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Pentax K-3 Digital Camera

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SLR 24.35MP 0.34x Nov 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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47 Reasons For

One Industry Award

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

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 68 owner reviews this Pentax camera has an outstanding overall owner rating. If all the cameras of this spec and age are ranked by average owner review score then this SLR digital camera is in the top 15%.

Good Quality Lens

Some people who bought the Pentax K-3 considered that it had a good autofocus. Gadget Fan wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Where the K3 is noticeably quicker v the K5 is it's autofocus” and rated it 5 stars. Imaging Resource.com said in their review of the Pentax K-3 “Many lenses don't appear to live up to camera's full autofocus potential”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Lack of continuous autofocus during video capture”.

Some Pentax K-3 owners concluded that the product had a good lens. Anglosaxon said “Even with the kit 18-135 lens the results are fantastic” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars. Mr Edward Blockley rated the Pentax K-3 as excellent and he mentioned in his review “The 18-135mm lens us good too”. Srinivasan wrote on Amazon “Although the 18-55 is a decent kit lens, you really need some nice glass when you have 24MP” in their review.

A few Pentax K-3 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review “Builtin stabilisation” . Imaging Resource.com also said “Mechanical stabilisation builtin”. Imaging Resource.com also said “Effective stabilization for all lenses”.

One customer who reviewed the product thought it had a good zoom. Keith Jordan scored the Pentax K-3 very highly and he mentioned in his review “Very happy with it! Used it with the Sigma 70 to 300 macro zoom which excellent too!”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some Pentax K-3 reviewers who reviewed it thought it was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer rated this digital camera as very good and wrote “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 mentioned “Superb Camera, New to photography”. Arlan scored the product 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Provided a decent lens is mounted, pictures are sharp, detailed”.

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Gadget Fan wrote on Amazon “Certainly quicker to use than a locked shooting mode dial (where it was on the K5”. N. Gratton mentioned “Nikon cameras that are far more expensive - high resolution sensor (24 MP in this case), weather sealing, 100% viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera. S. Randle wrote three 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” in their review of the Pentax K-3 and scored it 5 stars.

Some Pentax K-3 reviewers who purchased it agreed that it had a good ISO range. N. Gratton scored the product very highly and mentioned 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” in their review of this digital camera. Imaging Resource.com said “Excellent high ISO image quality” in their review of this digital camera. Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Exceptional detail at low ISOs”.

A number of people who reviewed the product considered that it had a good image sensor. Mr. P. Taylor said 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 on Amazon “It has a sensor capable of resolving detail that competes with full frame models”. 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 wrote that this digital camera was good in low light. Gadget Fan wrote in their review of this digital camera “Speed is much better in low light” .

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Easy to Use

A few Pentax K-3 owners who reviewed the Pentax K-3 said that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer wrote three years ago “It's an absolute joy to use” in their review of the Pentax K-3 and rated the product as excellent. Amazon Customer also mentioned “This Camera is versatile and easy to use”. Anglosaxon gave it a very good review and mentioned “A joy to use” in their review.

Two Pentax K-3 owners who purchased the product considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Arlan said “Deep grip make it comfortable to hold” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. N. Gratton said in their Pentax K-3 review on Amazon “The grip extremely comfortable”.

A number of Pentax K-3 owners mentioned that the Pentax K-3 was easy to handle. S. Randle mentioned in their Pentax K-3 review “I love the way the camera handles, nice and solid”. One Pentax K-3 reviewer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Imaging Resource.com said “Certain menu screens have become overlycomplex”.

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Robust

Twelve customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made. Arlan said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The K3 is built like a tank” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Arlan also mentioned “Its full-metal chassis feels considerably more solid than either the D7100 or 70D”. Mr Edward Blockley wrote three years ago “It's a great camera built like a tank, non of this polycarbonate rubbish, so it can take knocks” in his review of the Pentax K-3 and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

A few Pentax K-3 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was strong and durable. Srinivasan mentioned on Amazon “The camera feels heavy and rugged in the hand” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Rugged and weather sealed” in their review of this digital camera.

