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PentaxK-3 Premium Silver Edition DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Good image quality (18)
  • Large clear LCD (18)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
  • Fast shutter speed (16)
  • Image stabilization (16)

Cons

  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (18)
  • Sports/action (12)
  • Travel (12)
  • Low light (11)
  • Weddings (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (3)
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4.0

Pentax Upgrade from 1st Generation DLSR

By cojack

from Utah

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

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video

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

    This was am upgrade purchase from a 1st generation Pentax DSLR IstD. The singiifcant changes in capability provide me with more versatility in my photographic pursuits and open new features for me to learn and utilize, I've only used this purchase twice so far but much more is planned and to date I am pleased with this new DLSR

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    5.0

    one of the best DSLR at this time

    By Ghia

    from Brisbane, AU

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portrait
      • Weddings/Events

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

      weather sealing is one of the best things a DSLR can have and this k3 has it!it is small but wicked compared to other cameras of other brands with similar specwell builtbuttons are in the right positionsbeing different from others by having a grey colour DSLR!image quality is superb

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      5.0

      Best back I've owned...

      By Pilot.Dave

      from Wolverine Lake Michigan

      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

      • No Pc Cable How Move Pics

      Best Uses

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

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

      My first back in my newspaper Pro days was an ME Super. Almost got a Nikon, but Pentax was the only one with similar quality glass. Lucky me. Minolta - Gone. Canon and Nikon put their image stabilization in their lens !! Bad choice. Make each lens more expensive and renders my old pro glass useless in a digital world because over 5mega pixels you require stabilization. My first digital camera - Apple Quick Take 100... and many since. This pro back is by several orders of magnitude better. They even got the large glove friendly mode knob large enough and with a lock so you can't bump it. Did you notice a film equivalent speed of 51K ASA ??? WOW !!!

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      5.0

      AnotherWonderful Pentax

      By jfrrn117

      from glenview, il

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Lightweight
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

        Lightweight, easy to use, compact.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great version of great camera!

        By BBooDad

        from Wisconsin

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

        Loving it! Comparing to my K7, Resolution is has nicely jumped a lot. I can really crop in now. Lower light performance and focusing is considerably better. Autofocus even better. Furthermore, I like that it can automatically save a 1920p JPEG to one card for a quick upload to Flickr, while saving just DNGs to the main card to work with. That way no extra versions of jpegs filling up my directories; I just upload what I want and wipe the rest.

        Other things I like: better SD card door; rock solid feel; goes down to colder temps.

        The anti-moire is un-needed for full-res DNGs. However, if taking a picture of a roof and saving as a small jpg, then a bit of moire can be seen.

        Downsides: battery grip feels like junky Canon Rebel 1 plastic! But is functional and looks ok. Autofocus button instead of knob takes figuring out. A lot bigger files, lol!

        Definitely a great buy.

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        5.0

        Thoroughly Good.

        By RagmanJin

        from Drumheller, AB, CAN

        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
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Strobism
          • Time lapse
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I'm going to start by saying I'm a RAW shooter, and that I haven't really tried out the jpeg settings too much. And that the K-3 is far from the first camera system I've bought into. I actually traded a fair amount of medium format film equipment towards this camera, and I have to say I've never been more satisfied bringing a single body to such a variety of jobs and in so many sometimes trying weather conditions.
          So far I've used it for weddings, concept and creative shoots, commercial work, portraits, landscapes, stock and a sprinkling of photojournalism...I've even shot music videos and time-lapse pieces with it. I've never been able to do all that with a single piece of equipment before.
          8+ fps bursts, a myriad of quick external controls around a super-intuitive menu interface, external mic and headphone jacks, more resolution than most jobs will ever need, all packed into a rugged, near-silent beast of an all-metal body. I've literally shot with this thing in a hail storm, and the photos looked AWESOME.
          If you need a professional camera that you actually want to bring with you anywhere and everywhere, the K-3 fits the bill.

