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151 Reviews + 18 Awards
85
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
57
Value for Money
Average
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. It has a GPS, a built-in flash and an optical zoom of and does not have an image stabiliser. Reviews indicate 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
715g SLR 24.35MP 6016 X 4000 Pixels Jul 2015
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With outstanding reviews and excellent features, we have ranked the Pentax K-3 number 1 across all digital cameras and number 140 in best selling cameras.

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96
Reviews
85
Features
70
Popularity
58
Value for Money
70
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Why Has it Scored 77?

multiple reviews mentioned that it has very good expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with an average overall rating of 95%, based on 151 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 digital 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:
6016 x 4000 pixels image resolution
Higher than average megapixels
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Higher than average 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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4.7 stars (238 reviews)

70%

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
103
21
Lens System
50
21
Viewfinder / Screen
23
14
Price
51
23
Features
26
5
Video Capability
20
5
Size and Weight
34
24
Ease of Use
55
3
Design
46
4
Robustness
35
3
Flash
5
1
Noise Level
7
7
Sports Photography
2
2
Landscape Photography
2
0
Battery
3
0
Support
2
2
Wildlife Photography
1
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Capacity
1
0
6 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
  • ... 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
  • The Vast Majority of Owners Thought it Was Robust

    More than 10 people thought that the Pentax K-3 was strong and durable and several people thought that it was also very 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
  • 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 Durable
    Very Well Made
    9 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Reliable
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Six People Thought This Digital Camera Had a Good Battery Life

    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 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
    1 person disagrees
    Lightweight
    6 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    A Superb Size
    4 people agree
    No people disagree
    A Big Size
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Not {More} Heavy and Bulky
    2 people agree
    12 people disagree
    9 Out of 10 People Thought This Digital Camera Was Carefully Designed

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

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    Really Ergonomic
    19 people agree
    1 person disagrees
  • ... 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
  • ... 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
  • ... bright viewfinder giving 100% coverage. It has two control wheels and good ergonomics. The controls are configurable and really yield little to its big ...
    Archie - Amazon 4 Jun 2013
  • ... 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
    10 people agree
    2 people disagree
    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
    Over 40 People Thought it Was Easy to Use

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

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    Very Easy to Use
    24 people agree
    1 person disagrees
  • Five Stars. DELIGHTED WITH THIS - EASY TO USE AND EXCELLENT QUALITY CAMERA...
    Dr. John A. Desmond - Amazon 21 Feb 2016
  • Pentax k-30. I find it easy to use, a great camera for the price & a good lense. The anti shake setting seems to work well which is great in low light ...
    Kate Rhodes - Amazon 28 Apr 2013
  • ... K-x, and it never zoomed as smoothly thereafter.

    This camera is pretty easy to use, even for beginners, and yet is capable of producing truly ...
    Tim - Amazon 1 May 2013
  • ... shooting, it never seems, so far to falter in its exposure, focus and ease of use. Takes a bit of familiarisation on the controls though. I will buy Pentax ...
    Pete89 - Amazon 14 Apr 2013
  • View All Reviews About Easy to Use
    Has Excellent Controls
    11 people agree
    No people disagree
    Comfortable and Easy to Hold
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has a Good Interface
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    9 Out of 10 Customers 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
  • Three People Thought This Digital Camera Was Bad in Terms of Connectivity
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    One Person Thought the Pentax K-3 Was Good When it Came to Technical Guidance
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    Six People Thought This Digital Camera Had an OK Noise Level

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

  • ... 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 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
  • ... 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
  • ... 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
  • Some Owners Thought it Had a Large Capacity
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    Over 50 People Thought it Had a Lens That Was Good

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

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    Has a Good Autofocus
    24 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
    21 people agree
    13 people disagree
    Has an Excellent Image Stabiliser
    8 people agree
    No people disagree
    6 Out of 10 People Thought This Digital Camera 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
  • ... Small Size High Spec. Small Size Pro Level Cam. Good Build Quality. Tilt Swivel LCD. Weather sealing. Color Inconsistancies.
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 1 Dec 2015
  • ... Good Image Quality. Good Image Stabilization. High ISO Performance. Large Clear LCD. Quiet. Tilt Swivel LCD. None That Bother Me.
    Bhphotovideo.com - Bhphotovideo.com 11 Feb 2014
  • View All Reviews About Lcd
    Has a Superb Viewfinder
    9 people agree
    3 people disagree
    The Vast Majority of Customers Thought it Took Good 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 very good picture quality and had a good picture resolution. Looking through the reviews we also noticed that more than 10 people thought that it had a good ISO range and several people thought that it also had a good image sensor and was outstanding in low light.

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    Very Able to Produce Good Images
    78 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 - Tech.uk.msn.com 10 Feb 2014
  • Brilliant camera for brilliant pictures. I got my K30 in January 2013. I have shot many pictures on it since then in UK and in Florida. I love using this ...
    Dr. Peter Davies - Amazon 12 Apr 2013
  • View All Reviews About Pictures
    Has an Excellent Picture Quality
    26 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Has a Good Picture Resolution
    21 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Has a Good ISO Range
    15 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Has a Good Image Sensor
    10 people agree
    2 people disagree
    Brilliant in Low Light
    8 people agree
    3 people disagree
    5 Out of 10 People Thought it 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 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/my/ 7 Mar 2014
  • ... AF in video mode. AF isn't as impressive as direct rivals. No focus peaking while shooting video. No ultrasonic motorisation for 1855 mm kit lens. WiFi ...
    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
  • Three People Thought it Had a Good Flash

    Three 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
  • ... great, very sleek and arresting in its style.

