Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-500 vs Nikon D3200

Started May 28, 2014 | Discussions thread
starbase218 Regular Member • Posts: 231
Re: Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-500 vs Nikon D3200

I'd definitely pick the K-30 over the K-500 because that camera does not show the active focus point in the viewfinder. If you only use the center focus point that may not be a big deal, but for wide-angle shots it can be really useful to select a different focus point in order to minimize focus error.

Also, the K-30 is weather sealed, the K-500 is not. As for battery life, I can't imagine it being much worse than the K-500.

The Nikon is no doubt also a good camera but be aware that it does not have a build-in autofocus motor. This means you can only get autofocus if the lens has a built-in motor. Some older lenses (if you intend to buy used this may be a consideration) don't have such a motor, and you'll only be able to focus manually with the D3200 when using such a lens. Also, the D3200 has only one control wheel on the back whereas the K-30 and K-500 have dual control wheels (front and back). And the D3200 has a pentamirror viewfinder, whereas both the K-30 and K-500 have pentaprism viewfinders. The latter will show a brighter and more magnified image, at the cost of some additional weight.

One thing the D3200 has going for it is tracking autofocus, but with only 11 AF points that may not work so well.

But... there's more to consider than just the body. With the purchase of a body you are buying into a system, so it's a good idea to look into the Pentax and Nikon systems (lenses, flashes, etc.) and see if one of them match what you are looking for better than the other.

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