Pentax K-3 vs Canon EOS 6D

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Pentax K-3

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-3

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.4 EV
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
High ISO
Light sensitivity
51,200 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,340 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
102,400 ISO
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 6D

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,340 ISO vs 1,216 ISO
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The 6D has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Lens availability
More lenses available
165 lenses vs 113 lenses
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Around 50% more lenses available
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 900 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
980 shots vs 560 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
82.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
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The 6D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
770 g vs 800 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
138 ms vs 290 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8.3 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 12.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
25 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
More focus points
27 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 97%
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Almost the same
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 20.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Size
Smaller
131×100×77 mm vs 145×111×71 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$749.00 vs $1,269.00
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The best price we've seen is $520 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,135 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,499 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,295 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 6D.

              Pentax K-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $288 - $295 body only

              $350 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Pentax K-3 II

              Pentax K-3 II

              Boutique

              $929 - $935

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $989 with 18-135mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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              Avatar for José Luis Vuelta Rodríguez José Luis Vuelta Rodríguez (0:08 PM, February 05, 2015)
              I can use my K3 under most harsh weather conditions, what about it?
               
              LDK (2:46 PM, October 22, 2014)
              Canond EOS 6D vs. Pentax K-3 , Full frame vs A-SPC ? ISO vs ISO ...
               
              Michael (10:33 AM, October 21, 2014)
              Canon EOS 6D vs. Pentax K-3: 87 - 92
              Canon EOS 6D vs. Sony A7R: 94 - 74
              Pentax K-3 vs. Sony A7R: 62 - 74


              Yeah right... This is still a nice site to compare specs and get an overview, but the ranking algorithm is a joke.