It's not just the Ricoh GR II getting the special treatment. To commemorate the company's 80th anniversary, Ricoh has announced it will produce a version of its Pentax K-3 II with a textured, silver finish. Just 500 units will be produced in total, and will be sold online exclusively for $899.95. The K-3 II, which was introduced in May 2015, is Pentax's flagship APS-C camera with a 24MP AA filter-less CMOS sensor. The limited silver-colored edition will be available in late spring 2016.

Press release:

Ricoh Imaging unveils PENTAX K-3 II Silver Edition commemorating 80th anniversary of Ricoh Company, Ltd.

Limited-edition, silver-color K-mount digital SLR camera to be marketed in a quantity of 500 units worldwide

DENVER, Colo. February 22, 2016 – Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced a limited-edition model of the PENTAX K-3 II (launched in May 2015) to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of Ricoh Company, Ltd. The magnesium-alloy camera body has been treated with a special silver-color coating, giving it an elegant, high-grade, textured finish. Even the product box has been specially designed for this limited edition, stylish silver camera.

This exclusive model will be available worldwide in a limited quantity of 500 units.

The K-3 II is Ricoh’s flagship APS-C camera, featuring an impressive 24.35 effective megapixel AA filter-less APS-C CMOS sensor, along with a high performance 27-point AF system and 8.3 fps of continuous shooting. Its Pixel Shift Resolution System delivers more truthful color reproduction and finer details, while significantly lowering high-sensitivity noise levels. The updated PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System, supported by the 86K-pixel RGB lightmetering sensor, makes the K-3 II the most responsive subject tracking of all PENTAX DSLRs. It features a high-precision gyro-sensor for more effective camera-shake compensation up to 4.5EV steps.

With built-in GPS and Electronic Compass, the K-3 II is optimized for outdoor photography. Its built-in AstroTracer functionality eliminates the need of an extra accessory to capture long exposures of stars and other celestial objects. The K-3 II’s fully weather-sealed and dust-proof magnesium alloy body enables it to operate even in the most extreme field conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The PENTAX K-3 II Silver Edition camera will be available in late spring 2016 online exclusively at www.ricohimaging.com for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $999.95.