What does the Sony SLR community think of the Pentax K3? Locked

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Michel J Veteran Member • Posts: 4,009
Re: What does the Sony SLR community think of the Pentax K3?

moimoi wrote:

  • 24.4 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization with rotational compensation
  • Anti-aliasing 'simulator' (camera has no optical low-pass filter)
  • SAFOX 11 TTL autofocus system (27-point, 25 of which are cross-type)
  • 3.2-inch LCD with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1.037k dots
  • Pentaprism optical viewfinder with 0.95x magnification, 100% coverage
  • 8.3 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video recording (60i, 30p, 24p)
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Headphone, microphone ports
  • USB 3.0 support


It don't have compet here !

- don't care about sensor shift, because with a 24MP APS-C it would be better working with mono or tripod!

- no question about AA filter, because the A77 have 3000 lp/mm what outresolve any lens on the today DSLR market...

- With 10 fps, the A77 outperform the AF system of Pentax ( of course)

- Since you use the SLT most of the time for stills, what about the LCD (we don't need this one imho)

- 60i for vidéo applications, is not what is required for a today V-DSLR/SLT cam.

- dual card slot? Since you can see your shot on screen, and it showing well, it's just that you have on your memory card!

What is lacking about the Sony Flagship? Maybe you know already?

I' m afraid the Pentax don't have what is necessary fot this class of sensor:

- no AF micro adjustment?

- no area-specific noise reduction (NR) and sharpness enhancement algorithms? What can vary the amount of NR/SH depending on the content (Area specific noise reduction and sharpness enhancement!) is supposed to analyze image content and vary the amount of NR/SH depending on the content. Basically more NR in smooth areas (like a sky) and less in areas with lots of detail, so not to smudge legitimate detail, truly important feature with 24 MP, because the sensor outresolve lenses!!!;

- no standard battery pack?

- don't provide a clean HDMI signal?

- no real time logic of embedded thermocolorimeter? Do your remember the one of Minolta? This point is the most important problem of Pentax here. Mostly is in-camera over saturated comparing to the standard of Graphic Industry imho.

Of course the lacking of all what you don't have with an OVF comparing to SLT (but it's personnal).

And if you really want's to compare with FF -SLT features:


Hello Sony SLR community,

Alright, I am not sure about you, but I found the new Pentax K3 to be very appealing. At least on the paper, it is the best APS-C camera.

It has (almost) everything to dream of, good MP count, built-in IS sensor (newer generation), no AA filter, but with revolutionary technology mimicking the AA filter while shooting subjects prone to Moire (e.g., clothing), new AF system (with 25 crossed-type points), superb ergonomics, focus peaking, 8.3 fps with good buffer (23 images in raw, which is not too shabby), etc.

Not sure what to think since I am a Sony shooter (a850/a900), but I would certainly show some interest in getting one, specially with the 18-35 mm f/1.8 from Sigma, it should be a killer combo.

Anyway, this Sigma lens is also available for Sony A-mount:


I checked the full resolution samples posted from the Pentax website, and samples #3 and #4 are quite impressive, plenty of details to play with. I think it is on par with what I see with my Sony a900.

Personally, I think this was the route Sony should have kept pursuing rather than choosing the SLT route, but this should possibly be concerned with another debate.

Anyway, I would be interested in knowing what the Sony SLR community has to say about this upcoming release.

Thanks for your comments/insights.

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