Nikon D3000 vs Pentax K-50

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Nikon D3000
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Reasons For

11 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Nikon D3000 has an optical zoom of 5.8x, but the Pentax K-50 is only a unknownx optical zoom digital camera (5.8x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

1x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a digital zoom of 1x, whereas the Pentax K-50 is only a unknownx digital zoom digital camera (1x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a maximum aperture of 22, but the Pentax K-50 is only a unknown maximum aperture digital camera (22 bigger).
Eleven more auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Nikon D3000 is 22.00, but the Pentax K-50 only has 11.00 auto focus points.
13.00 flash guides Edit
The Nikon D3000 has 13.00 flash guides, however the Pentax K-50 only has 12.00 flash guides.
PictBridge Edit
The Nikon D3000 supports PictBridge, but the Pentax K-50 does not support PictBridge.
18mm bigger eye relief Edit
The Nikon D3000 is an 18mm Eye relief digital camera. That's 18mm bigger than the Pentax K-50 (unknownmm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

11% lighter Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 536g digital camera. That's 54g lighter than the Pentax K-50 (590g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Quite thinner Edit
Nikon D3000 is 65mm deep, but the Pentax K-50 is a 70mm deep digital camera (5mm thicker).
Twenty more shots per battery charge Edit
The Nikon D3000 takes 500.00 shots per battery charge, however the Pentax K-50 only takes 480.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

WiFi connectivity Edit
The Nikon D3000 supports WiFi connectivity, whereas the Pentax K-50 does not. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

12 Reasons For
38% higher megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 16.28MP digital camera. That's 6.08MP higher than the Nikon D3000 (16.28MP). 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.

35% more total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 16.49MP digital camera. That's 5.74MP more than the Nikon D3000 (16.49MP).
97% higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 49,600 higher than the Nikon D3000 (51,200).
95% higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 57fps higher than the Nikon D3000 (60fps).
Built-in microphone Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a built-in microphone, whereas the Nikon D3000 does not have a built-in microphone.
76% higher display resolution Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 691,000 pixels higher than the Nikon D3000 (921,000 pixels).
14% higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.12x higher than the Nikon D3000 (0.92x). 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.

94% higher maximum playback zoom Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 16x maximum playback zoom digital camera. That's 15x higher than the Nikon D3000 (16x).
Shorter Edit
Pentax K-50 is 96.5mm tall. That's 0.5mm shorter than the Nikon D3000 (96.5mm).
Narrower Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 129mm wide digital camera. That's 166mm narrower than the Nikon D3000 (129mm).
Cheaper by £101
The Pentax K-50 costs £100.57 less than the Nikon D3000.
Better user reviews
Based on 82 user reviews, the average review score of the Pentax K-50 is 96%, however the average rating of the Nikon D3000 is 88% (based on 12 reviews).

Reasons Against

14 Reasons Against
6.08MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a megapixel count of 10.2MP, but the Pentax K-50 is a 16.28MP digital camera (6.08MP 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.

5.74MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a total megapixel count of 10.75MP, however the Pentax K-50 is a 16.49MP digital camera (5.74MP more).
31x lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a maximum ISO speed of 1,600, whereas the Pentax K-50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (49,600 higher).
57fps lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a JPEG frame rate of 3fps, however the Pentax K-50 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (57fps higher).
Does not have a built-in microphone Edit
The Nikon D3000 does not have a built-in microphone, whereas the Pentax K-50 has a built-in microphone.
Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a display resolution of 230,000 pixels, however the Pentax K-50 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (691,000 pixels higher).
0.12x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.8x, whereas the Pentax K-50 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.12x 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.

