Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

You Pay: $1,196.95
Product Highlights
  • 23.35MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME III Image Processor
  • User-Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter
  • Full HD 1080i/p Video Recording
  • 3.2" 1,037k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Optical 0.95x Mag. Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • Continuous Shooting up to 8.3 fps
  • In-Camera Shake Reduction Stabilization
  • Dual SD Memory Card Slots
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body

The Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera is an advanced DSLR featuring a 23.35MP APS-C CMOS sensor and PRIME III image processor to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080i/p video with high low-light sensitivity to ISO 51200. Full-resolution continuous shooting is supported up to 8.3 fps for 22 consecutive RAW frames, with a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec., and the SAFOX11 autofocus system utilizes 27 focus points, with 25 cross-type points, to maintain sharp focus in a quick and accurate manner. Benefitting the image quality is a selectable anti-aliasing filter, which can be turned on or off to either garner the highest resolution and sharpness possible or provide enhanced protection against moiré. Additionally, in-camera Shake Reduction image stabilization renders any K-mount lens stabilized and helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working with greater shutter speeds or longer focal lengths.

The K-3's body design incorporates 92 special seals to render it cold, dust, and weather-resistant and the magnesium alloy cover with stainless steel chassis contribute to overall durability and ruggedness. A 0.95x magnification optical pentaprism viewfinder is incorporated into the body as well as a 3.2" 1,037k-dot LCD monitor for a choice of bright, clear viewing means. Dual SD card slots extend the recording versatility of the camera and FLU memory card support enables wireless image transferring and remote camera control possibilities when in use.

23.35MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and PRIME III Processor
A large 23.35MP APS-C CMOS sensor and PRIME III image processing engine work together to enable high-resolution imaging and full HD video recording with notable low-light sensitivity from ISO 100-51200. The image processor also contributes to a wealth of shooting speed for the camera, including a top full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 8.3 fps for up to 22 consecutive RAW images or 60 JPEGs and a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. This highly durable, advanced shutter is rated to 200,000 cycles and employs a range of innovative technologies that independently regulate the shutter, mirror, and diaphragm to minimize mirror shock for accurately-render images when shooting at higher frame rates.
Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter
A unique and innovative mechanism allows you to toggle the anti-aliasing filter's effect either on or off, providing support for both the high-resolution abilities of a filter-less design as well as advanced moiré protection. With the filter in the Off position, the K-3 is more prone to acquiring maximum sharpness, resolution, and detail from an image for the highest attainable image quality. When the filter position is set to On, an anti-aliasing simulator applies microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at a sub-pixel level during exposure; working to the same effect as an optical anti-aliasing filter. Having both options available extends the camera's versatility and allows personalized selection of the benefits best-suited to individual applications.
SAFOX11 Autofocus Module
A redesigned SAFOX11 autofocus module has been integrated into the K-3 and employs 27 focus points in order to deliver a metering range of -3 to +20 EV. 25 of the 27 sensors are cross-type, in order to gain the highest precision while focusing, and three of the sensors are dedicated to low-light performance.
Real Time Scene Analysis Metering
The Real Time Scene Analysis System utilizes an 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor with enhanced metering algorithms to increase the accuracy of exposure metering and white balancing as well as aiding the autofocus system.
Full HD 1080i/p Video Recording
Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording is supported in multiple frame rates, including 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, and 24p, in the high-quality H.264 format. HD 1280 x 720 video is also supported in 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p frame rates. Audio can be recorded along with video using the built-in stereo microphone or, additionally, a 3.5mm microphone terminal is available for use of an external mic. A headphone port is also incorporated into the camera for real time audio monitoring for precise in-camera manipulation of the audio levels. A dedicated switch permits instant transition from still to movie shooting and an HDMI terminal is integrated into the body's design for direct HD output to a television or monitor.
In-Camera Shake Reduction
In-camera sensor-shift type Shake Reduction (SR) works to minimize the appearance of camera shake when using any mounted lens. Ideal for working in low-light conditions or with longer lenses, since the image stabilization is located within the body, both past, legacy lenses as well as current Pentax lenses all receive the benefits of SR.
Body Design
Revolving around a durable magnesium alloy body with stainless steel chassis, the K-3 is fully weather and coldproof due to the inclusion of 92 independent seals. These seals protect the camera from water, fog, snow, sand, and dust for ensured performance in a wide range of conditions.

