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Pentax K-3 Digital Camera

Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick
SLR 24.35MP 0.34x Nov 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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45 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The editor of one expert review site decided that this Pentax digital camera was good. Imaging Resource.com gave this camera a "Dave's Pick" award.

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 68 user reviews the average user rating of this Pentax digital camera is terrific. If all the digital cameras that were released more than two years ago are ranked by average user review score then this camera is in the top 18%.

Good Quality Lens

Six Pentax K-3 reviewers agreed that it had a good autofocus. Four years ago Gadget Fan scored the product very highly and said on Amazon “Where the K3 is noticeably quicker v the K5 is it's autofocus” in their review. Three years ago Imaging Resource.com said “Many lenses don't appear to live up to camera's full autofocus potential”. Imaging Resource.com also said “Lack of continuous autofocus during video capture”.

A few Pentax K-3 owners said in their reviews that the Pentax K-3 had a good lens. Anglosaxon said “Even with the kit 18-135 lens the results are fantastic” and scored the Pentax K-3 very highly. Mr Edward Blockley mentioned three years ago “The 18-135mm lens us good too”. Srinivasan said on Amazon in the same month “Although the 18-55 is a decent kit lens, you really need some nice glass when you have 24MP”.

Three people said that it had a good image stabiliser. Imaging Resource.com said three years ago “Builtin stabilisation”. Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Mechanical stabilisation builtin”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Effective stabilization for all lenses”.

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good zoom. Keith Jordan wrote “Very happy with it! Used it with the Sigma 70 to 300 macro zoom which excellent too!” and gave it an excellent review score.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Pentax K-3 owners wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review “3 of the K-5 and most current Nikons and Canons and the processor is more powerful so operations such as reviewing a stored image happen very quickly, with no perceptible lag” . Amazon Customer also said “Superb Camera, New to photography”. Two years ago Arlan wrote “Provided a decent lens is mounted, pictures are sharp, detailed” in their review of this digital camera.

Some customers reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Four years ago Gadget Fan said in their Pentax K-3 review on Amazon “Certainly quicker to use than a locked shooting mode dial (where it was on the K5”. N. Gratton said “Nikon cameras that are far more expensive - high resolution sensor (24 MP in this case), weather sealing, 100% viewfinder”. Three years ago S. Randle said on Amazon “Having set the camera's parameters similar to the K-500 my first model shoots have produced excellent results - the expected high resolution” in their review.

Four people agreed that the Pentax K-3 had a good ISO range. N. Gratton wrote in their review of the Pentax K-3 on Amazon “The low-light (high ISO) performance is very strong - from what I've seen it's rather better than the latest Canon 7D mk II”. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Excellent high ISO image quality” in their review of the Pentax K-3. Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Exceptional detail at low ISOs”.

Three customers who reviewed it thought it had a good image sensor. Mr. P. Taylor mentioned in their Pentax K-3 review “With a DSLR you can get at the sensor to clean it yourself if you need to”. Srinivasan said in their review “It has a sensor capable of resolving detail that competes with full frame models” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Srinivasan also mentioned “The f4 aperture is not a limitation with a sensor that is this good at high-isos”.

One Pentax K-3 owner who bought it considered that it was good in low light. Gadget Fan rated the product as very good and wrote “Speed is much better in low light”.

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Easy to Use

A number of customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It's an absolute joy to use”. Amazon Customer also said “This Camera is versatile and easy to use”. Three years ago Anglosaxon wrote “A joy to use” in their review of the Pentax K-3.

A number of Pentax K-3 owners who reviewed it agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Arlan wrote on Amazon “Deep grip make it comfortable to hold” and scored the product very highly. N. Gratton scored it very highly and wrote on Amazon “The grip extremely comfortable”.

Some Pentax K-3 owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to handle. S. Randle said in their review “I love the way the camera handles, nice and solid” and gave it a very good rating. One customer who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Imaging Resource.com mentioned three years ago “Certain menu screens have become overlycomplex”.

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Robust

Several Pentax K-3 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was well made. Arlan mentioned in their Pentax K-3 review on Amazon “The K3 is built like a tank”. Arlan also said “Its full-metal chassis feels considerably more solid than either the D7100 or 70D”. Mr Edward Blockley wrote “It's a great camera built like a tank, non of this polycarbonate rubbish, so it can take knocks”.

