Nikon D3200 vs Pentax K-50

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Nikon D3200
Pentax K-50

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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a megapixel of 24.2MP, whereas the Pentax K-50 is only a 16.28MP digital camera (7.92MP 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.

A lot more total megapixels Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a total megapixels of 24.7MP, but the Pentax K-50 is only a 16.49MP digital camera (8.21MP less).
13.00 flash guide numbers Edit
The number of flash guide numbers on the Nikon D3200 is 13.00, but the Pentax K-50 only has 12.00 flash guide numbers.
PictBridge Edit
The Nikon D3200 supports pictBridge, whereas the Pentax K-50 does not support pictBridge.
HDMI Edit
The Nikon D3200 has an HDMI, but the Pentax K-50 does not. 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.

Lighter Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 455g digital camera. That's 135g 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.

Sixty more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Nikon D3200 is 540.00, but the Pentax K-50 only takes 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

£90 cheaper
The Nikon D3200 costs £90.01 less than the Pentax K-50.
7 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Pentax K-50 has an image stabilizer, whereas the Nikon D3200 does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

44,800 higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3200 is only a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (44,800 lower).
30fps higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a motion JPEG frame rate of 60fps, however the Nikon D3200 is only a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps lower).
0.12x higher magnification Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3200 is only a 0.8x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.12x lower). 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.

Available from 5 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. 11981 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Nikon D3200 ranks No. 27832.
User reviews are a bit better
Based on 82 user reviews, the Pentax K-50 has an average review score of 96%, whereas the Nikon D3200 has an average rating of 95% (based on 691 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Nikon D3200 does not have an image stabilizer, but the Pentax K-50 does. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

7x lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Nikon D3200 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 6,400, however the Pentax K-50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (44,800 higher).
Lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Nikon D3200 is only 30fps JPEG frame rate, but the Pentax K-50 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps higher).
15% lower magnification Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a magnification of 0.8x, however 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.

Less retailers
Only 5 retailers sells the Nikon D3200, whereas 10 retailers sell the Pentax K-50. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Worse selling
The Nikon D3200 ranks No. 27832 by sales volume, however the Pentax K-50 ranks No. 11981.
Slightly Lower user review Score
The Nikon D3200's average user rating is 95%, however the Pentax K-50's is 96% (based on 82 reviews).
9 Reasons Against
7.92MP lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a megapixel of 16.28MP, but the Nikon D3200 is a 24.2MP digital camera (7.92MP 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.

8.21MP less total megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a total megapixels of 16.49MP, however the Nikon D3200 is a 24.7MP digital camera (8.21MP more).
Only 12.00 flash guide numbers Edit
The Pentax K-50 has 12.00 flash guide numbers, however the Nikon D3200 only has 13.00 flash guide numbers.
Does not support pictBridge Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not support pictBridge, whereas the Nikon D3200 supports pictBridge.
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have an HDMI, but the Nikon D3200 has an HDMI. 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.

23% heavier Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 590g digital camera. That's 135g heavier than the Nikon D3200 (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.

Sixty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Pentax K-50 takes 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Nikon D3200 only takes 540.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

£90 more expensive
The Pentax K-50 is more expensive than the Nikon D3200 by £90.01.
Five months older
The Pentax K-50 is older than the Nikon D3200 by five months.

Awards

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Trusted Reviews: Recommended
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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
24.2MP
BEST
16.28MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 6016 x 4000
 4512 x 3000
 3008 x 2000
BEST
 6016 x 4000
 4512 x 3000
 3008 x 2000
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
BEST
 6016 x 4000
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.2 x 15.4 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
24.7MP
BEST
16.49MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
BEST

Design

Waterproof
 Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 55 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
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
Number of Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
52mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking 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
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
0.28m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.28 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
11 11
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 Auto
 50
 125
 250
 500
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 Auto
 50
 125
 250
 500
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400 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 (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed Settings
 B
 B
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
13m
BEST
12m
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s 0.01s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
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)

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD 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
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
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
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
Second Display
 Second display
 Second display

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.8x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
Shooting Modes
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
Photo Effects
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Muted
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Muted
Self-Timer Delay
2,5,10,20 2,12
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 16x
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Crop
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-1.7 - 0.5 -2.5 - 1.5
Eye Relief
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 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
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
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
590g
Height
76.5mm 96.5mm
Depth
96mm 70mm
Width
125mm 129mm
Lens Weight
265g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
79.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
73mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight (including Battery)
505g
BEST
650g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
EN-EL14 D-LI109
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
540 shots
BEST
480 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

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

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Network Ready
 Network ready
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Ports Quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
On/off Switch
 On/off switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
Panorama
 Panorama
Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
Manual Focus
 Manual focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Viewfinder
 Optical viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
Trimming
 Trimming
Unknown - Click to provide data
Rotating
 Rotating
Unknown - Click to provide data
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