Fifteen times lower maximum playback zoom Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a maximum playback zoom of 1x, whereas the Pentax K-50 is a 16x maximum playback zoom digital camera (15x higher).
Marginally taller Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a height of 97mm, however the Pentax K-50 is a 96.5mm tall digital camera (0.5mm shorter).
166mm wider Edit
Nikon D3000 is 295mm wide, but the Pentax K-50 is a 129mm wide digital camera (166mm narrower).
£101 more expensive
The Nikon D3000 is more expensive than the Pentax K-50 by £100.57.
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Over one year older
The Nikon D3000 is older than the Pentax K-50 by 13 months.
Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Nikon D3000 is 88%, whereas the average user rating of the Pentax K-50 is 96% (based on 82 reviews).
7 Reasons Against
Only 11.00 auto focus points Edit
The Pentax K-50 is an 11.00 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3000 only has 22.00 auto focus points.
One less flash guide Edit
The number of flash guides on the Pentax K-50 is 12.00, but the Nikon D3000 only has 13.00 flash guides.
Does not support PictBridge Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not support PictBridge, however the Nikon D3000 supports PictBridge.
Moderately heavier Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a weight of 590g, but the Nikon D3000 is a 536g digital camera (54g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Thicker Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 70mm deep digital camera. That's 5mm thicker than the Nikon D3000 (70mm).
Only 480.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Pentax K-50 is 480.00, but the Nikon D3000 only takes 500.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Does not support WiFi connectivity Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not support WiFi connectivity, but the Nikon D3000 supports WiFi connectivity. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Awards

12 Awards
buy-n-shoot.com: Gold
Camera Labs: Recommended
Digicam Buyer.co.uk: Editor's Choice
dinside.no/data: Recommended
DP Review: Highly Recommended
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Laptopmag.com: Editor's Choice
letsgodigital.org/nl/: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
photoxels.com: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
10.2MP 16.28MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution
 3872 x 2592
 2896 x 1944
BEST
 3872 x 2592
 2896 x 1944
Maximum Image Resolution
 4928 x 3264
 4928 x 3264
BEST
Image Format
 NEF
 RAW
 JPG
 NEF
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.6 x 15.8 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
10.75MP 16.49MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 5:4
 1:1
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 5:4
 1:1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5.8x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
1x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
18 - 105 18 - 200
Lens Structure
11/8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Nikon F
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
52mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
0.28m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.5 - 3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
22
BEST
11
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 50
 64
 125
 250
 500
 640
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 50
 64
 125
 250
 500
 640
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
Maximum ISO Speed
1,600 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

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

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide
13m
BEST
12m
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s 0.01s
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
3fps 60fps
BEST
Video Format
 RAW
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 RAW
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
BEST
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
 Noise reduction

Memory

Memory Card
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 Eye-Fi
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 Eye-Fi
BEST
Memory Slot
1 1
Memory Upgrade
4GB Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.8x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Muted
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Muted
Self-Timer
2,10 2,12
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
1x 16x
BEST
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Adjustment Mode
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing Mode
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Thumbnails
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Single image
 Slide show
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 - 0.5 -2.5 - 1.5
Playback Mode
 Zoom
 Zoom
Eye Relief
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Museum
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Museum
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
Display Language
 DUT
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 GRE
 CZE
 TUR
 HUN
 DUT
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 GRE
 CZE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
536g
BEST
590g
Height
97mm 96.5mm
BEST
Depth
65mm
BEST
70mm
Width
295mm 129mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 650g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
EN-EL9a D-LI109
Shot Per Battery Charge
500 shots
BEST
480 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Compatible
 Mac compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Capture NX,Camera Control Pro 2 SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
BEST
Battery Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
BEST
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Other Features

Video Recording
 Video recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Metering
3D Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
 USB 2.0 port
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimension
126 x 65 x 97 Unknown - Click to provide data
Data Compression
JPEG, RAW Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating System
Windows XP, Vista, 7,Mac OS X + Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
27 - 157.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Sensor Resolution
13,100,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Frame
 Frame
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Brightness Mode
7 levels Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
1 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
Comment
 Comment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Exposure
 Auto exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
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