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PentaxK-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.9

(based on 105 reviews)

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    (97)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (92)
  • Image stabilization (79)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (76)
  • Large clear LCD (76)
  • Fast shutter speed (74)

Cons

  • Short battery life (12)
  • Noisy at high ISO (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (78)
  • Wildlife (65)
  • Travel (63)
  • Low light (62)
  • Sports/action (55)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (47), Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (94)

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5.0

Just a perfect camera for my needs

By Philip

from Minneapolis MN

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

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action

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

    I take sports pictures and landscapes. The extensive ISO range and advanced settings give you every imaginable option. I find the large data back display particularly helpful and easy to read.

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    5.0

    Pentax has hit it out of the park

    By ShutterHappy

    from Jupiter ,Fl

    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):

      Upgraded from my K10D and have to say this is one of the best, Wow the Pentax K3 has done it for me! Thanks Pentax. Now they are in the same league with the big two competitors with image quality and overall performance and features. Wow …the image quality is as good as any Pro Grade camera out there. I have to say that I am impressed with the overall rugged build, weatherproofing and spot on fast auto focus and ergonomic control layout. Go have some fun and take more pictures people. This is one clean, tough and well thought out camera. No regrets.

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      5.0

      Great Camera

      By RD Prothero

      from North Easton, Massachusetts

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • 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):

        This is my second Pentax camera. My first being the K-50 which I was also very satisfied. These cameras are full featured, brilliantly designed, and extremely rugged. Second to non in the value department, I've also been extremely impressed with the quality. I photograph construction progress on a regular basis and these cameras have no problem with the rugged environment. Make sure you update the firmware as soon as you open the box (on a full battery). Although I shot with this camera on the stock firmware 1.0 for a week the update has some minor tweaks that just make it work properly. I've been nothing short of amazed at the quality.

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        5.0

        Excellent value for money

        By Abdulla

        from Bahrain

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Noisy At High ISO

        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 am an enthusiastic photographer and I selected this camera because it has every functionality I would need.

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        5.0

        Well built tank, fits great in the hand

        By Daedbird

        from Lancaster

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          What can I say - when properly setup, this camera can compete with the best of them. Great APSc camera out there

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          5.0

          This is the best Pentax body ever made!!

          By PMartinPhoto

          from Rockford Ill.

          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
          • Lcd Image Is Amazing
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • I Only Bought One

          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 have been a photographer for the better part of 15 years. I am a die hard Pentax guy. I honestly was not impressed with my last Pentax purchases. I actually bought two K20D's in 2008. I just purged my old stuff and could not be more excited with my K3. The focusing issues we all know about have been eliminated. The speed and accuracy are very impressive. Not to mention the extreme low light capability. All of the toggle locations are very used priendly and remain true to Pentax form. I feel they have the best interface in the business. The camera is balaced perfectly. It feels like it was molded specifically for YOUR hand. I feel the grip is a necessary requirement. It not only raises the lens off of my flash bracket but the vertical grip completes the package. The images that I have been able to product with my 16-50 2.8 Pentax and my 50-135 2.8 Pentax are my best yet. I could not be more proud of the, obvious, hard work and detail invested into Pentax's best achievement to date.

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          4.0

          Upgraded from K10D

          By rayban

          from poconos

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

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

          Wanted the latest version of the K series digital SLR - camera is awesome - night and day from the K10D, it took me a long time to understand all fo the features on the older camera, the new one allowed me to walk right in and use it - only had to look up what the new features are. Great camera, easy to use, awesome pictures. Use it mostly for family shoots, and always carry it in my Subaru with a 300 lens to shoot wildlife photos when you see them.

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          5.0

          Outstanding performance

          By Pentaxman

          from Southeastern 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
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

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

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

          I purchased the K-3 as a replacement for my K10D. I expected it to be a major step up in both performance and features, and it has proven to be both.As I was about to undertake a once in a lifetime trip to Alaska, I wanted to capture images that would stand the test of time. K-3 RAW files will do just that. They are exceptionally sharp - more so than some of my lenses. I have yet to use the anti-aliasing simulator. Not having the normal AA filter in front of the sensor produces images that have detail to the n-th degree.Color saturation is superb, as was proven by my photos taken at the concours de elegance in Michigan earlier this summer. The finish on the restored beauties came through in every image.Finally, the camera has more features than I will probably ever use. Add the ability to use every K-mount lens ever made, and you have an unbeatable combination for Pentax users.If you want a top of the line APS-C DSLR and are not already invested in Nikon or Canon lenses, I strongly recommend checking out the K-3. Its image quality, handling, user interface, and size make it stand out in its class.

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          5.0

          K-3 Best DSLR Pentax has to offer

          By John

          from Pittsburgh, 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
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I was very happy with my Pentax K20D, but when I read what the K-3 had to offer in the way of upgrades, I knew that sooner or later I was going to buy it. The additional 10MP, multiple focusing points and other upgrades too numerous to mention are what drew me to this camera.

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            5.0

            Pentax K3

            By Chris

            from Ohio

            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):

              The first body I got had issues of freezing and not shutting off. Then on continuous shooting I had a series of photos that came out black with the metadata on them. The helpful staff here at B&H sent me a replacement unit and it's been working great. I'm guessing the first one was just a fluke. Love the image quality and burst rate of the photos.

