Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30

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Nikon D7100

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Pentax K-30

86

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
162 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 130x97x71 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.8"

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D7100 does so at a higher frame rate
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,256 ISO vs 1,129 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
300 ms vs 1100 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Better image quality
83.0 vs 79.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 13 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
162 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
130x97x71 mm vs 136x107x76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$369.99 vs $996.94
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The best price we've seen is $627 cheaper (2.7x less)
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
Weight
Slightly lighter
650 g vs 675 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.61x
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              D7100:1/8000s
              K-30:1/6000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7100:675 g
              K-30:650 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D7100:6,400 ISO
              K-30:12,800 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $856 - $999 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $635 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $841 - $1,097 body only

              $1,079 - $1,164 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $393 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $797 - $897 body only

              $897 - $997 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,389 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,921 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $337 - $367 body only

              $415 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly smaller
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,141 body only

              $816 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 Lower frame rate movies

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