Pentax K-3 SLR Camera - Body Only
|Type of product||SLR|
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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 Speed||7.07||—||8.3||—||—||12.0 frames_per_second|
|Screen Size||3.2 inches||3 inches||3.2 inches||3.2 inches||3.2 inches||3.2 inches|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus||—||Includes Manual Focus||—||—||Auto Focus|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 - 51200||—||Auto, 100 - 51200||—||—||100-102400|
|Item Dimensions||5.16 x 3.03 x 3.94 inches||2.90 x 4.90 x 3.70 inches||5.16 x 3.03 x 3.94 inches||5.37 x 3.36 x 4.33 inches||8.50 x 6.40 x 4.70 inches||6.30 x 6.30 x 3.70 inches|
|Item Weight||1.76 lbs||2.00 lbs||1.76 lbs||2.22 lbs||2.20 lbs||3.10 lbs|
|Max Resolution||24.4 megapixels||24.24 megapixels||24.4 megapixels||36.4 megapixels||36.4 megapixels||36.3 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24 megapixels||24.24 megapixels||—||—||36.4 megapixels||20.8 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C||Full Frame (35mm)||Full Frame (35mm)||Full Frame (35mm)|
|Style||Body Only||Body Only||N/A||—||Camera Only||Body (XQD Version)|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p||1080p||1080p||1080i||1080p||2160p|
|Wireless Communication Technology||Optional, Special version of Flu Card available||BuiltIn; 802.11b/g/n||Optional, Special version of Flu Card available||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||—|
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
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.
The only words of caution I would give is that this is not an entry level camera; this is on the opposite side of the spectrum semi-pro/professional level. It won the TIPA 2014 Expert level DSLR award and the EISA 2015 advanced DSLR awards.
If you are new to DSLR's I would recommend a Pentax K-50 (also selling for a ridiculous low price) or the KS-2, those two are slightly more user friendly, but still pretty advanced. You can always go for the KS-1 which I do believe is now the Pentax entry level camera system. Either way if you care about stills photography you cannot go wrong with Pentax. I love them from day one a K-x entry level system, then on to a K-30 and now the big leagues with the K-3. Don't hesitate and buy buy buy....
UPDATE 8-18-2015: SO the tornado sirens are blaring, lightning is flashing all around, take shelter? NO! Take pictures. So I run inside to grab who knows what and place my new baby on top of the washing machine. I then go to run outside and look down and my baby has fallen 4.5' to the ground. I will not bore you with the details of broken filters and potentially ruined threads, what I will tell you is this camera is a TANK. It hit the ground from far away and didn't even have a single scratch on it. THANK YOU Ricoh/Pentax for making this thing out of Mag-alloy. The camera AND the lens are fine, besides some potential thread damage. I do not have to worry about replacing a $350-400 lens and a $600+ camera. XOXOXO Ricoh/Pentax you have a customer FOR LIFE!!!
Top reviews from other countries
If you need built-in flash, this is the best Pentax has to offer. If you can go without the built-in flash, the K-3II has been slightly updated, and includes a built-in GPS unit, and so might better suite you. But keep in mind the stellar price of this unit over the K-3II.