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Pentax K3II Digital Camera

SLR 24.35MP 3x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Building upon the legacy of the award-winning K -3, the PENTAX K-3 II offers outstanding image quality and operability to meet a photographer's greatest demands. It features an impressive 24.35... More
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25 Reasons For

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

Pentax has excellent average reviews for its SLR digital cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on recently released similar spec cameras.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Pentax K-3 II supports video recording, which is unusual. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3 II do not support video recording.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Pentax K-3 II has a GPS, unlike most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the K-3 II which do not have a GPS.

Other cameras with a GPS currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon D610[plb_3323626_price].

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Very Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3.2 inches, the Pentax K-3 II has a very large screen size compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-3 II. The screen sizes of cameras that have been available for a similar time to the K-3 II range from 2" to 3.2".

We compared all the other 3.2" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the Nikon D610[plb_3323626_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax K-3 II supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other recently released SLR digital cameras do not support Full HD video.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to consider include the Canon Rebel T5i[plb_3343878_price], or the Nikon D610[plb_3323626_price] which has better reviews; or the Sony Alpha A68[plb_3157630_price] which is cheaper.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

When compared to other SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-3 II that we have assessed the megapixel count of, the Pentax K-3 II's megapixel count of 24.35 megapixels is one of the highest. Across all the latest similar spec cameras the megapixel counts range from 6MP to 37MP.

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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 released in the last 12 months.

Other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to look at include the Nikon D610[plb_3323626_price], or the Canon Rebel T5i[plb_3343878_price] which has better reviews; or the Sony Alpha A68[plb_3157630_price] which is cheaper.

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6016 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 II has a higher still image resolution than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has a 6016 x 4000 still image resolution, whereas most cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution. In addition, this Pentax camera have still image resolutions of 6016x4000, 4608x3072 and 3072x2048 and 1920x1280.

This digital camera's still image resolution (6016 x 4000) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all new cameras.

The worst still image resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 384 x 480.

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3 USB Version

The Pentax K-3 II supports a newer USB version than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a 3 USB version, whereas most newly released SLR digital cameras support a 2 USB version.

This digital camera's USB version (3) is actually the best supported USB version amongst all cameras that came out in the last year.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst supported USB version is 2.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Pentax K-3 II is more than most comparable spec cameras that came out in the last year. The most commonly found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this Pentax digital camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on cameras that have been available for the last year.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speeds of SLR digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months range from 1,600 to 110,000. The Pentax K-3 II has one of the highest maximum ISO speeds (51,200) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

The Pentax K-3 II has a quite small maximum aperture (38) compared to most of the other latest comparable spec digital cameras. The average maximum aperture of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-3 II is 27.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax K-3 II is more than most new SLR digital cameras. This digital camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-3 II. The image format "JPG" is also supported by this camera.

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

This camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many cameras that were released in the last 12 months.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Pentax K-3 II has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the K-3 II. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Pentax K-3 II is more than most recently released digital cameras. The most frequently found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White and Sepia are also found on this digital camera.

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6016 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 II has a higher image resolution than most latest cameras. This digital camera has a 6016 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the K-3 II the image resolution ranges from 2560 х 1280 pixels to 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

Across all the recently released SLR digital cameras the display resolutions range from 130,000 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 800,000 pixels. At 1,037,000 pixel, the Pentax K-3 II has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other newly released SLR digital cameras.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax K-3 II is more than most recently released similar spec digital cameras. This camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3 II. The ISO speeds "51200" and "Auto" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Pentax K-3 II is more than most SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on new digital cameras. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this Pentax camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the K-3 II have maximum focal lengths of between 82mm and 220mm, and the average maximum focal length is 100mm. The Pentax K-3 II has a quite long maximum focal length (130 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the K-3 II.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal lengths of recently released SLR digital cameras range from 24mm to 29mm, and the average minimum focal length is 28mm. At only 24.5 millimeters, the Pentax K-3 II has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3 II.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most latest comparable spec cameras do not support WiFi connectivity. The Pentax K-3 II is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not Waterproof

The Pentax K-3 II is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other new SLR digital cameras are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax K-3 II does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax K-3 II is not 3D compatible. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3 II are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the K-3 II, the Pentax K-3 II does not have a built-in flash.

It is worth considering other cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Nikon D610[plb_3323626_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Pentax K-3 II has a greater number of camera file systems than most similar spec cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. This Pentax digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by similar spec cameras that were launched in the last year. The camera file system "Exif 2.3" is also supported by this camera.

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Only 1280x720@50fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Pentax K-3 II has a 1280x720@50fps resolution and capture speed which is higher than the 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed found on most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. In addition, this camera have resolution and capture speeds of 1280x720@24fps, 1280x720@25fps, 1280x720@30fps, 1280x720@60fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps and 1920x1080@50fps and 1920x1080@60fps. Across all SLR digital cameras that came out in the last year the worst resolution at capture speeds is 1280x720@30fps and the best is 1920x1080@60fps.

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Heavy

SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year have weights of between 350g and 1.3kg, and the average weight is 560g. With a weight of 700 grams, the Pentax K-3 II is fairly heavy compared to most of the other newly released digital cameras.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-3 II

Released Eleven Months Ago

This camera was released eleven months ago.

SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|FLU|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been around 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 the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D610[plb_3323626_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Canon Rebel T5i[plb_3343878_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated); or the Sony Alpha A68[plb_3157630_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper).

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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
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
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
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
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Resolution and Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
DC-In Jack
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
Microphone in Socket
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS
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
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Networking
Other Features
Video Recording
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
Self-Timer

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax k3, pentax k3i, pentax k3ii, pentax 16215, pentax w1685, pentax w1685m, pentax w1685mm, pentax k3iiblackdal1855, pentax k3iiblackdal1855w, pentax k3iiblackdal1855wr, pentax k3iiblackdal1855wrl, pentax k3iiblackdal1855wrle, pentax k3iiblackdal1855wrlen, pentax k3iiblackdal1855wrlens, pentax k3iiblackdal1855wrlensk, pentax k3iiblackdal1855wrlenski, pentax k3iiblackdal1855wrlenskit
Barcodes 00027075293977, 00027075294080, 00027075294196, 00027075294301

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