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Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome DSLR Camera

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Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome DSLR Camera
Key Features
  • 25.7MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • SAFOX 13 101-Point Phase-Detection AF
  • 1.05x-Mag. Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder
  • 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
Dedicated to the artistry of black and white photography, the Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome DSLR Camera captures high-resolution images rich in gradation, enabling you to express a distinct view of the world in high-quality black and white images. The only monochrome-specific DSLR camera currently on the market, the camera's design integrates remarkable imaging performance and a host of advanced features in a compact and durable body.
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Pentax K-3 III Monochrome Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Monochrome-Specific CMOS Image Sensor
  • 3SR II In-Body Shake Reduction
  • 4SAFOX 13 Phase-Detection AF
  • 5Body Design
By B&H Photo's

Dedicated to the artistry of black and white photography, the Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome DSLR Camera captures high-resolution images rich in gradation, enabling you to express a distinct view of the world in high-quality black and white images. The only monochrome-specific DSLR camera currently on the market, the camera's design integrates remarkable imaging performance and a host of advanced features in a compact and durable body.

Utilizing a newly-developed image sensor, this camera features three custom image modes exclusively designed for the monochrome-specific image sensor: Standard, Hard, and Soft. Each mode provides minute adjustments of parameters such as tone, key, contrast, and sharpness, allowing you to personalize images for the desired look. The exterior design of the camera has also been customized to reflect its monochrome capabilities. Design features include white backlight illumination on the LCD data panel, "Monochrome" lettering printed on the upper-left shoulder of the back panel, the SR (Shake Reduction) logo finished in silver, a menu screen featuring a black and white visual scheme as default, and icons printed on buttons and switches across the camera's exterior finished in three shades of gray.

Monochrome-Specific CMOS Image Sensor
Incorporating an APS-C-format 25.7MP CMOS sensor, the K-3 Mark III Monochrome is designed without an AA (anti-aliasing) filter for exceptional sharpness, and the monochrome-specific image sensor faithfully reflects the brightness data obtained by each pixel to produce exquisite high-resolution images rich in gradation. An ISO range of 200-1600000 allows the camera to perform in a variety of lighting conditions, and the sensor is paired with a sophisticated image processor to provide quick performance and processing when shooting both stills and video.
SR II In-Body Shake Reduction
Distinct among DSLRs, an advanced 5-axis SR II Shake Reduction system provides 5.5 stop-effective image stabilization performance with select lenses. This in-body IS system helps to greatly reduce the appearance of camera shake when shooting handheld with slower shutter speeds, making it easier to work in more difficult lighting conditions.
SAFOX 13 Phase-Detection AF
Updated with more points and improved coverage, the SAFOX 13 autofocus sensor is a phase-detection focusing system that uses 101 individual points, including 25 cross-type sensors in the middle of the image frame. This array benefits focusing speed and accuracy in a variety of lighting conditions, down to -3 EV.
Body Design
  • Large and bright optical pentaprism viewfinder provides an impressive 1.05x magnification and covers 100% of the image frame for clear and accurate eye-level viewing.
  • Rear 3.2" 1.62m-dot touchscreen LCD is a large and bright means for image review, menu navigation, and live view shooting. This screen is also benefitted by a Night Vision function that adjusts the screen's brightness depending on the shooting conditions.
  • Typical of Pentax's designs, a sturdy and weather-resistant construction is featured for use in trying weather conditions. The chassis is built from lightweight-yet-durable magnesium alloy and is fitted with a series of dust- and moisture-resistant seals to protect against various weather conditions.
  • Both 3.5mm microphone and headphone ports are featured to benefit audio performance while recording video.
  • Included D-LI90 rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides approximately 800 shots per charge and the camera's USB-C port can be used for in-body battery charging.
  • Dual SD memory card slots offer flexible storage capabilities, and the first card slot is compatible with the UHS-II standard for faster transfer speeds.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity can be used to wirelessly share imagery or remotely control the camera via the Image Sync mobile app.
UPC: 027075305373