A few Pentax K-3 owners who bought this digital camera considered that it was sealed. Arlan wrote in their review of this digital camera 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 wrote four years ago “It really carries on the impressive weather sealed performance of it's predecessors” and rated the product 5 stars.

One Pentax K-3 reviewer said in their reviews that the Pentax K-3 was reliable. Expert review site Beststuff.com wrote 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 who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good looking. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Pentax K-3 four years ago “Off; it's achieved by vibrating the sensor to slightly blur the image and works beautifully”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “My beautiful Pentax K3”. Michael J. Carter mentioned “It works beautifully” in his review of this digital camera.

Two Pentax K-3 owners reckoned that the Pentax K-3 was ergonomic. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Controls have been reorganised slightly and ergonomics are good, making it a delight to handle” in their review of this digital camera. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Excellent ergonomics and handling” in their Pentax K-3 review.

One Pentax K-3 owner thought it was smooth. S. Randle mentioned on Amazon “With nice, smooth natural skin tones”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of customers who purchased it considered that it was good quality. Arlan mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-3 on Amazon “The build quality is superb”. Arlan also wrote “It allows for shadows to be pulled up several stops in PP without unacceptable losses in image quality”. Camsaint rated it as excellent and mentioned on Amazon “Great image quality” in their review.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

SLR digital cameras manufactured by Pentax have excellent reviews on average. 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

Several people mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Amazon Customer rated the product as very good and mentioned in their review on Amazon “Rarely use these facilities either (Both these cameras have their uses, being very light and compact.”. Mr. Michael Lee gave the Pentax K-3 a score of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “Prefer the Pentaxes when I need something more compact and light”. Mr. P. Taylor mentioned “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 customers who reviewed the Pentax K-3 agreed that it was a good body shape. Gadget Fan said in their review “It's got that same high quality feel, derived from the magnesium alloy body and high quality rubber” . Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review “Solid feel, pro grade body, switch on or off anti aliasing filter, in-body image stabilisation”.

A number of people who reviewed it considered that it was lightweight. Mr. Michael Lee gave the product a very good rating and he mentioned on Amazon “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

A number of customers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good screen. Gadget Fan wrote four years ago “Another key difference versus the K5, is the screen”. Imaging Resource.com said “Sharp rear display”.

Some customers mentioned that it had a good viewfinder. Kupfernigk wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “A lack of gimmicks and an excellent viewfinder”. Imaging Resource.com said “Large, bright optical viewfinder” in their review.

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Reasonably Priced

Five people mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-3 was good value for money. Arlan mentioned “Competes roughly in the same class and is priced almost exactly as the Nikon D7100”. Phil S. said “The price is simply unbeatable and quite frankly difficult to believe!” in his Pentax K-3 review. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Price, rugged build quality, controls”.

A few customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was a bargain for the price. Michael J. Carter mentioned “For the money this was an absolute bargain” in his review of this digital camera. Phil S. scored it very highly and he wrote on Amazon “What a fantastic deal! Oh and the camera is brilliant too” in his review of this digital camera. Srinivasan gave the Pentax K-3 a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review on Amazon “If you don't already have some Pentax glass, try and find a better deal for the camera”.

One person who reviewed the Pentax K-3 reckoned that it was cheap. Kupfernigk gave the Pentax K-3 a score of 5 stars and said “Very adequate and inexpensive for amateur work”.

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Good Technical Features

A number of people who purchased the product mentioned that it had good features. Mr Edward Blockley mentioned on Amazon “It has all the bells and whistles of a high end dslr at a fraction of their price” and rated the product as very good. Two years ago N. Gratton mentioned “There are some nice 'fun' features too, such as integrated intervalometer (letting you shoot time-lapse sequences or videos)” and rated it as very good. Imaging Resource.com said “Extensive feature set”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Several customers reckoned that the product was noisy. Arlan gave this digital camera a very good review score and mentioned on Amazon “The one area where the K3 did not quite meet my expectations is high-ISO noise performance” in their Pentax K-3 review. Imaging Resource.com said “Noise handled effectively up to 3200 ISO” in their review.

One Pentax K-3 owner who reviewed the product thought it was quiet. S. Randle mentioned in their Pentax K-3 review “Quietly positive with the focussing” .

