Pentax K-3 vs Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-50

86

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-3

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8.3 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-50

Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,600 ISO
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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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 16.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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 1,120 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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
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-50

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Size
Smaller
129×97×70 mm vs 131×100×77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$294.85 vs $684.89
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The best price we've seen is $390 cheaper (2.3x 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
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              K-351,200 ISO
              K-5051,600 ISO
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.7 bits
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              K-30.62x
              K-500.61x
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-3138 ms
              K-50162 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-501/6000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-3800 g
              K-50650 g
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              Movie continuous focus No continous focus while recording movies Help
              Requires attention to focus while recording
              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-3 II

              Pentax K-3 II

              Boutique

              $841 - $1,026

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-S1

              Pentax K-S1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $347 - $441 body only

              $397 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weather sealed It's body is not weather sealed
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $597

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $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
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Pentax K-3 Competitors

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

              Pentax K-50 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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