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Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 23.35MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME III Image Processor
  • User-Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter
  • 3.2" 1,037k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080i Video Recording at 60 fps
  • SAFOX11 27-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 51200, 8.3 fps Shooting
  • 83k-Pixel RGB Sensor Exposure Metering
  • In-Camera Shake Reduction Stabilization
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
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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, and Russian.
  • Imaging
    Lens Mount Pentax K
    Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 24.71 Megapixel
    Effective: 23.35 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 24 MP: 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 Continuous-servo AF (C), Focus Lock AF Area Mode, Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    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 ,  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 seconds
    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 seconds, 2 seconds
    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, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh
    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

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PentaxK-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
     
    4.9

    (based on 142 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (131)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (127)
    • Image stabilization (110)
    • Large clear LCD (106)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (105)
    • Fast shutter speed (101)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (13)
    • Noisy at high ISO (8)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (111)
    • Wildlife (90)
    • Travel (89)
    • Low light (85)
    • Family photos (79)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (68), Semi-pro photographer (42), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    K3 DSLR camera body

    By None

    from UT

    About Me Semi-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

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife photos

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

      So far the images I have taken with this camera look great.

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      5.0

      I like it - would buy it again if I need

      By Wild Life Nut

      from Southern Illinois

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

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

        I believe it has all the things I needed in a camera. I was used to a film type 35mm and this camera far exceeds what I have been used to.

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        5.0

        Excellent APS-C camera

        By Sam the Pentax user

        from Houston, TX

        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
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

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

          Just tried and liked it. Maybe the best APS-C camera on the market. Good for beginners or those who already own some Pentax lens.

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          5.0

          What a Great Camera!

          By Mike Nature Photographer

          from Mount Joy, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

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

            I moved up to the K3 from the K5. The K3 is at a completely different level. The photos are tack sharp and the camera is a shear joy to use.

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            4.0

            A competitive DSLR

            By SirSoiaz

            from Arizona

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Raw File Software

            Best Uses

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

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

            The K-3 is my upgrade after almost 10 years using the Pentax K10-D. It has several new features including multiple User settings, Live View, much higher ISO options, and yet is compatible with all my Pentax lenses and my infrared remote.

            My only complaint, at this point, is about the difficulty of viewing the RAW files (either PEF or DNG) in Windows explorer and the need to update Adobe Photoshop Elements and Lightroom to allow editing of the K-3 RAW files.

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            5.0

            My 16th Pentax since 1969

            By Pentax Cat

            from Barnesville, Ga.

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Dynamic Range And Moire
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet
            • Tilt /Swivel 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 Pentax K-3 camera is proof that you can find your true love after having had 15 previous true loves. I have only been married once, but I do know that people who have been married to several different models, mean wives or mates rarely get to keep the furniture and personal belongings of past relationships. But with my new K-3 DSLR I am still using the same beautiful F and FA
              Pentax prime auto focus lenses that I purchased from B&H during the mid 90's for my PZ1ps and
              MZ-1.
              I even did do a country outdoor walk around with my oldest Pentax M 28 MM-2.8 lens that I used with my first ME Super Pentax purchased in 1979. Still get to use old favorite lenses!
              But real moment of profound "she grabbed my heartstrings and all the bells started ringing" was while I was experimenting with the dynamic Range functions. My wife was watching TV in our darkened den, The kitchen light was on with a painted white hutch in the view. This fucntion combines 3 different multi adjustable exposures into one image. In a few minutes I had a fine exposure of the TV screen, my wife's face lighted by the TV and indirect light from the kitchen and a proper exposure of the white hutch in the kitchen lit up by room incandescent light. Then I took the same composition in classic black and white. Who was the great American past century outdoor photographer who developed the famous "Zone Exposure System" for black and white scenic photography? Some of his DNA is alive in this beautiful K-3 Pentax. That feature was a real surprise. was love at first experiment! I purchase the camera for the increased MagaPix over my K-7 and the moire filtering capability.. With all of that, the K-3 and K-7 give you that special feel and and bond that you can only get from a true metal body camera. (Would anyone like a review of my 1969-70 model Spotmatics and Takumar lenses, Huh?)

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              5.0

              Pentax Best

              By Camera poor

              from Ala

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • 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):

                I like landscape shots. The detail is the best yet. May make you want to buy more lens!

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                5.0

                Love it

                By Dusty Rider

                from Tucson, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Lots Of Both Manual Aut
                • Very Low Light Sensitive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I needed to update my K10D in order to get low light action shots. I just got this camera, so have yet to really put it through its paces, but I've always owned Pentax SLRs and DLSRs and I carefully researched before buying.

