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Pentax K-3 Digital Camera

Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick
SLR 23.35MP 0.34x Nov 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
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One Industry Award

This Pentax camera received a "Dave's Pick" award from Imaging Resource.com.

Excellent Owner Reviews

This camera has a marvellous average owner rating based on 68 owner reviews.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Pentax K-3 owners thought it was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer mentioned “3 of the K-5 and most current Nikons and Canons and the processor is more powerful so operations such as reviewing a stored image happen very quickly, with no perceptible lag”. Amazon Customer also wrote “Superb Camera, New to photography”. Three years ago Bengo gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of the Pentax K-3 “Excellent camera with very sharp images”.

A number of people who bought this digital camera thought it had a good picture resolution. Gadget Fan gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote three years ago “Certainly quicker to use than a locked shooting mode dial (where it was on the K5”. N. Gratton mentioned on Amazon “Nikon cameras that are far more expensive - high resolution sensor (24 MP in this case), weather sealing, 100% viewfinder”. Two years ago S. Randle mentioned “Having set the camera's parameters similar to the K-500 my first model shoots have produced excellent results - the expected high resolution” in their review of the Pentax K-3.

A few Pentax K-3 reviewers who purchased the product thought it had a good ISO range. Last year N. Gratton said “The low-light (high ISO) performance is very strong - from what I've seen it's rather better than the latest Canon 7D mk II”. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their Pentax K-3 review “Excellent high ISO image quality”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Exceptional detail at low ISOs”.

Some people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good image sensor. Mr. P. Taylor said in their review of the Pentax K-3 “With a DSLR you can get at the sensor to clean it yourself if you need to” and rated the product 5 stars. Two years ago Srinivasan mentioned on Amazon “It has a sensor capable of resolving detail that competes with full frame models” in their review of the Pentax K-3. Srinivasan also mentioned “The f4 aperture is not a limitation with a sensor that is this good at high-isos”.

One person said that the Pentax K-3 was good in low light. Gadget Fan wrote on Amazon “Speed is much better in low light”.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Gadget Fan mentioned in their review on Amazon three years ago “Where the K3 is noticeably quicker v the K5 is it's autofocus”. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Many lenses don't appear to live up to camera's full autofocus potential”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Lack of continuous autofocus during video capture”.

A number of Pentax K-3 owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Anglosaxon wrote in their review of the Pentax K-3 on Amazon two years ago “Even with the kit 18-135 lens the results are fantastic”. Arlan mentioned “Provided a decent lens is mounted, pictures are sharp, detailed” in their Pentax K-3 review. Mr Edward Blockley wrote “The 18-135mm lens us good too”.

Some customers reckoned that the Pentax K-3 had a good image stabiliser. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their Pentax K-3 review “Builtin stabilisation”. Imaging Resource.com also said “Mechanical stabilisation builtin”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Effective stabilization for all lenses”.

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Keith Jordan said on Amazon two years ago “Very happy with it! Used it with the Sigma 70 to 300 macro zoom which excellent too!” in his review of the Pentax K-3 and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Easy to Use

Several Pentax K-3 owners who purchased it concluded that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “It's an absolute joy to use” in their review. Amazon Customer also wrote “This Camera is versatile and easy to use”. Anglosaxon mentioned in their review on Amazon “A joy to use”.

Several people who purchased it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Arlan said on Amazon “Deep grip make it comfortable to hold” in their review of the Pentax K-3. N. Gratton said in their review of the Pentax K-3 “The grip extremely comfortable” .

Some customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to handle. S. Randle said on Amazon “I love the way the camera handles, nice and solid”. One Pentax K-3 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Imaging Resource.com wrote “Certain menu screens have become overlycomplex”.

