Nikon D610

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Nikon D610

99

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Pentax K-3

92

Pentax K-3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
94.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,200 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.3 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
138 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D610

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 1,216 ISO
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The D610 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the K-3
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 94.0 vs 80.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 300 ms vs 900 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
Lens availability More lenses available 152 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 40% more lenses available
Battery life Longer battery life 900 shots vs 560 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 13.4 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points More focus points 39 vs 27
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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Advantages of the Pentax K-3

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Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-3's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 25 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 138 ms vs 260 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8.3 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 131x100x77 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-3's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Cheaper $841.99 vs $1,696.95
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The best price we've seen is $855 cheaper (2x less)
Weight Slightly lighter 800 g vs 850 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D610:24.2 MP
              K-3:24.1 MP
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Weight Heavy Help
              D610:850 g
              K-3:800 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,999 - $3,160 body only

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D610 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,410 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Pentax K-3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $989 body only

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $609 body only

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 - $476 body only

              $447 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Size Smaller
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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