Pentax K-x

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Pentax K-x

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Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-x

Overall image quality
Great image quality
72.0
Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 700 shots vs 420 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Movie format Higher frame rate movies 720p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Both shoot HD (720p) video, but T3 does so at a higher frame rate
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 580 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K-x

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 72.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 97 ms vs 309 ms
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3.2x less delay when taking photos
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size Much smaller 123x92x68 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 4.7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 811 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The K-x has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.56x vs 0.54x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Thickness Much thinner 2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed 1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3:$389.00
              K-x:$401.80
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              K-x:720p @ 24fps
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              T3:95%
              K-x:96%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3:3 fps
              K-x:4.7 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3:755 ISO
              K-x:811 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3:62.0
              K-x:72.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $674 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $695 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $600 body only

              $579 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $545 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly 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

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Pentax K-x Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $525 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $516 body only

              $450 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,456 body only

              $825 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $500 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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