/A
30.0 fps
Max frame rate (regardless of res.)
N/A
60.0 fps

Audio features

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
Built-in microphoneyesyes
Built-in speakersyes
N/A
Voice recordingyesyes
Audio systemMonoStereo
Supported audio file formatsPCM
N/A
Microphone type
N/A
Stereo
Speaker type
N/A
Mono
Noise reduction
N/A
yes

Design

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
Body typeSLRSLR
Colour of productBlack
  • Beige
  • Black
  • Black,Orange
  • Black,Silver
  • Blue
  • Blue,White
  • Brown
  • Gold
  • Grey
  • Lime,White
  • Pink,White
  • Purple
  • White
Anti-dust systemyesyes
Body material
N/A
Plastic
Environmentally sealed
N/A
no

Dimensions

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
Weight12.87 oz17.57 oz
Width4.88 in4.72 in
Height3.82 in3.64 in
Depth2.76 in2.74 in

Storage

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
Compatible memory cards
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • FLU
  • Eye-Fi
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
Memory slots1
N/A
Camera file system
  • DCF 2.0
  • Exif 2.3
  • DCF 2.0
  • Exif 2.3
  • RAW
Storage types
N/A
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC

Power

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
Power source type
  • AC
  • Battery
Battery
Battery life (CIPA)1550480
Battery technology
Lithium-Ion
Lithium-Ion
Number of batteries supported11
AC adapter includedY
N/A

Connectivity

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
HDMIyesyes
HDMI connector typeMini
N/A
USB connector typeMicro-USBMicro-USB B
USB version2.02.0
PictBridgeyes
N/A
NFCnono
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)nono
Bluetoothyes
N/A
Bluetooth version4.1
N/A
Headphone port
N/A
no
Microphone port
N/A
yes
Wireless
N/A
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control
N/A
yes
Firewire
N/A
no

Other features

Nikon D3500Nikon D3500
Pentax K-S1Pentax K-S1
GPSnoyes
Calendaryes
N/A
Tripod mounting supportedyes
N/A
Tripod thread1.0 in
N/A
On Screen Display (OSD) languages
  • ENG
  • ESP
  • FRE
  • ITA
  • POR
N/A
Image editing modesCrop
  • Crop
  • Resizing
  • Rotating
Orientation sensor
N/A
yes
Energy Star certified
N/A
no
Languages support
N/A
  • DAN
  • DEU
  • DUT
  • ENG
  • FIN
  • FRE
  • GRE
  • HUN
  • ITA
  • POL
  • POR
  • RUS
  • SWE
  • TUR

Pros & Cons

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