Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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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Pentax K-3 Overview

  • 1Description

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.
  • Pentax K-3 Specs

    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,
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Focus Lock AF Area Mode, Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 27
    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 to 51200
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 to 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 to EV 20.0
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 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 Modes Auto
    Flash On
    Hi-Speed Sync
    Red-Eye Reduction
    Second-Curtain Sync
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Guide No. 42.65'  / 13 m ISO100 
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 Second
    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
    Continuous Auto
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Optional External Mic: With Video
    Self Timer 12 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 
    Battery 1 x D-LI90 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh
    AC Power Adapter K-AC132 (Not Included)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1" / 132.1 x 99.1 x 78.7 mm
    Weight 1.8 lb / 816.5 g with battery and memory card
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 6.4 x 3.7"

    Pentax K-3 Reviews

    K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 215.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Purchased a second one. The K3 is a great camera for the money. I liked my K3 so well that I purchased a second one. The design is excellent with all the controls where you want them and it feels right in my hands. It has the Sony sensor and picture quality is excellent. Pentax, Sony, Canon, and Nikon all make great cameras with excellent image quality but the K3 will cost you much less for that quality. The seals provide better dust and water protection than the other cameras which is great for the outdoor photography that I do. If it would cost as much as a Canon or Nikon I would still buy the K3 but I don't mind paying less to get the same quality.Bob
    Date published: 2015-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good upgrade This camera produces very sharp images, sharper than the K-5 because it has no anti-aliasing filter. If you think that moire is posssible, you can turn on an AA simulator that corrects the moire patterns, but I have not been able to test that function because I haven't had any shots with moire. The K-3 has two SD card slots and allows you to switch from one to the other so that you can have one RAW slot and another JPEG slot. The camera has a movie function, which some customers like. Because of the quality and sharpness of the images, I'd say that K-3 is a significant upgrade from the K-5, which was a great camera.
    Date published: 2013-12-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Value, rugged construction 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.
    Date published: 2015-02-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good so far 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.
    Date published: 2014-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera 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.
    Date published: 2014-10-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is nice. I'm still getting to know this camera. It is an upgrade from my istDS. I purchased this camera along with a Sigma f2.8 70-200mm lens in an effort to capture better night and indoor sports shots. I have used the combo 1 time for an indoor swim meet and am very happy with my results. I've been doing a little research (on ISO, aperture, and speed settings) and think that my results next time out will be even better. This unit is rock solid, shoots incredibly fast and focuses instantly. I think with a little practice and experience I will be able to produce professional grade shots.
    Date published: 2013-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, what an upgrade I upgraded from my 4 year old K-x and I am very happy with it the K3. Not only are the pictures so much clearer but the focus is SO FAST. My biggest frustration with the K-x is low light focus, and now that issue is completly gone. My wife called me the first day after using it and said our new camera rocks. Low light, natural light indoor shots with our FA50mm has been problematic in the past, but NO MORE. I was also happy to see that Lightroom 3 could still handle the DNG raw files, so no need to upgrade LR yet. In body stabilization is still the best attribute of Pentax cameras, and I am glad ALL my lenses have stabilization.
    Date published: 2013-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pentax K3 I have had the camera for 10 days now; only one of them has not been overcast. During the one day, I was able to take pictures of my Golden jumping high at 1/800 sec, f8, and the camera was able to focus. I have never had a Pentax that could auto focus this fast. With a little work on the computer, pictures at ISO 1600 and 3200 are good to excellent with little noise. I almost changed to Nikon before I bought this camera but glad I didn't. I have several F and FA prime lenses that work well with this camera. Thank you Ricoh for putting Pentax back on the map!
    Date published: 2014-03-11
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