Pentax K-3 III Monochrome Specs

Key Specs
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 26.78 Megapixel
Effective: 25.73 Megapixel (6192 x 4128)
Image Sensor
23.3 x 15.5 mm (APS-C) CMOS
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
ISO Sensitivity Range
200 to 1,600,000 in Auto Mode
Continuous Shooting
Mechanical Shutter
Up to 12 fps at 25.7 MP for up to 55 Frames (JPEG) / 32 Frames (Raw)
Internal Recording Modes
H.264/MOV
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
External Recording Modes
No
Media/Memory Card Slot
Slot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Video I/O
1x Micro-HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O
1x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O
1x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control Input
1x PC Sync Socket Output
Wireless
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), Bluetooth 4.2
Display Type
Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Battery Type
1x D-LI90 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 800 Shots)
Imaging
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 26.78 Megapixel
Effective: 25.73 Megapixel (6192 x 4128)
Image Sensor
23.3 x 15.5 mm (APS-C) CMOS
Sensor Crop (35mm Equivalent)
Crop Factor: 1.5x 
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND Filter
No
Capture Type
Stills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter and Electronic Rolling Shutter 
Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Up to 20 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Electronic Shutter
1/16,000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb/Time Mode
Bulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO Sensitivity Range
200 to 1,600,000 in Auto Mode
Metering Method
Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure Modes
Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation
-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range
-2 to 21 EV
White Balance
Presets: Auto, CTE, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Manual, Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten
Continuous Shooting
Mechanical Shutter
Up to 12 fps at 25.7 MP for up to 55 Frames (JPEG) / 32 Frames (Raw)
Interval Recording
Yes
Self-Timer
2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes
3:2 Raw
26 MP (6192 x 4128)
3:2 JPEG
26 MP (6192 x 4128)
15 MP (4752 x 3168)
9 MP (3648 x 2432)
2 MP (1920 x 1280)
Aspect Ratio
3:2
Image File Format
DNG, JPEG, Raw
Bit Depth
14-Bit
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
H.264/MOV
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
External Recording Modes
No
Fast-/Slow-Motion Support
No
Recording Limit
Up to 25 Minutes
IP Streaming
No
Built-In Microphone
Stereo
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Slot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Video I/O
1x Micro-HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O
1x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O
1x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control Input
1x PC Sync Socket Output
Wireless
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), Bluetooth 4.2
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: Image Sync
Functionality: Access Stored Files, Remote Control
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
GPS
*Adapter Required
Monitor
Display Size
3.2"
Resolution
1,620,000 Dot
Display Type
Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Secondary Display
Top: Status Display
Viewfinder
Type
Optical (Pentaprism)
Eye Point
20.5 mm
Coverage
100%
Magnification
Approx. 1.05x
Diopter Adjustment
-4 to +1
Focus
Focus Type
Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode
Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus Points
Phase Detection: 101 (25 Cross-Type)
Autofocus Sensitivity
-3 to +19 EV
Flash
Built-In Flash/Light
No
Flash Modes
Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Hi-Speed Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction, TTL Auto, Wireless
Maximum Sync Speed
1/200 Second
Flash Compensation
-2 to +1 EV
Dedicated Flash System
P-TTL
External Flash Connection
PC Terminal
Environmental
Operating Temperature
14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Operating Humidity
0 to 85%
General
Battery Type
1x D-LI90 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 800 Shots)
Shoe Mount
1x Hot Shoe
Tripod Mounting Thread
1x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Material of Construction
Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.3 x 4.1 x 2.9" / 134.5 x 103.5 x 73.5 mm
Weight
1.8 lb / 820 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
1.6 lb / 735 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.045 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.3 x 6.9 x 5.1"

Pentax K-3 III Monochrome Reviews

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Are the filters such as red, yellow or green ...

Are the filters such as red, yellow or green built in? Dennis
Asked by: Dennis
While the K-3 III can apply digital filters, as there is no RGB filter on the sensor, the camera only records light intensity without any colour information. If you need to adjust the colour rendition before you take a photo you will need to use colour filters on the lens.
Answered by: Chris
Date published: 2024-01-27

Is there a magnified live mode to aid manual ...

Is there a magnified live mode to aid manual focusing? (Especially useful at night for astrophotography.)
Asked by: Hampton
The Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome DSLR Camera has no magnified live mode.
Answered by: Lawrence C
Date published: 2024-02-14

Any chance there's an adapter to use L mount ...

Any chance there's an adapter to use L mount lenses on this?
Asked by: James
No, the Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome DSLR Camera can not be connected to L-mount lenses. There are no adapters to connect L lenses to a Pentax K-mount camera body.
Answered by: Llinelva D
Date published: 2024-04-10

Is the 4K video captured with full sensor width, ...

Is the 4K video captured with full sensor width, or the central 3840x2160 pixels?
Asked by: Hampton
The Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome DSLR Camera does not capture 4K video with the full sensor. It is captured with a 1.5x crop on the sensor.
Answered by: Tim Z
Date published: 2024-02-18

Fujifilm X Mount Lenses to pentax k 3 mark iii ...

Fujifilm X Mount Lenses to pentax k 3 mark iii monochrome camera. Possible with an adapter?
Asked by: Petrus Nicolaas
Unfortunately, there is no adapter for Fuji X mount lens to Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome DSLR Camera.
Answered by: Daniel C
Date published: 2024-01-10

Will this camera just shoot black and white or ...

Will this camera just shoot black and white or will it take color to?
Asked by: Christopher
Black and White ONLY! the RGB colour rilter on the sensor has been removed so there is NO colour information records by the sensor, just light intensity.
Answered by: Chris
Date published: 2023-12-19

Can this camera be attached to a telescope with a ...

Can this camera be attached to a telescope with a T Adapter? Any settings to adjust to allow shutter release w/out a lens?
Asked by: Hampton
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