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84
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Fully-Featured
70
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
70
Age
3 Years Old
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and multi award winning 715g camera, with an Editor's Choice award from five expert review websites and 13 further awards from other expert sites and an amazingly high 24.35MP megapixels. It has a GPS and a built-in flash, does not have an image stabiliser and supports Full HD video. Customers report that this camera has a very good picture quality, it produces very good images but bad for video recording.
Digital Versus 5 Star PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Editor's Choice Pocket Lint Recommended
24.35MP
6016 X 4000
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
51,200
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1S
CAMERA
715G
3.2"
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With outstanding reviews and excellent features, we have ranked the Pentax K-3 number 10 across all digital cameras and number 140 in best selling cameras.

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Reviews
85
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Why Has it Scored 77?

owners report that it has great expert reviews and terrific user reviews with an average overall rating of 95%, based on 154 reviews. This digital camera has received 18 awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from Digitaltrends.com plus four other sites and a "Recommended" award from Akam.no plus three other sites.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Pentax digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering.
The K-3 has some great features:
High megapixels
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution
High maximum ISO sensitivity
In-body SR mechanism

What is the Kagoo Score?

We calculate the Kagoo Score for each digital camera by looking at its reviews, features, popularity, age and value for money.

The Kagoo Score is an easy way to understand whether the digital camera is recommended.

The Kagoo Scores are constantly being updated. As newer, higher spec digital cameras come to market, the older digital cameras will gradually have their Kagoo Score reduced.

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is very good for portrait photography. It is also very good for landscape photography as well being very good for everyday photography.
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4.8 stars (154 reviews)

66%

of Customers Would Recommend
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5 Editor's Choice Awards

This digital camera has received five Editor's Choice Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including Ephotozine, PC Mag and photoreview.com.au.
Editor's Choice from Ephotozine Editor's Choice from PC Mag Editor's Choice from photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice from reviewed.com Editor's Choice from Digitaltrends.com

4 Recommended Awards

The Pentax K-3 has received four Recommended Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including Pocket Lint, hi-tech.mail.ru/ and gagadget.com.
Recommended from Pocket Lint Recommended from hi-tech.mail.ru/ Recommended from gagadget.com Recommended from Akam.no

9 Further Awards

It's received nine Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including Digital Versus, Les Numeriques.com and 01net.com.
5 Star from Digital Versus 5 Star from Les Numeriques.com 5 Star from 01net.com Especially Recommended 6 Star from Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended 6 Star from lydogbillede.dk Essential from PhotographyBlog.com Dave's Pick from Imaging Resource.com Especially Recommended from ljudochbild.se Gold from onfoto.ru

What Are People Saying About the Pentax K-3?

Picture Quality
35
3
Lens System
16
4
Features
8
2
Video Capability
6
3
Price
15
6
Size and Weight
11
8
Design
18
2
Ease of Use
17
1
Robustness
11
0
Sports Photography
0
2
Viewfinder / Screen
2
0
Landscape Photography
2
0
Battery
3
0
Noise Level
3
0
Wildlife Photography
1
0
Capacity
1
0
Over 10 People Thought it Was Reasonably Priced
  • ... in typical Pentax fashion offers a lot of performance and features at a relatively bargain price, including weather sealing and a continuous high-speed ...
    digitalcamerareview.com 29 Nov 2013
  • ... combination of innovative technology, excellent performance and a competitive price tag. Photographers looking for a new camera body on which to base a ...
    photoreview.com.au 11 Dec 2013
  • ... camera for many enthusiast photographers, but it will certainly not be out of reach at its reasonable price of $1299.  With the K-3...Exceptional detail ...
    pentaxforums.com 12 Nov 2013
  • ... listing for the camera body itself! Although it does appear to have gone up by nearly £100 recently it's still brilliant value. Comes factory sealed too ...
    Phil S. - Amazon 1 May 2016
  • 9 Out of 10 Customers Thought it Was Robust

    Several people thought that the Pentax K-3 was strong and durable and was very well made.

