Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-3
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Type Digital single-lens reflex camera
Sensor APS-C 23.7 × 15.7 mm CMOS sensor
Maximum resolution 24.71 megapixels (6016×4000)
Lens Interchangeable Pentax KAF3 and KAF2 mount compatible with Pentax auto-aperture lenses; older lenses supported in stop-down metering mode
Flash Onboard pop-up flash; hot shoe for P-TTL flash units with high-speed sync support; PC socket for studio flashes; 1/180 s X-sync speed
Shutter speed range 1/8000 – 30 s, Bulb
Exposure metering 86,000-pixel RGB metering sensor with Real-Time Scene Analysis System
Exposure modes Green (fully automatic), program, aperture priority, shutter priority, sensitivity priority, aperture and shutter priority, manual, bulb, X-sync shutter speed, three User presets.
Metering modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Continuous shooting Up to 8.3 fps for 60 JPEG or 23 RAW images
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.95× magnification
ASA/ISO range ISO 100–51,200 in 1, ½, or ⅓ EV steps
Rear LCD monitor 3.2″, 1,037,000 dots (720×480 RGB pixels)
Storage 2 slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC; dedicated Flucard for wireless tethering available
Battery D-LI90 lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Dimensions 131×97×73 mm
Weight With battery: 800 g (28 oz)
Without battery: 715 g (25.2 oz)
Optional battery packs D-BG5 battery grip accepts additional D-LI90 battery or 6 AA (R6) batteries
Made in  Philippines

The Pentax K-3 is a 24-megapixel Pentax high-end digital single-lens reflex camera with APS-C sensor, announced on 7 October 2013.[1] Pentax K-3 is the successor of both the K-5 II and K-5 IIs models, which have a 16 megapixel sensor and differ in that the K-5 IIs omits the optical low pass filter or anti-aliasing (AA) filter that can prevent the appearance of moire in the K-5 II (and most other cameras of its time). Pentax obviated the need for providing two separate models by including a selectable AA filter "simulator" in the K-3. This mechanism vibrates the sensor when switched on, slightly blurring the image in a way that replaces the function of the optical AA filter, providing the same benefit as the K-5 II or other cameras with an optical AA filter. When the AA simulator is disabled, the sensor records a sharper image, as in the K-5 IIs.

The Pentax K-3 was also the first camera to support the Pentax FluCard for wireless remote capture and download of images.

Pentax K-3 has a magnesium alloy body that is weather sealed, and competes in the same price class as the Nikon D7100 and Canon EOS 70D.[2]

Limited editions[edit]

When the K-3 was originally announced, Ricoh made available a Premium Silver Edition that included the camera body and battery grip in a silver paint finish as well as an exclusive red leather neck strap. According to Ricoh, this would match the silver versions of Pentax HD DA Limited lenses.[3] In July 2014, Ricoh announced the Prestige Edition, which included a K-3 and battery grip in "gunmetal gray" paint finish as well as two batteries and black artificial leather neckstrap,[4] embossed with the lettering "2014 TIPA BEST DIGITAL SLR EXPERT" and Pentax K-3 logo.[5] Each edition is limited to 2000 units.[3][4]

Awards[edit]

The Pentax K-3 has won the TIPA Award "Best Digital SLR Expert" for 2014,[6] and the EISA Photo Award 2014-2015 for Best Advanced DSLR.[7]

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