Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Winner
Pentax K-30

86

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Nikon D3200

74

Nikon D3200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
81.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Weight
Significantly lighter
505 g vs 650 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$309.00 vs $369.99
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
162 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-30's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-30's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
Size
Slightly smaller
130x97x71 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3200:$309.00
              K-30:$369.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $724 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,046 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies

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