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Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-50

Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-3 II
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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
34% higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 24.35MP digital camera. That's 8.05MP higher than the Pentax K-50 (16.3MP). 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.

11% shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Pentax K-3 II has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 24.5mm. That's 2.5mm shorter than the Pentax K-50 (27mm).
Larger display diagonal Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 3.2" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" larger than the Pentax K-50 (3"). 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 II is 1,037,000 pixels display resolution. That's 116,000 pixels higher than the Pentax K-50 (921,000 pixels).
HDMI Edit
The Pentax K-3 II has an HDMI, but the Pentax K-50 does not have 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.

720.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Pentax K-3 II is 720.00, 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.

A bit better expert reviews
Based on 8 expert reviews, the average review score of the Pentax K-3 II is 82%, however the average rating of the Pentax K-50 is 81% (based on 60 reviews).
A bit better user reviews
Based on 43 user reviews, the average review score of the Pentax K-3 II is 96%, however the average rating of the Pentax K-50 is 95% (based on 227 reviews).
5 Reasons For
Smaller maximum aperture number Edit
Pentax K-50 is 45 maximum aperture, but the Pentax K-3 II is only a 38 maximum aperture digital camera (7 bigger).
19% lighter Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 590g digital camera. That's 110g lighter than the Pentax K-3 II (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.

£416 cheaper
The Pentax K-50 is £416 cheaper than the Pentax K-3 II.
Available from 4 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.
Eleven more awards
The Pentax K-50 has 12 awards, but the Pentax K-3 II has 1 award.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
7 bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 7 bigger than the Pentax K-50 (45).
Heavier Edit
The Pentax K-3 II has a weight of 700g, but the Pentax K-50 is a 590g digital camera (110g 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 £416
The Pentax K-3 II is £416 more expensive than the Pentax K-50.
Less retailers
The Pentax K-3 II is only stocked by 11 stores, whereas the Pentax K-50 is stocked by 15 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Older by one month
The Pentax K-3 II is one month older than the Pentax K-50.
Eleven less awards
The Pentax K-3 II has only received 1 award, whereas the Pentax K-50 has received 12 awards.
8 Reasons Against
8.05MP lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a megapixel of 16.3MP, but the Pentax K-3 II is a 24.35MP digital camera (8.05MP 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.

2.5mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 27mm minimum focal length digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 II is a 24.5mm minimum focal length digital camera (2.5mm shorter).
A little smaller display diagonal Edit
Pentax K-50 is only 3" screen, but the Pentax K-3 II 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 Pentax K-50 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, however the Pentax K-3 II is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (116,000 pixels higher).
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have an HDMI, but the Pentax K-3 II 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.

Two hundred and fourty less battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Pentax K-50 takes 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Pentax K-3 II 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.

Moderately Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Pentax K-50 is 81%, whereas the average expert rating of the Pentax K-3 II is 82% (based on 8 reviews).
Moderately Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Pentax K-50 is 95%, whereas the average user rating of the Pentax K-3 II is 96% (based on 43 reviews).

Awards

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
24.35MP
BEST
16.3MP
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
 4928 x 3264
 3456 x 2304
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
 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
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.5 x 15.6 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
24.71MP
BEST
16.5MP
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
BEST

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Material
 Magnesium
 Metal
 Magnesium
 Metal

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
38 45
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
207mm 207mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24.5mm
BEST
27mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
16 - 85 18 - 55
Fixed Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 52mm
Lens Mount Interface
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax K
Aspheric Element
Unknown - Click to provide data 6
Diaphragm Blade
7 7
Filter Size
72mm 52mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
0.25m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
27
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
BEST
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 100
 200
 51200
 50
 64
 80
 125
 160
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 12500
 20000
 Auto
 100
 200
 51200
 50
 64
 80
 125
 160
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 12500
 20000
ISO Sensitivity (max)
51,200 51,200
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
 Highlight-weighted
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Highlight-weighted
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV 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
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 High-speed synchronization
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 High-speed synchronization
Flash Guide Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 12m
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 0.01s
BEST
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±1EV (1/2 EV step)
 ±1EV (1/2 EV step)
BEST
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Video Formats Supported
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
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
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1280x720@24fps
BEST
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 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
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
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
Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 2GB
Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2"
BEST
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)
1,037,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Flash
 Manual
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Flash
 Manual
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
Shooting Modes
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Lens priority
 Movie
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Lens priority
 Movie
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Muted
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Muted
 Neutral
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,12
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 16x
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 RAW
 DPOF
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 RAW
 DPOF
Live View
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Live view
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-2.5 - 1.5 -2.5 - 1.5
Scene Modes
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 INC
 Multi
 JPN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 INC
 Multi
 JPN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
700g 590g
BEST
Height
102.5mm 96.5mm
Depth
77.5mm 70mm
Width
131.5mm 129mm
Weight (including Battery)
785g 650g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 1
Battery Type
D-LI90 D-LI109
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
720 shots
BEST
480 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
-10 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

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

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE
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
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

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