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

Pentax K-30

Winner
Pentax K-30

87

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Nikon D3200

73

Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,129 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
79.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 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 Lighter 505 g vs 650 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $329.00 vs $559.99
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The best price we've seen is $231 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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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
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 0.50x
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Around 50% 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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 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

              $200 - $1,148 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 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

              $599 - $700 body only

              $499 - $550 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

              $278 body only

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Size Smaller
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $594 - $1,199 body only

              $1,349 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
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $963 - $1,197 body only

              $1,546 - $1,547 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Size Significantly larger
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

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