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Nikon D3200 vs Pentax K-3

Nikon D3200 vs Pentax K-3

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Nikon D3200
Pentax K-3

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
260g lighter Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a weight of 455g, but the Pentax K-3 is a 715g digital camera (260g heavier). 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.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Nikon D3200 supports Wi-Fi, however the Pentax K-3 does not support Wi-Fi. 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.

Cheaper by £382
The Nikon D3200 costs £382.38 less than the Pentax K-3.
10 Reasons For
0.15MP higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a megapixel of 24.35MP, whereas the Nikon D3200 is only a 24.2MP digital camera (0.15MP 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.

32.4 smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3200 is only a 5.6 maximum aperture digital camera (32.4 bigger).
Marginally larger display diagonal 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.

Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a vari-angle LCD display, whereas the Nikon D3200 does not.
Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Pentax K-3 is 1,037,000 pixels display resolution, but the Nikon D3200 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (116,000 pixels lower).
One hundred and eighty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Pentax K-3 is 720.00, but the Nikon D3200 only takes 540.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

Available from 1 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Eight more awards
The Pentax K-3 has 17 awards, whereas the Nikon D3200 has 9 awards.
Expert reviews are appreciably better
Based on 50 reviews, the Pentax K-3 has an average expert review score of 90%, however the Nikon D3200 has an average rating of 79% (based on 51 reviews).
User reviews are a little better
Based on 262 reviews, the Pentax K-3 has an average user review score of 96%, however the Nikon D3200 has an average rating of 94% (based on 897 reviews).

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 24.2MP digital camera. That's 0.15MP lower than the Pentax K-3 (24.35MP). 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.

Significantly bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 5.6 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 32.4 bigger than the Pentax K-3 (38).
7% smaller display diagonal 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 (numeric) Edit
Nikon D3200 is only 921,000 pixels display resolution. That's 116,000 pixels lower than the Pentax K-3 (1,037,000 pixels).
Only 540.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Nikon D3200 is 540.00, but the Pentax K-3 only takes 720.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

Less retailers
The Nikon D3200 is only stocked by 7 retailers, whereas the Pentax K-3 is stocked by 8 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.
Eight less awards
The Nikon D3200 has only received 9 awards, whereas the Pentax K-3 has received 17 awards.
Expert review Rating is considerably Worse
The Nikon D3200's average expert score is only 79%, however the Pentax K-3's is 90% (based on 50 reviews).
User review Rating is slightly Worse
The Nikon D3200's average user score is 94%, however the Pentax K-3's is 96% (based on 262 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
37% heavier Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 715g digital camera. That's 260g heavier than the Nikon D3200 (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.

Does not support Wi-Fi Edit
The Pentax K-3 does not support Wi-Fi, but the Nikon D3200 supports Wi-Fi. 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.

£382 more expensive
The Pentax K-3 is more expensive than the Nikon D3200 by £382.38.
Over one year older
The Pentax K-3 is older than the Nikon D3200 by 13 months.

Awards

9 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Akam.no: Recommended
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
hardwarezone.com.ph: Recommended
pcforalla.idg.se: Good Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold
17 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Akam.no: Recommended
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice
Ephotozine: Editor's Choice
hi-tech.mail.ru/: Recommended
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended 6 Star
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 6 Star
onfoto.ru: Gold
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Recommended
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice

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Average User Rating

Date Released

16 months Ago 29 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
24.2MP 24.35MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.2 x 15.4 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixels
24.7MP 24.71MP
BEST
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX

Design

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

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
5.6 38
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 82.5mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 27mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 105 18 - 55
Fixed Focal Length
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
 Nikon F
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 52mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 selective
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 spot
 Spot Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 selective
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 spot
 Spot Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
11 27
BEST
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
1.8 - 9.10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 64
 80
 100
 400
 640
 800
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 200
 51200
 64
 80
 100
 400
 640
 800
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 200
 51200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
12,800 51,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Speed Settings
 B
 B
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
Flash Guide Number
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
 Shoe mounting point
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 60fps
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
BEST
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
Maximum Memory Card Size
8GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 2
BEST

Display

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Pastel
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Pastel
Self-Timer Delay
2,5,10,20 2,12
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 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
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-1.7 - 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 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
455g
BEST
715g
Height
96mm 100mm
Depth
76.5mm 77.5mm
Width
125mm 131.5mm
Weight (including Battery)
505g
BEST
800g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 2
BEST
Battery Type
EN-EL14a, EN-EL14 D-LI90P
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 6h
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
540 shots 720 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 5 - 92
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 -10 - 40

Packaging Content

Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data S-SW140
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
BEST
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
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
USB 3.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 3.0 port
Frame
 Frame
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
1/2000 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Frame Rate
4fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

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