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Robust

A number of people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was well made. Arlan scored the Pentax K-3 very highly and said in their review “The K3 is built like a tank”. Arlan also wrote “Its full-metal chassis feels considerably more solid than either the D7100 or 70D”. Mr Edward Blockley mentioned in his Pentax K-3 review on Amazon “It's a great camera built like a tank, non of this polycarbonate rubbish, so it can take knocks”.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Srinivasan said in their review of the Pentax K-3 on Amazon “The camera feels heavy and rugged in the hand”. Imaging Resource.com said in their Pentax K-3 review “Rugged and weather sealed”.

A number of Pentax K-3 owners who reviewed the Pentax K-3 concluded that it was sealed. Arlan said “Of note is the fact that all kit lenses Pentax offers with the K3 are weather sealed, as opposed to the policy of competitors which sell weather sealed cameras.”. Gadget Fan wrote on Amazon “It really carries on the impressive weather sealed performance of it's predecessors” in their Pentax K-3 review.

One Pentax K-3 owner who reviewed it thought it was reliable. Expert review site Beststuff.com mentioned “The selection was made due to the camera's exceptional image quality, excellent reliability rating and outstanding operabi” in their review.

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Nice Design

A few Pentax K-3 owners wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Amazon Customer wrote in their review “Off; it's achieved by vibrating the sensor to slightly blur the image and works beautifully”. Amazon Customer also wrote “My beautiful Pentax K3”. Michael J. Carter wrote “It works beautifully” in his review.

Some customers thought it was ergonomic. Three years ago Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Controls have been reorganised slightly and ergonomics are good, making it a delight to handle” in their review of this digital camera. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Excellent ergonomics and handling”.

One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was smooth. S. Randle scored the product 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “With nice, smooth natural skin tones”.

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Good Product Quality

Several Pentax K-3 owners who purchased the Pentax K-3 agreed that it was good quality. Arlan mentioned in November last year “The build quality is superb” in their Pentax K-3 review. Arlan also wrote “It allows for shadows to be pulled up several stops in PP without unacceptable losses in image quality”. Camsaint mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-3 “Great image quality” .

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

Based on 1,276 user and expert reviews, Pentax has excellent ratings for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent ratings specifically for its SLR cameras.

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Good Size

A few Pentax K-3 owners who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was compact. Amazon Customer mentioned in their Pentax K-3 review “Rarely use these facilities either (Both these cameras have their uses, being very light and compact.” and rated the Pentax K-3 as very good. Two years ago Mr. Michael Lee said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Prefer the Pentaxes when I need something more compact and light”. Mr. P. Taylor rated the product as excellent and wrote on Amazon “A big step up from noisy superzoom and compact cameras! And a better bet than spending massive amounts on compact camera 'dust traps' that can suck dust into the sensor” in their Pentax K-3 review.

A few Pentax K-3 owners wrote that this digital camera was a good body shape. Gadget Fan scored it 5 stars and said on Amazon “It's got that same high quality feel, derived from the magnesium alloy body and high quality rubber”. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Solid feel, pro grade body, switch on or off anti aliasing filter, in-body image stabilisation”.

Two people who purchased the Pentax K-3 reckoned that it was lightweight. Mr. Michael Lee mentioned “The K3 is small and lightweight for an SLR” in his Pentax K-3 review. Mr. Michael Lee also wrote “I can thoroughly recommend this camera to anyone requiring a compact lightweight”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Pentax K-3 reviewers who bought it reckoned that it had a good screen. Gadget Fan wrote in their Pentax K-3 review on Amazon three years ago “Another key difference versus the K5, is the screen”. Two years ago Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Sharp rear display” in their Pentax K-3 review.

A number of people reckoned that the Pentax K-3 had a good viewfinder. Kupfernigk mentioned on Amazon in November “A lack of gimmicks and an excellent viewfinder” in their review. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-3 “Large, bright optical viewfinder”.

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Good Technical Features

A few Pentax K-3 owners reckoned that the product had good features. Mr Edward Blockley wrote in his review of the Pentax K-3 “It has all the bells and whistles of a high end dslr at a fraction of their price” . N. Gratton mentioned “There are some nice 'fun' features too, such as integrated intervalometer (letting you shoot time-lapse sequences or videos)” in their Pentax K-3 review. Two years ago Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Extensive feature set”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Some customers who reviewed it thought it was noisy. Arlan mentioned in their review “The one area where the K3 did not quite meet my expectations is high-ISO noise performance”. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Noise handled effectively up to 3200 ISO”.

