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Pentax Launch K-3 DSLR

Pentax has announced the launch of the K-3, a new top of the range weather sealed DSLR with a 24 megapixel sensor.

Posted: 07/10/2013 - 23:02

K3 18135 Front2

Pentax has announced the launch of the new Pentax K-3 DSLR, the top of the range Digital SLR features a new 24 megapixel sensor, 27 point AF system, 8.3fps continuous shooting, a 3.2inch screen and weather sealed body, and is due for release in November.

Developed to be the flagship of the Pentax K digital SLR camera series, this new model features a host of advanced functions and user-friendly features to optimise image quality and performance when shooting outdoors.

Designed for top performance, the K-3 provides an array of outstanding features, including high-resolution image reproduction with approximately 24 effective megapixels; a 27-point AF system; high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8.3 images per second; high-precision exposure control with a newly designed 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor; a new, large, high-resolution LCD monitor; and an optical viewfinder with the largest, brightness subject image in its class.

The new anti-aliasing simulator — a highly innovative function developed specifically for the K-3 — allows the user to effectively minimise moiré without the installation of an optical anti-aliasing filter in the camera, providing a choice of filtered or filter-free shooting for a given scene or subject.

The K-3 also offers greatly-enhanced movie-recording features and smartphone-accessible functions. The time-proven dustproof, weather-resistant body construction ensures dependable, flawless performance in the field.

K3 Silver Image 001

The Pentax K-3 Premium Silver Edition* will also be simultaneously launched—but in a limited run of just 2,000 units around the world. This limited-edition model has a silver body and silver grip, making it a perfect match for the silver versions of the high-performance Limited-series lenses, designed for unrivalled image rendition. This special package also includes an exclusive leather strap and a spare battery.

The K-3 is set to retail at the following prices and will be available from November 2013:

  • Body only - £1099.99
  • K-3 single + DA L 18-55mm WR - £1199.99
  • K-3 body + DA L 18-55mm WR & DA L 50-200mm WR - £1349.99
  • K-3 Premium + DA 18-135mm WR - £1449.99
  • K3 Silver Limited Edition - £1399.99

Pentax K-3 Key Features: 

High-resolution images produced by a brand-new sensor with approximately 24 effective megapixels and a new imaging engine
The K-3 is equipped with a new APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (23.5mm×15.6mm) with approximately 24 effective megapixels. By coupling this sensor with a newly developed PRIME III imaging engine with high-efficiency noise and image processing capacities and an anti-aliasing filter-free design, the K-3 delivers high-resolution, fine-gradation images. It also offers a top sensitivity of ISO 51200, for taking detailed images under poor lighting conditions, and to simplify handheld shooting of nightscapes.

Pentax-original SR mechanism to reduce moiré as effectively as an optical anti-aliasing filter
In-body SR mechanism - The K-3 features a Pentax-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism that can be used with any compatible Pentax interchangeable lens. Thanks to the addition of an SR-dedicated servo controller and an increase in the magnetic force driving the SR unit, this mechanism assures more stable, effective camera-shake compensation than ever before.

Newly designed SAFOX 11 AF module with 27 auto focus points
The K-3 features a new SAFOX 11 AF module with an expanded image-area coverage using 27 AF sensors (25 cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). The centre sensor and two sensors just above and below it are designed to detect the light flux of an F2.8 lens, making it easy to obtain pinpoint focus on the subject when using a large-aperture lens.

High-precision exposure control with a new PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System
The K-3 is equipped with newly introduced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System that consists of approximately 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor and improved algorithm, which allows it to not only control the exposure with extreme accuracy, but also to utilise the data taken in by the light-metering sensor to further enhance the accuracy of auto-focusing and white balance adjustment. This has expanded the measurable minimum luminance level to as low as –3EV.

High-speed continuous shooting with a maximum speed of approximately 8.3 images per second
The K-3 continuously records as many as 22 images in the RAW format or 60 images in the JPEG format in a single sequence, at a maximum speed of approximately 8.3 images per second.

Optical viewfinder with new optics, to provide a nearly 100% field of view and a larger, brighter viewfinder image
The K-3’s glass prism has been treated with a new coating designed to improve reflection, resulting in a much brighter viewfinder image. The eyepiece optics have been completely redesigned to assure an approximately 0.95-times viewfinder magnification to provide a broader image field, making it easier for the photographer to confirm the subject’s focusing status and compose the image.