Two SD memory cards slots are incorporated into the body for greater flexibility and potential capacity when shooting and support both overflow and JPEG/RAW file separation. Support is also availed to dedicated 16GB FLU memory cards, which provides wireless connectivity to the camera for remote adjustment over camera settings, remote live view monitoring, and wireless sharing of files. Eye-Fi wireless cards are supported, too.

Also housed within the body is a bright, low-profile glass pentaprism viewfinder with 0.95x magnification and 100% frame coverage. The glass has been treated with an optimized coating to improve brightness and reflectance for clearer viewing. Additionally, optional interchangeable focusing screens can be used depending on personal preference for critical focusing and composing. A 3.2" 1,037k-dot LCD monitor is available, too, for bright live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation and features an anti-reflective (AR) coating and gapless glass design for greater clarity when viewing.
Other Camera Features
  • When working in live view, an electronic level can be used to help ensure level horizons and plumb verticals.
  • Multi-pattern white balance recognizes and independently analyzes different lighting sources and types within an image and applies separate white balance adjustments to optimize the overall color reproduction.
  • Native support is offered for both Pentax PEF and Adobe DNG 14-bit RAW file types. It is also possible to retrieve RAW data from JPEG files if still present in the camera's buffer memory.
  • In-camera HDR capture is possible for extending the dynamic range of an image; achieving greater details in the highlights and shadows with an extended range of mid-tones.
  • A customizable RAW/Fx button provides easy, direct access to some of the most oft-used camera settings.
  • A built-in pop-up flash is available, with a guide no. of 42.65' at ISO 100, and supports P-TTL metering. A hot shoe and X-sync terminal are also available for external flash connection.
  • Multiple exposure shooting is possible in composite mode with additive, average, and bright settings for 2 to 2000 individual exposures.
  • Interval recording permits up to 2000 individual images to be recorded with 2 sec. to 24 hour delays in between frames.
  • Custom Image Modes: Bright; Natural; Portrait; Landscape; Vibrant; Radiant; Muted; Bleach Bypass; Reversal Film; Monochrome; Cross Processing; HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3; Exposure Bracket Value adjustable; and Automatic composition correction function.
  • Digital Filters: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, and Bold Monochrome.
  • Language support: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), and Japanese.
  • Imaging
    Lens Mount Pentax K
    Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 24.71 Megapixel
    Effective: 23.35 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 24MP: 6016 x 4000
    Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVI, MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Bit Depth 14-bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual
    Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Focus Lock AF Area Mode
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 27
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.95x
    Diopter Adjustment - 2.5 to +1.5 m
    Display Screen 3.2" Rear Screen   LCD (1,037,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-51200
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 - 1/8000 sec, Bulb Mode
    Remote Control Remote Control F or Remote Control WP (Optional)
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Bulb, Green, Hyper Program, Metered Manual, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Shutter/Aperture Priority, User, X-Speed
    Metering Range: EV -3.0 - EV 20.0
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, CTE, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Manual, Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Flash On
    Hi-Speed Sync
    Manual
    Red-eye Reduction
    Second-curtain Sync
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
    Wireless
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Guide No. 42.65' (13 m) ISO100 
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 sec
    Dedicated Flash System P-TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Wireless
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    File Size 1920 x 1080i (Full HD)
    1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
    1280 x 720p (HD)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
    @ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
    Focus Auto
    Manual
    Continuous Auto
    Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080
    25 min.
    Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
    Optional External Mic: With Video
    Performance
    Continuous Shooting Up to 8.3 fps
    Self Timer 12 sec, 2 sec
    Interval Recording Yes
    Connectivity USB 3.0
    AV Output
    HDMI C (Mini) (out)
    DC Input
    1/8" Microphone
    1/8" Headphone

    X-Sync Socket
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes (with Optional Transmitter)
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8
    Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
    Power
    Battery 1x D-LI90  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1860mAh
    AC Power Adapter K-AC132 (Optional)
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1" / 132.1 x 99.1 x 78.7 mm
    Weight 1.8 lb / 816 g with battery and memory card

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    PentaxK-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
     
    4.9

    (based on 83 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (73)
    • Image stabilization (62)
    • Large clear LCD (61)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (57)
    • Fast shutter speed (57)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (10)
    • Noisy at high ISO (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (61)
    • Low light (49)
    • Wildlife (49)
    • Travel (47)
    • Family photos (42)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (37), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (10), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (74)

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By markf

    from chicago area

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      Works great, if you had a K5II before the learning curve is short.

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      5.0

      Great Camera!

