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Pentax K-3 SLR Camera - Body Only

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  • 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
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Sensor Size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Max Resolution 24.4 MP 16.3 MP 16.3 MP 16.3
Iso Range Auto, 100 - 51200 Auto, 100 to 51600, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (80 to 51200 Extended) Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (80 to 51200 Extended)
Display Size 3.2 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Continuous Shooting Speed 7.07 6 7 6.48
Wireless Communication Technology Optional Yes None Yes
Image Stabilization Sensor-shift Sensor-shift Sensor-shift Sensor-shift
Item Weight 1.76 pounds 1.43 pounds 1.68 pounds 1.63 pounds
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DPReview Gold Award April 2014
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.
Richard Butler Richard Butler Jeff Keller Jeff Keller
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Conclusion

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.

Reasons to buy

  • Very good image quality, especially in Raw
  • Excellent ergonomics and handling
  • Large, bright optical viewfinder
  • Good level of customization

Things to consider

  • Disappointing JPEG color response and default sharpening
  • Video quality falls short of standards implied by inclusion of mic and headphone jacks
  • SD-based Wi-Fi not as well integrated as its best rivals

Suggested for

Users wanting a classic DSLR clearly designed with the enthusiast shooter at heart

Not suggested for

Would-be videographers, photographers looking to travel light
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Product Description

Benchmarked as the most advanced enthusiast DSLR available, featuring unparalleled technology and specifications, the PENTAX K-3 will set your photography free with the new standard of imaging performance and unsurpassed user-flexibility. The K-3 touts 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sensor, continuous shooting at an incredible 8.3 frames per second, and champions the world’s first selectable anti-aliasing filter, giving the user the ability to easily toggle anti-aliasing functionality on or off, for supreme resolution and zero limitation. Power your pictures using the new top-tier SAFOX11 autofocus module, and go beyond wireless functionality with the new FLU card SDHC technology for complete remote camera control, and image transfer. Complete, and capable for every serious photographer, also enjoy professional H.264 video capture, dual memory card slots, and the distinguished PENTAX weather sealing in a stunning magnesium alloy body. Harness the summit of the K-mount with the PENTAX K-3.

From the Manufacturer

New Standard of PerformanceK-3 with grip

What is the PENTAX K-3's new standard of performance?

Benchmarked as the most advanced enthusiast DSLR available, featuring unparalleled technology and specifications, the PENTAX K-3 will set your photography free with the new standard of imaging performance and unsurpassed user-flexibility. The K-3 touts 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sensor, continuous shooting at an incredible 8.3 frames per second, and champions the world’s first selectable anti-aliasing filter, for supreme resolution and zero limitation. Complete, and capable for every serious photographer, also enjoy professional H.264 video capture, dual memory card slots, and the distinguished PENTAX weather sealing in a stunning magnesium alloy body. Harness the summit of the K-mount with the PENTAX K-3.

APS-C sized CMOS sensor
24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor

Designed for the demanding photographer, the K-3 features 24 effective megapixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor for outstanding high resolution imagery.

weather-proof PENTAX K-3
Fully weather sealed

With 92 special seals, the K-3 boasts a fully weather and cold proof design to resist water, fog, snow, sand, and dust, for top performance in extreme field conditions as well as in the studio.

APS-C sized CMOS sensor
Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,00 pixel sensor

The new Real Time Scene Analysis System features an 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor and improved algorithms that further enhance accuracy of exposure, white balance and autofocusing.

shake resistant technology
PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR)

The PENTAX-original SR stabilization system is built right into the body, and is compatible with any of the 27 million PENTAX lenses ever produced.

shake resistant technology
SAFOX11 Autofocus Module

The newly designed SAFOX11 autofocus module maximizes 27 AF sensors and a vast light sensitivity range of –3EV to +18EV. The new focus module includes 25 cross sensors and three AF sensors dedicated to low light focusing.

video ability
Professional H.264 video

Enhance your video recording experience with full HD movie capture in the H.264 format (60i/50i/30p/24p), also including the ability to switch from still image to video recording with the flip of a dedicated switch. Equipped with a headphone terminal and stereo microphone terminal for external microphone connection. The user can also adjust the audio recording level manually and monitor sound levels during recording.


