• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • Medium format 1,441.0mm2
  • 51.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

Buy From

Differences

Pentax K-3 advantages over Hasselblad X1D

  • Less expensive
    $999 vs $8995*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs None
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.1 fps vs 2.3 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Hasselblad X1D advantages over Pentax K-3

  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.29 vs 3.91 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/180 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    51.3 vs 24.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    4080 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in 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

Buy From

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 Nikon D7100

Pentax K-3
Nikon D7100
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Hasselblad X1D
Nikon D7100
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Canon 70D

Pentax K-3
Canon 70D
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Hasselblad X1D
Canon 70D
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon D7200

Pentax K-3
Nikon D7200
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Hasselblad X1D
Nikon D7200
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Fujifilm GFX 50S

Pentax K-3
Fujifilm GFX 50S
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5166
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Hasselblad X1D
Fujifilm GFX 50S
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $5166
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Hasselblad X1D II

Pentax K-3
Hasselblad X1D II
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5750
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Hasselblad X1D
Hasselblad X1D II
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $5750
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
Compare Other Cameras?