• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Canon EOS M3 advantages over Pentax KP

  • Less expensive
    $549 vs $897*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    44 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    366g vs 699g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 35 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Pentax KP advantages over Canon EOS M3

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 390 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    19 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 4.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    10 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/24000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • DSLR image quality & resolution in a mirrorless body; Higher-res 24MP APS-C sensor; Much improved AF performance; Better ergonomics with full PASM dial; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC; Tilting LCD.

  • No built-in EVF; Limited native lens selection; Slow burst mode; Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; No 60p video frame rate or 4K video option.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A6000

Canon EOS M3
Sony A6000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax KP
Sony A6000
  • $931
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Canon EOS M3
Samsung NX3000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $442
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Pentax KP
Samsung NX3000
  • $931
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $442
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A5100

Canon EOS M3
Sony A5100
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • External Mic Jack
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax KP
Sony A5100
  • $931
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon D5600

Canon EOS M3
Nikon D5600
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax KP
Nikon D5600
  • $931
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon T7i

Canon EOS M3
Canon T7i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
Pentax KP
Canon T7i
  • $931
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
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