Full HD movie recording with creative tools
The K-3 captures beautiful Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30P frame rate) in the H.264 recording format, which assures flawless, high-quality movies even with fast moving subjects. It also comes equipped with a stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection and a headphone terminal.

Smartphone-support functions
By installing the optional FLU CARD FOR PENTAX 16GB memory card in the K-3, the user can release the K-3’s shutter, check the live-view image, and browse and download the images recorded on the card using a smartphone.

K3 Bg5 Back

Large, easy-to-view 3.2-inch LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots
The K-3 features a newly designed 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots (in a 3:2 aspect ratio) on its back panel. In addition to its wide-view design, this monitor also features a protective tempered-glass front panel for added durability, and a unique construction in which the air space between LCD layers is eliminated, effectively reducing the reflection and dispersion of the light to improve visibility during outdoor shooting.

Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction; perfect for outdoor shooting
The K-3’s exterior casing is made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy. Thanks to the inclusion of 92 special sealed parts in the body, it boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring solid operation at temperatures as low as -10°C.

Other Features: 

  • Dual SD card slots for memory card flexibility (compatible with SDXC UHS-1 speed class in SDR104 bus speed mode)
  • DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the image sensor using ultrasonic vibration
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode with RAW-format data filing
  • PENTAX-invented hyper control system for quick, accurate response to the photographer’s creative intentions
  • Mode dial with a choice of lock mechanism engagement (ON or OFF)
  • Redesigned, resized grip for steady, comfortable hold of the camera
  • Compensation of various parameters: lens distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, brightness level at image-field edges, and fringe effect (available in RAW-format processing only)
  • Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN memory cards
  • Compatibility with USB3.0-standard interface accessories, with HDMI (type D) terminal
  • Newly designed Digital Camera Utility 5 software included, to provide upgraded programs and enhanced overall performance

Pentax K-3 Specifications

Manufacturer Pentax
Effective Magnification 1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels 24Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 6016
Pixels (H) 4000
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Size (width) 23.5mm
Sensor Size (height) 15.6mm
Aspect Ratio 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3.2in
Screen resolution 1037k
Touch Screen No
Focusing modes Autofocus
AF Tracking
AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest 30sec
Bulb mode Yes
Exp modes Program
Scene modes
Program Variable
Metering Centre-weighted - Average
Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity 100 - 51200
White balance Auto
Exposure Comp +/-5
Magnification No Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 8.3fps
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution 1920x1080 FullHD
1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p
Stereo Sound No
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Wi-Fi No
Card Type SD
File Type RAW
Power Source
Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90P
Battery Life (CIPA rating) 560shots
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Weight 800g
Width 131.5mm
Height 100mm
Depth 77.5mm

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Posted 08/10/2013 - 00:57 Link
Looks really good with some genuinely useful upgraded features. If the price could be lowered quickly to 1000 body only and it performs well in actual use this will provide a much needed boost to Pentax in the same way that the K5 did.

Roll on the discounts further down the product chain!
Posted 08/10/2013 - 08:06 Link
OMG! What a great camera this is going to be.
Posted 08/10/2013 - 19:05 Link
It already is 1000 body only with the 100 trade-in for your old camera. I have an old 110 format instamatic somewhere... The trade-in is running until the end of the year 'parently.
& yes, it does sound like a really useful suite of upgraded features, continuing the Pentax tradition of making robust, practical photographic tools.
Oh dear, drooling onto the keyboard again.
Posted 08/10/2013 - 23:41 Link
This 100 "trade in", are they really taking any old crock as being eligible? If so, it sounds like the price was always intended to be 1000 and that the 1100 is a bit of a 'try on'. I notice in the US it is being advertised at a large dealer for $1300...which is under 900.
Posted 09/10/2013 - 00:18 Link
I'm really pleased about the Ricoh investment making this possible but it's a shame they wrote it on the back. Never-the-less, I'd love one please Santa.

Sometimes I'm serious and sometimes not, but I consider sarcasm an artform. Which is it today?
Posted 16/10/2013 - 13:40 Link
Hi, The best price in Australia at the moment Is $AUS 1344.-
which is GBP799.-


This includes an 8 Mb FLU Card

Regards, Horst
Edited by Horst: 16/10/2013 - 13:42

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