Pentax KP vs Pentax K-3 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Amateur DSLR cameras.

KP vs K-3 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax KP vs Pentax K-3 Specs


  • Introduced in January 2017
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 7 frames/second
  • 100 - 819200 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount KAF2
  • WiFi built-in
  • 131.5 x 101 x 76mm³ (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.0")
  • 643g (20.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for KP


  • Introduced in October 2013
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 23 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 81.00mm (3.2") Monitor
  • Lens mount KAF2
  • No WiFi
  • 131.5 x 100 x 77.5mm³ (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.1")
  • 800g (25.8 oz.)

All specs: Main page for K-3

KP vs K-3 Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: KP an K-3 sensor comparison

KP vs K-3: Viewfinder

KP has an optical viewfinder with penta prism. It has magnification of 0.59x and covers 100% of view field.

The K-3 features an optical viewfinder with a penta prism that also covers 100% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.59x.

Viewfinder magnifications of compared cameras. The black area shows a magnification of 1x, relative to native size; in red is a magnification of 0.85x.

KP (0.59x)

K-3 (0.59x)

Simulated viewfinder of the KPSimulated viewfinder of the K-3

Better choice: Draw

Pentax KP VS Pentax K-3 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax KP a better choice



Wider resolution (5, megapixel)24.3023.35
Better sensibility (4)100 - 819200 ISO100 - 51200 ISO
Articulated monitor (2)
Weighs less (2)643g
(20.7 oz.)
(25.8 oz.)
WiFi (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the KP are the higher resolution, the larger sensitivity and the articulated display. A recommendation of the KP is made easy by the lower weight than the K-3 and the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

The KP scores 15 points.

Otherwise why to choose Pentax K-3



Higher speed (4, frames/second)78
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.921.04
Longer battery life (3, photos)4201000

Conclusion: Advantages of the K-3 are that the camera is faster, that the display has a higher resolution and that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 9 points for the K-3.

Common Specs for both cameras compared



Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Lens selection4040
Built-in flash
Image stabilizer
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone
Similar size1009cm³1019cm³
Environmental sealing
Pentax KP VS Pentax K-3 Dimensions

Look at front view of the KP and K-3

KP und K-3, front viewKP und K-3, front view

Top view of cameras

KP und K-3, view from aboveKP und K-3, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Pentax KP

Pentax K-3


We recommend Pentax KP as better choice.

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