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Pentax K-3 Digital Camera

£585.62
SLR 24.35MP CMOS Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Seventeen industry awards
Attractive price point versus feature set
Customisable interface
239 Reviews + 17 Awards
Digital Versus 5 Star PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Editor's Choice Pocket Lint Recommended
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Attractive Price Point Versus Feature Set

Sixteen people said in their reviews that this digital camera was good value for money. Website Digitalcamerareview.com said in their review of this digital camera “Attractive price point versus feature set” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Reasonable Cost”. Magic Marker said “If you're not a pixel nut like me this is a good camera at a great price” in their review of this digital camera.


Reviews

Seventeen Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras of a similar type and age, this high megapixel camera is one of the most highly awarded by experts.

This digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from review sites PC Mag, Ephotozine, Digitaltrends.com, Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com all of whom concluded that this Pentax digital camera was outstanding.

Websites Akam.no, Pocket Lint and Hi-tech.mail.ru/ all recommend this Pentax digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The editors of websites Lydogbilde.no, Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk all strongly endorse this camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The author at review websites Onfoto.ru concluded that this high megapixel camera was brilliant and gave it their "Gold" award.

Three more expert review sites all said that this camera was good. This Pentax digital camera received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and 01net.com and PhotographyBlog.com gave it an "Essential" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on thirty-one expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Techradar this camera has an overall expert rating of 90%. This means that experts think this high megapixel camera is one of the very best digital cameras of this type and age.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 202 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Pentax camera is exceptional. 174 reviewers (92% of all reviewers) gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 99% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. This camera in the top 7% of all the cameras of a comparable age and type when ranked by user rating.

Pentax Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 2,040 expert and owner reviews (including 236 verified purchases) for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews. We also found that Pentax has excellent reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range. 99% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Nine owners concluded that the product was quiet. Larrymc said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The shutter is really quiet and the auto focus is spot on with very little hunting even in dimly lit settings” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Pentax User wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “The shutter is amazingly quiet” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Ryem3 mentioned “Shutter mechanism is quieter and seems smoother”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-3 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Design

Customisable Interface

Twenty-two customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it was easy to use. Two years ago Pentax Cat said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Still get to use old favorite lenses!” in their review of this digital camera. Also two years ago Mike Nature Photographer mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The photos are tack sharp and the camera is a shear joy to use”. Melgaritaville wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “It's versatile and easy to use” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people mentioned in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Joyce wrote “The grip is comfortable and the function button placements are easy to find” in her review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5. Arlan said two years ago “The rubber parts and deep grip make it comfortable to hold” in their review of this digital camera. N. Gratton mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The grip extremely comfortable”.

Three people who bought it concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “Images are full of detail and there are more than enough colour settings to satisfy most photographers” in their review of the Pentax K-3 and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Pentax User wrote “The controls and menus are easy to use”. Ichriz gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Has all the menus, functions”.

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good interface. What Digital Camera said “Customisable interface”. Easyreed scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Very quick interface if you can master it all”.

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Extremely Solid Build Quality

Thirty-eight people who bought the Pentax K-3 concluded that it was good quality. Website Imaging Resource.com said “Very high image quality, especially in Raw” in their review of this digital camera. They also mentioned “Extremely solid build quality” in their review. Website Digitalcamerareview.com said in their review of this digital camera “Good still and video image quality”.

Excellent Ergonomics and Handling

Seven customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was ergonomic. Website Imaging Resource.com said “Excellent ergonomics and handling” in their review of this digital camera. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Great Ergonomics”. They also wrote “Ergonomically It Is Great” in their review.

Three owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was good looking. Three years ago Pc228a wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “A beautiful camera that certainly does the job”. Bfs Man said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The images are pretty sweet” in their review of this digital camera. Darylk wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The image fine detail and sharpness from this camera, especially when using high quality lenses, is pretty staggering” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-3 was smooth. Two years ago Rondo mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Cannot feel the Shutter, smooth baby Smooth”. Three years ago S. Randle gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Amazon “With nice, smooth natural skin tones”.

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Solid Build

Twenty-seven people who bought the Pentax K-3 reckoned that it was well made. Stuff.tv said in their review of this digital camera “Superb weatherproof build” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Website Bhphotovideo.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Solidly Built”. They also mentioned “Good Build Quality” in their review.

Three people who reviewed it said that it was strong and durable. Website Digitaltrends.com wrote “Rugged and weather sealed”. Shutterhappy mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This is one clean, tough and well thought out camera” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Rd Prothero said three years ago “Extremely rugged” and scored the product 5 stars out of 5.

Two people who reviewed it mentioned that it was sealed. Gadget Fan wrote “It really carries on the impressive weather sealed performance of it's predecessors”.

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was reliable. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Reliable Operation” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5. Three years ago Joe mentioned “It is easy to use and very reliable” in his review of this digital camera.

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Features

Extensive Feature Set

Ten owners said in their reviews that it had good features. Three years ago website Imaging Resource.com said in their review of the Pentax K-3 “Extensive feature set”. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Video Features”. Newsimage wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Lots of nice features and a great value for the money” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was December 2014 when Pentax released the K-3.


Weight & Dimensions

Weatherproof Body

Six owners who purchased the product thought it was heavy and bulky. Matt the Storm Chaser wrote in his review of this digital camera “A static light is meaningless and does not indicate the charge progress! Even after heavy use, my battery retains its charge very well.” . Ryem3 scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Camera is a bit heavy, although this contributes to a solid feeling”. Srinivasan scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote on expert review site Amazon three years ago “All of the ports have thick rubber weather sealing and the camera feels heavy and rugged in the hand” in their review of this digital camera.