Three customers who bought it reckoned that it was strong and durable. Srinivasan said “The camera feels heavy and rugged in the hand” in their review of this digital camera. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-3 “Rugged and weather sealed” .

A few customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was sealed. Arlan wrote in their Pentax K-3 review “Of note is the fact that all kit lenses Pentax offers with the K3 are weather sealed, as opposed to the policy of competitors which sell weather sealed cameras.”. Four years ago Gadget Fan scored it 5 stars and said “It really carries on the impressive weather sealed performance of it's predecessors”.

One Pentax K-3 reviewer concluded that this digital camera was reliable. Beststuff.com wrote in their Pentax K-3 review two years ago “The selection was made due to the camera's exceptional image quality, excellent reliability rating and outstanding operabi” .

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Nice Design

Several Pentax K-3 owners who purchased it thought it was good looking. Amazon Customer said in their Pentax K-3 review on Amazon “Off; it's achieved by vibrating the sensor to slightly blur the image and works beautifully”. Amazon Customer also wrote “My beautiful Pentax K3”. Michael J. Carter mentioned in his review of this digital camera “It works beautifully” .

A few customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was ergonomic. Amazon Customer said “Controls have been reorganised slightly and ergonomics are good, making it a delight to handle” . Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review “Excellent ergonomics and handling” .

One person concluded that it was smooth. S. Randle wrote on Amazon three years ago “With nice, smooth natural skin tones” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 5 stars.

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Good Product Quality

Some people considered that it was good quality. Arlan wrote on Amazon “The build quality is superb”. Arlan also said “It allows for shadows to be pulled up several stops in PP without unacceptable losses in image quality”. Two years ago Camsaint said on Amazon “Great image quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Pentax Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

On average Pentax SLR cameras have excellent ratings compared to other brands as do all digital cameras built by Pentax.

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Good Size

Three customers said in their reviews that it was compact. Amazon Customer scored it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Rarely use these facilities either (Both these cameras have their uses, being very light and compact.” in their review. Mr. Michael Lee said on Amazon three years ago “Prefer the Pentaxes when I need something more compact and light”. Mr. P. Taylor rated the product 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “A big step up from noisy superzoom and compact cameras! And a better bet than spending massive amounts on compact camera 'dust traps' that can suck dust into the sensor”.

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

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it was lightweight. Mr. Michael Lee mentioned three years ago “The K3 is small and lightweight for an SLR” in his review. Mr. Michael Lee also said “I can thoroughly recommend this camera to anyone requiring a compact lightweight”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three Pentax K-3 owners said in their reviews that it had a good screen. Gadget Fan rated the product 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Another key difference versus the K5, is the screen” in their review. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Sharp rear display” in their review of the Pentax K-3.

Several people concluded that the product had a good viewfinder. Kupfernigk wrote on Amazon “A lack of gimmicks and an excellent viewfinder”. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Large, bright optical viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Technical Features

A few customers agreed that the Pentax K-3 had good features. Mr Edward Blockley mentioned in his review on Amazon “It has all the bells and whistles of a high end dslr at a fraction of their price”. N. Gratton said “There are some nice 'fun' features too, such as integrated intervalometer (letting you shoot time-lapse sequences or videos)” in their Pentax K-3 review and rated it 5 stars. Three years ago Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Extensive feature set”.

Acceptable Noise Level

A number of Pentax K-3 owners considered that the product was noisy. Arlan mentioned in their review two years ago “The one area where the K3 did not quite meet my expectations is high-ISO noise performance” . Imaging Resource.com mentioned three years ago “Noise handled effectively up to 3200 ISO” in their review.

One person said that the product was quiet. Three years ago S. Randle said on Amazon “Quietly positive with the focussing” and scored it very highly.

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Good Connectivity

One person who bought this digital camera thought it was wifi compatible. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Pentax K-3 “The only things missing some people might want, is a tiltable or vari-angled rear screen and built-in Wi-Fi compatibility”.

One Pentax K-3 owner thought the product had gps. Imaging Resource.com mentioned three years ago “Lacks built-in GPS or Wi-Fi” in their Pentax K-3 review.

