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Pentax K3II Digital Camera

£699.00
SLR 24.35MP CMOS Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
One industry award
Unacceptable noise level
No touchArticulation to LCD screen
17 Reviews + 1 Award
photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
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Reviews

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site decided that this camera was fantastic and gave it their highest award. Photoreview.com.au gave this Pentax camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on four expert reviews from sites including pentaxforums.com, stuff.tv/my/, photoreview.com.au and stuff.tv the average expert rating of this digital camera is 82 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 9 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is outstanding. 7 reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. This means that owners think this high megapixel digital camera is one of the very best similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

Excellent Brand

Based on 2,026 user and expert reviews (including 236 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent ratings for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other brands. 99% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-3 II did not have a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com said “Short Battery Life” but even so they gave the product a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Price

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Reasonably Priced

Two people agreed that the product was good value for money. Two years ago Jay mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Both have performed well and are some of the most professional DSLRs for the most reasonable price” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Birdwatcher gave this digital camera a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Great camera! For the price and features I don't believe you could purchase a better camera” in their review of the Pentax K-3 II.

One owner who bought it considered that it was expensive.

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Pricey

The cheapeast high megapixel cameras that have been available for more than a year that we found costs £62 and the most expensive costs £4,517. We think that this Pentax digital camera looks expensive for a high megapixel digital camera that was launched more than a year ago.


Other

Released Over a Year Ago

This camera was released in April 2017.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Three owners who bought it considered that it was noisy. Stuff.tv/my/ mentioned “Noisy autofocusing”. Sandy wrote “Now I can go beyond an 800 ISO and achieve some nice crisp noise free shots! I also love the extra focusing points” in his review of this digital camera.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-3 II has a built-in microphone. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Noisy Autofocusing

Three owners who bought it considered that it was noisy. Stuff.tv/my/ mentioned “Noisy autofocusing”.

Sandy wrote “Now I can go beyond an 800 ISO and achieve some nice crisp noise free shots! I also love the extra focusing points” in his review of this digital camera.


No TouchArticulation to LCD Screen

Four people mentioned in their reviews that it did not have a good screen. Stuff.tv/my/ said two years ago “No touchArticulation to LCD screen” nonetheless they still gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100. Stuff.tv/my/ also wrote “Das Display lsst sich weder klappen noch drehen, auch ein Touchscreen ist nicht vorhanden” in their review. Stuff.tv/my/ also mentioned “No touchscreen or vari, angle screen” in their review.

One owner concluded that it did not have a good viewfinder.

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La Mancanza Del Flash

Five people who bought this digital camera considered that it did not have a good flash. Two years ago Stuff.tv/my/ mentioned “No on board flash or builtin wireless triggering” in their review of this digital camera. Stuff.tv/my/ also wrote “La mancanza del flash” in their review. Stuff.tv/my/ also said “No built in flash unit” in their review.

Average Video Options

Two owners considered that the Pentax K-3 II was not good for video recording. Stuff.tv said “Average video options”. Stuff.tv/my/ said “30 bps video, wat gedateerde interface” in their review of this digital camera but even so they rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Builtin Stabilisation

Three customers who bought this digital camera concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Stuff.tv/my/ said two years ago “In-body image stabilisation” .

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It's a pity we didn't have a better lens to test this camera with because so many other aspects of its performance were very good”. Rlq said two years ago “This camera works outstanding and I have lots of old Pentax lens and all work great” .

Two owners who purchased it agreed that it had a good autofocus. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Fast Accurate Auto-Focus”.

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Takes Great Photos

Ten owners who purchased it considered that it was able to produce good images. Stuff.tv mentioned “Takes great photos” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Jay gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “I love the pics that I am getting thus far”. Birdwatcher scored the Pentax K-3 II the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “Out of the box, into the field it takes wonderful pictures”.

Seven people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Stuff.tv/my/ mentioned two years ago “New Pixel Shift High Resolution Feature”. Stuff.tv/my/ also mentioned “Pixel Shift highres shooting mode” in their review. Stuff.tv/my/ also mentioned “Innovative pixel shift super resolution for still scenes” in their review.

Five customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Stuff.tv/my/ wrote “Impressive detail at low ISOs” and scored this digital camera 80 out of 100. Stuff.tv/my/ also wrote “Sehr gute Bildqualitt und hohe Auflsung bis ISO 1.600” in their review. Stuff.tv/my/ also said “Gute Bildqualitt im hohen ISOBereich ab ISO 1.600” in their review.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax K-3 II supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax K-3 II supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

Alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at include the Cybershot RX10 Ⅱ (£639.00), or the Cybershot DSC-RX10 (£614.99) both from Sony or the Nikon D7200 (£592.00) which has better reviews.

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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 maximum video resolution on high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Pentax K-3 II supports video capability. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also support video capability.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think the Nikon D7200 (£592.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Across all the high megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera the display diagonals range from 2.7" to 3.2", and the average display diagonal is 3". With a display diagonal of 3.2 inches, the Pentax K-3 II has one of the larger display diagonals amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

Alternative 3.2" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the D7200 (£592.00), or the D610 (£832.99) both from Nikon which has better reviews.