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          5.0

          good camera

          By yufeng

          from california

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

          discount for me

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          5.0

          mega mega pixels

          By chuckster

          from WESTMINSTER,MD

          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 Premium Silver Edition DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            Extremely sharp pictures.Can blow up any part of the picture and still get great 8 x 10 prints. Can now use the power zoom on my OLDER FA 28-70 F2.8 PENTAX zoom lens and my FA 80-200 F2.8 PENTAX zoom lens.The PENTAX K3 makes these lenses shine.

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            5.0

            Amazing

            By ColoradoHigh

            from Denver, Co

            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

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

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

            Beautifully made camera that holds its own with any of the pro offerings out there. The limited edition silver is easy on the eyes while maintaining a solid construction. AF and FPS are fast and flawless. Would recommended to any one looking at an alternative. Bonus, all my legacy lens mount right up and work perfectly.

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            5.0

            Great Camera

            By JKane

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Photography Student

            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
              • Sports/Action

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

              Shoots fast with excellent focus. This is the first battery grip I've ever used, and I love the functions for shooting in profile. Lots of options and control over how you shoot and how much the camera affects the photo.

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              5.0

              I'm in love!

              By Emma the Australian actress

              from West Hollywood, 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
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I've just changed over from Canon to Pentax and I am so very happy that I did. It's very user friendly and doesn't throw me off trying because I am not familiar with Pentax cameras. It somehow encourages experimentation because even the bad shots still look really good. I am in love with it!

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                5.0

                A BIG JUMP FROM K7/K5

                By Mystic

                from Charlotte, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None yet

                Best Uses

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

                  A lot of improvements… too many to even start. Removing the AA filter was needed, and it is much sharper now. (and now no extra cost for a "II" or "s" model)

                  The only "CON" and not really a big deal… don't know why they didn't supply the AV/HD, etc cables in this package like all the other Pentax's I've owned (K20D - K7 - K5)

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                  5.0

                  A top PRO camera in small size!

                  By Douglas Carr

                  from Charleston, SC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Hi-speed Flash Sync
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet
                  • Relatively inexpensive
                  • Wireless Flash Works Well

                  Cons

                  • 1180 Flash Sync
                  • 180th Sec Flash Sync

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  The Pentax K-3 is proof that a quality professional camera need not be a behemoth. I had used Nikon in recent years, while Pentax pursued consumers/prosumers, but I always wanted compactness. My first SLR was a small H1A Pentax in 1968, then an LX system, but the company had not followed through until the K-3! Intuitive controls, bright viewfinder, rugged build, detailed sensor and great image quality! In addition, it is very quiet in operation. It is a pro camera in every way.

                  Pentax NEEDS A MORE COMPLETE LINE OF HD LIMITED WEATHERPROOF LENSES TO COMPLEMENT THE K-3 - all with f2-2.8 maximum apertures and compact size. They have the means to do so.

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                  5.0

                  It's like coming home

                  By NavyPhotog

                  from Annapolis, Md

                  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

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I grew up on Pentax, first the K1000, then the Pz-1p. I moved to Canon when I went digital, because I didn't think Pentax was up to speed.
                  Years later, I'm not shooting so much anymore, and my kit has dwindled down to just a Rebel body and kit lens, but the desire is still there. I'm remembering my halcyon days with my Pentax 35mm, and start looking into them. The reviews of the K-5II and K-5IIs all sound promising, and I likely would have pulled the trigger if I could have decided on AA/no AA. In comes the K-3. Out goes pre-order for the silver.
                  The controls are reminiscent of any Pentax ever. The image quality is stupid. I paired this up with a Pentax low-end 50mm fixed and a Sigma 70-300 macro, and so far am super-impressed. I've shot Christmas tree lights at night, extreme close-ups, zoo critters, snow-scapes, aquariums...and this camera has exceeded my expectations in every single environment. Low(er) noise at high ISO and it will focus fast in nearly any lighting. I haven't played with the select-able AA feature yet, but did notice some moire in some bird feathers, so will be trying it out soon.
                  I'm a military photographer with access to some pretty high-end gear, but given my druthers, I'd take this all day long.

