Nikon D3300 vs Pentax K-3

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Nikon D3300
Pentax K-3

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Reasons For

11 Reasons For
A little higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a megapixel count of 24.2MP, but the Pentax K-3 is only a 23.35MP digital camera (0.85MP lower). 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.

Moderately more total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a total megapixel count of 24.78MP, however the Pentax K-3 is only a 24.71MP digital camera (0.07MP less).
99x shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Nikon D3300 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s shorter than the Pentax K-3 (1s).
Lighter Edit
The Nikon D3300 is a 410g digital camera. That's 305g lighter than the Pentax K-3 (715g). 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.

2mm shorter Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a height of 98mm, however the Pentax K-3 is a 100mm tall digital camera (2mm taller).
2mm thinner Edit
Nikon D3300 is 75.5mm deep, but the Pentax K-3 is a 77.5mm deep digital camera (2mm thicker).
Slightly narrower Edit
Nikon D3300 is 124mm wide, but the Pentax K-3 is a 131.5mm wide digital camera (7.5mm wider).
£246 cheaper
The Nikon D3300 is £246.10 cheaper than the Pentax K-3.
Available from 27 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
More popular
The Nikon D3300 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 3049 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Pentax K-3 ranks No. 101807.
Twelve more awards
The Nikon D3300 has 13 awards, but the Pentax K-3 has 1 award.
12 Reasons For
Smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 2 smaller than the Nikon D3300 (38).
27.00 auto focus points Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 27.00 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3300 only has 11.00 auto focus points.
Higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 38,400 higher than the Nikon D3300 (51,200).
One more flash guide Edit
The number of flash guides on the Pentax K-3 is 13.00, but the Nikon D3300 only has 12.00 flash guides.
Two memory slots Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a two memory slot digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3300 only has one memory slot.
7% larger screen size Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 3.2" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" larger than the Nikon D3300 (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.

Higher display resolution Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 116,000 pixels higher than the Nikon D3300 (1,037,000 pixels).
11% higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 0.95x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.1x higher than the Nikon D3300 (0.95x). 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.

13% bigger eye relief Edit
The Pentax K-3 has an eye relief of 20.5mm, however the Nikon D3300 is only an 18mm Eye relief digital camera (2.5mm smaller). 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.

Two supported batteries Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a two supported battery digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3300 only has one supported battery.
720.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Pentax K-3 is 720.00, but the Nikon D3300 only takes 700.00 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.

A bit better user reviews
The average user review score of the Pentax K-3 is 98%, however the average rating of the Nikon D3300 is 95% (based on 430 reviews).

Reasons Against

12 Reasons Against
Moderately bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a maximum aperture of 36, but the Pentax K-3 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera (2 smaller).
Sixteen less auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Nikon D3300 is 11.00, but the Pentax K-3 only has 27.00 auto focus points.
38,400 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a maximum ISO speed of 12,800, whereas the Pentax K-3 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (38,400 higher).
Only 12.00 flash guides Edit
The Nikon D3300 has 12.00 flash guides, however the Pentax K-3 only has 13.00 flash guides.
One less memory slot Edit
The number of memory slots on the Nikon D3300 is one, but the Pentax K-3 only has two memory slots.
0.2" smaller screen size Edit
Nikon D3300 is only 3" screen, but the Pentax K-3 is a 3.2" screen digital camera (0.2" larger). 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.

13% lower display resolution Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, however the Pentax K-3 is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (116,000 pixels higher).
0.1x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.85x, whereas the Pentax K-3 is a 0.95x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.1x 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.

2.5mm smaller eye relief Edit
The Nikon D3300 is an 18mm Eye relief digital camera. That's 2.5mm smaller than the Pentax K-3 (20.5mm). 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.

One less supported battery Edit
The number of supported batteries on the Nikon D3300 is one, but the Pentax K-3 only has two supported batteries.
Twenty less shots per battery charge Edit
The Nikon D3300 takes 700.00 shots per battery charge, however the Pentax K-3 only takes 720.00 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.

Marginally Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Nikon D3300 is 95%, whereas the average user rating of the Pentax K-3 is 98% (based on 68 reviews).
12 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 23.35MP digital camera. That's 0.85MP lower than the Nikon D3300 (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.

Less total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 24.71MP digital camera. That's 0.07MP less than the Nikon D3300 (24.71MP).
0.99s longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a flash sync-speed of 1s, but the Nikon D3300 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s shorter).
305g heavier Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a weight of 715g, but the Nikon D3300 is a 410g digital camera (305g 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.

2% taller Edit
Pentax K-3 is 100mm tall. That's 2mm taller than the Nikon D3300 (100mm).
3% thicker Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 77.5mm deep digital camera. That's 2mm thicker than the Nikon D3300 (77.5mm).
Wider Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 131.5mm wide digital camera. That's 7.5mm wider than the Nikon D3300 (131.5mm).
More expensive by £246
The Pentax K-3 is £246.10 more expensive than the Nikon D3300.
Less retailers
The Pentax K-3 is only stocked by 11 stores, whereas the Nikon D3300 is stocked by 38 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Older by over two years
The Pentax K-3 is three years older than the Nikon D3300.
Less popular
The Pentax K-3 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 101807 by number of sales in our digital cameras, however the Nikon D3300 ranks No. 3049.
Twelve less awards
The Pentax K-3 has only received 1 award, whereas the Nikon D3300 has received 13 awards.

Awards

13 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Camera Labs: Recommended
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Expert Reviews: Recommended
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended 5 Star
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 5 Star
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
vido.com.ua: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold
1 Award
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick

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Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
24.2MP
BEST
23.35MP
Image Stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 4496 x 3000
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
 6000 x 4000
 4496 x 3000
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
 6016 x 4000
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.5 x 15.6 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixel Count
24.78MP
BEST
24.71MP
Image Stabilizer
 Body
 Body
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2

Design

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

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.34x
Maximum Aperture
36 38
BEST
Minimum Aperture
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 82.5mm
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 27mm
Focal Length Range
18 - 55 18 - 55
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
11/8 11/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Nikon F
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.4m
Auto Focus Point
11 27
BEST
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
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
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 51200
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 51200
Maximum ISO Speed
12,800 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Partial
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Partial
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

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

Flash

Flash Mode
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Manual
Flash Guide
12m 13m
BEST
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
BEST
1s
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
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps 60fps
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 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@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 640x424@25fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 640x424@25fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

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
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels 1,037,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.85x 0.95x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 electrical
 Optical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AV output
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
USB Connector Type
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
 Microphone in socket
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
Headphone Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone out port
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

GPS
 GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
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
 Histogram
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
Image Editing Mode
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Crop
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Crop
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
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi Burst Mode
 Multi burst mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 - 0.5 -2.5 - 1.5
Eye Relief
18mm 20.5mm
BEST
Scene Mode
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 SCR
 BUL
 HEB
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 INC
 SRP
 KAZ
 Multi
 BEN
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 SCR
 BUL
 HEB
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 INC
 SRP
 KAZ
 Multi
 BEN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
410g
BEST
715g
Height
98mm
BEST
100mm
Depth
75.5mm
BEST
77.5mm
Width
124mm
BEST
131.5mm
Weight Including Battery
460g
BEST
800g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 2
BEST
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data D-LI90
Maximum Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 6h
Battery Capacity
1,230mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
700 shots 720 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

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
 AV
BEST
 USB
 AV
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
 Included battery charger
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Other Features

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
USB 3.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 3.0 port

Technical Details

Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Flash Type
Unknown - Click to provide data P-TTL
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