• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800

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Advantages

Pentax K-3 over Canon 70D

  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.4 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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

Canon 70D over Pentax K-3

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer battery life
    920 vs 560 shots
    Capture more photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.075 vs 0.138 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.0 fps vs 1.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.6 fps vs 1.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

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Review Excerpt

  • 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

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivers full-time continuous autofocus (with phase detect at every pixel in framing area) for video and Live View still shooting; Full HD (1080p) video recording with pro-level features and quality; Improved resolution and good high ISO performance; Excellent Wi-Fi remote shooting with full exposure controls; 3-inch articulating LCD touchscreen.

  • Image quality only improved slightly over 60D; Dynamic range still lags behind competing models; May not feature enough upgrades to convince people to step up from 60D.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Pentax K-3
Nikon D7100
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Headphone jack

Compared to Sony A77

Pentax K-3
Sony A77
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $974
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wider angle kit lens
Canon 70D
Sony A77
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $974
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5200

Pentax K-3
Nikon D5200
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Canon 70D
Nikon D5200
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon T5i

Pentax K-3
Canon T5i
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon 70D
Canon T5i
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • Longer battery life
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Pentax K-50

Pentax K-3
Pentax K-50
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
  • $362
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
Canon 70D
Pentax K-50
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $362
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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