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Pentax K-3
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Pentax K-3
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Reviews
145 Reviews + 18 Awards
81
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
67
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Our Verdict:
Owners report that this digital camera it. It's a multi award winning and fully featured 715g digital camera. It has a GPS and a built-in flash, does not have an image stabiliser and supports Full HD video.
Features We Love:
High megapixels (24.35MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (51,200)
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used
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"
SCREEN
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With outstanding reviews and excellent features, we have ranked the Pentax K-3 number 140 in best selling cameras and number 291 across all digital cameras.

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Kagoo Score
97
Reviews
82
Features
70
Popularity
68
Value for Money

78

78
Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 78?

our review analysis indicates that it has great expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with an average overall rating of 95%, based on 145 reviews.
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.
This Pentax digital camera 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?

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Average Review Score

4.7 stars (145 reviews)

65%

of Customers Would Recommend
5 Stars
94 Reviews
4 Stars
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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
30
2
Lens System
13
4
Features
8
2
Size and Weight
12
6
Video Capability
5
2
Ease of Use
15
1
Price
11
3
Design
14
0
Robustness
11
0
Landscape Photography
2
0
Wildlife Photography
1
0
Viewfinder / Screen
1
0
Sports Photography
0
1
Noise Level
3
0
Battery
2
0
7 Out of 10 People Thought it Had a Good Price
  • ... 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
  • What a fantastic deal! Oh and the camera is brilliant too. This review relates specifically to the k3 plus 2 lenses 55-200 and 18-55. The price is simply ...
    Phil S. - Amazon 1 May 2016
  • 9 Out of 10 Owners Thought it Was Reliable

    More than 10 people thought that the Pentax K-3 was strong and durable and several people thought that it was also really well-built, well made and was reliable.

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    Strong and Durable
    16 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
  • A gift to capture memories. Bought this as a gift to my dad. It is as durable as it looks and has all the features you need for a good quality dslr. The ...
    Nicholas Vassallo - Amazon 1 Mar 2015
  • 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
  • ... 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 Robust
    Very Well-Built
    10 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Very Well Made
    10 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Reliable
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    The Vast Majority of People Thought This Digital Camera Had a Long Battery Life

    Four people thought that the Pentax K-3 had an excellent 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
  • 6 Out of 10 People Thought it Was a Good Size

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

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    A Good Body Shape
    11 people agree
    6 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
  • ... can withstand water. This makes it a little more expensive than i...Weatherproof body. 100 viewfinder. Universal DNG raw format. Chromatic aberration issues. ...
    Techradar 27 Mar 2014
  • ... 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
    Compact
    7 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Lightweight
    6 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    A Very Good Size
    4 people agree
    No people disagree
    A Big Size
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Not {More} Heavy and Bulky
    2 people agree
    9 people disagree
    9 Out of 10 Owners Thought it Was Carefully Designed

    More than 10 people thought that the Pentax K-3 was really ergonomic and several people thought that it was also very good-looking, well designed and was smooth.

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    Very Ergonomic
    17 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... all (squarish/Germanic even) but solid feel and reassuring weight with excellent grip which should suit all but the smallest hands.The Shake reduction ...
    Tranran - Amazon 9 Sep 2015
  • ... Auto-Focus. Fast Shutter Speed. Good Image Quality. Good Image Stabilization. Great Ergonomics. Large Clear LCD. Quiet. Weatherproofing.
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 4 Feb 2015
  • ... 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
  • ... when i purchased it for £369. It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range.
    Bruno Pereira - Amazon 26 Jan 2013
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    Very Good-Looking
    8 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Very Well Designed
    4 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Smooth
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has a Good Case
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    The Vast Majority of People Thought it Was Easy to Use

    Over 20 people thought that the Pentax K-3 was very easy to use and several people thought that it also had superb controls, had a good interface and was comfortable and easy to hold.

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    Very Easy to Use
    24 people agree
    1 person disagrees
  • ... photographs. Very, Very satisfied with purchase as well as the B&H experience... Easy To Use. Fast Accurate Auto-Focus. Fast Shutter Speed. Good Image ...
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 4 Jan 2016
  • ... 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
  • Superb Camera, New to photography but this Camera is versatile and easy to use,...
    Amazon Customer - Amazon 3 Feb 2016
  • View All Reviews About Easy to Use
    Has Outstanding Controls
    11 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has a Good Interface
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Comfortable and Easy to Hold
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Over 20 People Thought it Had Good Technical Features

    More than 20 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 People Thought the Pentax K-3 Was Bad in Terms of Connectivity
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    One Person Thought it Was Good When it Came to Technical Guidance
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    Seven People Thought it Had an Acceptable Noise Level

    Several people thought that the Pentax K-3 was very quiet and wasn't noisy.

