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Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-3

Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-3

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Nikon D5500
Pentax K-3

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
71% lighter Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 420g digital camera. That's 295g 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.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Nikon D5500 supports Wi-Fi, however the Pentax K-3 does not. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

$420 cheaper
The Nikon D5500 costs $419.55 less than the Pentax K-3.
Available from 9 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.
4 Reasons For
1% higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 24.35MP digital camera. That's 0.15MP higher than the Nikon D5500 (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.

Eight more awards
The Pentax K-3 has 17 awards from expert review sites, however the Nikon D5500 has 9 awards.
Better expert reviews
Based on 50 reviews, the average expert review score of the Pentax K-3 is 90%, but the average rating of the Nikon D5500 is 82% (based on 92 reviews).
A little better user reviews
Based on 189 reviews, the average user review score of the Pentax K-3 is 98%, but the average rating of the Nikon D5500 is 95% (based on 777 reviews).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
0.15MP lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a megapixel of 24.2MP, whereas 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.

Fewer awards
Whilst the Nikon D5500 has received 9 awards, the Pentax K-3 has received 17 awards.
Lower expert review Score
The Nikon D5500's average expert rating is 82%, however the Pentax K-3's is 90% (based on 50 reviews).
Marginally Lower user review Score
The Nikon D5500's average user rating is 95%, however the Pentax K-3's is 98% (based on 189 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
A lot heavier Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a weight of 715g, whereas the Nikon D5500 is a 420g 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.

Does not support Wi-Fi Edit
The Pentax K-3 does not support Wi-Fi, whereas the Nikon D5500 supports Wi-Fi. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

More expensive by $420
The Pentax K-3 is $419.55 more expensive than the Nikon D5500.
Not as many stockists
The Pentax K-3 is only stocked by 5 shops, however the Nikon D5500 is stocked by 14 sellers. 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 two months
The Pentax K-3 is two months older than the Nikon D5500.

Awards

9 Awards
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
DP Review: Silver
EISA.eu: EISA Best Product
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
gadgetsmagazine.com.ph: Editor's Pick
letsgodigital.org/nl/: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
tomsguide.com: Editor's Choice
17 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Akam.no: Recommended
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice
Ephotozine: Editor's Choice
hi-tech.mail.ru/: Recommended
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended 6 Star
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 6 Star
onfoto.ru: Gold
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Recommended
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

28 months Ago 29 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
24.2MP 24.35MP
BEST
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
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Material
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 38
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)
Unknown - Click to provide data 18 - 55
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
 Nikon F
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 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
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
39
BEST
27
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
 100
 25600
 25
 Auto
 200
 51200
 100
 25600
 25
 Auto
 200
 51200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 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
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±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 1s
Shutter Speed Settings
 B
 B
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Manual
 Flash on
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Manual
 Flash on
Flash Guide Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 13m
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s Unknown - Click to provide data
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
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

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
60fps 60fps
Video Formats Supported
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 MOV
 AVC
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 MOV
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
Resolution At 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
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
 PCM
BEST
 PCM
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

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

Display

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
Security Algorithms
 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

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Pastel
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Pastel
Self-Timer Delay
2,5,10,20 2,12
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-1.7 - 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
17mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Pet
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Pet
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
420g
BEST
715g
Height
97mm 100mm
Depth
70mm 77.5mm
Width
124mm 131.5mm
Weight (including Battery)
470g
BEST
800g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 2
BEST
Battery Type
EN-EL14a D-LI90P
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 6h
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Unknown - Click to provide data 720 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 5 - 92
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 -10 - 40

Packaging Content

Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data S-SW140
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
BEST
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 3.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 3.0 port
Quantity Per Pallet
1pc(s) Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
User Guide
 User guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
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