Canon T4i vs Nikon D5100 vs Pentax K-30

Specifications

The specifications for each camera don't give you a whole lot of insight into which is best, though there are some subtle variations that are worth nothing.  Cells highlighted in green denote areas in which the corresponding camera is superior.

Canon Rebel T4i
Canon T4i

Nikon D5100

Pentax K-30

Resolution 18 Megapixels 16.2 Megapixels 16.3 Megapixels
ISO Range (Expanded) 100-12,800 (25,600) 100-6400 (25,600) 100-12,800 (25,600)
Sensor Size APS-C (1.6x crop) APS-C (1.5x crop) APS-C (1.5x crop)
Continuous Shooting 5FPS 4FPS 6FPS
JPEG Buffer ~15 frames
(2.5 FPS when buffer is full)
Unlimited ~30 frames
(2 FPS when buffer is full)
Max. Shutter Speed 1/4000s 1/4000s 1/6000s
Flash Sync. Speed 1/200s 1/200s 1/180s
Phase Detect
Autofocus

9-point*

11-point*
Dedicated assist light

11-point
Dedicated assist light
Video Resolution

Full HD: 30, 25, 24 FPS
720p: 60, 50 FPS
VGA: 30, 25 FPS

Full HD: 30, 24 FPS
720p: 30, 24 FPS
VGA: 30 FPS

Full HD: 30, 25, 24 FPS
720p: 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 FPS
VGA: 30, 25, 24 FPS

Video Audio

Mono
External Mic Input

Mono
External Mic Input

Mono

Video AF

Full-time

Full-time

On demand

Rear LCD 3-inch articulating
VGA touch screen
3-inch articulating
VGA
3-inch VGA
Viewfinder 0.85x, 95% Pentamirror 0.78x, 95% Pentamirror 0.92x, 100% Pentaprism
Sensor Cleaning Yes Yes Yes
Weather Sealed No No Yes
Weight 520g 510g 578g
Dimensions 13.21 x 9.91 x 7.87cm 12.70 x 9.65 x 7.87cm 12.19 x 7.87 x 5.84cm

*superior overall performance

As you can see, each camera excels in the same number of areas on paper, so we will have to look much deeper in order to find a winner!

Color Options

The Pentax K-30, unlike the other two cameras, is available in three different colors in the US.

K-30 colors


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