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Pentax K3II

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DP Review Gold PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Editor's Choice Pocket Lint Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured 24.35 megapixel 0.34 times zoom factor digital camera
SLR 24.35MP 0.34x CMOS Dec 2014
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Pentax K-3 Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features, we have ranked the Pentax K-3 number 212 across all digital cameras.
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629 Reviews + 19 Awards
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Overall Score
47
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 47?

It has great expert reviews and excellent user reviews with 99% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, product quality and is robust.
This Pentax digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
6016 x 4000 pixels image resolution
Quite high megapixel
Heavy
Quite small optical zoom

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared the K-3 with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for portrait photography, ranking number 9999999 in portrait photography cameras. It is also very good for everyday photography, ranking number 9999999 in everyday photography cameras, but good for sports photography, ranking number 9999999 in sports photography cameras.
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How Big is the Pentax K-3?

The Pentax K-3 is 131.5mm wide and 77.5mm tall. It is 100mm deep and weighs 715g.

Pentax K-3 front dimensions
Pentax K-3 top dimensions

Pentax K-3 size in context

Pentax K-3 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

19 Industry Awards

Amongst cameras, this Pentax camera is one of the most highly awarded by expert review sites.

The authors at websites Digitaltrends.com, Reviewed.com, Photoreview.com.au, PC Mag and Ephotozine all concluded that this camera was fantastic and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

The experts at review sites Akam.no, Pocket Lint, Hi-Tech.mail.ru/ and Gagadget.com all endorse this Pentax digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The writers at review sites Ljudochbild.se, Lydogbillede.dk and Lydogbilde.no all thought that this camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The experts at two other expert review sites both thought that this Pentax camera was brilliant and gave it one of their highest awards. This Pentax digital camera received a "Gold" award from both Onfoto.ru and DP Review.

Three additional expert review sites all decided that this camera was very good. This Pentax digital camera received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com and it received a "Dave's Pick" award from Imaging Resource.com.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This digital camera has an average expert rating of 89% based on 35 expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews and Ephotozine. This means that camera experts think this camera is one of the very best cameras.

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Excellent User Reviews

Based on 388 user reviews this Pentax digital camera has a marvellous average user rating. Over 90% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 99% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. This camera in the top 7% of all the cameras when ranked by user rating.

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Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

19 owners who purchased it concluded that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Good Product Quality

36 customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good quality.

Customers Report it is Robust

30 customers who reviewed the Pentax K-3 reckoned that it was well made, three owners wrote in their reviews that the product was strong and durable and three customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was reliable.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

56 customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images, five people who reviewed it agreed that it was good in low light and five customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. four people said in their reviews that it had a good image sensor and two owners wrote in their reviews that it was good in terms of colour rendition.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

25 people who purchased it considered that it was easy to use, seven people reckoned that it was easy to use the menus and four customers said in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Excellent Brand

We checked 2,538 owner and expert reviews (including 473 verified purchases) for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews. We also found that Pentax has excellent reviews specifically for its cameras. 98% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Eight owners who bought this digital camera considered that it was good for video recording.

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

17 owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good autofocus, nine people reckoned that it had a good lens and two customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser.

Customers Report Nice Design

Seven people who reviewed the product concluded that it was good looking, five customers who purchased the product considered that it was ergonomic and two customers concluded that the product was well designed. two owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was smooth.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five owners thought the Pentax K-3 had a good screen.

Customers Report a Good Flash

Two owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good flash.

Users Report Great Technical Features

Eight customers who bought it concluded that it had good features.

Customers Report Acceptable Noise Level

10 people who reviewed the Pentax K-3 concluded that it was quiet.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Four customers said in their reviews that it was a good body shape.

Customers Report Excellent Battery Life

Five people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life.


Value For Money

Expensive

We think this Pentax digital camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras. The cheapest camera that we found costs $29 and the most expensive costs $6,895.

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Features

6016 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 has a 6016 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras. Across all cameras the image resolution ranges from 2592 x 1944 pixels to 7680 x 5120 pixels.

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Quite High Megapixel

When compared to other cameras that we have checked the megapixel of, the Pentax K-3's megapixel of 24.35 megapixels is one of the highest. Across all the cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP.

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Heavy

The Pentax K-3 is one of the heavier cameras (715 grams) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the cameras the weights range from 1g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

When compared to other digital cameras, the optical zoom of the Pentax K-3 of only 0.34 times zoom factor is one of the smallest. Across all the cameras the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 83x.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Pentax K-3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Pentax K-3 has a quite large display diagonal (3.2 inches) compared to most of the other cameras. The smallest display diagonal of cameras is 0.5" and the largest is 9".

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-3 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the cameras the display resolutions (numeric) range from 3 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 1,037,000 pixel, the Pentax K-3 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other cameras also feature saturation adjustment.

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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 digital cameras. In addition, this camera support a 3.1 and 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) USB version.

A 3 USB version is in fact the best supported USB version amongst all digital cameras.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst supported USB version is 3.1.

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Has a Microphone in

The Pentax K-3 has a microphone in. Most of the other cameras also have a microphone in.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Pentax K-3 does not feature bluetooth, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras also do not feature bluetooth.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

When compared to other digital cameras that we have checked, the Pentax K-3's minimum aperture number of only 1.8 is one of the smallest. Across all the digital cameras the minimum aperture numbers range from -2 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Pentax K-3 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Pentax K-3 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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6016 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras. This camera has a 6016 x 4000 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Pentax camera have still image resolution(s) of 4608 x 3072 and 3072 x 2048 and 1920 x 1280.

A 6016 x 4000 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution across all cameras.

An S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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Has a Self-Timer

The Pentax K-3 has a self-timer. Most of the other cameras also have a self-timer.

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720 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Pentax K-3 which takes 720 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Pentax K-3 has an anti-dust function, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has a Carrying Case

The Pentax K-3 has a carrying case, as do most of the other cameras.

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Fairly Big Eye Relief

With an eye relief of 22.3 millimeters, the Pentax K-3 has a quite big eye relief compared to most of the other digital cameras. The eye reliefs of digital cameras range from 8mm to 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other cameras also feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a USB 3.0 Port

The Pentax K-3 has a USB 3.0 port. Most of the other cameras do not have a USB 3.0 port.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-3 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-3 does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras do support Wi-Fi.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Pentax K-3 supports dioptic correction. Most of the other digital cameras also support dioptic correction.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Pentax K-3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras also support Full HD video.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Pentax K-3 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other cameras.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax K-3 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Pentax camera). 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. Across all cameras the video resolution ranges from 320 x 120 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Pentax K-3 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other cameras also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Quite Large Maximum Aperture Number

When compared to other cameras, the Pentax K-3's maximum aperture number of 45 is one of the largest. The maximum aperture numbers of cameras range from 1.8 to 130.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax K-3 features noise reduction. Most of the other cameras also feature noise reduction.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was December 2014 when Pentax released the K-3.


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