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    Strong and Durable
    9 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... that pulls out the big guns and strays from the well-trodden... Pentax/Ricoh's K-3 is a sturdy and hard-wearing but quite traditional SLR. It doesn't get ...
    Digital Versus 17 Dec 2013
  • The best from Pentax. I have always admired Pentax cameras and in my time have owned many spotmatics, then the K1000 and mx. Since the advent of DSLR's, ...
    Mr. Michael Lee - Amazon 8 Jun 2014
  • ... and user choice behind features such as advanced anti-moi...Price, rugged build quality, controls and menus are very well thoughtout, stills performance ...
    Pocket Lint 29 Jan 2014
  • ... components. Small spacebar. Expensive. Some design quirks. Lightweight and sturdy design. Very long battery life. Integrated optical drive. Nice wireless ...
    Neocamera.com 6 Oct 2013
  • View All Reviews About Rugged
    Really Well Made
    6 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Six People Thought This Digital Camera Had a Battery That Lasted a Long Time

    Five people thought that the Pentax K-3 had a good battery life.

  • ... batterylife. Usability setbacks compared to 5 family. Camera str. Almost six hours of battery life. Unique optical drive hidden under wrist rest. Very ...
    Neocamera.com 6 Oct 2013
  • ... spacebar. Expensive. Some design quirks. Lightweight and sturdy design. Very long battery life. Integrated optical drive. Nice wireless performance. Standard ...
    Neocamera.com 6 Oct 2013
  • ... uses, I have no issue with the range of available lenses. Battery life is good with the battery grip, so-so without, and the batteries take a long time ...
    Digby - Bhphotovideo.com 26 Feb 2015
  • ... B&H, and Ricoh/Pentax. If I had to name a con, I would have to say that the battery life could have been better, but for what it does, it is quite acceptable... ...
    Jomalo1970 - Bhphotovideo.com 20 Mar 2015
  • Most People Thought it Was a Good Size

    Several people thought that the Pentax K-3 was a good body shape, was a very good size and was lightweight.

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    A Good Body Shape
    9 people agree
    4 people disagree
  • ... at least, the K-3 looks like the DSLR that many Pentax users hav... The fantastic body and excellent image quality are the two main reasons to buy the ...
    What Digital Camera 20 Nov 2013
  • ... effectively up to 3200 ISO. Mechanical stabilisation builtin. Allweather finish for the camera body and the kit lens 1855 mm). Video mode has good audio ...
    Digital Versus 17 Dec 2013
  • ... the body only or as a limited edition silver version f...Solid feel, pro grade body, switch on or off anti aliasing filter, in-body image stabilisation. ...
    macworld.co.uk 20 Dec 2013
  • ... can withstand water. This makes it a little more expensive than i...Weatherproof body. 100 viewfinder. Universal DNG raw format. Chromatic aberration issues. ...
    techradar.com/au/ 27 Mar 2014
  • View All Reviews About Body
    An Excellent Size
    4 people agree
    No people disagree
    Lightweight
    3 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    A Big Size
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Compact
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    The Vast Majority of People Thought it Was Carefully Designed

    Several people thought that the Pentax K-3 was ergonomic, was really good-looking and was well designed.

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    Ergonomic
    11 people agree
    1 person disagrees
  • ... High ISO Performance. Good Image Stabilization. Large Clear LCD. Excellent ergonomics. Quiet. Small But Pro Spec Cam. Small Size High Spec. Small Size ...
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 1 Dec 2015
  • ... Performance. Large Clear LCD. Compact. Configurable Dual Memory Cards. Great Ergonomics. Quiet. Weatherproofing.
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 2 Dec 2013
  • ... video capabilities are...Very high image quality, especially in Raw. Excellent ergonomics and handling. Extensive feature set. Inbody stabilization works ...
    DP Review 9 Apr 2014
  • The K3 Pentax with battery grip is another excellent example of Pentax's superior quality and performance, that is offered at a considerably lower cost ...
    Ringer - Bhphotovideo.com 17 Dec 2014
  • View All Reviews About Grip
    Really Good-Looking
    8 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Well Designed
    3 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Smooth
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Many Customers Thought the Pentax K-3 Was Easy to Use

    More than 10 people thought that the Pentax K-3 was very easy to use and several people thought that it also had outstanding controls and had a good interface.

