Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-50

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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-50

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,600 ISO
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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Advantages of the Pentax K-3

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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 16.2 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
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
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
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
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 Significantly smaller 129x96x70 mm vs 131x100x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price Much cheaper $446.95 vs $987.89
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The best price we've seen is $541 cheaper (2.2x 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Extremely good maximum light sensitivity Help
              K-3:51,200 ISO
              K-50:51,600 ISO
              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-50:162 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-50:1/6000s
              Movie continuous focus No continous focus while recording movies Help
              Requires attention to focus while recording
              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
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 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-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $463 - $550 body only

              $560 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $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 slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $730 - $928 body only

              $830 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 - $697 body only

              $1,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Pentax K-3 Competitors

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $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
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

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

              Pentax K-50 Competitors

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              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $736 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

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