One Pentax K-3 reviewer said in their reviews that this digital camera was quiet. S. Randle said in their review of the Pentax K-3 “Quietly positive with the focussing” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Good Connectivity

One Pentax K-3 reviewer who purchased the Pentax K-3 reckoned that it was wifi compatible. Amazon Customer scored the product very highly and said “The only things missing some people might want, is a tiltable or vari-angled rear screen and built-in Wi-Fi compatibility”.

One Pentax K-3 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had gps. Imaging Resource.com said “Lacks built-in GPS or Wi-Fi”.

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Good Video Capture

Five Pentax K-3 reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording. Imaging-Resource.com wrote on expert website Imaging Resource.com “The Pentax K-3 now uses more efficient H.264 video compression, allows single autofocus during movie capture” in their Pentax K-3 review. Imaging Resource.com said in their review “Video mode has good audio and exposure options” . Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Good still and video image quality”.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-3, the Pentax K-3 has a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price], and the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax K-3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the K-3 also support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price], and the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of cameras of this age and type is 18MP, the highest is 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 25MP. With a megapixel count of 24.35 megapixels, the Pentax K-3 has a fairly high megapixel count compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-3.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most commonly found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this digital camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this camera.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax K-3 is more than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Two Supported Batteries

The Pentax K-3 is a two supported battery camera.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Pentax K-3 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a Shade white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the K-3. The white balance modes "Auto", "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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Fairly Big Eye Relief

The smallest eye relief of SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-3 is 17mm and the biggest is 23mm. At 22.3 millimeters, the Pentax K-3 has a quite big eye relief compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were released one year ago.

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Narrow

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the K-3 the widths range from 120mm to 150mm. At only 131.5 millimeters, the Pentax K-3 is quite narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the K-3.

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6016 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 has a 6016 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The best image resolution of all digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the K-3 is 8688 x 5792 pixels and the worst is 1280 x 1024 pixels.

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Very Long Maximum Battery Life

Cameras of this spec and age have maximum battery lives of between 1h and 6h. The maximum battery life of the Pentax K-3 of 6 hours is one of the longest amongst digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the K-3.

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1920x1080@60fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Pentax K-3 has a 1920x1080@60fps resolution and capture speed which is higher than the 1920x1080@25fps resolution and capture speed found on most comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. In addition, this Pentax digital camera have resolution and capture speeds of 1280x720@25fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1280×720@60fps and 1920x1080@24fps and 1920x1080@30fps.

A 1920x1080@60fps resolution and capture speed is actually the best resolution at capture speeds amongst all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the K-3.

A 1280x720@50fps resolution and capture speed is the worst resolution at capture speeds amongst similar types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the K-3. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by cameras that were released more than a year ago. The ISO speeds "51200" and "Auto" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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B Shutter Speed Setting

This camera has a B shutter speed setting, which is the most frequently found shutter speed setting on comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

The Pentax K-3 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not have a GPS.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also have a GPS including the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the K-3, the Pentax K-3 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax K-3 does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax K-3 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the K-3 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Pentax K-3 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to look at including the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price], or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax K-3 does not support video recording. Most of the other SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the K-3 also do not support video recording.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Pentax digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on SLR cameras that have been around for more than a year. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

Across all the SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the K-3 the maximum focal lengths range from 75mm to 300mm. With a maximum focal length of only 82.5 millimeters, the Pentax K-3 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-3.

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Only ±1EV (1/2 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Pentax K-3 has a wider flash exposure correction than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This digital camera has a ±1EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it have a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-3 the best flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) and the worst is ±3EV (1/3 EV step).

