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

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-3 II compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 25fps), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP) and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it doesn't have a screen which flips out, slightly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 230 lenses), is much more expensive ($1,786.32 vs $708.89), is thicker (3" vs 2.9") and is slightly heavier (800 g vs 675 g).

Pentax KP

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

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

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 819,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Built-in flash

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the KP and K-3 II

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.62x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.1 MP vs 24.1 MP

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)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)
  • Built-in flash

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 8.3 fps

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

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

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)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 27

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D7100 and K-3 II

  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.62x

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)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 27

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D7200 and K-3 II

  • High resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.62x

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)

  • Smaller: Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)
  • Built-in flash
  • Significantly thinner: 2.9" vs 3"

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No 24p support

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

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.62x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Weather sealed

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
1 year newer
$468 - $597 (body only)
$500 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.62x
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D5600 and K-3 II

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-3 II compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), shoots faster continuously (8.3 fps vs 6.5 fps), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital) and is newer (april 2015 vs september 2014).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 2,359k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.70x), takes significantly lower resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 36.2 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

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)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 27
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 1,640,000 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

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

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Lower true resolution: 20.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)

common strengths of the D500 and K-3 II

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Built-in GPS
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

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)

  • Larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.62x
  • More lenses available: 171 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Built-in flash

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

  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)

common strengths of the D610 and K-3 II

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

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)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Many more focus points: 79 vs 27
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.62x

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

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A77 II and K-3 II

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)

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)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.62x

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

  • Shoots much slower: 4.4 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (137×110×86 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)

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

  • Built-in GPS
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

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)

  • Much higher true resolution: 50.3 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.62x
  • Significantly more focus points: 61 vs 27

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

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No built-in GPS

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)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.62x
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1230 shots vs 720 shots

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

  • Shoots significantly slower: 6.5 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Larger: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Professional size (131×100×77 mm)

common strengths of the D750 and K-3 II

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

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 slightly 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
  • Significantly 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
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

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

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

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
  • Have external mic jacks

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 an external mic jack, has a much longer battery life (720 shots vs 310 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly 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 46.7 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
  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

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
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

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

  • 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
  • Much 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
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the EOS R and K-3 II

  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 720 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

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
  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

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
  • Much 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
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Z6 and K-3 II

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Leica Q2

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3 years newer
$4,995

Significant advantages of the Q2 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots much faster: 20 fps vs 8.3 fps
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Q2 (vs the K-3 II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 720 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the Q2 and K-3 II

  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 720 shots

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-3 II compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly 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 and is much more expensive ($1,786.32 vs $477.79).

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 lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP

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

  • Larger than average 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"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 207k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

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

  • Each supports an external flash