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    Very Quiet
    5 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... shots at ISO 1600 and even 3200 in most cases + Good resolution sensor + Quiet shutter + Fast burst mode great for capturing sports/movement - Video is ...
    James Hall - Amazon 22 Jul 2014
  • ... 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
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    Not {More} Noisy
    2 people agree
    6 people disagree
    One Person Thought it Had a Big Capacity
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    The Majority of Customers Thought it Had a Good Lens

    Over 10 people thought that the Pentax K-3 had a good autofocus and lens. Several people also thought that it had a brilliant image stabiliser and had a good zoom.

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    Has a Good Autofocus
    23 people agree
    12 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 Focus
    Has a Good Lens
    19 people agree
    12 people disagree
    Has a Brilliant Image Stabiliser
    8 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has a Good Zoom
    2 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Most People Thought it Had a Good Screen or Viewfinder

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

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    Has a Good Screen
    10 people agree
    12 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
  • ... sensor, a weatherproof camera body, a larger, brighter viewfinder, a better LCD screen, quicker focusing, focus-point indicators in the viewfinder, and ...
    Tim - Amazon 1 May 2013
  • ... reduction... Easy To Use. Good Image Quality. High ISO Performance. Large Clear LCD. Quiet. Fast Accurate Auto-Focus. Fast Shutter Speed. Good Image Stabilization.
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 6 Nov 2014
  • ... Good Image Stabilization. High ISO Performance. Large Clear LCD. Quiet. Tilt Swivel LCD.
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 2 Jan 2015
  • View All Reviews About Lcd
    Has an Excellent Viewfinder
    8 people agree
    3 people disagree
    The Vast Majority of People Thought it Produced Good Quality Pictures

    Over 70 people thought that the Pentax K-3 was very able to produce good images and more than 20 people thought that it also had a brilliant picture quality. Over 10 people also thought that it had a good picture resolution and ISO range. Looking through the reviews we also noticed that several people thought that it was excellent in low light and had a good image sensor.

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    Really Able to Produce Good Images
    75 people agree
    5 people disagree
  • ... 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
  • ... the K-5. The weatherproofing and excellent pictures are what drew me back to the K30 every time I considered the competitors. Please note, the 18-135mm ...
    Amazon Customer - Amazon 6 Sep 2012
  • View All Reviews About Photographs
    Has an Excellent Picture Quality
    25 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Has a Good Picture Resolution
    18 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Has a Good ISO Range
    15 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Excellent in Low Light
    9 people agree
    3 people disagree
    Has a Good Image Sensor
    8 people agree
    2 people disagree
    5 Out of 10 People Thought the Pentax K-3 Did Not Take 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
  • ... 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
  • ... 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
  • ... 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
  • Some People Thought the Pentax K-3 Had a Good Flash

    Two people thought that the Pentax K-3 had a good flash.

  • ... ISOs + Looks great, very sleek and arresting in its style. + Built-in flash is quite good surprisingly. + quick menu changes, almost no lag at startup, ...
    Amazon Customer - Amazon 6 Sep 2012
  • ... absolutely necessary for controlled lighting, and I've only experimented with the flash enough to prove it works. With the sensitivity of this camera, ...
    R. F. Stevens "richard23491" - Amazon 2 May 2013
  • Some 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
  • One Person Thought This Digital Camera is Good for Sports Photography
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    One Person Thought it is Good for Wildlife Photography
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    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
    3 USB version
    Has a shoe mounting point
    Has an external flash connector
    Features noise reduction
    Has a USB 3.0 port
    Features flash exposure compensation
    High display resolution
    Wide range of minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) depending on lens used
    Features saturation adjustment
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution
    Features contrast adjustment
    6016 x 4000 still image resolution
    Wide range of aspherical lenses depending on lens used
    Has a microphone in
    Has an auto Exposure (AE) lock
    Wide range of maximum aperture numbers depending on lens used
    Has an Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
    Has a self-timer
    Wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) depending on lens used
    Features brightness adjustment
    720 battery life
    Has a vari-angle LCD display
    Supports dioptic correction
    Has an Auto Focus (AF) lock
    Has an anti-dust function
    Has a carrying case
    Big eye relief
    Has a headphone output
    Wide range of magnifications depending on lens used
    Does not feature bluetooth
    Does not support Wi-Fi
    Heavy
    High Megapixels

    The Pentax K-3's sensor megapixels of 24.4MP is very high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 3% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. Digital cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixels is 15MP.