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                  5.0

                  worth it at any price!

                  By therichguy

                  from Fort Collins Co

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

                  I purchased this camera when it first came out. I think I paid 1200.00 maybe a bit more. The camera is so good that I don't feel any regret paying what I did. I've taken over a thousand amazing photos. I started out with one of the other major brands. I switch because the thing I liked about Pentax over the brand was everything. Epecially how user friendly they are so I can concentrate on taking pictures. Pentax engineers are clever. I LOVE Pentax!!!

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                  5.0

                  Great all-around APS-C

                  By Digby

                  from Manhattan, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

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

                  I use the K3 for portraits and product shots, and am very pleased with the overall package. Build quality is top notch, color rendering is accurate enough (though I do a decent bit of adjustment PP), and for those limited uses, I have no issue with the range of available lenses. Battery life is good with the battery grip, so-so without, and the batteries take a long time to charge, so you'll want a couple/few extras. It has features that many more expensive cameras don't, and that along with the build quality, make this a great value in my opinion.

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                  5.0

                  Just what I was looking for!

                  By Rockin' Ray

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  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
                  • Lcd Preview Of Image

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

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

                    My favorite uses of cameras is to take railfan pictures of train action and of family gatherings and vacations.
                    I have recently made some fine images of the recent snowstorm results with this body and a Pentax lens I already own.
                    In making test images on a tripod, I found it handy to view the proposed images on the screen instead of through the viewfinder.
                    I look forward to more good Pentax enjoyment.

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                    5.0

                    Outstanding Value, rugged construction

                    By Sir Lancelot

                    from Boston Area

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Video Support
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quick Startup Time
                    • Usb 30 Support
                    • Wireless Usb 30

                    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):

                      Upgraded from an older Pentax body to this recently and am very glad I did. The body feels solid in your hand and with its well-insulated and sealed design, I did not hesitate to take it to shoots at the beach.
                      In addition to the obvious improvements in Auto-focus, image sensors and output quality, I particularly like the LCD interface and the ease of navigation. It's little touches in these areas that make getting to a particular setting quickly when in the middle of a shoot - nothing slows you down like being buried in some sub-menu.
                      Very happy with this DSLR so far and looking forward to using it to its full potential.

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                      5.0

                      Huge step up from K-5

                      By Burgian

                      from Western Mass.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Configurable Dual Memory Cards
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Ergonomics
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet
                      • Weatherproofing

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

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

                        I'm mainly a nature and landscape still shooter. I loved my K-5, but the K-3 puts it in the shade for sharpness and detail. I didn't know what I was missing, and I frankly doubt that an extra 8 MP on top of the K-5's 16 would make a very big difference by itself. But that plus shedding the anti-aliasing filter makes the K-3 not just better but superlative. It handles almost exactly like the K-5, but I prefer the slightly altered button arrangement on the back, particularly the relocated LV button. The bigger LCD, clearer menu system and quieter shutter are welcome too.

                        I never shoot at ISOs higher than 1600 and rarely above 800, so I can't comment on high-ISO performance, which wasn't Pentax's strongest suit in the K-7 or K-5 (I have both). And I hardly ever shoot video, so Pentax's well-documented lag in video capabilities doesn't bother me at all. Others may want to look hard at these two factors before buying the K-3. And sports/action shooters will want to look elsewhere.

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                        5.0

                        Very High Quality

                        By photojoe

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife photos

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

                          I use this primarily with the 300mm f/4 lens.

                          It's a very solid camera - you can feel the quality of the camera as you hold it and work with the controls.

                          The sensor image stabilization is helpful when handholding the camera.

                          One tip - if using the camera on a tripod, the 2-sec self timer give an automatic mirror-up (handy for reducing vibrations that would degrade image quality. The 12-sec setting does not.

                          I get very high quality images with the camera and lens combination, for the price I paid here at B&H I think it's a bargain.

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                          5.0

                          Pentax K-3

                          By ChrissyL

                          from Seattle

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Noisy At High ISO

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Wildlife photos

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

                          Purchased as an upgrade to my trusty K10D, the K3 provides nearly 2.5 times the megapixels, substantially broader ISO range, faster burst shooting and a larger buffer, lens front/back focusing adjustment, plus DSLR movie capability as its major improvements. All this for nearly the same price paid with B&H for the K10D back in 2007!

                          Controls have been rearranged somewhat, so there's a learning curve and a need to think about control locations when switching between the two cameras (the K10D is now my backup body). Both cameras have the dedicated battery grip, which doubles power capacity and makes the cameras balance and fit my hands better when handheld and while carrying. The shaping of the camera body and grip is a bit more angular on the K3/DGB-5 combo; the K10D with its grip feels just a bit better and are better integrated, IMO.

