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Advantages of the Pentax K-3

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Lens availability
Much more lenses available
113 lenses vs 7 lenses
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More than 16x more lenses available
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 460k dots
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Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Battery life
Much longer battery life
560 shots vs 250 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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 4 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8.3 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Pentax Q-S1

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Size
Significantly smaller
105×58×34 mm vs 131×100×77 mm
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4.9x smaller
Weight
Much lighter
203 g vs 800 g
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3.9x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3"
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2.3x thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$332.96 vs $817.68
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The best price we've seen is $485 cheaper (2.5x less)
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similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths
Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
Autofocuses with more lenses
Interchangeable lenses Interchangeable lenses Help
Many lenses to choose from
Supports 24p 24p support Help
For that film look
Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
1/8000 of a second
Common Weaknesses
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
1080p @ 30fps
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported

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