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Pentax K-3 Digital Camera

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SLR 23.35MP 0.34x Nov 2013
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46 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at one expert review site concluded that this SLR digital camera was good. This Pentax camera received a "Dave's Pick" award from Imaging Resource.com.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Users have rated this Pentax camera as marvellous on average. If all the digital cameras of this age and type are ranked by average user review score then this SLR digital camera is in the top 19%.

Good Quality Lens

Several Pentax K-3 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good autofocus. Gadget Fan mentioned on Amazon “Where the K3 is noticeably quicker v the K5 is it's autofocus” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Imaging Resource.com said “Many lenses don't appear to live up to camera's full autofocus potential”. Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Lack of continuous autofocus during video capture”.

A few Pentax K-3 owners concluded that the product had a good lens. Anglosaxon said on Amazon “Even with the kit 18-135 lens the results are fantastic”. Mr Edward Blockley said two years ago “The 18-135mm lens us good too”. Srinivasan said on Amazon “Although the 18-55 is a decent kit lens, you really need some nice glass when you have 24MP”.

A few customers thought it had a good image stabiliser. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Builtin stabilisation”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Mechanical stabilisation builtin”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Effective stabilization for all lenses”.

One Pentax K-3 reviewer reckoned that this digital camera had a good zoom. Keith Jordan wrote on Amazon “Very happy with it! Used it with the Sigma 70 to 300 macro zoom which excellent too!” and scored the product 5 stars.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer said in their Pentax K-3 review on Amazon “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” and rated the product as excellent. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Superb Camera, New to photography”. Arlan said in their review of this digital camera “Provided a decent lens is mounted, pictures are sharp, detailed”.

A number of Pentax K-3 owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Gadget Fan said three years ago “Certainly quicker to use than a locked shooting mode dial (where it was on the K5” and scored the product very highly. N. Gratton wrote “Nikon cameras that are far more expensive - high resolution sensor (24 MP in this case), weather sealing, 100% viewfinder” in their Pentax K-3 review. S. Randle gave it an excellent rating and said two years ago “Having set the camera's parameters similar to the K-500 my first model shoots have produced excellent results - the expected high resolution”.

A few customers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good ISO range. N. Gratton scored it 5 stars and wrote in their review 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 wrote “Excellent high ISO image quality”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Exceptional detail at low ISOs”.

Several customers who purchased this digital camera wrote that it had a good image sensor. Mr. P. Taylor wrote “With a DSLR you can get at the sensor to clean it yourself if you need to” in their review. Srinivasan wrote “It has a sensor capable of resolving detail that competes with full frame models” in their Pentax K-3 review. Srinivasan also wrote “The f4 aperture is not a limitation with a sensor that is this good at high-isos”.

One customer who bought the Pentax K-3 reckoned that it was good in low light. Three years ago Gadget Fan wrote on Amazon “Speed is much better in low light” in their review of the Pentax K-3 and scored the product 5 stars.

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Robust

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-3 was well made. Arlan wrote in their review of this digital camera “The K3 is built like a tank” and scored this digital camera very highly. Arlan also mentioned “Its full-metal chassis feels considerably more solid than either the D7100 or 70D”. Two years ago Mr Edward Blockley wrote “It's a great camera built like a tank, non of this polycarbonate rubbish, so it can take knocks”.

A number of people who reviewed the Pentax K-3 concluded that it was strong and durable. Srinivasan mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-3 on Amazon “The camera feels heavy and rugged in the hand” and rated the product 80 out of 100. Imaging Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Rugged and weather sealed”.

Some people who purchased it reckoned that it was sealed. Arlan mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-3 on Amazon “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.”. Gadget Fan mentioned “It really carries on the impressive weather sealed performance of it's predecessors”.

One customer who bought it mentioned that it was reliable. Expert website Beststuff.com said in their review of the Pentax K-3 “The selection was made due to the camera's exceptional image quality, excellent reliability rating and outstanding operabi”.

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Nice Design

Some Pentax K-3 owners concluded that this digital camera was good looking. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Off; it's achieved by vibrating the sensor to slightly blur the image and works beautifully” in their review of this digital camera and scored it very highly. Amazon Customer also mentioned “My beautiful Pentax K3”. Michael J. Carter said a few weeks ago “It works beautifully”.

Two Pentax K-3 owners considered that the Pentax K-3 was ergonomic. Amazon Customer mentioned in their Pentax K-3 review “Controls have been reorganised slightly and ergonomics are good, making it a delight to handle” and scored it very highly.

One Pentax K-3 owner who reviewed the Pentax K-3 thought it was smooth. S. Randle mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “With nice, smooth natural skin tones”.

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Good Product Quality

Fifteen people mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-3 was good quality. Arlan gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The build quality is superb”. Arlan also mentioned “It allows for shadows to be pulled up several stops in PP without unacceptable losses in image quality”. Camsaint said in their Pentax K-3 review on Amazon “Great image quality”.

Easy to Use

Some people who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer mentioned “It's an absolute joy to use”. Amazon Customer also said “This Camera is versatile and easy to use”. Two years ago Anglosaxon mentioned “A joy to use” in their review of this digital camera.