    View All Reviews About Ease of Use
    Very Easy to Use
    13 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... great image quality. Upgraded from the K-30 and am extremely pleased... Easy To Use. Fast Accurate Auto-Focus. Good Image Quality. Large Clear LCD. Quiet.
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 16 Nov 2014
  • ... portraits, and it performed great in several different lighting conditions. Easy to use, good image quality. I love the fact that it is weather resistant... ...
    Meg - Bhphotovideo.com 21 Oct 2015
  • ... an excellent addition to my photography equipment. It's versatile and easy to use. I like that you can program specific settings...
    Melgaritaville - Bhphotovideo.com 26 May 2014
  • Five Stars. DELIGHTED WITH THIS - EASY TO USE AND EXCELLENT QUALITY CAMERA...
    Dr. John A. Desmond - Amazon 21 Feb 2016
  • View All Reviews About Ease of Use
    Has Very Good Controls
    7 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has a Good Interface
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    The Vast Majority of Owners Thought the Pentax K-3 Has Useful Technical Features

    More than 10 people thought that the Pentax K-3 had good features.

  • ... well-established line of high-end APS-C DSLRs. The K-3 offers a wealth features for still photographers, including a large, 100% coverage viewfinder, solid ...
    DP Review 9 Apr 2014
  • ... of colours and sharp images with it, which has been as consistent a feature with Pentax as we could have hoped for, the camera comes in black for a suggested ...
    macworld.co.uk 20 Dec 2013
  • ... in typical Pentax fashion offers a lot of performance and features at a relatively bargain price, including weather sealing and a continuous high-speed ...
    digitalcamerareview.com 29 Nov 2013
  • ... convenient, easy to find locations. The innovation and user choice behind features such as advanced anti-moi...Price, rugged build quality, controls and ...
    Pocket Lint 29 Jan 2014
  • Some Customers Thought it Was Not Easy to Connect to Other Devices
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    The Majority of People Thought it Had an OK Noise Level

    Three people thought that the Pentax K-3 was really quiet.

  • ... for two weeks and the results I am experiencing have convinced me that I have made a sound correct decision in purchasing this camera... Attractive Pricing. ...
    MRCDH - Bhphotovideo.com 30 Nov 2015
  • ... for taking pictures of other cameras More observations: The shutter on this camera is whisper quiet. Wow. Thought it might be broken when I first shot ...
    Blurgasm - Bhphotovideo.com 28 Mar 2014
  • ... however, is light years ahead of the very good K-50 in so many ways. The shutter is really quiet and the auto focus is spot on with very little hunting ...
    Larrymc - Bhphotovideo.com 9 Dec 2014
  • Two People Thought This Digital Camera Had a Big Capacity
    View All Reviews About Capacity
    Most Customers Thought it Had a Lens That Was Good

    Over 10 people thought that the Pentax K-3 had a superb autofocus and lens. Analysis of the reviews also revealed that eight people thought that it had an excellent image stabiliser.

    View All Reviews About Lens System
    Has an Excellent Autofocus
    13 people agree
    8 people disagree
  • ... syste... The Pentax K-3 is the most refined K-mount SLR to date, offering fast autofocus and superb image quality. Its video autofocus implementation isn't ...
    PC Mag 20 Nov 2013
  • ... date, offering fast autofocus and superb image quality. Its video autofocus implementation isn't the best, but it still manages to snag our Editors' Choice ...
    PC Mag 20 Nov 2013
  • ... burst... The Pentax K-3 is the most refined K-mount SLR to date, offering fast autofocus and superb image quality. Its video autofocus implementation isn't ...
    IT Reviews.com 22 Nov 2013
  • ... date, offering fast autofocus and superb image quality. Its video autofocus implementation isn't the best, but it still manages to snag our Editors' Choice ...
    IT Reviews.com 22 Nov 2013
  • View All Reviews About Auto Focus
    Has a Superb Lens
    11 people agree
    10 people disagree
    Has an Outstanding Image Stabiliser
    8 people agree
    No people disagree
    Most People Thought it Had a Good Screen or Viewfinder

    Several people thought that the Pentax K-3 had a very good screen and viewfinder.

