Pentax KP vs Pentax K-3 II Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Amateur DSLR cameras.

KP vs K-3 II - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax KP vs Pentax K-3 II 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

K-3 II

  • Introduced in April 2015
  • 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 102.5 x 77.5mm³ (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.1")
  • 785g (25.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for K-3 II

KP vs K-3 II 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 II sensor comparison

KP vs K-3 II: Viewfinder

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

The K-3 II 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 II (0.59x)

Simulated viewfinder of the KPSimulated viewfinder of the K-3 II

Better choice: Draw

Pentax KP VS Pentax K-3 II Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax KP a better choice


K-3 II

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

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

The KP scores 17 points.

Otherwise why to choose Pentax K-3 II


K-3 II

Higher speed (4, frames/second)78
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.921.04
Longer battery life (3, photos)420720
USB 3.0 (2)
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the K-3 II are that the camera is faster, that the display has a higher resolution and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the KP: the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video and the built-in GPS.

Yields 13 points for the K-3 II.

Common Specs for both cameras compared


K-3 II

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Lens selection4040
Image stabilizer
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone
Similar size1009cm³1045cm³
Environmental sealing
Pentax KP VS Pentax K-3 II Dimensions

Look at front view of the KP and K-3 II

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

Top view of cameras

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

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Pentax KP

Pentax K-3 II


We advise to choose the newest model: Pentax KP.

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