Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-3

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Nikon D5500
Pentax K-3

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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
0.85MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a megapixel count of 24.2MPMP, whereas the Pentax K-3 is only a 23.35MPMP digital camera (0.85MP lower). 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.

0.07MP more total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a total megapixel count of 24.78MPMP, but the Pentax K-3 is only a 24.71MPMP digital camera (0.07MP less).
7.46x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Nikon D5500 has an optical zoom of 7.8xx, whereas the Pentax K-3 is only a 0.34xx optical zoom digital camera (7.46x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 0.28mm closest focusing distance digital camera. That's 0.12m smaller than the Pentax K-3 (0.4mm).
Twelve more auto focus points Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 39 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 only has 27 auto focus points.
99x shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 0.01ss flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s shorter than the Pentax K-3 (1ss).
71% lighter Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 420gg digital camera. That's 295g lighter than the Pentax K-3 (715gg). 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.

$700 cheaper
The Nikon D5500 costs $700.04 less than the Pentax K-3.
Available from 20 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Six more awards
The Nikon D5500 has 7 awards, whereas the Pentax K-3 has 1 award.
7 Reasons For
43% smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 16 smaller than the Nikon D5500 (38).
51% higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 26 higher than the Nikon D5500 (51,200).
One more flash guide Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 13m flash guide digital camera, whereas the Nikon D5500 only has 12m flash guides.
Two memory slots Edit
The Pentax K-3 has two memory slots, however the Nikon D5500 only has one memory slot.
Higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 0.95xx lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.13x higher than the Nikon D5500 (0.95xx). 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.

Bigger eye relief Edit
Pentax K-3 is 20.5mmmm Eye relief, but the Nikon D5500 is only a 17mmmm Eye relief digital camera (3.5mm 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.

A little better user reviews
Based on 68 reviews, the average user review score of the Pentax K-3 is 98%, but the average rating of the Nikon D5500 is 94% (based on 114 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
16 bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a maximum aperture of 22, whereas the Pentax K-3 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera (16 smaller).
26 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, however the Pentax K-3 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (26 higher).
Only 12m flash guides Edit
The number of flash guides on the Nikon D5500 is 12m, but the Pentax K-3 only has 13m flash guides.
One less memory slot Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a one memory slot digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 only has two memory slots.
16% lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.82xx, however the Pentax K-3 is a 0.95xx lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.13x 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.

21% smaller eye relief Edit
The Nikon D5500 has an eye relief of 17mmmm. That's 3.5mm smaller than the Pentax K-3 (20.5mmmm). 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.

Marginally Lower user review Score
The Nikon D5500's average user rating is 94%, however the Pentax K-3's is 98% (based on 68 reviews).
11 Reasons Against
4% lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 23.35MPMP digital camera. That's 0.85MP lower than the Nikon D5500 (23.35MPMP). 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.

1% less total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 24.71MPMP digital camera. That's 0.07MP less than the Nikon D5500 (24.71MPMP).
Twenty-two times smaller optical zoom Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 0.34xx optical zoom digital camera. That's 7.46x smaller than the Nikon D5500 (0.34xx). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

0.12m larger closest focusing distance Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a closest focusing distance of 0.4mm, but the Nikon D5500 is a 0.28mm closest focusing distance digital camera (0.12m smaller).
Only 27 auto focus points Edit
The Pentax K-3 has 27 auto focus points, however the Nikon D5500 only has 39 auto focus points.
Significantly longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a flash sync-speed of 1ss, whereas the Nikon D5500 is a 0.01ss flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s shorter).
A lot heavier Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a weight of 715gg, whereas the Nikon D5500 is a 420gg digital camera (295g 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 $700
The Pentax K-3 is $700.04 more expensive than the Nikon D5500.
Not as many stockists
The Pentax K-3 is only stocked by 5 stores, however the Nikon D5500 is stocked by 25 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by over one year
The Pentax K-3 is 15 months older than the Nikon D5500.
Six less awards
The Pentax K-3 has only received 1 award, however the Nikon D5500 has received 7 awards.

Awards

7 Awards
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
DP Review: Silver
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
gadgetsmagazine.com.ph: Editor's Pick
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
tomsguide.com: Editor's Choice
1 Award
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

23 months Ago 38 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
24.2MP
BEST
23.35MP
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 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 Format
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.5 x 15.6 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixel Count
24.78MP
BEST
24.71MP
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
BEST
 4/3

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
Protection Feature
 Dust resistant
 Dust resistant

Lens System

Optical Zoom
7.8x
BEST
0.34x
Digital Zoom
7.8x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
22 38
BEST
Minimum Aperture
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length
82.5mm 82.5mm
Minimum Focal Length
27mm 27mm
Focal Length Range
18 - 105 18 - 135
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
15/11 11/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Nikon F
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Aspheric Element
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
67mm 52mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 servo
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 servo
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
0.28m
BEST
0.4m
Auto Focus Point
39
BEST
27
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 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 Speed
 100
 25600
 25
 Auto
 200
 51200
 100
 25600
 25
 Auto
 200
 51200
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Speed Setting
 B
 T
 B
 T
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
Flash Guide
12m 13m
BEST
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
BEST
1s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps 60fps
Video Format
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MOV
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
Memory Slot
1 2
BEST

Display

Screen Size
3.2" 3.2"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Field of View
100% 100%
Display Resolution
1,037,000 pixels 1,037,000 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.82x 0.95x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
Ecurity Algorithm
 AES
 WPA
 WPA2
 WPA2-PSK
 AES
 WPA
 WPA2
 WPA2-PSK
HDMI Version
 1.3c
BEST
 1.3c
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Shade
 Flash
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Shade
 Flash
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Lens priority
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Lens priority
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Pastel
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Pastel
Self-Timer
2,5,10,20 2,12
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 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
Playback Mode
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 - 0.5 -2.5 - 1.5
Eye Relief
17mm 20.5mm
BEST
Scene Mode
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Pet
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Pet
Display Language
 Multi
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 Multi
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
420g
BEST
715g
Height
97mm 100mm
Depth
70mm 77.5mm
Width
124mm 131.5mm
Lens Weight
420g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
89mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
76mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
470g
BEST
800g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
EN-EL14a D-LI90
Maximum Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 6h
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 720 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 85 5 - 92
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 -10 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data S-SW140
Included Cable
 USB
BEST
 USB

Other Features

Quantity Per Pallet
1pc(s) Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Flash Type
Unknown - Click to provide data P-TTL
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