    View All Reviews About Viewfinder / Screen
    Has a Brilliant Screen
    5 people agree
    8 people disagree
  • ... features seen elsewhere, like Wi-Fi, GPS, touch-controls, a swivel screen or extra video features. However, the basics are all covered very wel...Very ...
    Digital Versus 17 Dec 2013
  • ... pleased... Easy To Use. Fast Accurate Auto-Focus. Good Image Quality. Large Clear LCD. Quiet.
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 16 Nov 2014
  • ... Good Image Stabilization. High ISO Performance. Large Clear LCD. Quiet. Tilt Swivel LCD.
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 2 Jan 2015
  • ... simulated low-pass filter. Weather-sealed design. Pentaprism viewfinder. Sharp rear display. Top-notch control layout. Dual SD card. Limited autofocus ...
    PC Mag 20 Nov 2013
  • View All Reviews About Screen
    Has an Excellent Viewfinder
    5 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    More Than 80 People Thought This Digital Camera Took Good Photos

    More than 40 people thought that the Pentax K-3 was really able to produce good images and over 10 people thought that it also had a good picture resolution and had a very good picture quality. Several people also thought that it had a brilliant ISO range, had a good image sensor and was good in low light.

    View All Reviews About Picture Quality
    Really Able to Produce Good Images
    42 people agree
    1 person disagrees
  • ... Nikon D610, and i... Providing excellent rendition of colours and sharp images with it, which has been as consistent a feature with Pentax as we could ...
    macworld.co.uk 20 Dec 2013
  • ... possible insight into the Pentax enthusiasm: the camera features a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor (23.35 MP effective size), a significant increase from the ...
    digitalcamerareview.com 29 Nov 2013
  • ... remains in the heart of many digital photograph... The K-3 is a really good camera that takes really good pictures but the Canon 70D is a more complete ...
    tech.uk.msn.com 10 Feb 2014
  • ... Before buying the K3 I had a K5. K3 is a great device that I love. Exceptional images...
    Goliath - Bhphotovideo.com 10 Sep 2016
  • View All Reviews About Pictures
    Has a Good Picture Resolution
    14 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Has an Outstanding Picture Quality
    14 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Has a Brilliant ISO Range
    10 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Has a Good Image Sensor
    4 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Good in Low Light
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Over 10 People Thought it Did Not Record Good Videos

    More than 10 people thought that the Pentax K-3 was bad for video recording.

  • ... Incredibly detailed pictures. Builtin stabilisation. Dual SD card slots. Average video skills. Built-in stabilisation. Lacks flip-out screen. No Wi-Fi.
    stuff.tv/my/ 7 Mar 2014
  • ... exposure options. 8 fps burst mode. No continuous AF in video mode, slow AF in video mode. AF isn't as impressive as direct rivals. No focus peaking while ...
    Digital Versus 17 Dec 2013
  • ... mode has good audio and exposure options. 8 fps burst mode. No continuous AF in video mode, slow AF in video mode. AF isn't as impressive as direct rivals. ...
    Digital Versus 17 Dec 2013
  • ... Incredibly detailed pictures. Builtin stabilisation. Dual SD card slots. Average video skills. Built-in stabilisation. Lacks flip-out screen. No Wi-Fi.
    stuff.tv 7 Mar 2014
  • One Person Thought This Digital Camera Did Not Have a Good Flash
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    Two People Thought This Digital Camera Takes Good Landscape Photos

    Two people thought that the Pentax K-3 was good for macro photography.

  • ... 20 months? I haven't used the included 50mm lens yet. My only other AF lens in my favorite macro, the SMC Pentax-FA 1:2.8 50mm. Auto-focus with this lens ...
    Blurgasm - Bhphotovideo.com 28 Mar 2014
  • ... need to improve things. The focus is much better and totally adequate for macro shots of moving bugs. When used with the dfa 100mm macro the resolution ...
    PhotoJake - Bhphotovideo.com 11 Jul 2014
  • Some Customers Thought it is Not Good for Sports Photography

    Two people thought that the Pentax K-3 takes good sports photos.

