Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens

Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens

Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens

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Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens

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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
  • DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL DC WR Lens
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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.

Included with the K-3 camera body is the smc Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 27.5-207mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of situations. The lens construction integrates aspherical elements to help minimize chromatic aberration as well as improve image sharpness. An SP (Super Protect) coating has been applied to elements to help repel dust, water, and grease and the lens body is constructed to the same weather-resistant standards as the K-3 for use in inclement conditions.

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.
smc Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR Lens
The included zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27.5-207mm to suit working in a wide variety of shooting scenarios. It features the same weather-resistant construction as the camera body to enable shooting in harsh environments and also has an SP coating to help repel dust, water, and grease on the front element. Its construction incorporates aspherical lens elements to help minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range and also contribute to producing overall sharper, clearer imagery. Additionally, a Direct Current (DC) motor is utilized to provide quick, quiet, and smooth auto focusing that is well-suited to working with HD video recording.
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

    Pixels Actual: 24.71 Megapixel
    Effective: 23.35 Megapixel
    Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), , Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 27
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.95x
    Diopter Adjustment -2.5 to +1.5
    Exposure Control
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
    White Balance 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, Manual, Red-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction, Wireless
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Wireless
    Battery 1 x D-LI90 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh
    Kit Lens
    Angle of View 76 to 11.9
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.31' / 39.93 cm
    Maximum Magnification 0.24x
    Optical Design 13 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.87 x 2.99" / 72.90 x 75.95 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.1 x 7.9 x 3.6"

    Pentax K-3 Reviews

    K-3 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 267.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A top PRO camera in small size! 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.
    Date published: 2014-01-19
    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 K3 One of the Top Cameras on the Market I'm a prosumer target for the K3. I'm upgrading from the K7. This is a great upgrade. Taking a fine camera in the K7 to tremendous upgrade in all areas. I love all of my existing Pentax equpment (lens,flash,etc..)still work with no issues. But I'm impressed in the picture quality improvement with the new sensor. The focusing speed is a marked improvement, especailly with live view. The Video is much improved (including focusing). Quality at high ISO is definitely improveded as well. This is one of the top cameras on the market, especially at that price point.My only complaint is that the manual for the K3 is worse than all the predecesors, leaving the maket open for a good 3rd party manual.
    Date published: 2013-11-18
    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 Quick Silver 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.
    Date published: 2013-12-05
    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
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    also is it safe to ship internationally from b&h to India through FedEx International Priority.I mean what if they do not ship properly or I just receive my first Broken DSLR which would disappoint me a lot.So is international shipping SAFE ?
    Asked by: Yash P.
    Yes, international shipping is safe.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Is there any worldwide warranty or particularly in my country INDIA for Pentax k-3.
    Asked by: Yash P.
    The included warranty for this camera is valid for Pentax USA customers only, however, you have the option to purchase Square Trade protection with the camera, which offers international coverage. More information regarding the coverage, terms and conditions of the Square Trade protection plans can be found at the following link:
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Hi I am thinking of purchase of K-3 but am wondering if there is a converter for Newer Sony FE lenses to this mount ( Sony A-7) .I currently have Sony FE 70-200 OSS G and sony zeiss sonnar FE1,8/55 ZA,also i have older Pentax SMC Pentax-A used on Film Pentax MX,Any input would be great?Thanks Rob
    Asked by: Robert
    Unfortunately, no, we do not have any adapters that would allow you to connect the smaller Sony E-mount lenses onto the Pentax K-mount used on the Pentax K-3 DSLR camera.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Is there a interface cable for the K-3. This camera does not come with one.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You can use the Pearstone USB 3.0 Type A Male to Micro Type B Male Cable with the Pentax K-3:
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    does this package (the one with the battery grip) also include a battery in the body in the event I want to remove the grip?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, there is a battery included (non-grip) in the box with the Pentax K-3 body.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Do you provide INVOICE & international warranty card with company chop for pentax? Becasue concert the warranty service in HK/
    Asked by: Anonymous
    We provide an invoice with our shipments, however, the warranty is valid only within the United States. You have the option to purchase an extended service plan which we offer through a third party company called Square Trade, which provides international coverage, as well as drops, spills, and other incidents which you may be interested in. You can read more on Square Trade here:
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    When using an interface cable to download pictures into a computer is there a way to select which SD card to download, or will I have to download both? Or remove the SD card and use it?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    When the K3 is connected to a computer via USB, each SD card will have its own separate folder in which you can choose to download from.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    I am very eager to buy this k3 but when I checked the official site of Ricoh at that time I came to know that Pentax k 3 is now considered as DISCONTINUED Product so would it be alright to buy this discontinued product ?
    Asked by: Yash P.
    Yes, as we still have inventory, you may purchase this camera until it is listed as no longer available on the B&H site.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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