• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Advantages

Pentax K-3 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
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Newer
    13 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Less shutter lag
    0.138 vs 0.302 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot 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
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    7.5x vs 3.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D5200 over Pentax K-3

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    0.50 vs 0.90 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Lighter weight
    827g vs 1240g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.1 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

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A58

Pentax K-3
Sony A58
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight
Nikon D5200
Sony A58
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon T5i

Pentax K-3
Canon T5i
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D5200
Canon T5i
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Canon 70D

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

Compared to Nikon D5300

Pentax K-3
Nikon D5300
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS

Compared to Nikon D3300

Pentax K-3
Nikon D3300
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Lighter weight
Nikon D5200
Nikon D3300
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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