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                  5.0

                  I love my K3

                  By Fossil56

                  from Lock Haven, Pa.

                  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

                  • No swivel screen

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  What a machine the K3 is! From the moment you pick up this camera you are greeted with a robustness and quality not found in the likes of the competition. Now I bought the K3 Limited Silver Edition. Stunningly beautiful The controls just fall into place. There is so much bang for the buck here I am almost embarrassed to tell Nikon and Canon shooters what my K3 does and how much I paid. I moved up from a Pentax K20D. Its like night and day. This camera is fast. The images are beautiful. I could go into a lot of detail but there are a lot of written and video reviews on the K3. Take the time to read and watch a few. If you are sitting on the fence don't hesitate. I added a couple of my images taken with the K3. I am quite happy.

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                  5.0

                  A limited review at this point, but WOW!

                  By The Shutterer

                  from Collegeville, MN

                  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
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    I have several incarnations of Pentax's digital lineup aimed at the enthusiast: *istDS, K10, K20, K5 and now the K3. This is in a different league for Pentax/Ricoh than what they have tried before.

                    I got into the digital SLR world with Pentax having owned a few Pentax films lenses. Most of the previous cameras they made seemed to be digital film cameras, with some features to take advantage of developing digital technology. The K5 was really the first to add what really is available in terms of clean high ISO, low light shooting, great video, speed and HDR. The K3 is finally the camera I wanted--unapologetically digital and still able to use my legacy lenses.

                    I have this paired mostly with the FA 31mm 1.8 and it is a portraiture gem. The dual card slots allow me to capture RAW images on one card and JPGs on the other to quick preview from one and import for editing with the other.

                    I don't really make use of the movie capture on this camera, primarily it is for studio and outdoor portraits. Match it with excellent glass and you will not be disappointed. The FA lenses in particular shine with this one, and the AA countereffects in conjunction can give you that "film" quality a hyper-sharp digital camera too often lacks.

                    The silver/black retro look is awesome, too, and turns heads--and it is indeed something to see.

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                    5.0

                    A huge jump!

                    By John Padawan

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • 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 Premium Silver Edition DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                      I was (and still is) the owner of a pentax K10D. It was the time from me to change my camera that starts to be tired. So I have looked for its successor and I saw it. With this camera you have the choice with 27 points to do the AF, a better control of the noise when increasing the ISO (can go up to 51200). This premiium edition comes with the grip that is useful for vertical portait for exemple. Actually it comes with 2 grips: 1 for a lithium battery and 1 with regular battery (smart choice Ricoh). This silver edition is, so far, a limited edition, strongly built .So far, I am really enjoying this big step from my K10D. In addition, the K-3 has the ability to record some videos (once again from a K10D is a new feature). The only negative point (that is not one actually) is that because this camera contains much more function that the K10D, we need time to get used to. But it is worth it.

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                      5.0

                      Great Camera

                      By Peter

                      from Hartford, CT

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        This camera has all you need in a DSLR, from Image Quality to all the Features you need for all types of Photography and Video. It competes with anything Canon or Nikon offer.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome camera

                        By The retired dog

                        from Athens, 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

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I'm new to Pentex coming from Nikon. This camera is really
                        easy to use. I really like the menu setup.

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                        5.0

                        Quick Silver

                        By BigD

                        from Fort Worth TX

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • No Built In Wifi

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Studio
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

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

                        Excellent as a studio and sports photography camera. Combined with the Pentax 70mm limited lens it becomes the perfect portrait lens (105mm). Combined with the 300mm its the perfect camera for sports and wildlife photography because of the 8.3 per second frames rate and the 1.5 crop factor. Amazingly quick autofocus and tracking capablity. The still images are extremely sharp and crisp. The video quality rivals that of my Lumix GH3. Love the fact that a second SD card slot has been added.

                        The the only draw back that I have found is that it doesn't have WI-FI built into the body. To enable WI-FI you have to use a FLU Card that is not available yet.

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