• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Nikon D5200 advantages over Pentax K-3

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $979
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More AF points
    39 vs 27
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Lighter weight
    827g vs 1240g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 75 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Pentax K-3 advantages over Nikon D5200

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.63x vs 0.52x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More cross-type AF points
    25 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.30 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Newer
    20 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    24 vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.5x vs 3.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Captures sharp, detailed photos with its new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, even at higher ISOs; Features a familiar (D5100) but refined body design; Records Full HD video with full-time autofocus tracking; Packs a ton of advanced features into a consumer-friendly body at a great price.

  • Autofocuses a little slowly for its class and struggles at times in low light; Changing some basic settings takes more time and effort than it should; Mediocre kit lens.

  • Top-notch image quality; Great ergonomics in a compact body; Unique on-demand low-pass filtering; Broad sensitivity range; Large and bright viewfinder for an APS-C camera; Dual card slots; Optional Wi-Fi remote control

  • AE Lock button is poorly located; Below-average battery life for a DSLR; Rather dated-looking menu system; Requires a different battery grip accessory than its predecessors; Less third-party support than some rivals

The Competition

Compared to Sony A65

Nikon D5200
Sony A65
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $417
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-3
Sony A65
  • $753
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $417
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon D7100

Nikon D5200
Nikon D7100
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
Pentax K-3
Nikon D7100
  • $753
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D5200
Canon T5i
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $635
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Pentax K-3
Canon T5i
  • $753
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $635
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
Pentax K-3
Nikon D5300
  • $753
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A77 II

Nikon D5200
Sony A77 II
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $879
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • NFC
Pentax K-3
Sony A77 II
  • $753
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $879
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • NFC
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