Pentax K-3 vs Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-3

100

Pentax K-30

86

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-3

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
High ISO
Light sensitivity
51,200 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8.3 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Weight
Light-weight
650 g
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-3

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-3's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
25 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8.3 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,216 ISO vs 1,129 ISO
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The K-3 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Focus points
More focus points
27 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Longer battery life
560 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Less startup delay
900 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
80.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
138 ms vs 162 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 13 EV
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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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Size
Smaller
130×97×71 mm vs 131×100×77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$358.42 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $391 cheaper (2.1x less)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
650 g vs 800 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.7 bits
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              K-30.62x
              K-300.61x
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-3138 ms
              K-30162 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-31/8000s
              K-301/6000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-3800 g
              K-30650 g
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $288 - $295 body only

              $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $842 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $557 body only

              $839 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $834 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $935 - $1,197 body only

              $1,245 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Pentax K-3 II

              Pentax K-3 II

              Boutique

              $915 - $935

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $989 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

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