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Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III

Portability
54
Imaging
58
Features
56
Overall
57
Nikon D700 front
 
Pentax K-3 Mark III front
Portability
58
Imaging
73
Features
86
Overall
78

Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III Key Specs

Nikon D700
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Expand to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1074g - 147 x 123 x 77mm
  • Revealed October 2008
  • Newer Model is Nikon D800E
Pentax K-3 III
(Full Review)
  • 26MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600000
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 820g - 135 x 104 x 74mm
  • Introduced March 2021
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Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III Overview

On this page, we will be contrasting the Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Pentax. There exists a big gap between the sensor resolutions of the D700 (12MP) and K-3 III (26MP) and the D700 (Full frame) and K-3 III (APS-C) posses different sensor sizes.

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The D700 was brought out 13 years earlier than the K-3 III and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting right into a detailed comparison, here is a simple summation of how the D700 scores vs the K-3 III in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D700 over the Pentax K-3 III

 D700 K-3 III 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-3 III over the Nikon D700

 K-3 III D700 
IntroducedMarch 2021October 2008More recent by 151 months
Screen dimensions3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1620k922kClearer screen (+698k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon D700 and Pentax K-3 III

 D700 K-3 III 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera, you'll need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon D700 has exterior dimensions of 147mm x 123mm x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0") having a weight of 1074 grams (2.37 lbs) while the Pentax K-3 III has measurements of 135mm x 104mm x 74mm (5.3" x 4.1" x 2.9") along with a weight of 820 grams (1.81 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use during that time. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the D700 versus the K-3 III.

Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the D700 and K-3 III is 54 and 58 respectively.

Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III top view buttons comparison

Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very tough to visualize the difference between sensor measurements only by reading a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the D700 and K-3 III.

Clearly, both cameras have different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The D700 featuring a bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Pentax K-3 III will offer greater detail having its extra 14MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The older D700 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III sensor size comparison

Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D700 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-3 III as a Portrait photography camera
64
you can focus manually
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
83
has manual focus
fantastic MP (26 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D700 Street photography factors
Pentax K-3 III Street photography factors
53
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competitors (1,074 grams)
71
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
provides touch to focus
weather sealing
good high ISO (1,600,000)
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D700 Sports photography highlights
Pentax K-3 III Sports photography highlights
60
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
big sensor size (Full frame)
weather sealing
better than average battery (1,000 per charge)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
80
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
fantastic MP (26 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
weather sealing
comes with phase detect autofocus
bad battery pack (800 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D700 Travel photography info
Pentax K-3 III Travel photography info
53
better than average battery (1,000 CIPA)
weather sealing
flash built-in
heavier than competitors (1,074 grams)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
64
weather sealing
has bluetooth
provides touch to focus
fantastic MP (26 megapixels)
bad battery pack (800 shots)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D700 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-3 III as a Landscape photography camera
67
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
better than average battery (1,000 shots)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
80
has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
fantastic MP (26 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
good high ISO (1,600,000)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
has dual storage slots
bad battery pack (800 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D700 Vlogging details
Pentax K-3 III Vlogging details
9
can't record video
35
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external mic jack
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Nikon D700 vs Pentax K-3 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D700 and Pentax K-3 III
 Nikon D700Pentax K-3 Mark III
General Information
Make Nikon Pentax
Model type Nikon D700 Pentax K-3 Mark III
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2008-10-07 2021-03-31
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 23 x 15.5mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 356.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 26 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Peak resolution 4256 x 2832 6192 x 4128
Highest native ISO 6400 1600000
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 51 101
Cross type focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 309 156
Crop factor 1 1.6
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3.2 inch
Screen resolution 922k dot 1,620k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.72x 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 5.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, Auto + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow- speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/250 secs 1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution None 3840x2160
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1074 grams (2.37 lb) 820 grams (1.81 lb)
Physical dimensions 147 x 123 x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0") 135 x 104 x 74mm (5.3" x 4.1" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 80 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 2303 not tested
Other
Battery life 1000 photos 800 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL3e D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 to 20 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I) Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II supported in slot 1)
Storage slots One Two
Cost at release $2,700 $1,999