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    Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

    This 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 typical of many 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 maximum ISO sensitivity of the Pentax K-3 of 51,200 is very high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 4% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. Across all the digital cameras the ISO sensitivities (max) range from 100 to 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 digital 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 camera shutter speed of the Pentax K-3 of only 0.000125s is in the shortest 11% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. The shortest camera shutter speed of digital cameras is 0.000016s, the longest is 4s, and the average camera shutter speed is 0.01s.

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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 digital cameras also do not feature bluetooth.

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

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    Does Not Support Wi-Fi

    The Pentax K-3 does not support Wi-Fi. 72% of digital cameras also 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 digital cameras.

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    Heavy

    The average weight of all digital cameras is 300g, with the lightest being 50g and the heaviest being 2.7kg. The Pentax K-3's weight of 715g is heavier than 94% of all digital 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. 71% 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. 62% of digital cameras do not have an HDMI.

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    Large Display Diagonal
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    The display diagonals of cameras range from 1" to 6.7", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The display diagonal of the Pentax K-3 of 3.2" is larger than 95% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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    3 USB Version

    The Pentax K-3 supports a newer USB version than most digital cameras. This Pentax digital camera supports a 3 USB version, whereas most cameras support a 2 USB version.

    An 1.1 USB version is the worst supported USB version amongst similar types of camera.

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    Has a Shoe Mounting Point

    The Pentax K-3 has a shoe mounting point. 88% of digital cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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    Has an External Flash Connector

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

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    Features Noise Reduction

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

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    Has a USB 3.0 Port

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

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    Features Flash Exposure Compensation

    The Pentax K-3 features flash exposure compensation, which is unusual. 83% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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    High Display Resolution

    The lowest display resolution of cameras is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 570,000 pixels. The Pentax K-3's display resolution of 1,040,000 pixels is higher than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 16% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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

    This 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 Saturation Adjustment

    The Pentax K-3 features saturation adjustment. 87% of digital cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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    1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Video Resolution

    This camera supports a video resolution of 1280x720|1920x1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital 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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    Features Contrast Adjustment

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

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    6016 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

    The highest still image resolution supported by the Pentax K-3 is 6016 x 4000. That's 72% higher resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4320 x 3240. This camera also supports a still image resolution of 6016x4000, 4608x3072, 3072x2048 plus 1 more value. The worst resolution of all cameras is 2992 x 2000 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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    Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

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

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    Has a Microphone in

    The Pentax K-3 has a microphone in. 90% of digital cameras do not have a microphone in.

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    Has an Auto Exposure (AE) Lock

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

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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 an Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam

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

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    Has a Self-Timer

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

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

    This Pentax digital 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. 81% of digital cameras do not feature brightness adjustment.

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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 a Vari-Angle LCD Display

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

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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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    Has an Auto Focus (AF) Lock

    The Pentax K-3 has an Auto Focus (AF) lock, unlike 72% of digital cameras which do not have an Auto Focus (AF) lock.

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    Has an Anti-Dust Function

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

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    Has a Carrying Case

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

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    Big Eye Relief

    The Pentax K-3's eye relief of 22.3mm is in the biggest 10% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. Cameras have eye reliefs of between 8mm and 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm.

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    Has a Headphone Output

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

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    Wide Range of Magnifications Depending On Lens Used

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

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    Popularity

    Popularity

    The Pentax K-3 has been listed on Kagoo since January 2017 and is currently ranked number 291 out of 378 digital cameras.
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    Value for Money

    Value for Money

    We determine value for money by calculating a quality score for each product based on its reviews, features and age, and then comparing this quality score to the product price. A digital camera with a high quality score and low price will get a good value for money score.

    We have analysed the Pentax K-3, and ranked it:

    Good Value For Money
    This digital camera is both high quality and a low price, making it excellent value for money.

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    Pentax K-3
    Poor Value for Money Budget Choice
    Price

    The product has excellent reviews but mediocre features and at $951.99 it is more expensive than 87% of digital cameras.

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    7 out of 10 people thought it had a good price
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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
    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
    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
    Energy Star Certified
    Power Source Type
    Built-in Flash
    Dimensions (WxDxH)
    USB 3.0 Port
    Camera Shutter Speed
    Technical Details
    Self-Timer
    Flash Type

    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

    pentax k3bodykit, pentax 15563, pentax 234m, pentax k3ii, pentax f28, pentax k3u, f458ed

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