• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000

Advantages

Pentax K-3 over Sony A65

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    0.90 vs 2.80 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More cross-type AF points
    25 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Newer
    11 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    27 vs 15
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 5 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 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A65 over Pentax K-3

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Lighter weight
    846g vs 1240g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster RAW shooting
    2.4 fps vs 1.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.1 fps vs 1.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

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

The Competition

Compared to Sony A77

Pentax K-3
Sony A77
  • $1001
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1438
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wider angle kit lens
Sony A65
Sony A77
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $1438
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher max flash sync

Compared to Nikon D5200

Pentax K-3
Nikon D5200
  • $1001
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $636
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $636
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T5i

Pentax K-3
Canon T5i
  • $1001
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $722
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Sony A65
Canon T5i
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $722
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 70D

Pentax K-3
Canon 70D
  • $1001
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1411
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Sony A65
Canon 70D
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1411
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5300

Pentax K-3
Nikon D5300
  • $1001
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1021
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Sony A65
Nikon D5300
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1021
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
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