Pentax K-x vs Canon Rebel T3

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Pentax K-x

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Canon Rebel T3

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-x

Great image quality
Overall image quality
72.0
Great color depth
Color depth
22.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.5 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.56x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots

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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
Lower 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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$339.00 vs $658.11
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The best price we've seen is $319 cheaper (around 50% less)
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
4.7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              K-x720p @ 24fps
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              T395%
              K-x96%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T39
              K-x11
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T33 fps
              K-x4.7 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3755 ISO
              K-x811 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T362.0
              K-x72.0

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 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

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $861 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

              Pentax K-x Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $554 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much 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

              $367 - $378 body only

              $399 - $496 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $396 body only

              $418 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,094 body only

              $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $648 body only

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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