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Good Connectivity

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was wifi compatible. Amazon Customer wrote four years ago “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 this digital camera.

One Pentax K-3 owner who reviewed the Pentax K-3 said that it had gps. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review three years ago “Lacks built-in GPS or Wi-Fi”.

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Good Video Capture

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

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

Unlike most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3 which do not have a GPS (satellite), the Pentax K-3 has a GPS (satellite).

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of cameras of this age and spec is 3". The Pentax K-3 has one of the larger display diagonals (3.2 inches) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Quite High Megapixel

With a megapixel of 24.35 megapixels, the Pentax K-3 has a quite high megapixel compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3. The megapixels of SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the K-3 range from 4MP to 52MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-3 which do not support Full HD video, the Pentax K-3 supports Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price], the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], and the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-3, the Pentax K-3 has a built-in flash.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price], the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price], or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_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 cameras that came out more than two years ago. 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 SLR digital camera is not good enough for you then you might 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 commonly found sensor type on SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera 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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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Pentax camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the K-3. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivity (max)s of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-3 range from 1,600 to 210,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 20,000. With an ISO sensitivity (max) of 51,200, the Pentax K-3 has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-3.

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

The Pentax K-3 has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most cameras of this type and age.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is in fact the best light exposure correction across all similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many 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 cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most frequently found HDMI connector type is Mini, but this HDMI connector type is not found on this digital camera. The HDMI connector types Micro are also found on this Pentax camera.

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6016 X 4000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Pentax K-3 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Pentax digital camera has a 6016 x 4000 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s). This Pentax camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 4608 x 3072 and 3072 x 2048 and 1920 x 1280. The still image resolution of all digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-3 ranges from 384 x 480 to 6016 x 4016.

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Two Memory Slotss

The Pentax K-3 is a two memory slots camera. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the K-3 only have one memory slots.

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Quite High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The Pentax K-3 has one of the higher motion JPEG frame rates (60 frames per second) amongst digital cameras of this age. The motion JPEG frame rates of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 3fps to 60fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 34fps.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of digital cameras that are a comparable age to the K-3 is 20. With a maximum aperture number of 38, the Pentax K-3 has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

The Pentax K-3 has a fairly many total megapixels (24.71 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have total megapixelss of between 10MP and 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.

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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 of a similar spec and age to it. This Pentax camera has a Manual shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on digital cameras of this age and spec. 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 6016 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras that came out more than two years ago. Most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-3 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)

Across all the SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the display resolution (numeric)s range from 640 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels. The Pentax K-3 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (1,037,000 pixel) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Three Image Editings

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of image editing modes than most SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has a Rotating image editing, which is the most frequently found image editing found on SLR digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the K-3. The image editings "Crop" and "Resizing" are also found on this digital 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 typical of many cameras that came out around the same time as it. 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 Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Pentax K-3 is more than most comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-3. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This camera supports an AVC|AVI|H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

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

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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 comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on SLR digital 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 camera.

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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 cameras of this age and type. This Pentax digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. 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 Pentax K-3 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Pentax digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

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

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Pentax K-3 does not support video capability, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-3.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video capability which you might also want to look at including the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price], the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price], or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-3 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-3 also do not support wi-Fi.

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

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Not 3D

Most SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are not 3D. The Pentax K-3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Pentax K-3 is 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 SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-3 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax K-3 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the K-3. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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Only Has Three Camera Playbacks

The number of camera playback modes found on the Pentax K-3 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Pentax camera has a Single image camera playback, which is the most commonly found camera playback found on SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The camera playbacks "Movie" and "Slide show" are also found on this 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 frequently found photo effects is Art, but this photo effects is not found on this Pentax camera. The photo effectss Pastel are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

The Pentax K-3 has a quite large closest focusing distance (0.45 meters) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The smallest closest focusing distance of digital cameras of this spec and age is 0.2m and the largest is 0.5m.

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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 this Pentax digital camera was released.

Average Weight

With a weight of 715 grams, the Pentax K-3 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the K-3.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include 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
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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

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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