    + Built-in flash is quite good surprisingly.

    + quick menu changes, almost no lag at ...
    Split-Pea Soup - Amazon 7 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 it 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
  • Two People 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 Customer Thought the Pentax K-3 is Good for Wildlife Photography
    View All Reviews About Wildlife Photography

    How Good Are Pentax Cameras?

    85
    Features

    Key Reasons For and Against

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

    What the Reviews Say

    The vast majority of owners thought it was robust
    Six people thought this digital camera had a good battery life
    Most people thought it was a good size
    9 out of 10 people thought this digital camera was carefully designed
    Over 40 people thought it was easy to use
    9 out of 10 customers thought it had good technical features
    Six people thought this digital camera had an OK noise level
    Over 50 people thought it had a lens that was good
    6 out of 10 people thought this digital camera had a good screen or viewfinder
    The vast majority of customers thought it took good pictures
    Three people thought it had a good flash
    5 out of 10 people thought it did not take good videos
    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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    Higher Than Average Megapixels

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

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    Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

    This 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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    Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Video Resolution

    This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as Full HD.

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    Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

    The lowest maximum ISO sensitivity of cameras is 200, the highest is 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 15,000. The Pentax K-3's maximum ISO sensitivity of 51,200 is higher than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 6% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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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 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 10% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. The average camera shutter speed of all cameras is 0.01s, with the shortest being 0.000016s and the longest being 4s.

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    Has a Built-in Flash
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    The Pentax K-3 has a built-in flash, as do 70% of digital cameras.

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    Heavier Than Average

    Across all the cameras the weights range from 50g to 2.7kg, and the average weight is 300g. The Pentax K-3's weight of 715g is heavier than average when compared to most other cameras. It is heavier than 94% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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    Has a GPS
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    The Pentax K-3 has a GPS. 91% of cameras do not have a GPS.

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    Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

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

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    Does Not Support Wi-Fi

    The Pentax K-3 does not support Wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that 74% of digital cameras also do not support Wi-Fi.

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    Has a Shoe Mounting Point

    The Pentax K-3 has a shoe mounting point, which is unusual. 91% of cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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    720 Battery Life

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

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    Has a Self-Timer

    The Pentax K-3 has a self-timer. 84% of digital cameras do not have a self-timer.

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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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    Has a Carrying Case

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

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    Has an HDMI

    The Pentax K-3 has an HDMI. 63% of cameras do not have an HDMI.

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    Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

    This 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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    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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    3 USB Version

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

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

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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 a 4320 x 3240 digital camera, which is the most common resolution supported by digital cameras. In addition, this camera supports a still image resolution of 6016x4000, 4608x3072, 3072x2048 plus 1 more value. Cameras resolutions range from 4592x3064 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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    Has a Microphone in

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

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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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    Supports Dioptic Correction

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

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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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    Has a USB 3.0 Port

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

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    Features Saturation Adjustment

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

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    Supports Full HD Video
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    The Pentax K-3 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. 82% of digital cameras do not support Full HD video.

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    Has an External Flash Connector

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

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    Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

    This 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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    Bigger Than Average Eye Relief

    Cameras have eye reliefs of between 8mm and 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm. The eye relief of the Pentax K-3 of 22.3mm is bigger than average when compared to most other cameras. It is bigger than 91% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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    Features Flash Exposure Compensation

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

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    Higher Than Average Display Resolution

    Cameras have display resolutions of between 23,000 pixels and 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 digital cameras. It is in the highest 15% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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    Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Video Resolution

    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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    Larger Than Average Display Diagonal
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    The display diagonal of the Pentax K-3 of 3.2" is in the largest 6% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. The display diagonals of digital cameras range from 1" to 6.7", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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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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    Has a Headphone Output

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

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    Features Brightness Adjustment

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

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    Does Not Feature Bluetooth

    Like most other digital cameras, the Pentax K-3 does not feature bluetooth. 94% of digital cameras do not feature bluetooth.

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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 an Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam

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

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    Has an Auto Exposure (AE) Lock

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

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    Has an Auto Focus (AF) Lock

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

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    Popularity

    Popularity

    The Pentax K-3 has been listed on Kagoo since January 2017 and is currently ranked number 1 out of 458 digital cameras.
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    Value for Money

    Value for Money

    The chart below compares the value for money of the Pentax K-3 (the red dot) against some of its competitors (the blue dots). Hover on a blue dot to see additional info for each competitor. Click the dot to view that product.

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    Age

    Pentax K-3 Release Date

    July 2015

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    In January 2017, one new Pentax cameras were released making it the biggest month that year for new Pentax camera releases. One new Pentax cameras were released in January 2016 making it the biggest month that year as well for new Pentax digital camera releases. In 2015 most new Pentax digital cameras were released in July, with three new Pentax digital cameras released that month.

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    How Fast Do Pentax Digital Camera Prices Drop After Release?

    Pentax cameras tend to depreciate faster than most cameras.

    Most cameras drop in price by 1% in the first 6 months after release. New Pentax digital cameras drop in price by an average of 17% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means a saving of $133 on a typical $782 new Pentax digital camera if you wait 6 months before buying.

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    Pentax K-3 Specification

    Key Features
    Weight
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    Picture Quality
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    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)
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    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
    USB 3.0 Port
    Technical Details
    Self-Timer
    Flash Type

    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

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