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Good Video Capture

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

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-3 has a GPS (satellite), unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago which do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price], or the Sony SLT-A77[plb_1736363_price].

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3.2 inches, the Pentax K-3 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The smallest display diagonal of SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the K-3 is 2.5", the largest is 3.2", and the average display diagonal is 3".

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Quite High Megapixel

The Pentax K-3 has one of the higher megapixels (24.35 megapixels) amongst SLR cameras of this age. The lowest megapixel of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the K-3 is 4MP, the highest is 52MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years which do not support Full HD video, the Pentax K-3 supports Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price], or the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

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

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price], or the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you would prefer a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the EOS 60D[pl_1503709_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the EOS 6D[pl_1609271_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on SLR cameras that are a similar age to it.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price], and the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Pentax K-3 has a wider light exposure correction than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Pentax digital camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is in fact the best light exposure correction amongst all SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst light exposure correction is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Two Memory Slotss

The Pentax K-3 has more memory slotss than most of the cameras of this age and spec. This camera is a two memory slots camera compared to most of the digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3 which only have one memory slots.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 38, the Pentax K-3 has a very small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras of this spec and age is 3.5, the smallest is 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 19.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Digital cameras of this age and type have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 1,600 and 210,000. At 51,200, the Pentax K-3 has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently found HDMI connector type is Mini, but this HDMI connector type is not found on this Pentax camera. The HDMI connector types Micro are also found on this camera.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax K-3 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of this age and spec. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Quite High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-3 the motion JPEG frame rates range from 3fps to 60fps. At 60 frames per second, the Pentax K-3 has a quite high motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the K-3.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of 24.71 megapixels, the Pentax K-3 has one of the more total megapixelss amongst SLR cameras of this age. The least total megapixels of SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the K-3 is 10MP, the most is 53MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP.

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Two Number of Batteries Supporteds

The Pentax K-3 is a two number of batteries supported digital camera. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the K-3 only have one number of batteries supported.

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Has Four Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Pentax K-3 is more than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Pentax digital camera has a Manual shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the K-3. The shooting modess "Aperture priority", "Sensitivity priority" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this camera.

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6016 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a 6016 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras of this age and spec the worst image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Pentax K-3 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (1,037,000 pixel) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for more than two years. Digital cameras of this type and age have display resolution (numeric)s of between 640 pixels and 2,400,000 pixels.

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Has Three Image Editings

The number of image editing modes found on the Pentax K-3 is more than most SLR cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Pentax camera has a Rotating image editing, which is the most frequently found image editing found on digital cameras of this age and spec. The image editings "Crop" and "Resizing" are also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on cameras of this age and spec. 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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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This digital camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-3. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax K-3 is more than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-3. The ISO sensitivitys "51200" and "Auto" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This digital camera supports an AVC|AVI|H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Continuous Auto Focus", "Selective Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this Pentax camera.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of camera file systems than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3. The camera file systems "Exif 2.3" and "RAW" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Pentax K-3 is more than most SLR cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by cameras of this spec and age.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years support video capability, however the Pentax K-3 does not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support video capability including the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price], or the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the K-3, the Pentax K-3 does not support wi-Fi.

Alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to consider include the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price], or the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The Pentax K-3 is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-3 are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price], or the Sony SLT-A77[plb_1736363_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Pentax K-3 is not waterproof. Most of the other SLR cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-3 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the K-3 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-3. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Pentax camera.

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Only Has One Photo Effects

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly found photo effects is Negative film, but this photo effects is not found on this Pentax camera. The photo effectss Pastel are also found on this camera.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-3

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Pentax released the K-3.

Average Weight

The Pentax K-3 has a relatively standard weight (715 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If you are not concerned about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] (755g), the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] (680g), or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price] (690g) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Settings
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
DC-In Jack
USB Connector Type
HDMI
Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
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
Technical Details
Self-Timer

1 Award

Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick

Expert Reviews

17 December 2015

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

DP Review

27 November 2014

In the past, we?ve included both mirrorless and DSLR cameras in our enthusiast interchangeable lens camera roundup...

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User Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Easy To Use
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
High ISO Performance
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Manufacturer Part Numbers f458ed, pentax 15529, pentax pen408, pentax pen409, pentax 1555100
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