Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-30

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-3

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,200 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 130x97x71 mm
 
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Advantages of the Pentax K-3

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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 2 f-stops better
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 25 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
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
Focus points Significantly more focus points 27 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8.3 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-3's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 80.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 13 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 138 ms vs 162 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 900 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
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 Significantly smaller 130x97x71 mm vs 131x100x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price Much cheaper $432.99 vs $1,029.99
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The best price we've seen is $597 cheaper (2.4x less)
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
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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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-3:138 ms
              K-30:162 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-3:1/8000s
              K-30:1/6000s
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $486 - $497 body only

              $584 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $646 - $928 body only

              $830 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 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
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 - $790 body only

              $1,108 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              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

              $660 - $700 body only

              $1,049 - $1,247 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 with 28-300mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,663 - $1,899 body only

              $2,341 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $576 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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