Studio Test Scene

Our latest test scene is designed to simulate both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget allows you to switch between the two. The daylight scene is shot with manually set white balance, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests.

Note: this page features our new interactive studio scene. Click here for instuctions on the widget.

Even with its anti-aliasing filter simulation switched off, the K-3 shows almost no signs of moire in the test scene image, when shot in JPEG mode. If you look at the Raw conversions, you'll see that the camera was capturing detail at a high enough level to create false color, but the camera's processing has done a good job of supressing it.

The default sharpening on the K-3's JPEGs is a touch clumsy (not the first time we've said as much about a Pentax camera), in comparison to the similarly AA-filter-less Nikon D7100. The K-3 offers three sharpening options (Normal, Fine and Extra Fine), with nine levels of intensity for whatever setting you choose. We found we prefered the Fine sharpening setting, which brings the K-3 much closer to the result being shown in the fine detail by the Nikon.

The other thing that stands out in good light is the rather magenta rendition of the rich pink patch on the Color Checker in the test scene. We've tended not to like the red rendition on previous Pentax cameras, and it doesn't appear this has been addressed by new owner, Ricoh. Thankfully it doesn't appear to be too prominent in skin tones, but can still be offputting. Shooting Raw avoids both these drawbacks, and produces results that are at least consistent with the best cameras in its class.