Nikon D610 vs Pentax K-3

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Nikon D610

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Pentax K-3

90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,980 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
94.0
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
Significantly 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
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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
300 ms vs 900 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Lens availability
More lenses available
152 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 40% more lenses available
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 13.4 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
900 shots vs 560 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
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
Weight
Slightly lighter
760 g vs 800 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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 6 f-stops better
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
25 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size
Smaller
131×100×77 mm vs 141×113×82 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 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$679.95 vs $1,199.95
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The best price we've seen is $520 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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%
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 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
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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 D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $959 - $1,197 body only

              $1,259 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 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 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $990 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 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 D610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,422 - $1,642 body only

              $2,112 - $2,656 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Pentax K-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3 II

              Pentax K-3 II

              Boutique

              $942 - $997

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $842 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $292 - $302 body only

              $369 - $380 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $617 body only

              $989 with 18-135mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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