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Nikon D3200 vs Pentax K-50

Nikon D3200 vs Pentax K-50

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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a megapixel of 24.2MP, whereas the Pentax K-50 is only a 16.3MP digital camera (7.9MP 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.

Larger maximum memory card size Edit
The Nikon D3200 is an 8GB maximum memory card size digital camera. That's 6GB larger than the Pentax K-50 (2GB).
Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Nikon D3200 has a vari-angle LCD display, whereas the Pentax K-50 does not have a vari-angle LCD display.
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) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Nikon D3200 is 540.00, but the Pentax K-50 only takes 480.00 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.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Nikon D3200 supports Wi-Fi, however the Pentax K-50 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.

£84 cheaper
The Nikon D3200 costs £84.01 less than the Pentax K-50.
Expert reviews are slightly better
The Nikon D3200 has an average expert review score of 82% based on 47 reviews, however the Pentax K-50 has an average rating of 81% (based on 60 reviews).
6 Reasons For
Smaller maximum aperture number Edit
Pentax K-50 is 45 maximum aperture, but the Nikon D3200 is only a 40 maximum aperture digital camera (5 bigger).
74% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 207mm. That's 152mm longer than the Nikon D3200 (207mm).
Six aspheric elements Edit
The Pentax K-50 has six aspheric elements, however the Nikon D3200 only has one aspheric element.
Available from 8 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.
Six more awards
The Pentax K-50 has 12 awards, but the Nikon D3200 has 6 awards.
User reviews are a bit better
Based on 211 user reviews, the Pentax K-50 has an average review score of 95%, whereas the Nikon D3200 has an average rating of 94% (based on 889 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
5 bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Nikon D3200 is a 40 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-50 is a 45 maximum aperture digital camera (5 smaller).
Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Nikon D3200 is only 55mm maximum focal length. That's 152mm shorter than the Pentax K-50 (207mm).
Less retailers
Only 6 shops sells the Nikon D3200, whereas 14 sellers 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.
One month older
The Nikon D3200 is older than the Pentax K-50 by one month.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Nikon D3200 has received 6 awards, the Pentax K-50 has received 12 awards.
Slightly Lower user review Score
The Nikon D3200's average user rating is 94%, however the Pentax K-50's is 95% (based on 211 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
7.9MP lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a megapixel of 16.3MP, but the Nikon D3200 is a 24.2MP digital camera (7.9MP 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.

3x smaller maximum memory card size Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 2GB maximum memory card size digital camera. That's 6GB smaller than the Nikon D3200 (2GB).
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) Edit
The Pentax K-50 takes 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however 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.

Does not support Wi-Fi Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not support Wi-Fi, however 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.

£84 more expensive
The Pentax K-50 is more expensive than the Nikon D3200 by £84.01.
A bit Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Pentax K-50 is 81%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon D3200 is 82% (based on 47 reviews).

Awards

6 Awards
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
CNET.co.uk: Editor's Choice
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
gadgetspeak.com: Highly Recommended
hardwarezone.com.ph: Recommended
Techradar: Best in Class
12 Awards
3dnews.ru: Innovative Design
DP Review: Silver
itproportal.com: Best Buy
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended 5 Star
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 5 Star
onfoto.ru: Silver
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
vido.com.ua: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold

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Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
24.2MP
BEST
16.3MP
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 6016 x 4000
 4512 x 3000
 3008 x 2000
 4928 x 3264
 3456 x 2304
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 6016 x 4000
 4512 x 3000
 3008 x 2000
 4928 x 3264
 3456 x 2304
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
BEST
 6016 x 4000
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPEG XR
 JPS
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPEG XR
 JPS
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.2 x 15.4 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
24.7MP
BEST
16.5MP
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
BEST

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
40 45
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
55mm 207mm
BEST
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 52mm
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax K
 Nikon F
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax K
Aspheric Element
1 6
BEST
Diaphragm Blade
7 7
Filter Size
52mm 52mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 multi point
 centre weighted
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 contrast detection
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 multi point
 centre weighted
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 contrast detection
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
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
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
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 50
 125
 250
 500
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 12500
 20000
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 50
 125
 250
 500
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 12500
 20000
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)
 Highlight-weighted
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Highlight-weighted
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
Shutter Speed Settings
 B
 B
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 High-speed synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 High-speed 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)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
 Shoe mounting point

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
60fps 60fps
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 480
 640 x 424
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 640x424@25fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1280x720@24fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 640x424@25fps
 1280x720@60fps
 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
Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
Maximum Memory Card Size
8GB
BEST
2GB
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 Optical
BEST
 electrical
 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
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 Fluorescent H
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Direct sunlight
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 Fluorescent H
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Direct sunlight
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Scene
 Lens priority
 Movie
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Scene
 Lens priority
 Movie
 Sensitivity priority
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Negative film
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Muted
 Black&White
 Negative film
 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
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Custom Colour
 Custom colour
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing
 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
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-1.7 - 0.5 -2.5 - 1.5
Playback Modes
 Slideshow
 Zoom
 Rotation
 Slideshow
 Zoom
 Rotation
Eye Relief
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Museum
 Night landscape
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Museum
 Night landscape
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
Languages Support
 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)
 Multi
 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)
 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
590g
Height
96mm 96.5mm
Depth
76.5mm 70mm
Width
125mm 129mm
Weight (including Battery)
505g
BEST
650g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 1
Battery Type
EN-EL14a, EN-EL14 D-LI109
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
540 shots
BEST
480 shots
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

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

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported (mac)
 Operating systems supported (mac)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Systems Supported (windows)
 Operating systems supported (windows)
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
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
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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 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
Night Mode
 Night mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
On/off Switch
 On/off switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
Panorama
 Panorama
Unknown - Click to provide data
Frame
 Frame
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
1/2000 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi Point Auto Focus (AF)
 Multi Point Auto Focus (AF)
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Connectors
 USB 2.0 connectors
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
USB Cable
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Frame Rate
4fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewing Angle
160° Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Continuous Shooting Speed (max)
4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Diagonal
3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
View On TV
 View on TV
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Recording Formats
 PCM
 PCM
Auto Focus
 Auto focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Port
 USB port
Unknown - Click to provide data
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