Five people concluded that it was a good body shape. Techradar mentioned “Weatherproof body” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5. Sagi said in their Pentax K-3 review on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It's a great small body, that just feels perfect when held”. Four years ago Gadget Fan gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon “It's got that same high quality feel, derived from the magnesium alloy body and high quality rubber” in their review of this digital camera.

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Heavy

With a weight of 715 grams, the Pentax K-3 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera. The lightest digital camera that came out more than two years ago is 90g and the heaviest is 1.5kg.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon EOS 7D (£579.99) (820g and cheaper).

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax K-3 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax K-3 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of this type and age. This Pentax digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-3 does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera do support Wi-Fi.

Other digital cameras which also support Wi-Fi that you might want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (£481) which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera, the Pentax K-3 does not feature bluetooth.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Canon EOS 60D (£659) which has better reviews; or the Canon EOS 7D (£579.99), and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (£481) both of which are cheaper are also worth considering.

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Has a USB 3.0 Port

The Pentax K-3 has a USB 3.0 port. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera do not have a USB 3.0 port.

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Lens System

Quite Small Optical Zoom

High megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera have optical zooms of between 0.34x and 65x. With an optical zoom of only 0.34 times zoom factor, the Pentax K-3 has a very small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (£481) (16x and cheaper).

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

When compared to other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera, the maximum aperture number of the Pentax K-3 of 38 is one of the smallest. Across all the high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 130.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 82.5 millimeters, the Pentax K-3 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera is 360mm.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of cameras of this age and spec range from 2.5" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 3". At 3.2 inches, the Pentax K-3 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Pentax K-3 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera is 1 pixels, the highest is 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 810,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 1,037,000 pixel, the Pentax K-3 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including cheaper digital cameras such as the Canon EOS 7D (£579.99), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (£481).

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6016 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 has a 6016 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of a similar type and age to it. Across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera the best image resolution is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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24.35 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 24.35 megapixels camera.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Pentax K-3 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Pentax K-3 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax K-3 features histogram. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also feature histogram.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Microphone in

The Pentax K-3 has a microphone in, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Has an HDMI

The Pentax K-3 has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Battery

720 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Pentax K-3 which takes 720 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Pentax K-3 has a carrying case, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Pentax K-3 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax K-3 has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax K-3 has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Viewfinder

Quite High Magnification

At 0.95 times zoom factor, the Pentax K-3 has a quite high magnification compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera. The magnifications of cameras of this age and spec range from 0.17x to 20x, and the average magnification is 1.3x.

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Light Exposure

Supports Three ISO Sensitivities

The Pentax K-3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Pentax camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivities "51200" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Five people who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good battery life. Website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Long battery life”. Rd Prothero scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Make sure you update the firmware as soon as you open the box (on a full battery” in their review of this digital camera. Bfs Man mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The camera is physically small, which means it has a small battery” and gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100.


Natural Image Colors

Fourty-seven customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was able to produce good images. Stuff.tv mentioned three years ago “Incredibly detailed pictures” in their review of the Pentax K-3. Website Imaging Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Natural image colors”. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com rated the product 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Video And Still Pictures” in their review of this digital camera.

Four customers who reviewed it thought it had a good picture resolution. Website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “High continuous shooting rate” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Ephotozine.com scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Ephotozine “The increased resolution and the clean”. Itai mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The resolution is amazing and it is quite fast”.

Three owners wrote that the product had a good image sensor. Marcos wrote in his review of this digital camera “This sensor is really great” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Srinivasan mentioned on expert review site Amazon “It has a sensor capable of resolving detail that competes with full frame models” in their review of this digital camera. Franny Photo Lover wrote “The larger sensor is wonderful with a camera body that is so manageable” .

Two people thought it was good in low light. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Very Low Light Sensitive”. Gadget Fan said “The tracking and speed is much better in low light” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Two owners agreed that it was good in terms of colour rendition. Joe wrote “This camera is extremely fast and sharp, great color rendition and low noise”. He also said “Excellent color Rendition and Any Distortion is imperceptible” in his review.

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100 Viewfinder

Three people wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Techradar said “100 viewfinder”. Website Imaging Resource.com mentioned three years ago “Large, bright optical viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera. Kupfernigk said on expert website Amazon “A lack of gimmicks and an excellent viewfinder”.

Three people who reviewed the Pentax K-3 agreed that it had a good screen. Pc Mag mentioned “Sharp rear display” in their review of this digital camera. Space Shooter wrote in their review of this digital camera “With a tilt screen this camera would be perfect” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

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Good Focusing Accuracy

Fifteen owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Website Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good focusing accuracy” . Website Bhphotovideo.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Video Live View Focus”. They also said “Focus peaking” in their review.

Five people who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it had a good lens. Three years ago Joyce wrote “The lens is a very good all around lens” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Tr mentioned “Look forward to purchasing another lens powerful enough for wildlife” in their review of the Pentax K-3. Aaron said in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “The camera is super quiet, although SOME lens make a bit of noise”.

Three owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Website Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Effective stabilization for all lenses”. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Good Image Stabilization”.

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Video Mode Has Good Audio

Twelve owners considered that it was good for video recording. Four years ago Digital Versus said “Video mode has good audio” and scored the Pentax K-3 the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned three years ago “Good Video Support” in their review of this digital camera. They also wrote “Excellent Video” in their review.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax pen408, pentax pen409, pentax m50mm, f458ed
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