      By coachbroker

      from Texas

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • 2 Memory Card
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Video And Still Pictures

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        I love photography but have never been able to wrap my mind around all the settings and technical end of taking good pictures. I wanted a camera that took great pictures without having to understand every function on the camera. I found it with the K3. The main reason I bought this camera was to take photos of my girls playing softball. I wanted something fast and crisp. I bought a 200mm lens and a 300mm lens and have been so happy with it. It has met every expectations I have had and more. I have not even come close to seeking out the potential of what this camera can do yet it has been awesome.

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        5.0

        Camera built like a tank!

        By Janell B

        from Missouri

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          I am a avid photographer that enjoys the using Pentax products.

          This has features that more expensive cameras have for a more affordable price. This is a very sturdy build with waterproof seals. Dual sd slots and etc.

          I wish Pentax had a full frame camera, hopefully that will come some day,

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          5.0

          As good as the hype and other reviews

          By PC228A

          from Tucson, Arizona

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quality Build

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            A beautiful camera that certainly does the job.

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            5.0

            X-tra Bang for the Buck

            By Ghost writer

            from USA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              Excellent camera. Fast focusing, weathered sealed, high usable ISO. More features for a lot less money than other competitors. Very quiet shutter release, great for nature or wedding photography or any other place a quiet shutter release is needed.

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              5.0

              Pentax K-3

              By Larry

              from CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                A great step up from the K-5II/S

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                4.0

                Very good so far

                By Birder

                from San Antonio, Texas - Bangkok Thailand

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                I am hard on my gear. Until the Pentax K-3. I have given the Pentax line a short shirt. I did not recommend it. After spending some quality time with the K-3 I have done a 180 degree turn. It is a feature rich and enjoyable experience. Very well laid out. And most of all. IT WORKS. The AF has been so dramatically improved it makes it a pleasure to use. The sensor performance is very very good. Easily outclassing my Canon 7D. The new crop sensors have made incredible strides. ISO performance is very good for a crop camera. As a birder that appreciates a crop sensor camera. I find it in a class by itself. So far so good. Well done Ricoh.

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                5.0

                Excellent cost-benefit

                By Marcos

                from São Paulo, SP - Brazil

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  This sensor is really great, the gain of the image is very good, I was very pleased with the Pentax K3

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Never out of Style.

                  By Bogiewheel

                  from San Anselmo, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  Old Pentax user.....All my "Old" SMC Lenses work. I found my "Old" Pancake Lens superb for "Street" use; Whew, is it light!
                  Thank you Pentax for your "K" mount.

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                  5.0

                  Great Update!

                  By Kingman

                  from Allen, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • High ISO Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    The K3 is a great update in speed, video capabilities and remote access over my older K20D.

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                    5.0

                    Superb in most respects

                    By Zodpa

                    from New Jersey, USA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        Use: travel and art projects in the street and around industrial sites.

                        Since 1966 I've owned about two dozen top film and digital small cameras, used in my pro career as a studio and travel shooter. To my great surprise, the K-3, my first Pentax, fulfills most of my needs much better than the Canon 5D2, Leica M8 and M9, or Fujifilm X-series.

                        Body shape, size and weight are an ideal compromise for my large hands and aging back. Controls fall to hand nicely, their functions and locations being logical and easy to remember. Handling speed, the glass pentaprism and a huge LCD (non-tilting, alas) make the visual part of work fun.

                        Internal image stabilization is a must, and having it in the camera means smaller, lighter lenses. Having an enormous range of lenses available makes searching for various optical characterizations an alluring proposition for those who like to experiment.

                        Native Dynamic Range is quite large, with adequate ability to boost or curtail tonalities in highlights and shadows. However, having only three User Modes to record camera setups makes changes of some parameters on-the-fly unavoidable. Five or more User Modes would be nice.

                        Auto bracketing can be set for 2, 3 or 5 shots, with a wide range of EV steps available, either centered on, or shifted above or below the meter's "correct" exposure.

                        The lack of AA filter on the sensor results in very fine resolution. Two levels of simulated AA effect can be applied in setup, but I don't know how one can anticipate needing it in most circumstances. So far, I see no aliasing.

                        The biggest drawback is having only one programmable button, and most of the assignable functions are very low on my list of druthers. If one assigns auto-bracket to this button, that function can only be cancelled with a series of SIX button back-steps within the menu. Infuriating. Perhaps it will be fixed in firmware. One workaround is to assign auto-bracketing to a User Mode, a rather lavish expenditure of these limited assets, unless you're a sports shooter.

                        Menu: fairly logical. All menus are the devil's work, but whadyagonna do?

