• 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 D7100 advantages over Pentax K-3

  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    More info 950 vs 560 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More AF points
    51 vs 27
    More AF points improve autofocus

Pentax K-3 advantages over Nikon D7100

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $979 vs $1197
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More cross-type AF points
    25 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.25 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    75 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    24 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs None
    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 5.8x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Solid, ergonomic body design; Stunning, highly detailed photos, thanks to 24.1MP sensor upgrade and removal of optical low-pass filter; Cool 1.3x crop mode extends reach to nearly 2x the full-frame equivalent; Records Full 1080p HD video at up to 30fps with full-time AF; Many pro-level features packed into a consumer-friendly body at reasonable price.

  • Shallow buffer that hampers continuous burst shooting; AF slightly slower than average for its class; No real-time aperture control while in Movie mode (among other quirks); More noticeable moire patterns and aliasing artifacts (but only found when shooting fabrics with strong, distinct patterns).

  • 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 Canon 70D

Nikon D7100
Canon 70D
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $970
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-3
Canon 70D
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $970
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sony A77

Nikon D7100
Sony A77
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $741
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Pentax K-3
Sony A77
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $741
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Nikon D5300

Nikon D7100
Nikon D5300
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Pentax K-3
Nikon D5300
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A77 II

Nikon D7100
Sony A77 II
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $872
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Pentax K-3
Sony A77 II
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $872
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon D7200

Nikon D7100
Nikon D7200
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1197
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi
Pentax K-3
Nikon D7200
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1197
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Fast startup
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