Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-5 II

87

Pentax K-5 II

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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-5 II

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Battery life
Great battery life
980 shots
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
51,200 ISO
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 131x97x72 mm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-3

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 25 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 138 ms vs 225 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Focus points Significantly more focus points 27 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but K-3 does so at a higher frame rate
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8.3 fps vs 7 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5 II

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Battery life Much longer battery life 980 shots vs 560 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 82.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay Less startup delay 600 ms vs 900 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 13.4 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 131x97x72 mm vs 131x100x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $679.00 vs $841.99
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The best price we've seen is $163 cheaper (around 20% less)
Weight Lighter 760 g vs 800 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              K-3:1,216 ISO
              K-5 II:1,235 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              K-3:80.0
              K-5 II:82.0
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              K-3:13.4 EV
              K-5 II:14.1 EV
              Light sensitivity (boost) Extremely good boost ISO Help
              51,200 ISO
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-3:800 g
              K-5 II:760 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              K-3:$841.99
              K-5 II:$679.00
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              K-3:1080p @ 30fps
              K-5 II:1080p @ 25fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 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 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $989 body only

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $609 body only

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 - $476 body only

              $447 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Pentax K-3 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-3.

              Pentax K-5 II Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-5 II.

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