  • ... which is very good. Of note is also the lack of dedicated sports lenses with high performance AF in Pentax' lineup. If you shoot a lot of fast paced action ...
    Arlan - Amazon 10 Mar 2015
  • ... haven't tested the K3 for sports yet. But it's gotta be better than my K7 which was not very good for ball sports. So if you shoot pentax go ahead and ...
    DanC - Bhphotovideo.com 27 Dec 2014
  • One Person Thought the Pentax K-3 is Good for Wildlife Photography
    View All Reviews About Wildlife Photography

    How Good Are Pentax Digital Cameras?

    85
    Features

    Key Reasons For and Against

    High megapixels
    Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution
    High maximum ISO sensitivity
    Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used
    Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses
    Very short camera shutter speed
    6016 x 4000 pixels image resolution
    Has a GPS
    Has a built-in flash
    Supports Full HD video
    Has an HDMI
    Large display diagonal
    Has a vari-angle LCD display
    Has a microphone in
    High display resolution
    Has a USB 3.0 port
    Has a carrying case
    Has an anti-dust function
    3 USB version
    Wide range of closest focusing distances depending on lens used
    Features saturation adjustment
    Wide range of minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) depending on lens used
    Features flash exposure compensation
    Has a self-timer
    720 battery life
    Has an auto Exposure (AE) lock
    Has a headphone output
    Supports dioptic correction
    Big eye relief
    Wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) depending on lens used
    Features brightness adjustment
    Has an external flash connector
    Features noise reduction
    Has an Auto Focus (AF) lock
    6016 x 4000 still image resolution
    Has an Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
    Wide range of maximum aperture numbers depending on lens used
    Has a shoe mounting point
    Features contrast adjustment
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution
    Does not feature bluetooth
    Does not support Wi-Fi
    Heavy

    What the Reviews Say

    9 out of 10 customers thought it was robust
    Six people thought this digital camera had a battery that lasted a long time
    Most people thought it was a good size
    The vast majority of people thought it was carefully designed
    Many customers thought the Pentax K-3 was easy to use
    The vast majority of owners thought the Pentax K-3 has useful technical features
    The majority of people thought it had an OK noise level
    Most customers thought it had a lens that was good
    Most people thought it had a good screen or viewfinder
    More than 80 people thought this digital camera took good photos
    Over 10 people thought it did not record good videos
    High Megapixels

    The average megapixels of all cameras is 15MP, with the lowest being 0.3MP and the highest being 80MP. The megapixels of the Pentax K-3 of 24.4MP is higher than 97% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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    Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

    This Pentax digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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    1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Video Resolution

    This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found resolution on digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as Full HD.

    A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as Full HD.

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    High Maximum ISO Sensitivity

    The Pentax K-3's maximum ISO sensitivity of 51,200 is very high compared to most other cameras. It is higher than 94% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The lowest maximum ISO sensitivity of digital cameras is 100, the highest is 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 15,000.

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    Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

    This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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    Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

    This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabiliser depends on the lens being used.

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    Very Short Camera Shutter Speed

    The shortest camera shutter speed of cameras is 0.000016s, the longest is 4s, and the average camera shutter speed is 0.01s. The Pentax K-3's camera shutter speed of only 0.000125s is shorter than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the shortest 13% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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    6016 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

    The highest image resolution of the Pentax K-3 is 6016 x 4000 pixels. That's 51% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. Across all cameras the worst resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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    Does Not Feature Bluetooth

    The Pentax K-3 does not feature bluetooth. 93% of cameras also do not feature bluetooth.

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    Has a GPS
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    The Pentax K-3 has a GPS. 90% of cameras do not have a GPS.

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    Does Not Support Wi-Fi

    Like most other digital cameras, the Pentax K-3 does not support Wi-Fi. 73% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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    Has a Built-in Flash
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    The Pentax K-3 has a built-in flash, as do 74% of cameras.

