Nikon D3300 vs Pentax K-3

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Nikon D3300
Pentax K-3

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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
Moderately more total megapixels Edit
The Nikon D3300 has a total megapixels of 24.78MP, however the Pentax K-3 is only a 24.71MP digital camera (0.07MP less).
99x shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Nikon D3300 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s shorter than the Pentax K-3 (1s).
PictBridge Edit
The Nikon D3300 supports pictBridge, but the Pentax K-3 does not support pictBridge.
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.

£425 cheaper
The Nikon D3300 is £425 cheaper than the Pentax K-3.
Available from 25 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
More popular
The Nikon D3300 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 3759 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Pentax K-3 ranks No. 87413.
Twelve more awards
The Nikon D3300 has 13 awards, but the Pentax K-3 has 1 award.
12 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.

Smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 2 smaller than the Nikon D3300 (38).
27.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 27.00 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3300 only has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Pentax K-3 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 51,200. That's 38,400 higher than the Nikon D3300 (51,200).
One more flash guide number Edit
The number of flash guide numbers on the Pentax K-3 is 13.00, but the Nikon D3300 only has 12.00 flash guide numbers.
Two memory slotss Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a two memory slots digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3300 only has one memory slots.
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).
11% higher magnification Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a magnification of 0.95x. That's 0.1x higher than the Nikon D3300 (0.95x). 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.

Two number of batteries supporteds Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a two number of batteries supported digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3300 only has one number of batteries supported.
720.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Pentax K-3 is 720.00, but the Nikon D3300 only takes 700.00 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.

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 437 reviews).

Reasons Against

12 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.

Moderately bigger maximum aperture number Edit
Nikon D3300 is only 36 maximum aperture, but the Pentax K-3 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera (2 smaller).
Sixteen less auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The number of auto Focus (AF) pointss on the Nikon D3300 is 11.00, but the Pentax K-3 only has 27.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
38,400 lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Nikon D3300 is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (38,400 higher).
Only 12.00 flash guide numbers Edit
The Nikon D3300 has 12.00 flash guide numbers, however the Pentax K-3 only has 13.00 flash guide numbers.
One less memory slots Edit
The number of memory slotss on the Nikon D3300 is one, but the Pentax K-3 only has two memory slotss.
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).
0.1x lower magnification Edit
The Nikon D3300 is a 0.85x lens magnification ratio digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 is a 0.95x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.1x 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.

One less number of batteries supported Edit
The number of number of batteries supporteds on the Nikon D3300 is one, but the Pentax K-3 only has two number of batteries supporteds.
Twenty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Nikon D3300 takes 700.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Pentax K-3 only takes 720.00 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.

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 68 reviews).
9 Reasons Against
Less total megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 24.71MP digital camera. That's 0.07MP less than the Nikon D3300 (24.71MP).
0.99s longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a flash sync-speed of 1s, but the Nikon D3300 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s shorter).
Does not support pictBridge Edit
The Pentax K-3 does not support pictBridge, however the Nikon D3300 supports pictBridge.
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.

More expensive by £425
The Pentax K-3 is £425 more expensive than the Nikon D3300.
Less retailers
The Pentax K-3 is only stocked by 4 stores, whereas the Nikon D3300 is stocked by 29 stores. 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.
Older by over three years
The Pentax K-3 is three years older than the Nikon D3300.
Less popular
The Pentax K-3 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 87413 by number of sales in our digital cameras, however the Nikon D3300 ranks No. 3759.
Twelve less awards
The Pentax K-3 has only received 1 award, whereas the Nikon D3300 has received 13 awards.

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
1 Award
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
24.2MP 24.35MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Image stabilizer
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
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.5 x 15.6 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixels
24.78MP
BEST
24.71MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Body
 Body
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Supported Aspect Ratios
 3:2
BEST
 3:2

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
Material
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.34x
Maximum Aperture Number
36 38
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 3.5
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 - 55 18 - 55
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
11/8 11/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Nikon F
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 7
Filter Size
52mm 52mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45m
Auto Focus (AF) Points
11 27
BEST
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
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 51200
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 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
 Partial
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Partial
 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
 T
 B
 T
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 Flash on
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 Flash on
Flash Guide Number
12m 13m
BEST
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
BEST
1s
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
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 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

Memory

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

Display

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

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.85x 0.95x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
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
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
Photo Effects
 Negative film
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Split screen
 Pastel
 Negative film
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Split screen
 Pastel
Self-Timer Delay
2,5,10,20 2,12
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
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
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
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 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
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
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 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

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
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 2
BEST
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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

Technical Details

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