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PentaxK-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.9

(based on 88 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (78)
  • Image stabilization (66)
  • Large clear LCD (65)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (62)
  • Fast shutter speed (61)

Cons

  • Short battery life (11)
  • Noisy at high ISO (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (66)
  • Wildlife (53)
  • Low light (51)
  • Travel (51)
  • Family photos (44)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (10), Photography student (4), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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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      5.0

      Great DSLR

      By PhotoJake

      from Kirkland, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Photographic Tool
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife photos

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

        The K-3 is quick to use and adjust. The controls are better-placed than ever on a Pentax DSLR. Turn off the auto NR and customize for best sharpness. The jpegs are very good. Though I take raw as well, rarely to I need to improve things. The focus is much better and totally adequate for macro shots of moving bugs. When used with the dfa 100mm macro the resolution is nothing short of stunning. White balance works well even in difficult lighting. The live view is very quick and easily usable for most photography. I have used Pentax from Spotmatic to LX to K7 and K-01. This is the best. The shutter is very quite and the high speed shutter is great.

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        5.0

        Being Different Means Having the Best

        By JayDog

        from Milford, MA

        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

          • 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 use my Pentax K3 for all my serious photography, Camera Club activities, photography trips, important family events, and whenever I want to impress anyone only knows Canon or Nikon DSLRs. The K3 is the 21014 winner of the TIPA "Expert" category award. It competes toe-to-toe with the Canon and Nikon classmates and, according to some reviews, it's technically ahead of the others. It's also a significant update to the K5, which is a very fine DSLR anyway. The value for the cost is excellent, period. Ergonomically, it surpasses it's competition. It has the heft of the other brands, but it's unique size and feel is unmatched in its class. It is different from the Canon and Nikon C-sensor DSLRs but, in this case, different is better.

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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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