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    Heavy

    The average weight of all cameras is 300g, with the lightest being 50g and the heaviest being 2.7kg. The Pentax K-3's weight of 715g is very heavy compared to most other cameras. It is in the heaviest 6% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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    Supports Full HD Video
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    The Pentax K-3 supports Full HD video. 73% of cameras do not support Full HD video.

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    Has an HDMI
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    The Pentax K-3 has an HDMI, which is unusual. 62% of cameras do not have an HDMI.

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    Large Display Diagonal
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    The smallest display diagonal of cameras is 1", the largest is 6.7", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The Pentax K-3's display diagonal of 3.2" is in the largest 4% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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    Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

    The Pentax K-3 has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike 86% of cameras which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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    Has a Microphone in

    The Pentax K-3 has a microphone in, which is unusual. 90% of cameras do not have a microphone in.

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    High Display Resolution

    The display resolutions of digital cameras range from 23,000 pixels to 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 570,000 pixels. The display resolution of the Pentax K-3 of 1,040,000 pixels is higher than average when compared to most other cameras. It is higher than 84% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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    Has a USB 3.0 Port

    The Pentax K-3 has a USB 3.0 port, unlike 100% of cameras which do not have a USB 3.0 port.

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    Has a Carrying Case

    The Pentax K-3 has a carrying case, unlike 90% of cameras which do not have a carrying case.

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    Has an Anti-Dust Function

    The Pentax K-3 has an anti-dust function, unlike 92% of cameras which do not have an anti-dust function.

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    3 USB Version

    The Pentax K-3 supports a 3 USB version which is newer than the 2 USB version supported by most cameras.

    Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst supported USB version is 1.1.

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    Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

    This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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    Features Saturation Adjustment

    The Pentax K-3 features saturation adjustment, which is unusual. 87% of cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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    Wide Range of Minimum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

    This Pentax camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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    Features Flash Exposure Compensation

    The Pentax K-3 features flash exposure compensation. 83% of cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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    Has a Self-Timer

    The Pentax K-3 has a self-timer. 81% of cameras do not have a self-timer.

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    720 Battery Life

    The Pentax K-3 is a camera that takes 720 shots battery life.

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    Has an Auto Exposure (AE) Lock

    The Pentax K-3 has an auto Exposure (AE) lock, which is unusual. 73% of digital cameras do not have an auto Exposure (AE) lock.

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    Has a Headphone Output

    The Pentax K-3 has a headphone output. 94% of digital cameras do not have a headphone output.

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    Supports Dioptic Correction

    The Pentax K-3 supports dioptic correction, unlike 92% of digital cameras which do not support dioptic correction.

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    Big Eye Relief

    Across all the digital cameras the eye reliefs range from 8mm to 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm. The eye relief of the Pentax K-3 of 22.3mm is bigger than 90% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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    Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

    This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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    Features Brightness Adjustment

    The Pentax K-3 features brightness adjustment, unlike 81% of cameras which do not feature brightness adjustment.

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    Has an External Flash Connector

    The Pentax K-3 has an external flash connector, unlike 88% of cameras which do not have an external flash connector.

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    Features Noise Reduction

    The Pentax K-3 features noise reduction. 93% of digital cameras do not feature noise reduction.

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    Has an Auto Focus (AF) Lock

    The Pentax K-3 has an Auto Focus (AF) lock. 71% of digital cameras do not have an Auto Focus (AF) lock.

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    6016 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

    The Pentax K-3 supports a maximum still image resolution of 6016 x 4000. That's 72% higher resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4320 x 3240. This digital camera also supports a still image resolution of 6016x4000, 4608x3072, 3072x2048 plus 1 more value. The best resolution of all cameras is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 4592x3064.

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    Has an Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam

    The Pentax K-3 has an Auto Focus (AF) assist beam, unlike 71% of cameras which do not have an Auto Focus (AF) assist beam.

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    Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

    This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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    Has a Shoe Mounting Point

    The Pentax K-3 has a shoe mounting point, which is unusual. 89% of digital cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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    Features Contrast Adjustment

    The Pentax K-3 features contrast adjustment. 82% of cameras do not feature contrast adjustment.

