Bjorn_L: Impressive specifications except for the battery capacity and the alluded to sub-par for class focus speed.
The problem I see is most of the features are designed to make for a more impressive specification sheet rather then a better DSLR.
I understand it is necessary to check certain boxes in your spec sheet to keep up with the Jones-es, but I have been more impressed with the blistering frames per second if the AF speed was equally fast. I am more concerned about getting 1 shot in perfect focus quickly then getting 8.3 shots in poor focus. If the AF module is not top-shelf, then such a fast burst rate is of not much use since tracking is not going to be faster then the AF unit.500 shots per battery is really poor for a DSLR. Worse then entry level cameras let the alone the high competitors to the k3.
That said, I am happy Pentax continues to offer their take on what a useful camera looks like. I wish everyone would offer low price weather sealed lenses (for example)
Plastek, I'm not claiming anything, but Panasonic has put in their brochure some data, and according to their tests, K5II camera has more precise and faster AF than Nikon D7000. Note the word precise.Re K-3, hold your breath as well, because all cameras given for previews were preproduction cameras running on v.0.x fimrware, with some AF options still unavailable. .
peterpainter: The important bits, though. Logos!The DPR sample has a 'Ricoh' logo under the LCD whereas the Ephotozine sample has a 'Pentax' logo there. Perhaps thay haven't made their minds up yet - could yet end up with 'Ricoh' on the front and 'Pentax' on the back;)
With Pentax name on the back, those were preproduction, test models. Made not to raise suspicion when testers shoot in public. Now officially, Ricoh's name goes there.
kimchiflower: Another great Pantax product that I'll never ever see or be able to buy within 1000 miles of where I live.
In fact, I don't actually believe Pentax exists and I've yet to be proven wrong.
@ fakuryu, yes, considering you live a stone's throw from the Pentax factory ...
limlh: Nothing is mentioned about the rumored multi-pattern wb. If true, this must be the best feature of the k-3.
// However, we've not been that struck by it on previous Ricoh models (it appeared back around the time of the GR Digital IV, I think). //Yes, but what about on a new camera, with all new metering, released 3-4 years after?
Ayoh: Is the in body AF motor quieter than the k-5 series?
In real life use. Often in quick reviews like this, many useful information won't be clearly noted. Like the Multi-pattern Auto White Balance, which is already a big hit.
ogl: 560 frames is with 50% flash, 720 frames without flash. Change data.
That something like my olde K-7. Not too bad for the same battery, and in real life, often 100 extra images can be squeezed out.
In 6 months from now, a K-3 review. Silver award. Cons: 1. "Uses some bizarre K-mount (?) lenses"2. "Doesn't have a Canon logo"3. "Too rugged compared to competition".4. "Too many video options". :)
Screw drive motor has been reworked. Makes less noise now.
MarkByland: Personally happy to see the Sony 24Mp sensor made it in to a Pentax body. I'm sure the camera is top notch all around considering the performance of the K-5 family. Rain? No problem. Low light? No problem. High ISO without falling apart at 1600? No Problem. The in-camera control and effects set it apart from any other. It's good to see this continuation in the line.
No one is actually certain which sensor is included in the K-3. Some say it's Toshiba's, some it's the brand new Sony's. Some insiders with reliable track record says it's the latter (latest Sony's). We'll see ...
800g with a battery. DLi90 is about 50g. So without it, it's some .. 750g ..?
K5 was light-er, yes. But this camera is light-years ahead of K5. I wouldn't be surprised it hasn't been made slightly bigger and heavier to sport an FF sensor in some future model, that will share same tech, including same battery grip too.
Guys at CR Kennedy have already seen a K-5-bodied camera sporting an FF sensor, a year ago.
Regarding lack of tilting screen: I see that this may be seen as a drawback. But lets think again, like guys at Pentax: at least it seems they think twice about every gizmo others introduce without a second thought. If a camera can be controlled comfortably from any distance via smartphone, which almost everyone has, and have a live preview too — then what's the point making a rugged, weather-proof camera that has a weakest part in its tilting screen while the screen substitute/extension is in your pocket? I don't say it's best solution, but is tilting screen any better?
Ah, all right, let's see how many comments will be around "Why K-3? It isn't enough to save Pentax anyway.", "Does Pentax have any lenses?", "Too late!", "FF is the only way to go …".Etc.