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Features

Unusual Feature Set

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Stuff.tv/my/ mentioned two years ago “Unusual feature set” in their review of the Pentax K-3 II. Jay said in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “It focuses much quicker, pics are much sharper and the list of advanced features is excellent” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Birdwatcher said “There are so many features”.


Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-3 II has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Cybershot RX10 Ⅱ (£639.00), or the Cybershot DSC-RX10 (£614.99) both from Sony or the Nikon D7200 (£592.00).

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6016 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 II has a 6016 x 4000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of this age and spec. Most cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 2560 x 1920 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 6016x4000, 4608x3072 and 3072x2048 and 1920x1280. Across all comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as this camera the still image resolution ranges from 384 x 480 to 6016 x 4016.

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6016 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-3 II has a 6016 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 3008 x 2000 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The worst image resolution of all digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago is 2560 х 1280 pixels and the best is 7952 x 5304 pixels.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-3 II has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than a year ago do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D610 (£832.99) is also worth considering.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 II features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 II features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax K-3 II features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Pentax K-3 II has an anti-dust function. Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have an anti-dust function.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax K-3 II features histogram. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also feature histogram.

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Has a Dioptre Correction

The Pentax K-3 II has a dioptre correction. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have a dioptre correction.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Pentax K-3 II has an external flash connector. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also have an external flash connector.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Pentax K-3 II has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other cameras that were launched more than a year ago also have a shoe mounting point.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Pentax K-3 II has a self-timer, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

3 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 3 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Has a Microphone in

The Pentax K-3 II has a microphone in, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Has an HDMI

The Pentax K-3 II has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Battery

720 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Pentax K-3 II is a digital camera that takes 720 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Viewfinder

Fairly High Magnification

With a magnification of 0.95 times zoom factor, the Pentax K-3 II has one of the higher magnifications amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera the magnifications range from 0.24x to 17x.

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Light Exposure

Supports Three ISO Sensitivities

The Pentax K-3 II has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras of this age and type. The ISO sensitivities "51200" and "Auto" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Lens System

Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera is 3.5 and the smallest is 38. When compared to other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera that we have assessed, the Pentax K-3 II's maximum aperture number of 38 is one of the smallest.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 6.2mm to 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm. At only 130 millimeters, the Pentax K-3 II has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 16, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.6. At 3.5, the Pentax K-3 II has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Focusing

Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 1m. At 0.35 meters, the Pentax K-3 II has a fairly large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

The average weight of digital cameras of this age and spec is 410g, and the weights range from 110g to 1.3kg. With a weight of 700 grams, the Pentax K-3 II is one of the heavier digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

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Rugged Weather Sealed Construction With 92 Seals

Two owners who reviewed it considered that it was good structurally. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Quality Of Construction”. Two customers wrote in their reviews that the product was a good body shape.


Smart TV

Builtin GPS

Five customers agreed that this digital camera had gps. Stuff.tv said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Astrotracer and GPS” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Stuff.tv/my/ said in their Pentax K-3 II review “100 weergave, gps” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Stuff.tv/my/ also mentioned “GPS und Schulterdisplay” in their review.


Design

Nice Design

One owner who purchased it reckoned that it was ergonomic. Expert review site Pentaxforums.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Ergonomics to be class-leading among enthusiast DSLR cameras”.

Userfriendly Menu System

Three customers who bought the product reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Stuff.tv/my/ wrote two years ago “Intuitive controls and menus” . Stuff.tv/my/ also wrote “Userfriendly menu system” in their review. Stuff.tv/my/ also wrote “Niskie szumy na zdjciach RAW w szerokim zakresie czuoci, funkcjonalne i bardzo rozbudowane menu, gniazda mikrofonu, suchawek i HDMI, solidny i uszczelniony korpus, dua liczba optymalnie rozmieszczonyc” in their review.

Two people who purchased the Pentax K-3 II thought it was easy to handle. Stuff.tv/my/ mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Hochwertiges Kameragehuse mit sehr gutem Handling”. Expert website Pentaxforums.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The K-3 II is a winner in areas that matter to photographers primarily interested in good handling and still image quality.  We find its anti-moire tools, viewfinder”.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Stuff.tv/my/ gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Very comfortable grip”. One customer said in their reviews that the product was easy to use.

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Excellent Build Quality

Five owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it was good quality. Stuff.tv wrote “Excellent build quality” in their review of the Pentax K-3 II. Stuff.tv/my/ mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Superb clarity in image quality with 24MP sensor”. Bhphotovideo.com gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “Good Image Quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Solid Build

Eight owners who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Stuff.tv/my/ gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their Pentax K-3 II review “Rugged weather sealed construction with 92 seals”. Stuff.tv/my/ also said “Built in Astrotracer” in their review. Stuff.tv/my/ also said “Built in GPS” in their review.

One owner who purchased it concluded that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Stuff.tv/my/ said “Rugged, weathersealed body”. One owner who bought this digital camera considered that it was sealed. Jay said in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “And, if your a traveler, you'll love the professionally sealed body”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax k3iiblack1685wrlenskit, pentax 16215
Barcodes 00027075293977, 00027075294080, 00027075294196, 00027075294301

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