Ricoh has announced a new 'Prestige' version of its Pentax K-3 DSLR. This special edition camera, which 'commemorates the many awards bestowed upon the K-3' (including from this website), comes in a special gunmetal gray color. The Prestige edition includes a matching battery grip, two batteries, and an 'exclusive' camera strap. If you want your K-3 to stand out from the crowd you'd better hurry, as only 2,000 kits will be sold worldwide. The K-3 Prestige Edition is priced at $1399.95.

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RICOH IMAGING releases special-edition Prestige model of the award winning PENTAX K-3

Denver, Colorado July 23, 2014 In keeping with its tradition of excellence and the new standard of performance, RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is proud to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-3 Prestige Edition.

The K-3 Prestige is a special-edition model of the original PENTAX K-3, the flagship of the K-mount digital SLR camera series. It comes in a stylish, high grade, gunmetal gray shade and commemorates the many awards bestowed upon the K-3 by revered photography publications and organizations such as; DPreview, PC Magazine, Imaging Resource, as well as the Technical Image Press Associations (TIPA) award for “Best Digital SLR Expert” in 2014. This illustrious version of the award winning K-3 will be available in a limited quantity making this special edition highly sought after.

The PENTAX K-3 Prestige Gunmetal Edition* will be made available in a limited quantity with only 2,000 units being offered worldwide. This limited-edition model features a sleek, gunmetal gray body with a BG-5 battery grip designed exclusively for the K-3. This makes it a perfect match for the HD PENTAX DA Limited lens series, which is designed for unrivaled image rendering. This special package also includes an exclusive, black leather strap, a gunmetal D-BG5 battery grip, and two dedicated batteries for use in both the camera body and the battery grip.

As the Premiere DSLR in Ricoh Imaging’s robust and full-featured APS-C lineup, the PENTAX K-3 brings unparalleled technology and advanced specifications presenting photographers with a solution that raises the bar while removing limitations. The K-3 provides an array of outstanding features, including high-resolution image reproduction with approximately 24 effective megapixels, a 27-point AF system, high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8.3 images per second, high-precision exposure control with a newly designed 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor, a new, large, high-resolution LCD monitor, and an optical viewfinder with the largest, brightness subject image in its class. The AA simulator, a highly innovative function developed specifically for the K-3, allows the user to effectively minimize moiré without actually installing an optical AA filter in the camera. This provides a choice of filtered or filter-free shooting for a given scene or subject. The K-3 also offers greatly-enhanced movie recording features and smartphone-accessible functions. The time-proven dustproof, weather-resistant body construction ensures dependable, flawless performance in the field.

Pricing and Availability

The K-3 Prestige Edition will be available at retailers nationwide and at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com in August, 2014 for a suggested retail price of $1399.95. To learn more about the comprehensive lineup of PENTAX products as well as other Ricoh Imaging products, please visit www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.

Main Features

  • The camera body and the battery grip are finished in a high-grade gunmetal gray coating to match both the black and silver colors of interchangeable lenses.
  • The specially designed camera strap, included as a standard accessory, is made of artificial leather, and embossed with the lettering 2014 TIPA BEST DIGITAL SLR EXPERT and the PENTAX K-3 logo.
  • Two dedicated batteries are included in the package for use in both the camera body and the battery grip.
  • All components are packaged in a box designed exclusively for this product.
  • The firmware installed in the camera body has been updated to the latest version (Ver.1.10)
  • 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor
  • Fastest continuous shooting at 8.3FPS
  • Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter
  • SAFOX11 Autofocus Module
  • Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,000 pixel sensor
  • FLU, Eye-fi Wireless, and SDX Memory card compatibility
  • Professional H.264 video
  • PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR)
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder for 100% FOV and .95 magnification
  • Fully weather sealed
  • Multi-pattern white balance
  • 100-51200 ISO
  • HDMI port
  • HDR Image Capture
  • Magnesium alloy body w stainless steel chassis

Note: The camera body’s features and specifications are identical with those of the standard model, except for the firmware