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Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K-3

Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K-3

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Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
235g lighter Edit
The Nikon D5300 has a weight of 480g, whereas the Pentax K-3 is a 715g 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.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Nikon D5300 supports Wi-Fi, but the Pentax K-3 does not support 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.

Cheaper by $489
The Nikon D5300 costs $398.29, whereas the Pentax K-3 is $887.43.
15 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
7 Reasons For
0.15MP higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a megapixel of 24.35MP, whereas the Nikon D5300 is only a 24.2MP digital camera (0.15MP 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.

32.4 smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Nikon D5300 is only a 5.6 maximum aperture digital camera (32.4 bigger).
200 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Pentax K-3 is 1,037,000 pixels display resolution, but the Nikon D5300 is only a 1,036,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (200 pixels lower).
One hundred and twenty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Pentax K-3 is 720.00, but the Nikon D5300 only takes 600.00 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.

Four more awards
The Pentax K-3 has 17 awards, whereas the Nikon D5300 has 13 awards.
Expert reviews are better
Based on 50 expert reviews, the Pentax K-3 has an average review score of 90%, however the Nikon D5300 has an average rating of 84% (based on 86 reviews).
User reviews are slightly better
Based on 189 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 1,250 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a 24.2MP digital camera. That's 0.15MP lower than the Pentax K-3 (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.

Vastly bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Nikon D5300 has a maximum aperture number of 5.6. That's 32.4 bigger than the Pentax K-3 (38).
Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a 1,036,800 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 200 pixels lower than the Pentax K-3 (1,037,000 pixels).
Only 600.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Nikon D5300 is a digital camera that takes 600.00 battery life (CIPA standard), whereas the Pentax K-3 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.

Older by over one year
The Nikon D5300 is 13 months older than the Pentax K-3.
Four less awards
The Nikon D5300 has only received 13 awards, however the Pentax K-3 has received 17 awards.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The Nikon D5300 has an average expert score of 84%, but the Pentax K-3 has an average expert rating of 90% (based on 50 reviews).
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 189 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
33% heavier Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 715g digital camera. That's 235g heavier than the Nikon D5300 (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.

Does not support Wi-Fi Edit
The Pentax K-3 does not support Wi-Fi, but the Nikon D5300 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.

$489 more expensive
The Pentax K-3 is more expensive than the Nikon D5300 by $489.14.
Less retailers
Only 5 sellers sells the Pentax K-3, whereas 20 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.

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
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

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Average User Rating

Date Released

43 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
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Supported Aspect Ratios
 3:2
BEST
 3:2

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Material
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
5.6 38
BEST
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)
18 - 55 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
Diaphragm Blade
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
67mm 52mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 servo
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 servo
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection 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
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
ISO Sensitivity
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 51200
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 51200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
12,800 51,200
BEST
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)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST

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
 Manual
 Flash on
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 Flash on
Flash Guide Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 13m
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 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
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 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@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
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
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM

Memory

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

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2" 3.2"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
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)
1,036,800 pixels 1,037,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 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 Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Lens priority
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Lens priority
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Pastel
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Pastel
Self-Timer Delay
2,5,10,20 2,12
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
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
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
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
EXPEED 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-1.7 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Modes
 Slideshow
 Zoom
 Rotation
 Slideshow
 Zoom
 Rotation
Eye Relief
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Portrait
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 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
Depth
76mm 77.5mm
Width
125mm 131.5mm
Weight (including Battery)
530g
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 Capacity
1,230mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
600 shots 720 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 5 - 92
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 -10 - 40

System Requirements

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

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ViewNX 2 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
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
 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
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