Nikon D3000 vs Pentax K-50

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Nikon D3000
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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Eleven more auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The number of auto Focus (AF) pointss on the Nikon D3000 is 22.00, but the Pentax K-50 only has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
13.00 flash guide numbers Edit
The Nikon D3000 has 13.00 flash guide numbers, however the Pentax K-50 only has 12.00 flash guide numbers.
11% lighter Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 536g digital camera. That's 54g 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.

Twenty more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Nikon D3000 takes 500.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however 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.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Nikon D3000 supports wi-Fi, whereas the Pentax K-50 does not. 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.

9 Reasons For
38% higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 16.28MP digital camera. That's 6.08MP higher than the Nikon D3000 (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.

35% more total megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 16.49MP digital camera. That's 5.74MP more than the Nikon D3000 (16.49MP).
97% higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Pentax K-50 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 51,200. That's 49,600 higher than the Nikon D3000 (51,200).
95% higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Pentax K-50 is 60fps JPEG frame rate. That's 57fps higher than the Nikon D3000 (60fps).
Built-in microphone Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a built-in microphone, whereas the Nikon D3000 does not have a built-in microphone.
76% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Pentax K-50 is 921,000 pixels display resolution. That's 691,000 pixels higher than the Nikon D3000 (921,000 pixels).
14% higher magnification Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a magnification of 0.92x. That's 0.12x higher than the Nikon D3000 (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.

94% higher playback zoom (max) Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a playback zoom (max) of 16x. That's 15x higher than the Nikon D3000 (16x).
Better user reviews
Based on 83 user reviews, the average review score of the Pentax K-50 is 96%, however the average rating of the Nikon D3000 is 88% (based on 12 reviews).

Reasons Against

11 Reasons Against
6.08MP lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a megapixel of 10.2MP, but the Pentax K-50 is a 16.28MP digital camera (6.08MP 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.

5.74MP less total megapixels Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a total megapixels of 10.75MP, however the Pentax K-50 is a 16.49MP digital camera (5.74MP more).
31x lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 1,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (49,600 higher).
57fps lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a motion JPEG frame rate of 3fps, however the Pentax K-50 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (57fps higher).
Does not have a built-in microphone Edit
The Nikon D3000 does not have a built-in microphone, whereas the Pentax K-50 has a built-in microphone.
Vastly lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,000 pixels, however the Pentax K-50 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (691,000 pixels higher).
0.12x lower magnification Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 0.8x lens magnification ratio digital camera, whereas 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.

Fifteen times lower playback zoom (max) Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 1x maximum playback zoom digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-50 is a 16x maximum playback zoom digital camera (15x higher).
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Over five years older
The Nikon D3000 is older than the Pentax K-50 by five years.
Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Nikon D3000 is 88%, whereas the average user rating of the Pentax K-50 is 96% (based on 83 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
Only 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Pentax K-50 is an 11.00 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3000 only has 22.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
One less flash guide number Edit
The number of flash guide numbers on the Pentax K-50 is 12.00, but the Nikon D3000 only has 13.00 flash guide numbers.
Moderately heavier Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a weight of 590g, but the Nikon D3000 is a 536g digital camera (54g 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.

Only 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Pentax K-50 is 480.00, but the Nikon D3000 only takes 500.00 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.

Does not support wi-Fi Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not support wi-Fi, but the Nikon D3000 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.

Awards

12 Awards
buy-n-shoot.com: Gold
Camera Labs: Recommended
Digicam Buyer.co.uk: Editor's Choice
dinside.no/data: Recommended
DP Review: Highly Recommended
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Laptopmag.com: Editor's Choice
letsgodigital.org/nl/: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
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Trusted Reviews: Recommended
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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
10.2MP 16.28MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3872 x 2592
 2896 x 1944
BEST
 3872 x 2592
 2896 x 1944
Maximum Image Resolution
 4928 x 3264
 4928 x 3264
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 NEF
 RAW
 JPG
 NEF
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.6 x 15.8 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
10.75MP 16.49MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 5:4
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 5:4
 1:1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5.8x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
1x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 105 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
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
22
BEST
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
 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
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 Auto
 50
 64
 125
 250
 500
 640
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 Auto
 50
 64
 125
 250
 500
 640
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
ISO Sensitivity (max)
1,600 51,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
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
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
13m
BEST
12m
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s 0.01s
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
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
3fps 60fps
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 RAW
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 RAW
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

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

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
BEST
Memory Slots
1 1
Memory Upgrade
4GB Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 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%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.8x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 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
 HDMI
 HDMI
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Neutral
 Muted
 Neutral
 Muted
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,12
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
1x 16x
BEST
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
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 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Thumbnails
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Single image
 Slide show
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-1.7 - 0.5 -2.5 - 1.5
Playback Modes
 Zoom
 Zoom
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
 DUT
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 GRE
 CZE
 TUR
 HUN
 DUT
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 GRE
 CZE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
536g
BEST
590g
Height
97mm 96.5mm
Depth
65mm 70mm
Width
295mm 129mm
Weight (including Battery)
Unknown - Click to provide data 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-EL9a D-LI109
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
500 shots
BEST
480 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap

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

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Metering
3D Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimensions (WxDxH)
126 x 65 x 97 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
27 - 157.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Sensor Resolution
420 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Frame
 Frame
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Brightness Modes
7 levels Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
1 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
Comments
 Comments
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Exposure
 Auto exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
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