Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of K-50 vs D3300

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3300
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3300
5.6
cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3300
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3300
9.2
Reviews from 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentax K-50 vs D3300

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Pentax K-50
1,120 ISO
D3300
1,385 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K-50
6 fps
D3300
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Pentax K-50
410 photos
D3300
700 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Pentax K-50
23.7 bits
D3300
24.3 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Pentax K-50
13.0 ev
D3300
13.2 ev

Features Key features of the Pentax K-50  vs D3300 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Pentax K-50
16.2 MP
D3300
24.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Pentax K-50
51,600 ISO
D3300
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pentax K-50
0.61x
D3300
0.55x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Pentax K-50
22.9 microns
D3300
15.2 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Pentax K-50  vs
D3300 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.2 MP 24.2 MP
Resolution 4656 x 3488 5680 x 4256
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.7 x 15.7 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 15.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 51,600 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
NEF 12bit
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 11
Cross type focus points 9 1

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.92x 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.61x 0.55x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps 5 fps
Battery life 410 700
Continuous shooting
6 fps
5 fps
3 fps

video

Pentax K-50  vs
D3300 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/6000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 96.5 x 70 mm 124 x 98 x 75.5 mm
Thickness 70 mm 75.5 mm
Weight 650 g 430 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
WiFi None None
Automatic panorama No Yes
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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