A number of Pentax K-3 owners thought the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Arlan mentioned on Amazon “Deep grip make it comfortable to hold” in their review and scored it 5 stars. N. Gratton mentioned on Amazon “The grip extremely comfortable” in their Pentax K-3 review.

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Two years ago S. Randle said in their Pentax K-3 review on Amazon “I love the way the camera handles, nice and solid”. In the same month Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Excellent ergonomics and handling”.

One Pentax K-3 owner concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Imaging Resource.com said “Certain menu screens have become overlycomplex” in their Pentax K-3 review.

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Excellent Brand

SLR digital cameras produced by Pentax have excellent reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just SLR digital cameras) and found that Pentax also has excellent reviews across its entire range.

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Good Size

A number of customers said in their reviews that the Pentax K-3 was compact. Three years ago Amazon Customer wrote “Rarely use these facilities either (Both these cameras have their uses, being very light and compact.”. Mr. Michael Lee wrote in his review on Amazon “Prefer the Pentaxes when I need something more compact and light” and gave this digital camera a very good review score. Mr. P. Taylor said 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” in their review of this digital camera.

A few Pentax K-3 reviewers who purchased the product agreed 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 scored it very highly. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Solid feel, pro grade body, switch on or off anti aliasing filter, in-body image stabilisation”.

Several Pentax K-3 reviewers who reviewed it thought it was lightweight. Two years ago Mr. Michael Lee he said in his Pentax K-3 review on Amazon “The K3 is small and lightweight for an SLR”. Mr. Michael Lee also wrote “I can thoroughly recommend this camera to anyone requiring a compact lightweight”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of Pentax K-3 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Gadget Fan said in their review of the Pentax K-3 “Another key difference versus the K5, is the screen”. Two years ago Imaging Resource.com said in their review “Sharp rear display”.

Some people who reviewed the Pentax K-3 agreed that it had a good viewfinder. Kupfernigk mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-3 on Amazon in December this year “A lack of gimmicks and an excellent viewfinder”. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Large, bright optical viewfinder”.

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Reasonably Priced

Some people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good value for money. Arlan wrote “Competes roughly in the same class and is priced almost exactly as the Nikon D7100” in their review. This year Phil S. wrote in his review of the Pentax K-3 “The price is simply unbeatable and quite frankly difficult to believe!”. Two years ago Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review of the Pentax K-3 “Price, rugged build quality, controls”.

Some Pentax K-3 owners who bought it thought it was a bargain for the price. Michael J. Carter wrote in his review “For the money this was an absolute bargain”. In December this year Phil S. mentioned in his review “What a fantastic deal! Oh and the camera is brilliant too” and scored it 5 stars. Srinivasan wrote “If you don't already have some Pentax glass, try and find a better deal for the camera” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

One Pentax K-3 reviewer thought the product was cheap. Kupfernigk said “Very adequate and inexpensive for amateur work” in their review of the Pentax K-3.

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Good Technical Features

A number of Pentax K-3 reviewers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had good features. Mr Edward Blockley wrote in his review “It has all the bells and whistles of a high end dslr at a fraction of their price” . In December last year N. Gratton wrote “There are some nice 'fun' features too, such as integrated intervalometer (letting you shoot time-lapse sequences or videos)”. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review “Extensive feature set”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Some people said in their reviews that the product was noisy. Arlan wrote “The one area where the K3 did not quite meet my expectations is high-ISO noise performance” in their review of the Pentax K-3. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-3 “Noise handled effectively up to 3200 ISO” .

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was quiet. S. Randle wrote in their review “Quietly positive with the focussing” .

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Good Connectivity

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

One person who bought this digital camera thought it had gps. Two years ago Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Lacks built-in GPS or Wi-Fi” in their Pentax K-3 review.

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Good Video Capture

A few customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good for video recording. Imaging-Resource.com said on Imaging Resource.com “The Pentax K-3 now uses more efficient H.264 video compression, allows single autofocus during movie capture”. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their Pentax K-3 review two years ago “Video mode has good audio and exposure options” . Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Good still and video image quality”.

Quite Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 2" to 3.2". At 3.2 inches, the Pentax K-3 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3.2" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the D600[pl_2079663_price], or the D750[pl_2497138_price] both from Nikon.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the K-3, the Pentax K-3 supports Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price], the Nikon D5100[plb_2120682_price], and the Pentax K-500[plb_2053943_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

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

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price], the Nikon D5100[plb_2120682_price], or the Pentax K-500[plb_2053943_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Pentax camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the EOS 60Da[pl_1425495_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), the EOS 550D[pl_1446732_price] (sd|sdhc|sdxc and higher rated), or the EOS 700D - Rebel T5i[pl_1609405_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) all from Canon.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax K-3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the K-3. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Pentax camera.

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6016 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 has a 6016 x 4000 still image resolution which is higher than the 2736 x 1824 still image resolution found on most cameras of this age and spec. In addition, this camera have still image resolutions of 4608 x 3072 and 3072 x 2048 and 1920 x 1280. The still image resolution of all digital cameras of this spec and age ranges from 384 x 480 to 6016 x 4016.

