Unveiled: The Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition DSLR Camera and Battery Grip


Newly announced, from Pentax, is the Prestige Edition of its popular K-3 DSLR. This edition of the K-3 comes in a Gunmetal finish, adding to the previously available standard Black body and Premium Silver Edition. The Prestige Edition camera body is paired with a Gunmetal D-BG5 battery grip and dedicated strap that are only available with this bundle.

The K-3 features a 24.35MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a PRIME III image processor to deliver high-resolution images as well as full HD 1080p video. The sensor and processor also offer low-noise images and videos with a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200, and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 8.3 frames per second.

Setting the K-3 apart from other DSLRs is its unique selectable anti-aliasing filter, which allows you to turn the AA filter on or off, depending on your needs and preferences in regard to sharpness versus moiré protection.

Other notable features are the weatherproof and cold-proof magnesium-alloy body, the 27-point SAFOX11 autofocus system, Real Time Scene Analysis System, and in-camera Shake Reduction.

Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet 
Image Sensor APS-C CMOS (23.5 x 15.6mm)
Effective Pixels 24.4MP
Total Pixels 24.7MP
Maximum Resolution 6016 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2 
Still Image File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.30), RAW (PEF, DNG)
Optical Low-Pass Filter Yes, with selectable anti-aliasing 
Image Processing Engine PRIME III 
Image Stabilization Sensor-shift with rotational compensation
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards
Card Slot Dual SD slots
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Frame Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.95x (with 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity)
Eyepoint Not specified by manufacturer
Diopter Adjustment From -2.5 to 1.5 m
Shutter Type Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed 1/8000 - 30 sec.
Flash Sync Speed 1/180 sec.
Drive Modes Single, Continuous (H, M, L), Self-Timer, Remote, Bracketing, Mirror Up, HDR Capture, Multi-Exposure, Interval (2,000 shots with 2 sec. to 24-hr delay)
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 8.3 fps for up to 60 (JPEG) or 23 (RAW) frames
Self-Timer 12 sec., 2 sec.
Exposure Metering System TTL open-aperture metering using 86k-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot
Metering Range -3 to +20 EV
Exposure Modes Green, Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed, USER (3 presets)
Exposure Compensation From -5 to + 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure Bracketing +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps for 2, 3, or 5 frames
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100-51200
Autofocus System SAFOX 11 TTL phase-detection
Number of Focus Points 27 (25 cross-type in center) 
Focus Modes AF Single (with focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF Continuous (with focus/fps priority selectable), Manual
Autofocus Sensitivity Not specified by manufacturer
Built-In Flash Yes, retractable P-TTL pop-up flash
Guide number: 42.7' / 13 m at ISO 100
Coverage: 28mm (35mm equivalent)
Flash Modes Auto, on, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye reduction, rear curtain sync, high-speed sync, wireless, manual 
Flash Compensation -2 to 1 EV in 1/2 steps
External Flash Interface Hot shoe (P-TTL) and X-Sync socket
White Balance Modes AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White),  Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE
Movie Recording Full HD 1920 x 1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p
HD 1280 x 720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p  
File Format MOV, AVI
Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording With movie, stereo
Audio File Format Not specified by manufacturer
External Microphone Input 3.5mm stereo 
Headphone Jack Yes
Maximum Recording Time Approximately 25 min. per clip
Monitor 3.2” 1,037k-dot TFT color LCD
Monitor Viewing Angle Not specified by manufacturer
Interface USB 3.0, AV out, HDMI out (NTSC, PAL), DC in, cable switch, 3.5mm stereo microphone, X-sync socket
Wi-Fi With optional FLU or Eye-Fi memory cards 
Remote Control Optional, Remote Control WP or F
Power Source Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG5 Battery Grip with trays for 2nd D-Li90 battery or 6x AA batteries
Battery Life Approx. 720 frames (CIPA)
Operating Environment 14-104°F / -10-40°C
Dimensions 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1" / 132.1 x 99.1 x 78.7mm
Weight 1.8 lb / 800 g (with battery and memory card)


Rechangeble objectiv? Or everthing is inside....the zoom or the  tele how is it...excuse for my english....i hope you understood...!!

is avalable...?you are able to send this camera to italy with a proforma low invoice....?

Thanks a lot for any further information....best regards dr.antonio.parma

This camera is an interchangeable lens camera, and features a Pentax KAF2 type bayonet mount. It is not yet available but we are accepting pre-orders on the camera.  See the following link for details: http://bhpho.to/1B2cdnp

We are able to ship this camera to Italy, but not with a proforma low invoice.  All international orders ship with a detailed valid invoice for your order, and we comply with all Federal and International shipping regulations.

I just pre-ordered the K-3 gunmetal prestige. Any idea as to when you expect to receive the cameras from Ricoh?

Thanks, Art

Unfortunately, we do not have an estimated delivery date in our system for the K-3 Prestige Edition from Pentax at this time, so I wouldn’t be able to say how long it might take to fill a pre-order.  Though, for questions about the status of an order, you can always contact our Customer Service Department over the phone, through an email, or via Chat.  They will have the most up-to-date information regarding this. 

Customer Service: 800.221.5743 or 212.239.7765 [email protected]