Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K-3

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Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3

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Reasons For

11 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a 24.2MPMP digital camera. That's 0.85MP higher than the Pentax K-3 (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.

More total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a 24.78MPMP digital camera. That's 0.07MP more than the Pentax K-3 (24.71MPMP).
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a 7.8xx optical zoom digital camera. That's 7.46x bigger than the Pentax K-3 (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.

39 auto focus points Edit
The Nikon D5300 has 39 auto focus points, however the Pentax K-3 only has 27 auto focus points.
Higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a 1.04 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 0.04 pixels higher than the Pentax K-3 (1,037,000 pixels pixels).
235g lighter Edit
The Nikon D5300 has a weight of 480gg, whereas the Pentax K-3 is a 715gg digital camera (235g heavier). 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.

2% thinner Edit
The Nikon D5300 has a depth of 76mmmm. That's 1.5mm thinner than the Pentax K-3 (77.5mmmm).
Narrower Edit
The Nikon D5300 has a width of 125mmmm. That's 6.5mm narrower than the Pentax K-3 (131.5mmmm).
Cheaper by $795
The Nikon D5300 costs $78.99, whereas the Pentax K-3 is $874.48.
32 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Twelve more awards
The Nikon D5300 has 13 awards from expert review sites, however the Pentax K-3 has 1 award.
7 Reasons For
26 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, however the Nikon D5300 is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (26 lower).
One more memory slot Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a two memory slot digital camera, whereas the Nikon D5300 only has one memory slot.
14% higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.95xx, however the Nikon D5300 is only a 0.82xx lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.13x lower). 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.

13% bigger eye relief Edit
The Pentax K-3 has an eye relief of 20.5mmmm. That's 2.5mm bigger than the Nikon D5300 (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.

Longer maximum battery life Edit
Pentax K-3 is 6hh battery life. That's 5h longer than the Nikon D5300 (6hh). Read more

The maximum battery life is the maximum length of time that the camera could run for if not excessively using the playback features.

A longer battery life allows you use the camera for more days before you need to change the battery or recharge it.

One hundred and twenty more shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Pentax K-3 is 720 shots, but the Nikon D5300 only takes 600 shots shots per battery charge. 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.

User reviews are slightly better
Based on 68 user reviews, the Pentax K-3 has an average review score of 98%, however the Nikon D5300 has an average rating of 95% (based on 481 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
2x lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 26 lower than the Pentax K-3 (51,200).
Only one memory slot Edit
The Nikon D5300 has one memory slot, however the Pentax K-3 only has two memory slots.
Lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a 0.82xx lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.13x lower than the Pentax K-3 (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.

Smaller eye relief Edit
Nikon D5300 is only 18mmmm Eye relief, but the Pentax K-3 is a 20.5mmmm Eye relief digital camera (2.5mm bigger). 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.

Five times shorter maximum battery life Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a 1hh battery life digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 is a 6hh battery life digital camera (5h longer). Read more

The maximum battery life is the maximum length of time that the camera could run for if not excessively using the playback features.

A longer battery life allows you use the camera for more days before you need to change the battery or recharge it.

Only 600 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a digital camera that takes 600 shots shots per battery charge, whereas the Pentax K-3 only takes 720 shots shots per battery charge. 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.

Older by one month
The Nikon D5300 is one month older than the Pentax K-3.
User review Rating is slightly Worse
The Nikon D5300 has an average user score of 95%, but the Pentax K-3 has an average user rating of 98% (based on 68 reviews).
11 Reasons Against
0.85MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a megapixel count of 23.35MPMP, whereas the Nikon D5300 is a 24.2MPMP digital camera (0.85MP 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.

0.07MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a total megapixel count of 24.71MPMP, but the Nikon D5300 is a 24.78MPMP digital camera (0.07MP more).
22x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Pentax K-3 has an optical zoom of 0.34xx, whereas the Nikon D5300 is a 7.8xx optical zoom digital camera (7.46x bigger). 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.

Twelve less auto focus points Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 27 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Nikon D5300 only has 39 auto focus points.
0.04 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a display resolution of 1,037,000 pixels pixels, but the Nikon D5300 is a 1.04 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (0.04 pixels higher).
33% heavier Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 715gg digital camera. That's 235g heavier than the Nikon D5300 (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.

Quite thicker Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 77.5mmmm deep digital camera, whereas the Nikon D5300 is a 76mmmm deep digital camera (1.5mm thinner).
6.5mm wider Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 131.5mmmm wide digital camera, whereas the Nikon D5300 is a 125mmmm wide digital camera (6.5mm narrower).
$795 more expensive
The Pentax K-3 is more expensive than the Nikon D5300 by $795.49.
Less retailers
Only 5 retailers sells the Pentax K-3, whereas 37 retailers sell the Nikon D5300. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Pentax K-3 has received 1 award, the Nikon D5300 has received 13 awards.

Awards

13 Awards
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
CNET.com: Editor's Choice
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
DP Review: Silver
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
onfoto.ru: Silver
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
1 Award
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

38 months Ago 37 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
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Unknown - Click to provide data
Body Material
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel

Lens System

Optical Zoom
7.8x
BEST
0.34x
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
38 38
Minimum Aperture
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length
210mm 82.5mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
27mm 27mm
Focal Length Range
18 - 140 18 - 135
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
17/12 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
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
BEST
Closest Focusing Distance
0.45m
BEST
0.4m
Normal Focusing Range
0.5 - 3 Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 Auto
 80
 100
 800
 12800
 25600
 25
 200
 51200
 Auto
 80
 100
 800
 12800
 25600
 25
 200
 51200
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Light Metering Mode
 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

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

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Flash on
Flash Guide
13m 13m
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 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
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
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
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 640x424@25fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 640x424@25fps
 1280×720@60fps
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slot
1 2
BEST

Display

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

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.82x 0.95x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Micro-USB B
 Mini-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Sunny
 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
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Playback Mode
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Built-In Processor
EXPEED 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 - 1 -2.5 - 1.5
Playback Mode
 Slideshow
 Zoom
 Rotation
 Slideshow
 Zoom
 Rotation
Eye Relief
18mm 20.5mm
BEST
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Portrait
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
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
480g
BEST
715g
Height
98mm 100mm
BEST
Depth
76mm
BEST
77.5mm
Width
125mm
BEST
131.5mm
Lens Weight
195g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
66mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
59.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
530g
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
1h 6h
BEST
Battery Capacity
1,230mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
600 shots 720 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

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
ViewNX 2 S-SW140
Included Cable
 USB
 AV
BEST
 USB
 AV

Other Features

Interface
- Hi-Speed USB Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimension
125 x 98 x 76 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Unknown - Click to provide data
Software CD
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Point
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Continuous Shooting Speed (max)
5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Type
Unknown - Click to provide data P-TTL
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