As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-3 II is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless, boutiques and super zooms. The Pentax K-3 II's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the KP and the K-70) and Nikon (such as the D500 and the D7100)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Pentax KP

Pentax KP
1 year newer
$797 (body only)
$914 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the KP (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the KP (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the KP and K-3 II

  • None found

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70
1 year newer
$595 (body only)
$672 - $715 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-70 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-70 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-70 and K-3 II

  • None found

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
2 years older
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7100 and K-3 II

  • None found

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
similar age
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7200 and K-3 II

  • None found

Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II
2 years older
$1,094 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-5 II (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 II (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-5 II and K-3 II

  • None found

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
1 year older
$818 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-3 and K-3 II

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
8 months newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the D500 and K-3 II

  • None found

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year older
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the D610 and K-3 II

  • None found

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
1 year older
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the A77 II and K-3 II

  • None found

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1
10 months newer
$1,797 (body only)
$2,197 28-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-1 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-1 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-1 and K-3 II

  • None found

Canon EOS 5DS

Canon EOS 5DS
similar age
$1,995 - $3,499 (body only)
$2,111 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5DS (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5DS (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5DS and K-3 II

  • None found

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
7 months older
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the K-3 II)

  • None found

common strengths of the D750 and K-3 II

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-3 II compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 2.8"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 921k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital) and slightly larger viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.46x).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (8.3 fps vs 20 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has significantly fewer focus points (27 vs 325) and is older (april 2015 vs july 2016).

Fujifilm X-T3

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3 years newer
$1,399 (body only)
$1,699 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T3 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 27

Significant disadvantages of the X-T3 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the X-T3 and K-3 II

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1
2 years older
$1,030 (body only)
$848 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-E1 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (129×75×38 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)
  • Much lighter: 350 g vs 800 g
  • Much thinner: 1.5" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the X-E1 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3.2"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the X-E1 and K-3 II

  • Have external mic jacks

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (120×83×47 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the E-M10 II and K-3 II

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
1 year newer
$939 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,404 - $1,499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.62x
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 27

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the X-T2 and K-3 II

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
1 year newer
$1,098 (body only)
$1,498 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 27

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and K-3 II

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
1 year newer
$1,699 - $2,049 (body only)
$1,998 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.36x vs 0.62x

common strengths of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and K-3 II

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-3 II compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a much longer battery life (720 shots vs 330 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection), has a built-in GPS and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 2,100k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 45.4 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
6 months newer
$5,995

Significant advantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.80x vs 0.62x
  • Significantly thinner: 1.5" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 720 shots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SL (Typ 601) and K-3 II

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 720 shots
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Built-in GPS

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm GFX 50S
1 year newer
$5,499

Significant advantages of the GFX 50S (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,360k dots vs 1,037k dots

Significant disadvantages of the GFX 50S (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 720 shots
  • No built-in GPS
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the GFX 50S and K-3 II

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 720 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS R

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3 years newer
$1,994 - $2,299

Significant advantages of the EOS R (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Many more focus points: 5,655 vs 27

Significant disadvantages of the EOS R (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 720 shots
  • No built-in GPS
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the EOS R and K-3 II

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 720 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
7 months older
$538 - $598

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (115×66×55 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 393 g vs 800 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 720 shots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-LX100 and K-3 II

  • None found

Nikon Z6

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3 years newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 720 shots
  • No built-in GPS
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Z6 and K-3 II

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon Z7

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3 years newer
$3,397 - $3,547

Significant advantages of the Z7 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 45.4 MP vs 24.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Z7 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 720 shots
  • No built-in GPS
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Z7 and K-3 II

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-3 II compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 2"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly smaller (professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs 146×119×181 mm), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP) and much higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 3,200 ISO).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, is much more expensive ($1,786.32 vs $477.79) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

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3 years newer
$478 - $549

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX70 HS (vs the K-3 II)

  • Built-in flash
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX70 HS (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 325 shots vs 720 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the PowerShot SX70 HS and K-3 II

  • Fairly small: Large (127×91×117 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon Coolpix P1000

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3 years newer
$849 - $997

Significant advantages of the Coolpix P1000 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Built-in flash
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix P1000 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 720 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Much larger: 146×119×181 mm vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)

common strengths of the Coolpix P1000 and K-3 II

  • Very large screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each supports an external flash

Pentax XG-1

Pentax XG-1
9 months older
$850

Significant advantages of the XG-1 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Built-in flash
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the XG-1 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 720 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the XG-1 and K-3 II

  • Fairly small: Professional size (119×89×98 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 3"

Leica V-LUX 1

Leica V-LUX 1
8 years older

Significant advantages of the V-LUX 1 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Built-in flash
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the V-LUX 1 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3.2"
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Much lower resolution screen: 207k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the V-LUX 1 and K-3 II

  • Each supports an external flash