Nikon D610

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Nikon D610

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Pentax K-3

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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
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-3

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,200 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.3 fps
 
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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
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Lens availability More lenses available 152 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 40% more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 900 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
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
Battery life Longer battery life 900 shots vs 560 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
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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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 138 ms vs 260 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 25 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 $1,029.99 vs $1,896.95
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The best price we've seen is $867 cheaper (around 50% 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"
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D610:14.2 EV
              K-3:13.4 EV
              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
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              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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 D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,300 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 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

              $1,663 - $1,899 body only

              $2,341 - $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 D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,555 - $1,600 body only

              $1,999 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 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
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D610 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,330 body only

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Focus points More focus points
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies

              Pentax K-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 - $790 body only

              $1,108 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $646 - $928 body only

              $830 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $660 - $700 body only

              $1,049 - $1,247 with 18-55mm lens

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

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