Product Details

Style: Body Only | Package Type: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 3 x 3.9 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00FKLQ0LW
  • Item model number: K-3 body kit
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,243 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 7, 2013

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140 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Dude on December 19, 2013
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If you are interested in this camera, I assume you are either motivated to not buy Nikon or Canon, or at minimum you are not opposed to the idea of being a little different. For the cost of explaining to you friends that Pentax does still make very good cameras, you get a feature set that above and beyond what the "Big Two" offer at this price. Along that line, this is Pentax's current flagship camera. That means they held nothing back. There are no capabilities reserved for more expensive cameras in the line, and that should eliminate any buyers remorse.
If you enjoy using manual focus, a Pentax Camera is a no brainer. Their DSLRs use the classic Pentax K mount. This allows you to mount (without an adapter) an arsenal of great old lenses. Did I mention in-body image stabilization? Not only can you build a small library of lenses, but utilize modern (and very effective) image stabilization on every one. In the K-3 Pentax dedicated a servo to its image stabilization.
As for the K-3... I also own a K-30 and purchased the K-3 to be a primary body, with the K-30 serving backup, in order to start taking on portrait contracts. Do not let the APS-C sensor size steer you away. Many pros are now shooting Fujifilm (APS-C) and Olympus (m4/3). The focus peaking is very accurate and easy to use. The dual SD card slots is a nice pro feature. However, if you were hoping for WiFi, this is only achieved via SD card. Considering the trend towards connected cameras, this is unfortunate. But if you shoot RAW and dedicate your time to a post-processing workflow, than WiFi may be unnecessary. The IQ is brilliant and the colors and WB are the best I have seen from Pentax. The shutter/mirror sound is very quiet and precise sounding.
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97 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Beachhead on January 17, 2014
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Up front, please be advised that this camera does not come with the required Micro-B USB 3.0 cord, which I found out at 9:30PM, eager to look at my first shots with the new Pentax.

I upgraded from a three year old Pentax K-5, which is an amazing camera in its own right.
There is a certain quality to the images I got from the K-5, the dynamic range that enables the camera to draw photos unlike any other I have seen.
The K3 has the same sensor characteristics, albeit in a much larger 24mp package and much much sharper thanks to the removed deep pass filter (which can be simulated by the sensor if needed).
So far I have had no need for the filter after taking 1000+ shots, even though test shots of some fabric did display moiré patterns which were almost gone turning on the deep pass filter simulator (there are two stages available). The clarity and crispness is amazing! The RAW images the K3 spits out contain data from the darkest blacks to the brightest whites, giving enormous room for developing the RAW photos to JPEG.
Comparable cameras like the Canon 70D have all the bells and whistles, like built in wireless, touch screen, video autofocus etc. That is nice to have if you like gadgets, if you like cameras, get the K3. It'll wipe the floor with the 70D in photographic output. The only feature I envy the 70D for is the swivel screen, which would be a great photographic tool to have. Maybe it'll be implemented in the next model. The dual cards are great for shooting RAW+JPEG for example, or just using the convenience it provides to have massive amounts of storage available if needed.
The live view function has been massively improved over the K5, the focus being several times snappier and accurate.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hollingsworth on December 12, 2013
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Photography is my favorite hobby. I bought my first Pentax (ME Super) after saving for two years on my paper route in middle school. After a twenty year hiatus, I started shooting using the new digital Pentax cameras a few years ago. I loved the K5. Things I like about Pentax: they focus on what advanced amateur's like instead of flashy features. The cameras are more compact, very durable (you can drop them from hand height without damage!). They can use virtually any lens with an adapter (Canons have trouble with some older lenses even with an adapter). They integrate the shake reduction into the camera so that it works with all lenses and you don't need to re-buy the anti-shake with every new lens. They don't add features on a whim - and instead evolve the product in a backwards compatible and practical way. The K3 exemplifies this design methodology. It sticks with APS-C instead of jumping on the old full frame band wagon. That's great because the quality is similar to full frame, but the camera is smaller and all the lenses are smaller. They improved the sharpness, the dynamic range and shake reduction. The sharpness improvement without the AA filter is amazing. The batteries and battery charger are identical with the k5. Another example of the backwards compat. They improved the lens release button which was flawed on the k5. And the sensors on both the K3 and K5 vie for the highest dynamic range in the industry. Too bad there is no six star rating. This is my favorite possession. The latest photos on my site are all K3 [...]
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