                          I've shot with the K3 for almost a month now, and am very pleased with the upgrade overall. Finding a proper anti-twist Arca-Swiss compatible camera plate for the DBG-5 is proving problematic, and it seems I may have to try a Mestos L-bracket. Not Pentax's fault. All my other K10D lenses and accessories, from Metz flash to Cokin filter rig, work the same with the K3.

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                          5.0

                          Terrific upgrade

                          By drymartini

                          from Charlottesville VA

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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

                            Best Uses

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

                              This camera replaced my K20D. It is smaller, lighter, and superior in every respect. Much improved autofocus, very good image quality, great feel, good controls. Very quiet shutter compared to previous Pentax cameras.

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                              5.0

                              A Great Camera and a Great Deal

                              By mwilky55

                              from Southeastern Connecticut

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                This is an upgrade from my Pentax K-5 and so far it's been great - as easy to use and even better image quality. So far, I've also been very impressed by the quality of photos taken in low light.

                                I was fortunate to get this when the year end pricing was very attractive. Plus it came bundled with a battery grip. In addition to being very practical, the grip provides good balance with larger lenses.

                                B&H order processing was, as usual, prompt and efficient.

                                I've been looking forward to moving up to a K-3 for a while, and am very happy I did.

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                                5.0

                                EXCTIED

                                By Becky

                                from Wisconsin

                                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

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

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

                                  I've only used the camera twice so far, but it is an upgrade from my K20D ahhh!! and soooo much of an upgrade. I can't wait to use it more.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great dSLR, Great Price

                                  By Bob

                                  from San Francisco

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • 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):

                                    Fast focus, quiet shutter, great dynamic range, in-camera shake reduction, weather resistant, rapid fire... essentially top of the class performance for a crop-sensor dSLR. Performance not much difference, in fact, at a price that is a fraction of the cost of outfitting yourself with a full frame camera.

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                                    4.0

                                    Excellent Pentax Value

                                    By DanC

                                    from San Francisco

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                                    Pros

                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • High ISO Performance

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Travel

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

                                      I am a two system shooter: Canon and Pentax. Pentax is my first love, it has a great history, great ergonomics, and has great value for the price. Especially now, the price of the K3 has dropped to a point where if you shoot pentax, it's worth considering selling your old bodies and buying the K3. The images are shape and have great quality.One knock against Pentax has always been its sports shooting capability. I haven't tested the K3 for sports yet. But it's gotta be better than my K7 which was not very good for ball sports. So if you shoot pentax go ahead and get the K3.

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                                      Lenses

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                                      Required item: A lens is not included, Get the type of lens for the shot you need.

                                      Pentax - HD Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited Lens (Black)
                                      • Price: $546.95
                                      • Instant Savings: -$100.00
                                      • Offer ends MAR 31 '15
                                      • You Pay: $446.95
                                       

                                      Memory Cards

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                                      Required item: A memory card is not included, be sure to purchase enough storage capacity.

                                      SanDisk - 16GB Extreme UHS-I U3 SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
                                      • You Pay: $14.95
                                       

                                      USB Cables & Card Readers

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                                      Required item: USB Cable is required.

                                      Pearstone - USB 3.0 Type A Male to Micro Type B Male Cable - 3'
                                      • You Pay: $6.99
                                       

                                      Batteries & Power

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                                      Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                                      Pentax - D-LI90(E) Lithium-Ion Battery (7.2V, 1860mAh)
                                      • You Pay: $44.00
                                       
                                      Watson - D-Li90 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1800mAh)
                                      • You Pay: $19.95
                                       

                                      Flash & Accessories

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                                      Get a flash to add light to your picture.

                                      Pentax - AF360FGZ Flash
                                      • You Pay: $199.00
                                       
                                      Bolt - VS-510P Wireless TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Pentax & Samsung Cameras
                                      • You Pay: $179.00
                                       

                                      Bags & Cases

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                                      Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                                      Ruggard - Hunter 35 DSLR Holster Bag
                                      • You Pay: $39.95
                                       

                                      Battery Grips

                                      Get a better grip for vertical shots and add battery life.

                                      Pentax - BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera
                                      • You Pay: $119.00
                                       

                                      Card Readers

                                      Download your pictures faster and save battery life.

                                      Transcend - RDF5 USB 3.0 SDHC / SDXC / microSDHC/SDXC Memory Card Reader (Black)
                                      • You Pay: $6.99
                                       
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