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Pentax K3II

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A multi award winning and fully featured SLR camera, perfect for wildlife photography
SLR 24.35MP 0.34x CMOS Dec 2014
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Pentax K-3 Review

With excellent reviews and features, we have ranked the Pentax K-3 number 34 in best selling cameras and number 100 across all digital cameras.
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Why Has it Scored 72?

It has great expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with 99% of buyers recommending this camera to others. This digital camera has received 19 awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from Digitaltrends.com plus four other sites and a "Recommended" award from Akam.no plus three other sites. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Pentax digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, good product quality and it is robust.
The K-3 has some great features:
Fairly high megapixels sensor
6016 x 4000 pixels image resolution
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for wildlife photography, ranking number 118 in wildlife photography cameras. It is also excellent for sports photography, ranking number 99 in sports photography cameras as well being excellent for portrait photography, ranking number 88 in portrait photography cameras.
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How Big is the Pentax K-3?

The Pentax K-3 is 131.5mm wide and 77.5mm tall. It is 100mm deep and weighs 715g.

Pentax K-3 front dimensions
Pentax K-3 top dimensions

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Pentax K-3 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

19 Industry Awards

This digital camera is one of the most highly awarded by expert review sites of all the digital cameras.

The writers at five expert review sites all said that this camera was brilliant and gave it their highest award. This Pentax camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from Digitaltrends.com, Reviewed.com, Photoreview.com.au, PC Mag and Ephotozine.

The authors at websites Akam.no, Pocket Lint, Hi-Tech.mail.ru/ and Gagadget.com all thought that concluded that they would endorse this digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from websites Ljudochbild.se, Lydogbillede.dk and Lydogbilde.no all of whom said that this Pentax camera was great.

The editors of websites Onfoto.ru and DP Review both thought that this digital camera was marvellous and gave it their "Gold" award.

This Pentax digital camera received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com and it received a "Dave's Pick" award from Imaging Resource.com.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This Pentax camera has an average expert rating of 89 out of 100 based on 35 expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews. That puts this camera in the top 6% of all the digital cameras.

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User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 388 user reviews this Pentax camera has a terrific average user rating. Over 90% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 99% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. This Pentax digital camera in the top 6% of all the digital cameras when ranked by user rating.

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Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

19 people who bought the Pentax K-3 reckoned that it was good value for money.

Users Report Excellent Product Quality

36 people said in their reviews that it was good quality.

Customers Report it is Robust

30 customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was well made, three people wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable and three people agreed that this digital camera was reliable.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

56 owners concluded that this digital camera was able to produce good images, five owners who reviewed the product considered that it was good in low light and five people concluded that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. four people who purchased the product concluded that it had a good image sensor and two owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was good in terms of colour rendition.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

25 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-3 was easy to use, seven customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus and four customers mentioned that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Excellent Brand

We checked 2,542 expert and user reviews (including 474 verified purchases) for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Pentax has excellent reviews specifically for its digital cameras. 98% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Good Video Capture

Eight people who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was good for video recording.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

17 owners who purchased it thought it had a good autofocus, nine people wrote in their reviews that the Pentax K-3 had a good lens and two people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good zoom. two owners agreed that the product had a good image stabiliser.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Seven people wrote in their reviews that it was good looking, five customers who reviewed it concluded that it was ergonomic and two customers who purchased it agreed that it was well designed. two people who bought it said that it was smooth.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five owners who bought the Pentax K-3 considered that it had a good screen.

Users Report a Good Flash

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good flash.

Users Report Excellent Technical Features

Eight people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had good features.

Users Report Acceptable Noise Level

10 people who bought it wrote that it was quiet.

Users Report it is a Good Size

Four customers mentioned that it was a good body shape.

Users Report Great Battery Life

Five customers agreed that it had a good battery life.


Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and features, but is over 6 months old, and at £564.44 it is more expensive than 76% of cameras.

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Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Pentax K-3 and the United Kingdom price of £564.44 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $820.00 (£1,063.54).

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Features

Fairly High Megapixels Sensor

The average megapixels of all digital cameras is 16MP, with the lowest being 0.3MP and the highest being 80MP. The Pentax K-3's sensor megapixels of 24.4MP is in the highest 3% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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6016 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 has a maximum image resolution of 6016 x 4000 pixels. That's 51% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. The resolution of all digital cameras ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found resolution on digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivities (max) of cameras range from 200 to 820,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 14,000. The Pentax K-3's ISO sensitivity (max) of 51,200 is very high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 2% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This Pentax digital camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Heavy

Across all the cameras the weights range from 50g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g. The weight of the Pentax K-3 of 715g is in the heaviest 5% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

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The Pentax K-3 has a built-in flash. 66% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 features contrast adjustment. 83% of digital cameras do not feature contrast adjustment.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-3 does not support Wi-Fi. 72% of digital cameras also do not support Wi-Fi.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

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

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The Pentax K-3's display diagonal of 3.2" is in the largest 6% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. The display diagonals of digital cameras range from 0.5" to 9", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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3 USB Version

The Pentax K-3 supports a 3 USB version which is newer than most digital cameras. Most cameras support a 2 USB version. This digital camera also supports a 3.1 and 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) USB version.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst supported USB version is 3.1.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 features brightness adjustment, which is unusual. 79% of digital cameras do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Fairly Big Eye Relief

The eye relief of the Pentax K-3 of 22.3mm is fairly big compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 11% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. The eye reliefs of digital cameras range from 8mm to 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-3 features flash exposure compensation, which is unusual. 80% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Has a Microphone in

The Pentax K-3 has a microphone in, which is unusual. 88% of digital cameras do not have a microphone in.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Pentax K-3 has an external flash connector, unlike 87% of digital cameras which do not have an external flash connector.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. 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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720 Battery Life

The Pentax K-3 is a digital camera that takes 720 shots battery life. Most of the other digital cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Pentax K-3 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. 84% of digital cameras do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Pentax K-3 supports dioptic correction, which is unusual. 90% of cameras do not support dioptic correction.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Pentax K-3 has an anti-dust function, unlike 91% of digital cameras which do not have an anti-dust function.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Pentax K-3 does not feature bluetooth. 96% of digital cameras also do not feature bluetooth.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 features saturation adjustment. 88% of digital cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

This Pentax camera has interchangeable lenses so the aspherical lens depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of aspherical lenses are possible with this camera.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This Pentax camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-3 has a GPS (satellite), unlike 90% of digital cameras which do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Has a Carrying Case

The Pentax K-3 has a carrying case, which is unusual. 89% of cameras do not have a carrying case.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of digital cameras range from 3 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 590,000 pixels. The display resolution of the Pentax K-3 of 1,040,000 pixels is in the highest 16% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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6016 X 4000 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 supports a maximum still image resolution of 6016 x 4000 pixels. That's 51% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by cameras. This camera also supports still image resolutions of 4608 x 3072 pixels, 3072 x 2048 pixels and 1920 x 1280 pixels. Across all digital cameras the worst resolution is 384 x 480 pixels and the best is 6016 x 4016 pixels.

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Has a Headphone Output

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

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Has a USB 3.0 Port

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

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Has a Self-Timer

The Pentax K-3 has a self-timer, unlike 82% of digital cameras which do not have a self-timer.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Pentax K-3 supports Full HD video, unlike 75% of digital cameras which do not support Full HD video.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax K-3 features noise reduction. 92% of digital cameras do not feature noise reduction.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market since December 2014.


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