Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-3 II
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Reasons For

11 Reasons For
34% higher megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 24.35MP digital camera. That's 8.07MP higher than the Pentax K-50 (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.

34% more total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 24.71MP digital camera. That's 8.22MP more than the Pentax K-50 (16.49MP).
3x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 3x optical zoom digital camera. That's 3x bigger than the Pentax K-50 (unknownx). 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.

38 smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 38 smaller than the Pentax K-50 (unknown).
Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Pentax K-3 II has a maximum focal length of 130mm, but the Pentax K-50 is only a unknownmm maximum focal length digital camera (130mm shorter).
27.00 auto focus points Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 27.00 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-50 only has 11.00 auto focus points.
Larger screen size Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 3.2" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" larger than the Pentax K-50 (3"). 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 II is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 116,000 pixels higher than the Pentax K-50 (921,000 pixels).
Higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 0.95x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.03x higher than the Pentax K-50 (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.

HDMI port Edit
The Pentax K-3 II has an HDMI port, but the Pentax K-50 does not have an HDMI port. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

720.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Pentax K-3 II is 720.00, but 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.

8 Reasons For
0.99s shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s shorter than the Pentax K-3 II (0.01s).
19% lighter Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 590g digital camera. That's 110g lighter than the Pentax K-3 II (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.

A bit shorter Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a height of 96.5mm, however the Pentax K-3 II is a 102.5mm tall digital camera (6mm taller).
Thinner Edit
Pentax K-50 is 70mm deep, but the Pentax K-3 II is a 77.5mm deep digital camera (7.5mm thicker).
2.5mm narrower Edit
Pentax K-50 is 129mm wide, but the Pentax K-3 II is a 131.5mm wide digital camera (2.5mm wider).
£68 cheaper
The Pentax K-50 is £68.30 cheaper than the Pentax K-3 II.
Available from 9 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
More popular
The Pentax K-50 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 11582 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Pentax K-3 II ranks No. 109989.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Hugely longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-3 II has a flash sync-speed of 1s, but the Pentax K-50 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s shorter).
Heavier Edit
The Pentax K-3 II has a weight of 700g, but the Pentax K-50 is a 590g digital camera (110g 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.

Taller Edit
Pentax K-3 II is 102.5mm tall. That's 6mm taller than the Pentax K-50 (96.5mm).
Thicker Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 77.5mm deep digital camera. That's 7.5mm thicker than the Pentax K-50 (70mm).
2% wider Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 131.5mm wide digital camera. That's 2.5mm wider than the Pentax K-50 (129mm).
More expensive by £68
The Pentax K-3 II is £68.30 more expensive than the Pentax K-50.
Less retailers
The Pentax K-3 II is only stocked by 15 stores, whereas the Pentax K-50 is stocked by 24 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Less popular
The Pentax K-3 II is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 109989 by number of sales in our digital cameras, however the Pentax K-50 ranks No. 11582.
9 Reasons Against
8.07MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a megapixel count of 16.28MP, but the Pentax K-3 II is a 24.35MP digital camera (8.07MP 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.

8.22MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a total megapixel count of 16.49MP, however the Pentax K-3 II is a 24.71MP digital camera (8.22MP more).
Sixteen less auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Pentax K-50 is 11.00, but the Pentax K-3 II only has 27.00 auto focus points.
A little smaller screen size Edit
Pentax K-50 is only 3" screen, but the Pentax K-3 II 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 Pentax K-50 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, however the Pentax K-3 II is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (116,000 pixels higher).
Slightly lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.92x, whereas the Pentax K-3 II is a 0.95x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.03x 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.

Does not have an HDMI port Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have an HDMI port, but the Pentax K-3 II has an HDMI port. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Two hundred and fourty less shots per battery charge Edit
The Pentax K-50 takes 480.00 shots per battery charge, however the Pentax K-3 II 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.

One year older
The Pentax K-50 is older than the Pentax K-3 II by one year.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
24.35MP
BEST
16.28MP
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
BEST
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
BEST
 6016 x 4000
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.5 x 15.6 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
24.71MP
BEST
16.49MP
Image Stabilizer
 Body
 Body
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Magnesium
 Metal
 Magnesium
 Metal

Lens System

Optical Zoom
3x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
38 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length
130mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
24.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
16 - 85 18 - 200
Lens
 Wide-angle
 Wide-angle
Lens Structure
16/12 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
72mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
0.35m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
27
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
BEST
ISO Speed
 Auto
 100
 200
 51200
 50
 64
 80
 125
 160
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 Auto
 100
 200
 51200
 50
 64
 80
 125
 160
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
Maximum ISO Speed
51,200 51,200
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 (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV 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
 Slow synchronization
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data 12m
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 0.01s
BEST
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±1EV (1/2 EV step)
 ±1EV (1/2 EV step)
BEST
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Video Format
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
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
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1280x720@24fps
BEST
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1280x720@24fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

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

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 FLU
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 FLU
Memory Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

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

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.95x
BEST
0.92x
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 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
BEST
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 3.0
BEST
 3.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
700g 590g
BEST
Height
102.5mm 96.5mm
BEST
Depth
77.5mm 70mm
BEST
Width
131.5mm 129mm
BEST
Lens Weight
488g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
94mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
78mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
785g 650g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
D-LI90 D-LI109
Shot Per Battery Charge
720 shots
BEST
480 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
-10 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Windows Operating System
 Windows operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE
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
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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