Pentax K-3 II vs Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-3 II
Pentax K-50

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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
34% higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 24.35MP digital camera. That's 8.07MP higher than the Pentax K-50 (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.

34% more total megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 24.71MP digital camera. That's 8.22MP more than the Pentax K-50 (16.49MP).
27.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Pentax K-3 II is a 27.00 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-50 only has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
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).
Higher magnification Edit
The Pentax K-3 II has a magnification of 0.95x. That's 0.03x higher than the Pentax K-50 (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.

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.

GPS (satellite) Edit
The Pentax K-3 II has a GPS (satellite), whereas the Pentax K-50 does not. Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

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

5 Reasons For
0.99s shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s shorter than the Pentax K-3 II (0.01s).
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 3 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.
More popular
The Pentax K-50 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 11981 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Pentax K-3 II ranks No. 94451.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Hugely longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-3 II has a flash sync-speed of 1s, but the Pentax K-50 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s shorter).
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 7 retailers, whereas the Pentax K-50 is stocked by 10 retailers. 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 two months
The Pentax K-3 II is two months older than the Pentax K-50.
Less popular
The Pentax K-3 II is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 94451 by number of sales in our digital cameras, however the Pentax K-50 ranks No. 11981.
9 Reasons Against
8.07MP lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a megapixel of 16.28MP, but the Pentax K-3 II is a 24.35MP digital camera (8.07MP 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.

8.22MP less total megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a total megapixels of 16.49MP, however the Pentax K-3 II is a 24.71MP digital camera (8.22MP more).
Sixteen less auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The number of auto Focus (AF) pointss on the Pentax K-50 is 11.00, but the Pentax K-3 II only has 27.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
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).
Slightly lower magnification Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 II is a 0.95x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.03x 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.

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.

Does not have a GPS (satellite) Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have a GPS (satellite), whereas the Pentax K-3 II does. Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

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

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
24.35MP
BEST
16.28MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
BEST
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
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
16.49MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Body
 Body
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 of Product
 Black
 Black
Material
 Magnesium
 Metal
 Magnesium
 Metal

Lens System

Optical Zoom
3x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
38 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
84.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
27.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 55 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Type
 Wide-angle
 Wide-angle
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
11/8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Number of Diaphragm Blades
6 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) 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
 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
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
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
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
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1280x720@24fps
BEST
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 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
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

Magnification
0.95x
BEST
0.92x
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
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
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
BEST
 GPS (satellite)
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
 Movie
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 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
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
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
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 INC
 JPN
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 INC
 JPN
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
700g 590g
BEST
Height
102.5mm 96.5mm
Depth
77.5mm 70mm
Width
131.5mm 129mm
Lens Weight
230g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
68.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
68.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight (including Battery)
785g 650g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 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

Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

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
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
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