Nikon D3200 vs Pentax K-3

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Nikon D3200
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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 24.2MP digital camera. That's 0.85MP higher than the Pentax K-3 (23.35MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 36 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 14 smaller than the Pentax K-3 (22).
82% higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 0.8x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.65x higher than the Pentax K-3 (0.15x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Cheaper by £267
The Nikon D3200 costs £267.01 less than the Pentax K-3.
Better selling
The Nikon D3200 ranks No. 10105 by number of sales, however the Pentax K-3 ranks No. 79224.
Fifteen more awards
The Nikon D3200 has 16 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Pentax K-3 has 1 award.
9 Reasons For
0.010000000000002MP more total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a total megapixel count of 24.71MP, but the Nikon D3200 is only a 24.7MP digital camera (0.010000000000002MP less).
Smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 1.8 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 1.7 smaller than the Nikon D3200 (1.8).
Sixteen more auto focus points Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 27.00 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3200 only has 11.00 auto focus points.
44,800 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, however the Nikon D3200 is only a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (44,800 lower).
30fps higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a JPEG frame rate of 60fps, but the Nikon D3200 is only a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps lower).
One more memory slot Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a two memory slot digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3200 only has one memory slot.
Marginally larger screen size Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 3.2" screen digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3200 is only a 3" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Higher display resolution Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a display resolution of 1,037,000 pixels, but the Nikon D3200 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (116,000 pixels lower).
One more supported battery Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a two supported battery digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3200 only has one supported battery.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
Less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 24.7MP digital camera. That's 0.010000000000002MP less than the Pentax K-3 (24.71MP).
A lot larger minimum aperture Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a minimum aperture of 3.5, however the Pentax K-3 is a 1.8 minimum aperture digital camera (1.7 smaller).
Only 11.00 auto focus points Edit
The Nikon D3200 is an 11.00 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 only has 27.00 auto focus points.
7x lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 44,800 lower than the Pentax K-3 (51,200).
Lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 30fps lower than the Pentax K-3 (60fps).
Only one memory slot Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a one memory slot digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 only has two memory slots.
7% smaller screen size Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 3" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" smaller than the Pentax K-3 (3.2"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Lower display resolution Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 116,000 pixels lower than the Pentax K-3 (1,037,000 pixels).
Only one supported battery Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a one supported battery digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 only has two supported batteries.
6 Reasons Against
0.85MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a megapixel count of 23.35MP, whereas the Nikon D3200 is a 24.2MP digital camera (0.85MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

14 bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a maximum aperture of 22, whereas the Nikon D3200 is a 36 maximum aperture digital camera (14 smaller).
Five times lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.15x, however the Nikon D3200 is a 0.8x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.65x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

£267 more expensive
The Pentax K-3 is more expensive than the Nikon D3200 by £267.01.
Worse selling
The Pentax K-3 ranks No. 79224 by sales volume, however the Nikon D3200 ranks No. 10105.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Pentax K-3 has received 1 award, the Nikon D3200 has received 16 awards.

Awards

16 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Akam.no: Recommended
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
CNET.co.uk: Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
gadgetspeak.com: Highly Recommended
hardwarezone.com.ph: Recommended
onfoto.ru: Silver
pcforalla.idg.se: Good Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Techradar: Best in Class
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
tweakers.net: Very Good
What Digital Camera: Gold
1 Award
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
24.2MP
BEST
23.35MP
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
 4512 x 3000
 3008 x 2000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
 6016 x 4000
 4512 x 3000
 3008 x 2000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
 6016 x 4000
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.2 x 15.4 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixel Count
24.7MP 24.71MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Body
 Body

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel

Lens System

Maximum Aperture
36
BEST
22
Minimum Aperture
3.5 1.8
BEST
Focal Length Range
18 - 55 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
11/8 6/5
Lens Mount Interface
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Aspheric Element
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
52mm 52mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
11 27
BEST
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 Auto
Maximum ISO Speed
6,400 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
Flash Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data 13m
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s Unknown - Click to provide data
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 60fps
BEST
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 960
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 424
 640 x 360
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 960
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 424
 640 x 360
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
Memory Slot
1 2
BEST

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.2"
BEST
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% 100%
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels 1,037,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.8x
BEST
0.15x
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in socket
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
Photo Effect
 Negative film
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Split screen
 Pastel
 Negative film
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Split screen
 Pastel
Self-Timer
2,5,10,20 2,12
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Image Editing Mode
 Rotating
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Scene Mode
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 715g
Height
76.5mm 100mm
Depth
96mm 77.5mm
Width
125mm 131.5mm
Weight Including Battery
505g
BEST
800g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 2
BEST
Battery Size
EN-EL14 D-LI90
Maximum Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 6h
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 720 shots

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 85 5 - 92
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 -10 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data S-SW140
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
BEST
 USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
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