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              5.0

              Different but the same

              By The Votawgrapher

              from Peoria, IL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good burst speed
              • Good grip
              • Well built

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

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

                I have owned the K5 for nearly three years and used it a lot, so when I got this camera it was generally very easy to get used to but for some things it was very difficult to change. I use the intervalometer a lot, which is now a mode system. I do not like the fact that it makes a new folder on the memory card every time you start a new interval set.

                Bursting is faster even though the images are bigger. And speaking of bigger, the screen is amazing. It is only a little bigger, but being the same aspect ratio as the images and having more pixels makes for some really good image reviewing. Just beautiful. Video works very well and the 60p function is easy to use. Putting the camera in video mode is simple with the new switch. In camera video editing can be useful to chop off parts of a video you know you won't use, but it can take several minutes.

                I also take a lot of long exposure bulb pictures. I do like that you can use bulb without killing your finger or keeping the remote with you. I like that you can push the shutter once (with timer) to start and then another time to stop the exposure. Handy for those random longer exposure times. (Yes, I have a tripod in my car all the time.)

                I haven't really found the autofocus to be faster than the K5 (which itself wasn't too impressive) but admittedly I haven't really used it all that much.

                The body feels solid as usual. On the whole, I am glad I bought this camera and appreciate the increase in megapixels along with the other upgrades.

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                5.0

                quite a remarkable camera

                By ccc_

                from omaha ne

                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
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife photos

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

                  the most notable aspect of the k3 is the fast and accurate AF...even with older lenses.

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                  5.0

                  K-3 Rocks!

                  By Susan

                  from Sebring, FL

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

                  I upgraded from a K-5 and am surprised at the difference. Faster focus, more accurate colors, less post processing with Photoshop. Love this new camera! My only regret - I didn't buy sooner.

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                  5.0

                  Astoundingly fast

                  By Bret

                  from Finland

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Superfast series pics. Fast AF, much faster than the K5. Great tracking in low light.
                      High ISOs seem to have a little more noise than I'd like (but I haven't confirmed this). Handling slightly different to the K5; don't particularly like the "press and then rotate to change AF type" switching, do like the dedicated video button.
                      Twin SD cards is great; RAW file sizes have essentially doubled according to the camera.
                      32GB card; K01 says 1200 pics, K5 says 970, K3 says 570 or so. Reality? Don't know yet.

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                      4.0

                      Great camera

                      By Lam

                      from Silver Spring, Maryland

                      About Me Casual 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

                      • Noisy At High ISO

                      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):

                      It's easy to use. Speed and correct color blance. Only thing that I don't like is I can't go back to the menue to look for which I just change the setting.

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                      5.0

                      K-3 DSLR

                      By Jim

                      from North Fond du Lac, WI

                      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

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

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

                        I had an *istD and loved it. This camera blows it away! It's amazing the clarity with the same lenses I used before. Functions are easy to navigate. I use the camera for anything I can shoot.

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                        5.0

                        It's everything others have reported

                        By Rolland S

                        from Loveland, CO

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            I've owned them all: K-5, K-5 IIs and the K-3. This one is the best yet! There's no substitute for mega-pixels and, coupled with the larger display and a more-intuitive, easier-to-use control system, this makes for a great upgrade and the image quality does not disappoint. Factoring in the B&H 'body/battery grip/card' deal makes the decision relatively easy. First shot out-of-the-box using my DA* 200 lens, I was immediately impressed with the jump in image quality vs. the same lens on the K-5 IIs. There is no substitute for megapixels.

                            As others have reported, the transition to this camera from other Pentax models is easy and you soon learn to appreciate the navigation system and button placement. I've used the camera extensively in the past couple of weeks shooting tabletop product stills using 540GZ flash units off-camera. Again, image quality is stunning and making fine-tuning exposure adjustments is a snap. As I said, it's everything others have reported"...I can only add one more voice.

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                            5.0

                            nice addition to Pentax

                            By fossil

                            from Lacey WA

                            About Me Casual 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

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife photos

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

                              Not may changes from my K-5. the extra card slot is great.

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                              5.0

                              K-5, K-5IIs, and now the K-3. Awesome!

                              By Rolland S

                              from Loveland, CO

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Architectural
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Product Photos
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife photos

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

                                I've had the camera for less than a week and I'm already in love with it. The K-5IIs was a move up with its improved auto focus and image quality, but this thing redefines perfection for Pentax followers. Most evident from the switch-on is the increased size and detail of the LCD display and the intuitive controls. It doesn't take long to learn where all the settings are located as most are within easy reach of a thumb or finger. I love the ease with which I can change auto-focus modes, or turn on AE bracketing. Everything is within reach, or easy to find within the menu and the larger display gives it to you with large, clear type.

                                Others have covered the details, but I will mention the importance of the double card slot and the file options provided by this unique feature. JPEGs can save to one/DNGs to the other.

                                I had just purchased the K-5IIs in December and debated then the choice between the two models, finally choosing the less-expensive one. The more I read from other reviewers, I realized I could justify both. There is no substitute for 24 megapixels! With the DA* 200mm lens I'm finding deep crops shooting waterfowl is producing incredible detail that simply isn't possible with the K-5IIs (even though it does a very respectable job).

                                I'm still learning this incredible camera and loving it more each day. I'm sure I'll have more to say when I've spent more time with it, but for now...to those who may be sitting on the fence regarding this camera...GO FOR IT!

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                                5.0

                                Great Value, Nice Features For Camera

                                By Marvin S

                                from New York

                                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

                                • Short Battery Life

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                Nice autofocus system, Nice colors!

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