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                        5.0

                        Super camera!

                        By Krista S.

                        from Washington, NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • a little heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        My last DSLR was over ten years old and after much research, I decided the K-3 was for me. I've only had it about 10 days but I'm amazed at it's capabilities. Very user friendly and all my old lenses from my old Pentax work with it which is great!

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                        5.0

                        Pentax K-3

                        By Melgaritaville

                        from Orlando

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                            So far, I'm finding this to be an excellent addition to my photography equipment. It's versatile and easy to use. I like that you can program specific settings.

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                            5.0

                            Pentax with an upgraded sensor, I am in!

                            By daflasher

                            from Lincoln, NE

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                              I upgraded from a K-R..which I love. This camera is light years ahead of the K-R. Great images and easy to use. This takes photography to the next level form me.

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                              5.0

                              Best Pentax So Far

                              By RLQ

                              from Minnesota

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                              • Slow Live View Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                              I have had this camera for 3 months now and the sharpness and clarity of the photos are outstanding. I owned the Sony A77 before this camera and the only thing the Sony has over the K3 is the live view is far better on the Sony. But the Sony live view is the best out of all cameras even Canon and Nikon. So back to the K3 this camera outperforms all other cameras in all but live view.

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                              5.0

                              Amazing Flagship

                              By Aaron

                              from Indiana

                              About Me Photography Student

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Travel
                                • Video

                                Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                I'm a current photo student who fell in love with the 35mm and medium format Pentax cameras. I was a bit nervous when knowing a different company owned Pentax now, but this camera is amazing. It's small and compact, but has enough features and punch to compete with the full frame cameras. I couldn't of picked a better DSLR. I mainly use it in a "fine art" setting. I have no tried this camera with wildlife or sports. The camera is super quiet, although SOME lens make a bit of noise. I normally just use manual everything on it, but with auto focus it finds and locks in very quick with many focusing points. It records high quality video as well, and it's nice to be able to shoot interlaced if I want that look. a tilt and swivel LCD would be the only add on I would want for it! Canon releases fit it too, so that's a plus. As this replaced my Canon.

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                                5.0

                                A wonderful little camera

                                By Dave

                                from Ft. Myers, FL. Gloucester, MA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                • Short Battery Life

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                I've had many Pentax Digital SLRs. My backup in a K-5 so I will use that for comparison. I've been spoiled by the 24 mg file size. It allows for cropping even big prints. The auto focus is quicker, more discriminating, and programable. My main interest is birds in flight where fast and accurate autofocus is essential. I also like the faster multiple exposure (more than 8 frames a second). And I love the two memory card feature where I can keep RAW and jpegs totally separated.

                                The instruction book could use more explanation of the cameras many features and, even though it shares many similarities with the K-5, it has taken many hours of experimentation to learn all its in's and outs.

                                The large image files, processing options, and fairly sophisticated movie feature can drain the battery pretty quickly.

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                                5.0

                                Best upgrade for Pentax untill 2014

                                By Gastao

                                from Brazil, SP

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Nice colors

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                  I had already K10, K20 and K5, following Pentax upgrades for theirs products. I think it's time to say the brand reach the professional market, with excellent lenses and high level bodies for those! Beside the new FGZ 540 flash comes to increase range of equipments to professional photographers...
                                  I didn't regreat to had choose Pentax in 2006, when I had decided to move to digital way!

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                                  5.0

                                  Absolutely wonderful!

                                  By Tay D.

                                  from Southern California

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                                        Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                        This is my first DSLR (after having bought an RX100II in September), and it is awesome. I'm not too much of an expert when it comes to photography, but all I have to say is that the menus are intuitive, the learning curve isn't too high (I highly recommend Yvon Bourque's guide to the K-3).

                                        Image quality is absolutely spectacular, and the camera is built like a tank. If you're on the fence, buy one! I am a converted Pentaxian.

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                                        5.0

                                        k-3 rules

                                        By rx7ong

                                        from tucson

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                                        • Good Image Quality
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • High ISO Performance
                                        • Large Clear LCD
                                        • Quiet

                                        Cons

                                        • Short Battery Life

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Sports/Action

                                        Comments about Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                        i have had the k5 for about 4 years now.. been looking forward to getting a upgrade on it and this bnh deal was too good to be passed over.

                                        bottom line

                                        the k-3 made all my lens felt like they were on nitro.. the focusing is soooo fast..

                                        only regret i didnt buy it soomner

                                        like the review.. it eats battery faster then the k-5.. i think with the grip.. it wont be much of a big problem.

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