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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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|Continuous Shooting||7.07||8.3||—||6 frames_per_second||—||6|
|Screen Size||3.2 in||3.2 in||3 in||3 in||3.2 in||3 in|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||—||manual-and-auto||manual-and-auto||Includes Manual Focus|
|Image stabilization||Sensor-shift||Sensor-shift||Dynamic||Dynamic||Image Stabilization||Sensor-shift|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 - 51200||Auto, 100 - 51200||—||—||—||Auto, 100 to 51600, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps|
|Item Dimensions||3.03 x 5.16 x 3.94 in||3.03 x 5.16 x 3.94 in||2.99 x 5.18 x 3.97 in||4.9 x 2.9 x 3.7 in||3.36 x 5.37 x 4.33 in||2.8 x 5.12 x 3.82 in|
|Item Weight||1.76 lbs||1.76 lbs||1.54 lbs||2 lbs||2.22 lbs||1.43 lbs|
|Megapixels||24.4 megapixels||24.4 megapixels||24.32 megapixels||24.24 megapixels||36.4 megapixels||16.3 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24 megapixels||24.4 megapixels||24 megapixels||24.24 megapixels||36.4 megapixels||16 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||APS-C||aps-c||Full Frame||APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)|
|Style Name||Body Only||N/A||None||w/ 18-135mm||—||DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm WR Lenses|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)||1080p||1080p||1080p||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||optical viewfinder||optical viewfinder||optical viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Wireless Technology||Optional, Special version of Flu Card available||Optional, Special version of Flu Card available||—||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Yes|
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.
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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 worldâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SAFOX11 Autofocus Module
The newly designed SAFOX11 autofocus module maximizes 27 AF sensors and a vast light sensitivity range of â€“3EV to +18EV. The new focus module includes 25 cross sensors and three AF sensors dedicated to low light focusing.
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.
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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. And if you are interested in video capabilities, Pentax has finally taken you into consideration with the K-3. The camera is very customizable if you take the time to explore the labyrinth of menu screens. Overall, this camera is a leap forward for the company.
PS. A firmware update was just released so any issues you may read about prior to Dec. 19th may have been addressed in the new firmware.
I did a ton of research and was at first going to go with something more entry level, like a Canon or a Nikon, until I stumbled across this offering from Pentax, a company that I've long admired for building quality film SLR cameras.
I'm not going to list specs, as there are a million reviews online that go into those details. What I will say is that I was prepared to be disappointed since I didn't believe that digital could ever truly match the quality of film. This camera really made me rethink my stance. While there are still some types of shots where digital just can't match film, this camera is definitely trying to narrow that gap.
When I first got this camera, it took me a while to understand that even when in aperture priority mode, I was better off relying on the autofocus feature rather than trying to manually focus (which is what I was used to with SLR lenses). There are multiple ways to set up autofocus, and once you know how to adjust it, you choose the AF mode you want and the camera does a magnificent job focusing.
The lens is not bad - at some point I will probably invest in much better macro and telephoto lenses, but for now this one is adequate. I was initially thinking that 18-135mm would cover all bases, but I occasionally find that I either want to focus a little closer on something small or I want to zoom in a little more from a distance. As with film, no one lens can do EVERYTHING, but I think this lens is a good place to start.
The only negative thing (and this was an issue for me with film cameras as well, and it's not the fault of the camera) is that it is a bit heavy and annoying to travel with. I often find myself choosing between bringing this camera to have the possibility of taking a seriously awesome shot, should one present itself vs. ditching the extra bulk/weight and relying on my iPhone.
For someone who loves photography, this camera is a really excellent choice. I started out with a bias against digital cameras and I ended up loving this Pentax. It is definitely more complex than the Nikon/Canon you are probably considering, and if you don't know much about the mechanics of photography (composition, aperture, shutter speed, lighting, etc...) I definitely recommend starting with a simpler camera. If you also don't know much about digital cameras in general, I would still recommend a simpler, more entry level camera unless you are either a quick learner who thrives on challenges (not many tutorials on how to use it online) or you know someone who has some experience with this camera's settings and can give you some pointers. However, if you already have solid grasp of these concepts, this camera will allow you to do some great stuff.
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