Prognathous: The K-3 seems like an almost perfect DSLR, the lack of a tilt screen being the only major disappointment.
That's why it's perfect.
They all look horrible. So the main fuss about the smartphone 'photography' is deciding which phone's output looks least horrible, and is more complete as a phone package.
Zvonimir Tosic: I personally think camera manufactures have gone bananas, suffering from "I also must have a huge lineup" inferiority complex. And then they blame smartphones for their lack of common sense.I thought Pentax was last gone crazy with the K500, "produced" by dumbing down the good basic product of K30/K50, just to shave off $50-100 or something like that. And it saturates and complicated its own line not with no real choice at all.Fuji is doing same: X-E1 was already a good value, but with X-M1 I already started rolling my eyes recognising the trend, and then ... tada!, an X-A1. More dumbing down of the same camera, same sensor, same everything. Nikon is doing same with both APS-C and FF, Canon is doing same. Olympus does same, but from the bottom up. What is given to users is not a real, genuinely good choice, but rather an artificially fabricated and overproduced handful of compromises in a dumbed down same camera that loses all its value the moment it's shipped.
So, they have X-M1 and X-E1 and X-Pro1 to stay on the shelf, and all that exercise was necessary for Fuji to put more money in their pocket? Riiiight ... And that also explains why the camera market is blooming right now, and all camera manufacturers are in the black. Fuji, Olympus, Nikon, etc. all rolling in money, can't make enough of cameras. It also explains why Apple, with only one model of their camera, currently suffers terribly, leaving them the only choice of innovating and adding more to the camera package (as opposed to diluting or dumbing down). That investment of upping the game costs them lost sales, lost market, inability to be found on Flickr, and customers migrating to proper digital cameras in hordes.
I personally think camera manufactures have gone bananas, suffering from "I also must have a huge lineup" inferiority complex. And then they blame smartphones for their lack of common sense.I thought Pentax was last gone crazy with the K500, "produced" by dumbing down the good basic product of K30/K50, just to shave off $50-100 or something like that. And it saturates and complicated its own line not with no real choice at all.Fuji is doing same: X-E1 was already a good value, but with X-M1 I already started rolling my eyes recognising the trend, and then ... tada!, an X-A1. More dumbing down of the same camera, same sensor, same everything. Nikon is doing same with both APS-C and FF, Canon is doing same. Olympus does same, but from the bottom up. What is given to users is not a real, genuinely good choice, but rather an artificially fabricated and overproduced handful of compromises in a dumbed down same camera that loses all its value the moment it's shipped.
Zvonimir Tosic: Fuji exhausting itself and users with utterly modern concept of dumbing down of the same device for market saturation, while selling us apparently 'a retro-looking appeal'? A contradiction in its best.
So I guess there's be an X-B1, made of recycled biscuit tins and with EVF, but no back LCD?
And an X-C1 too, made out of recycled cardboard and with EVF but with no flash, flash shoe, and no mode dial?
Raist, I personally think Pentax is doing same nonsense with K500; dumbing down the same good basic product, to shave off $50-70 or something like that. And it saturates its own line. Fuji is doing same with this X-A1 — X-E1 was already good. Nikon is doing same, Canon is doing same. And then — digital camera market suffocates.
Fuji exhausting itself and users with utterly modern concept of dumbing down of the same device for market saturation, while selling us apparently 'a retro-looking appeal'? A contradiction in its best.
Vinc T: Camera of the Year 2013!
Wait for Pentax K-3 ... them we'll have two cameras of the year.
Zvonimir Tosic: We are still in the beginning of the digital photography era and people are scared, obsessed, prejudiced, manipulated, influenced, etc. So they can't observe things in peace, form an educated opinion without interruption and 'sage advices' from 'pixel-peeping gurus', 'tech pundits', lobbyists, never sleeping 'f-stoppists', paranoiFFs, etc. I think m4/3 has its place in the world, it deserves to be more often considered and fairly reviewed, and I wish Olympus and Panasonic all the luck with it. E-M1 looks like a brilliant camera.
My last paragraphs just reiterates the Beatles song, 'Let it be'. Being pro-choice means to be a lobbyist for life's fundamental values.