Pentax K-30 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Pentax K-30

100

Nikon D3100

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.9"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-30.

competitors

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Supports 24p No 24p support
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$440 body only

$557 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Lowest price More expensive
Pentax K-S2

Pentax K-S2

Entry-level DSLR

$697 with 50-200mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Continuous shooting Shoots slower

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$487 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000

Entry-level DSLR

$305 body only

$729 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$370 body only

$390 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Size Larger

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Pentax K-30
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