Pentax K-3

Announced Oct 7, 2013 •
24 megapixels | 3.2 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced Oct 7, 2013
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The K-3 touts 24 megapixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor with the world’s first selectable anti-aliasing filter—giving the user the ability to easily toggle anti-aliasing functionality on or off by way of the PENTAX-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. As a replacement for both the K-5 II and K-5 IIS, improvements include a top shooting speed up to 8.3 FPS and a new autofocus module with 27 AF sensors and a vast light sensitivity range of –3EV to +18EV. Using optional FLU card SDHC technology, the K-3 offers complete remote camera control, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus points, shutter release and image transfer to laptops and compatible devices. Other enthusiast pleasing features include H.264 video capture, dual memory card slots, Live View, an electronic level, and weather sealing in a magnesium alloy body.

Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 6016 x 4000
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100 - 51200
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,037,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 800 g (1.76 lb / 28.22 oz)
Dimensions 131 x 100 x 77 mm (5.16 x 3.94 x 3.03)
GPS Optional

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Our review

The K-3 is the latest and best in a well-established line of high-end APS-C DSLRs. The K-3 offers a wealth features for still photographers, including a large, 100% coverage viewfinder, solid build and plenty of customization. Its video capabilities are a little less inspiring but it stands as a great stills camera that's a pleasure to shoot with.

Good for: Users wanting a classic DSLR clearly designed with the enthusiast shooter at heart

Not so good for: Would-be videographers, photographers looking to travel light

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