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Heavy

The Pentax K-3 is one of the heavier cameras that are a similar age to the K-3 (715 grams) amongst SLR cameras of this age. The weights of SLR cameras that were released one year ago range from 420g to 880g, and the average weight is 620g.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of cameras that have been around for a similar time to the K-3 is 1,000,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 1,037,000 pixel, the Pentax K-3 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length

When compared to other SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-3 that we have checked the minimum focal length of, the Pentax K-3's minimum focal length of 50 millimeters is one of the longest. Across all the SLR cameras that were released one year ago the minimum focal lengths range from 18mm to 50mm.

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Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 0.45 meters, the Pentax K-3 has a very large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the K-3. The closest focusing distances of SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-3 range from 0.25m to 0.45m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.34m.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-3

Released Over a Year Ago

This SLR camera has been on the market for over a year.

Average Screen Size

The Pentax K-3 has a fairly typical screen size (3.2 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the K-3.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to consider the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon 760D[plb_3927078_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price], the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price], and the Canon 760D[plb_3927078_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Setting
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Diopter Adjustment
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features
Technical Details
Flash Type

1 Award

Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick

Expert Reviews

17 December 2015

The Pentax K-3 digital SLR has been selected as the ?BEST DSLR ? EXPERT? by the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).The selection was made due to the camera's exceptional image... Read more…

DP Review

27 November 2014

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User Reviews

(68)
Reviewed 23 February 2014 by 05Hummer
05Hummer would recommend the Pentax K-3

I'm coming from a Canon 50D an all I can say is WOW!!! I've been shooting for about ten years, but lately I've been stuck in "auto" mode, because my camera just did not inspire me anymore. Instead... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
Noisy At High ISO
Short Battery Life
Reviewed 20 June 2014 by Joe
Joe would recommend the Pentax K-3 (Verified Purchase)

The K3 replaced my K100D. I expected a higher resolution, and this camera did not disappoint me. This camera is extremely fast and sharp, great color rendition and low noise. Better image... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
Reviewed 3 August 2014 by Rolland S
Rolland S would recommend the Pentax K-3 (Verified Purchase)

I've owned them all: K-5, K-5 IIs and the K-3. This one is the best yet! There's no substitute for mega-pixels and, coupled with the larger display and a more-intuitive, easier-to-use control... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Stabilization
Large Clear LCD
Reviewed 26 March 2014 by Langdon Designs
Langdon Designs would recommend the Pentax K-3 (Verified Purchase)

The K-3 feels sturdy and professional. This camera is bang for buck one of the best deals you will currently find on the market. The K-3 gives you all of the professional features you are looking... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Large Clear LCD
Sturdy
Loud
Noisy At High ISO
Poor Image Stabilization
Poor video focus
Reviewed 15 December 2014 by Jonjonjon
Jonjonjon would recommend the Pentax K-3 (Verified Purchase)

Despite Pentax's perplexing model numbering, (K-30, K-7, K-5, K-3 - and K-3 is the top of the line) I've owned all of the lineup except the K-30, and each move down has been a step up.The K-3 has... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
High ISO Performance
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Product Identifiers

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Nikon D3200 vs Pentax K-3

Nikon D3200 vs Pentax K-3
Nikon D3200 Pentax K-3
$ 295.00 $899.99
Twice As Good Display
Optical Viewfinder
A Lot Better Gadgetspeak.com Review
-3EV - +1EV (1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction
Vastly Worse Digital Versus Review
One Less Supported Battery

Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Pentax K-3

Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Pentax K-3
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Pentax K-3
$ 239.95 $899.99
Four More Awards
2x Smaller Closest Focusing Distance
"IT Reviews.com" Review is Significantly Better
800 Auto Focus Points
Vastly Lower JPEG Frame Rate
Only 330 Shots Per Battery Charge

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-3

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-3
Nikon D7100 Pentax K-3
$ 149.95 $899.99
Seven More Awards
Better Display
-3EV - +1EV (1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction
9mm Shorter Minimum Focal Length
Pocket Lint Review is Significantly Worse
Ephotozine Review is Significantly Worse
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