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    1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Video Resolution

    This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1280x720|1920x1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported resolution on cameras. 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.

    A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080).

    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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    Popularity

    Popularity

    The Pentax K-3 has been listed on Kagoo since January 2017 and is currently ranked number 10 out of 492 digital cameras.
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    Pentax K-3 Release Date

    July 2015

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    The most common period for new Pentax cameras to be released in is between January and March.

    March was the biggest month last year for new Pentax cameras, with one new Pentax cameras released that month. One new Pentax digital cameras were released in January 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new Pentax digital camera releases. Also the biggest month in 2016 for new Pentax camera releases was January, with one new Pentax digital cameras released that month.

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    How Fast Do Pentax Digital Camera Prices Drop After Release?

    Pentax digital cameras tend to depreciate faster than most cameras.

    Most cameras drop in price by 2% in the first 6 months after release. On average, in the first 6 months after release, Pentax cameras drop in price by 17%. On a typical new Pentax camera costing $691, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $117.

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    Pentax K-3 Specification

    Key Features
    Weight
    Camera Type
    Megapixels
    Picture Quality
    Still Image Resolution
    Maximum Image Resolution
    Sensor Type
    Image Formats Supported
    Image Sensor Size (W X H)
    Total Megapixels
    Supported Aspect Ratios
    Design
    Energy Star Certified
    Material
    Colour
    Lens System
    Minimum Aperture Number
    Maximum Aperture Number
    Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
    Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
    Lens Mount Interface
    Diaphragm Blade
    Filter Size
    Mounting Type
    Focusing
    Closest Focusing Distance
    Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
    Auto Focus (AF) Lock
    Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
    Auto Focus (AF) Points
    Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
    Focus
    Light Exposure
    ISO Sensitivity
    Light Exposure Modes
    Maximum ISO Sensitivity
    Minimum ISO Sensitivity
    Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
    Light Metering
    Light Exposure Correction
    Shutter
    Camera Shutter Speed
    Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
    Camera Shutter Type
    Shutter Speed Settings
    Flash
    External Flash Connector
    Flash Exposure Compensation
    Shoe Mounting Point
    Flash Modes
    Flash Guide Number
    Flash Sync-Speed
    Flash Exposure Correction
    Shoe Mounting Point Type
    Video
    Full HD Video
    Maximum Video Resolution
    Video Recording
    Video Resolution
    Motion JPEG Frame Rate
    Video Formats Supported
    Analog Signal Format System
    Resolution At Capture Speed
    HD Type
    Audio
    Built-in Microphone
    Noise Reduction
    Memory
    Compatible Memory Card
    Memory Slots
    Display
    Display Diagonal
    Vari-Angle LCD Display
    Field of View
    Touchscreen
    Display Resolution
    Second Display
    Display Aspect Ratio
    Display
    Viewfinder
    Magnification
    Viewfinder Type
    Ports & Interfaces
    PictBridge
    HDMI
    Microphone in
    USB Version
    Headphone Output
    AV Output
    DC-in Jack
    USB Connector Type
    HDMI Connector Type
    USB Connector
    Camera
    GPS
    White Balance
    Shooting Modes
    Photo Effects
    Self-Timer Delay
    Histogram
    Dioptic Correction
    Anti-Dust Function
    Image Editing
    Camera File System
    Camera Playback
    Saturation Adjustment
    Contrast Adjustment
    Brightness Adjustment
    Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
    Eye Relief
    Scene Modes
    Languages Support
    Weight & Dimensions
    Height
    Depth
    Width
    Weight (Including Battery)
    Battery
    Power Source Type
    Battery Technology
    Battery Supported
    Battery Type
    Maximum Battery Life
    Battery Life
    Operational Conditions
    Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
    Operating Temperature (T-T)
    Packaging Content
    Bundled Software
    AC Adapter Included
    Batteries Included
    Battery Charger Included
    Quick Start Guide
    Carrying Case
    Networking
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth
    Data Network
    Other Features
    Built-in Flash
    Dimensions (WxDxH)
    USB 3.0 Port
    Camera Shutter Speed
    Technical Details
    Self-Timer
    Flash Type

    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

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