Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II
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Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II

The Pentax K-3 hit all the right notes in our review, which earned it our highest recommendation as well as a 2013 Reader's Choice Award from our audience. The time has come for a successor to appear, and that camera is the K-3 II.

With the K-3 II, Ricoh has taken what made the K-3 a great DSLR - a rugged, weather-sealed body, great image quality, large viewfinder, dual memory card slots, and more - and improved many of its weaker points. 

To improve image quality, Ricoh has added a feature known as Pixel Shift Resolution (more on that later). Continuous subject tracking autofocus has been tweaked (though that's hard to quantify until we've tested it), and the K-3 II's in-body image stabilizer now provides 4.5 stops of shake reduction (using the CIPA standard). A GPS has been added, but the K-3's built-in flash has been removed in the new model. 

As is the case with most Pentax-branded DSLRs, you get a lot of bang for the buck. The K-3 II will be priced at $1099 body only, which is a few hundred dollars less than the likes of the Canon EOS 7D II and Nikon D7200.

Learn more about the Pentax K-3 II on the following slides.