The K-3 touts 24 megapixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor with the world’s first selectable anti-aliasing filter—giving the user the ability to easily toggle anti-aliasing functionality on or off by way of the PENTAX-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. As a replacement for both the K-5 II and K-5 IIS, improvements include a top shooting speed up to 8.3 FPS and a new autofocus module with 27 AF sensors and a vast light sensitivity range of –3EV to +18EV. Using optional FLU card SDHC technology, the K-3 offers complete remote camera control, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus points, shutter release and image transfer to laptops and compatible devices. Other enthusiast pleasing features include H.264 video capture, dual memory card slots, Live View, an electronic level, and weather sealing in a magnesium alloy body.
Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera
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“ The K-3 represents a series of steps forward for the Pentax line - not just with the addition of features such as anti-aliasing simulation, but also in the inclusion of a more advanced autofocus and metering systems.”
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, selectable on/off of anti-aliasing filter
- 8.3 frames per second continuous shooting
- 27-point AF system with 25 cross sensors and 3 low-light AF sensors
- ISO 80-51,200
- 1080 60p/50p/30p/24p HD video (H.264)
- 3.2 inch TFT LCD with 1,037,000 dots
- 100% viewfinder
- Pop-up flash with hot shoe
- Sensor-shift image stabilization
- Fully weather sealed and cold proof design with magnesium body
- Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots
- Eye-Fi / FLU compatible
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Max resolution||6016 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||4608 x 3072, 3072 x 2048, 1920 x 1080|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100 - 51200|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (3)|
|JPEG quality levels||Best, better, good|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||27|
|Lens mount||Pentax KAF2|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||No|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||13.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)|
|Flash modes||Auto, on, off, red-eye, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye, trailing curtain sync, high speed, wireless, manual|
|Continuous drive||8 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)|
|Storage types||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|USB||USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||Special version of Flu Card available|
|Remote control||Yes (optional, wired or wireless)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Weather and dust resistant)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||560|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||800 g (1.76 lb / 28.22 oz)|
|Dimensions||131 x 100 x 77 mm (5.16 x 3.94 x 3.03″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (up to 9999 pictures)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The K-3 is the latest and best in a well-established line of high-end APS-C DSLRs. The K-3 offers a wealth features for still photographers, including a large, 100% coverage viewfinder, solid build, and plenty of customization. Its video capabilities are a little less inspiring, but it stands as a great stills camera that's a pleasure to shoot with.
Users wanting a classic DSLR clearly designed with the enthusiast shooter at heart
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Would-be videographers, photographers looking to travel light
More than a simple upgrade
I do not consider myself being a professional camera tester, I'm just a happy user. This camera is a class of its own. It's more than a simple upgrade to the K-5 I have used before. I like - fast and accurate AF - very quiet shutter - sharpness (a very good lens provided) - overall responsiveness (fast memory card provided) I do not say that noise is worse. In my opinion, a little noise somehow produces a perception of crispyness. You will never see it on moderate-sized prints. However, when ...
Better in every way
The early impressions after 3 weeks of casual snapping are very positive. This body is an upgrade to a K-5 which got used a lot over 2+ years. Pentax/Ricoh made numerous upgrades to a very good camera, none of the upgrades are game-changers but taken together the result is very impressive. To those unfamiliar with the Pentax K-single-digit family they are solid, reliable performers in robust, confidence inspiring bodies with excellent viewfinders & ergonomics. Compared to the K-5 the new ...
Catching fire with a K-3
I am an editor for a small weekly newspaper, and this morning at 5 a.m. the fire siren went off. I went over to my office and grabbed my new K-3, which despite having for a week, have shot nothing more than test shots around the office. I got to the scene and started shooting. I told myself I was not going to shoot 6400 ISO, but because of the conditions, I just went between 3200 and 6400. I have NR set to custom, with low NR for 1600-6400. I also have slow speed NR on. Impressions and thoughts ...
Pentax K-3: Everyday fun with a powerful tool
The Pentax K-3 is both a very continuous product for all people who have owned a recent Pentax DSLR and at the same time a large step ahead in so many areas that it makes the tiny upgrades some "new" camermodels get these days look ridiculous. So what is new for the K-3 compared to other Pentax DSLRs? (1) 2 SD card slots (2) focus peaking (3) 24 MPx sensor (4) Number of F2.8 AF Sensors now is 3 (5) AF sensitivity is up to EV ...
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