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Electrical Viewfinder

Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

This camera's viewfinder (electrical) is actually the best viewfinder amongst all SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst viewfinder is Electronic.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this Pentax camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this camera.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

The Pentax K-3 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds (51,200) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The lowest maximum ISO speed of cameras of this age and spec is 1,600 and the highest is 210,000.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

The biggest maximum aperture of SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the K-3 is 3, the smallest is 38, and the average maximum aperture is 19. With a maximum aperture of 38, the Pentax K-3 has a fairly small maximum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-3.

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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 SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction amongst all digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-3.

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

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Two Memory Slots

The Pentax K-3 is a two memory slot camera. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the K-3 only have one memory slot.

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Very High JPEG Frame Rate

Cameras of a similar type and age to the K-3 have JPEG frame rates of between 3fps and 60fps. When compared to other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-3 that we have checked the JPEG frame rate of, the Pentax K-3's JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second is one of the highest.

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13 Flash Guides

The Pentax K-3 is a 13 meters flash guide digital camera. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-3 have between 5 and 23 flash guides.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

Across all the cameras of this spec and age the total megapixel counts range from 10MP to 53MP. With a total megapixel count of 24.71 megapixels, the Pentax K-3 has one of the more total megapixel counts amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Two Supported Batteries

The Pentax K-3 has more supported batteries than most of the cameras of a similar spec and age to the K-3. This Pentax digital camera is a two supported battery camera compared to most of the cameras of a similar spec and age to the K-3 which only have one supported battery.

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6016 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 has a higher image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has a 6016 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all cameras that were released around the same time as the K-3 is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has Four Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Pentax K-3 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Pentax digital camera has a Manual shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on cameras that have been around for a similar time to the K-3. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Sensitivity priority" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The Pentax K-3 has a fairly high display resolution (1,037,000 pixel) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the K-3. Across all the similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3 the display resolutions range from 1 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 750,000 pixels.

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Has Three Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the Pentax K-3 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-3. The image editing modes "Crop" and "Resizing" are also found on this digital camera.

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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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution on SLR digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. 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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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Pentax K-3 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Pentax camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the K-3. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax K-3 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-3. The ISO speeds "51200" and "Auto" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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H.264 Video Format

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

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Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Pentax K-3 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Pentax digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the K-3. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Selective Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this digital camera.

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B Shutter Speed Setting

This digital camera has a B shutter speed setting, which is the most frequently found shutter speed setting on SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Pentax K-3 is more than most SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Pentax camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by 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 camera.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax K-3 does not support video recording. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the K-3 do support video recording.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support video recording including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price], the Nikon D5100[plb_2120682_price], or the Pentax K-30[plb_1717026_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of this spec and age are not 3D compatible. The Pentax K-3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the D5100[pl_2120682_price], or the D600[pl_2079663_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-3, the Pentax K-3 does not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the D5100[pl_2120682_price], or the D600[pl_2079663_price] both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the K-3 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Pentax K-3 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the D5100[pl_2120682_price], the D600[pl_2079663_price], or the D3000[pl_993_price] all from Nikon which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the K-3 are not waterproof. The Pentax K-3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax K-3 does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the K-3 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of flash modes than most SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the K-3. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only ±1EV (1/2 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Pentax K-3 has a ±1EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

This digital camera's flash exposure correction (±1EV (1/2 EV step)) is actually the worst flash exposure correction across all comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-3.

The best flash exposure correction amongst similar types of digital camera is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Only Has One Photo Effect

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of photo effects than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently found photo effect is Negative film, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Pastel are also found on this digital camera.

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4 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 pretty typical weight (715 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 23.35 megapixels, the Pentax K-3 has a relatively typical megapixel count compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3.

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the D3300[pl_2113658_price] (24.2MP), the D600[pl_2079663_price] (24.3MP), or the D750[pl_2497138_price] (24.3MP) all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

Alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider include the EOS 1D Mark IV[pl_629598_price], the EOS 1Ds Mark II[pl_1125845_price], or the EOS 60Da[pl_1425495_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

If the sensor type of this SLR digital camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D3000[plb_993_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Setting
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
DC-In Jack
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
Microphone in Socket
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Headphone Out Port
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Diopter Adjustment
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Quick Start Guide
Carrying Case
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 3.0 Port
Technical Details
Self-Timer
Flash Type

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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

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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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers f458ed, pentax k3, pentax k3i, pentax k3ii, pentax 15551, pentax 15529, pentax kit35, pentax 15540, pentax pen408, pentax pen409, pentax kit35m, pentax k3iibl, pentax pen410, used r26130106, used r51132138, pentax kit35mm, pentax k3iibla, pentax 1555100, pentax k3iiblac, pentax 5012224k, pentax pentaxk3, used r26130106a, used r51132138b, pentax pentaxk3b, pentax r52132162, pentax k3iiblack, pentax promotion, pentax r521321561
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