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Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3

Portability
59
Imaging
75
Features
92
Overall
81
Canon EOS 6D Mark II front
 
Pentax K-3 front
Portability
59
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73

Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3 Key Specs

Canon 6D MII
(Full Review)
  • 26MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 40000 (Increase to 102400)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 765g - 144 x 111 x 75mm
  • Revealed June 2017
  • Succeeded the Canon 6D
Pentax K-3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 131 x 100 x 77mm
  • Announced April 2014
  • New Model is Pentax K-3 II
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Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3 Overview

In this article, we are evaluating the Canon 6D MII and Pentax K-3, both Advanced DSLR cameras by rivals Canon and Pentax. The resolution of the 6D MII (26MP) and the K-3 (24MP) is fairly close but the 6D MII (Full frame) and K-3 (APS-C) possess different sensor measurements.

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The 6D MII was brought out 3 years after the K-3 which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the 6D MII scores vs the K-3 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon 6D MII over the Pentax K-3

 6D MII K-3 
AnnouncedJune 2017April 2014More modern by 40 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k1037kSharper display (+3k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-3 over the Canon 6D MII

 K-3 6D MII 
Display sizing3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Canon 6D MII and Pentax K-3

 6D MII K-3 
Focus manually Very exact focusing

Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera frequently, you need to take into account its weight and volume. The Canon 6D MII enjoys outside dimensions of 144mm x 111mm x 75mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 3.0") having a weight of 765 grams (1.69 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-3 has sizing of 131mm x 100mm x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") having a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you select during that time. Below is the front view over all size comparison of the 6D MII against the K-3.

Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the 6D MII and K-3 is 59 and 59 respectively.

Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3 top view buttons comparison

Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very difficult to picture the difference in sensor sizes purely by researching a spec sheet. The picture here will help provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the 6D MII and K-3.

As you can see, both of the cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The 6D MII because of its larger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF easier and the Canon 6D MII will render more detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos far more aggressively. The fresher 6D MII provides a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3 sensor size comparison

Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 6D MII Portrait photography features
Pentax K-3 Portrait photography features
85
manual focus
excellent resolution (26MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
79
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon 6D MII Street photography advice
Pentax K-3 Street photography advice
77
screen articulates
has image stabilization
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW files
boasts focus via touch
weather sealing
good high ISO (40,000)
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
good high ISO (51,200)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon 6D MII
Sports photography with Pentax K-3
87
has image stabilization
excellent resolution (26MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
weather sealing
better than average battery power (1,200 per charge)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
76
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
environment sealing
comes with phase detect AF
not so great battery pack (560 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Canon 6D MII Travel photography info
Pentax K-3 Travel photography info
78
better than average battery power (1,200 shots)
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
boasts focus via touch
excellent resolution (26MP)
selfie friendly display
60
environment sealing
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
not so great battery pack (560 shots)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon 6D MII
Landscape photography with Pentax K-3
85
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization
excellent resolution (26 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
good high ISO (40,000)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
better than average battery power (1,200 per charge)
78
has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3.2")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
doesnt have low pass filter
good high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
has dual storage slots
not so great battery pack (560 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 6D MII Vlogging factors
Pentax K-3 Vlogging factors
78
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
has image stabilization
provides face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external mic jack
34
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have mic jack
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Canon 6D MII vs Pentax K-3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 6D MII and Pentax K-3
 Canon EOS 6D Mark IIPentax K-3
General Information
Make Canon Pentax
Model type Canon EOS 6D Mark II Pentax K-3
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2017-06-29 2014-04-10
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 7 Prime III
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 24mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 861.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 26 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 6240 x 4160 6016 x 4000
Highest native ISO 40000 51200
Highest enhanced ISO 102400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Lowest enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 45 27
Cross type focus points 45 25
Lens
Lens support Canon EF Pentax KAF2
Available lenses 250 151
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3.2"
Screen resolution 1,040k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 98 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.71x 0.64x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 6.5 frames per second 8.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes no built-in flash Auto, on, off, red-eye, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye, trailing curtain sync, high speed, wireless, manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS Built-in Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 765 gr (1.69 lb) 800 gr (1.76 lb)
Dimensions 144 x 111 x 75mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 3.0") 131 x 100 x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 85 80
DXO Color Depth rating 24.4 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.9 13.4
DXO Low light rating 2862 1216
Other
Battery life 1200 shots 560 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LP-E6N D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 Two
Cost at release $1,799 $639