Pentax K-30 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Pentax K-30

100

Nikon D3100

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,129 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm)
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

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-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$443 body only

$480 with 18-55mm lens

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

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$800 body only

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Supports 24p No 24p support
Pentax K-500

Pentax K-500

Entry-level DSLR

Battery life Longer battery life
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Weather sealed No weather sealing

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$471 body only

$419 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Size Slightly larger
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$298 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$379 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth

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Pentax K-30
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