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Nikon D3300 vs Pentax K-3

Nikon D3300 vs Pentax K-3

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Nikon D3300
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Reasons For

1 Reason For
Lighter Edit
The Nikon D3300 is a 410g digital camera. That's 305g lighter than the Pentax K-3 (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.

10 Reasons For
Higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 24.35MP digital camera. That's 0.15MP higher than the Nikon D3300 (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.

9 smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 45 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 9 smaller than the Nikon D3300 (45).
331.5mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Pentax K-3 is 414mm maximum focal length, but the Nikon D3300 is only an 82.5mm maximum focal length digital camera (331.5mm shorter).
7% larger display diagonal Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 3.2" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" larger than the Nikon D3300 (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.

Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Pentax K-3 is 1,037,000 pixels display resolution. That's 116,000 pixels higher than the Nikon D3300 (1,037,000 pixels).
20% bigger eye relief Edit
The Pentax K-3 has an eye relief of 22.3mm, however the Nikon D3300 is only an 18mm Eye relief digital camera (4.3mm smaller). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

720.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Pentax K-3 is 720.00, but the Nikon D3300 only takes 700.00 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.

Four more awards
The Pentax K-3 has 17 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Nikon D3300 has 13 awards.
Considerably better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Pentax K-3 is 90%, however the average rating of the Nikon D3300 is 80% (based on 101 reviews).
A bit better user reviews
The average user review score of the Pentax K-3 is 98%, however the average rating of the Nikon D3300 is 95% (based on 899 reviews).

Reasons Against

11 Reasons Against
A little lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a megapixel of 24.2MP, but the Pentax K-3 is a 24.35MP digital camera (0.15MP 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.

Bigger maximum aperture number Edit
Nikon D3300 is only 36 maximum aperture, but the Pentax K-3 is a 45 maximum aperture digital camera (9 smaller).
Significantly shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 82.5mm. That's 331.5mm shorter than the Pentax K-3 (414mm).
0.2" smaller display diagonal Edit
Nikon D3300 is only 3" screen, but the Pentax K-3 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 (numeric) Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, however the Pentax K-3 is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (116,000 pixels higher).
4.3mm smaller eye relief Edit
The Nikon D3300 is an 18mm Eye relief digital camera. That's 4.3mm smaller than the Pentax K-3 (22.3mm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

Twenty less battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Nikon D3300 takes 700.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however 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.

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Fewer awards
Whilst the Nikon D3300 has received 13 awards, the Pentax K-3 has received 17 awards.
A lot Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Nikon D3300 is 80%, whereas the average expert rating of the Pentax K-3 is 90% (based on 50 reviews).
Marginally Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Nikon D3300 is 95%, whereas the average user rating of the Pentax K-3 is 98% (based on 189 reviews).
2 Reasons Against
305g heavier Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a weight of 715g, but the Nikon D3300 is a 410g digital camera (305g 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.

Older by over one year
The Pentax K-3 is 23 months older than the Nikon D3300.

Awards

13 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Camera Labs: Recommended
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Expert Reviews: Recommended
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended 5 Star
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 5 Star
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
vido.com.ua: 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

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

6 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)
 6000 x 4000
 4496 x 3000
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
 6000 x 4000
 4496 x 3000
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
 6016 x 4000
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 JPEG XR
 DNG
 PEF
 RAW
 JPG
 JPEG XR
 DNG
 PEF
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.5 x 15.6 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixels
24.78MP
BEST
24.71MP
Supported Aspect Ratios
 3:2
 3:2

Design

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

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
36 45
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
82.5mm 414mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 25.5mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 55 18 - 55
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
Aspheric Element
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blade
7 7
Filter Size
52mm 52mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 servo
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 servo
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective 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 27
BEST
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
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 50
 125
 250
 500
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 51200
 16000
 8000
 10000
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 50
 125
 250
 500
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 51200
 16000
 8000
 10000
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
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Partial
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Partial
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
 T
 B
 T
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 High-speed synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 High-speed synchronization
Flash Guide Number
12m 13m
BEST
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
 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
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

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
60fps 60fps
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 960
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 424
 640 x 360
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 960
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 424
 640 x 360
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 640x424@25fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 640x424@25fps
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
 LC-AAC
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
 LC-AAC
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 FLU
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 FLU
Memory Slots
1 2
BEST

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.2"
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% 100%
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels 1,037,000 pixels
BEST
Display Diagonal (metric)
7.5cm Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AV output
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
USB Connector Type
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Sunny
 ATW
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Fluorescent L
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Sunny
 ATW
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Fluorescent L
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
Photo Effects
 Negative film
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Split screen
 Muted
 Pastel
 Negative film
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Split screen
 Muted
 Pastel
Self-Timer Delay
2,5,10,20 2,12
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
 Anti-dust function
Image Editing
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi Burst Mode
 Multi burst mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-1.7 - 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
18mm 22.3mm
BEST
Scene Modes
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 SCR
 BUL
 HEB
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 INC
 SRP
 KAZ
 Multi
 BEN
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 SCR
 BUL
 HEB
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 INC
 SRP
 KAZ
 Multi
 BEN
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 CRO
 PER
 VIE
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 CRO
 PER
 VIE

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
410g
BEST
715g
Height
98mm 100mm
Depth
75.5mm 77.5mm
Width
124mm 131.5mm
Weight (including Battery)
460g
BEST
800g

Battery

Power Source Type
 AC
 Battery
 AC
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 2
BEST
Battery Type
EN-EL14a D-LI90P
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 6h
Battery Capacity
1,230mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
700 shots 720 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 5 - 92
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 -10 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data S-SW140
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
BEST
 USB
 AV
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 3.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 3.0 port

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
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