Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-3

100

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Pentax K-5 II

87

Pentax K-5 II

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-3

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Battery life
Great battery life
980 shots
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
51,200 ISO
 

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
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
25 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8.3 fps vs 7 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
$635.29 vs $765.00
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The best price we've seen is $130 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
              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
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              K-3:13.4 EV
              K-5 II:14.1 EV
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              K-3:8.3 fps
              K-5 II:7 fps
              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 Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-3:800 g
              K-5 II:760 g
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $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-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $516 body only

              $427 - $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
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $487 - $697 body only

              $793 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $525 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity

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              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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