Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-3
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TypeDigital single-lens reflex camera
LensInterchangeable Pentax KAF3 and KAF2 mount compatible with Pentax auto-aperture lenses; older lenses supported in stop-down metering mode
SensorAPS-C 23.7 × 15.7 mm CMOS sensor
Maximum resolution24.71 megapixels (6016×4000)
Film speedISO 100–51,200 in 1, ½, or ⅓ EV steps
Recording medium2 slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC; dedicated Flucard for wireless tethering available
Exposure modesGreen (fully automatic), program, aperture priority, shutter priority, sensitivity priority, aperture and shutter priority, manual, bulb, X-sync shutter speed, three User presets.
Exposure metering86,000-pixel RGB metering sensor with Real-Time Scene Analysis System
Metering modesMulti-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
FlashOnboard 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 range1/8000 – 30 s, Bulb
Continuous shootingUp to 8.3 fps for 60 JPEG or 23 raw images
ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.95× magnification
LCD screen3.2″, 1,037,000 dots (720×480 RGB pixels)
BatteryD-LI90 lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Optional battery packsD-BG5 battery grip accepts additional D-LI90 battery or 6 AA (R6) batteries
Dimensions131×97×73 mm
WeightWith battery: 800 g (28 oz)
Without battery: 715 g (25.2 oz)
Made in Philippines

The Pentax K-3 is a 24-megapixel Pentax high-end digital single-lens reflex camera with an APS-C sensor, announced on 7 October 2013.[1] The Pentax K-3 is the successor to both the K-5 II and K-5 IIs models, which have a 16-megapixel sensor. The K-5 II (and most other cameras of its time) had an optical low pass filter or anti-aliasing (AA) filter that can prevent the appearance of moire patterning on the captured image. This filter reduces the sharpness of the image, so Pentax also produced the K-5 IIs which omitted this filter. In the K-3, Pentax obviated the need for providing two separate models by including a selectable AA filter "simulator". 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 filter in the K-5 II and 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.

The Pentax K-3 is a mid-size DSLR with a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, and is priced at a relatively similar level to the newer upper-entry level Nikon D5500 DSLR[2] and $300 cheaper than the newer mid-range Nikon D7200 DSLR. The Pentax K-3 was ranked #2 in a comparison of mid-size DSLR class, was class-leading in image quality for portrait, street, daily and landscape photography, and ranked only slightly lower for sport photography. In-body stabilization also gives the Pentax K-3 an advantage, but its 800-gram weight is slightly more than average for a mid-size DSLR.[3]

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 with 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.[4] In July 2014, Ricoh announced the Prestige Edition, which included a K-3 and battery grip in a "gunmetal gray" finish as well as two batteries and black artificial leather neckstrap,[5] embossed with the lettering "2014 TIPA BEST DIGITAL SLR EXPERT" and the Pentax K-3 logo.[6] Each edition was limited to 2000 units.[4][5]


The Pentax K-3 has won the TIPA Award "Best Digital SLR Expert" for 2014,[7] and the EISA Photo Award 2014-2015 for Best Advanced DSLR.[8]


  1. ^ "Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 24MP DSLR with selectable low pass filtering". 7 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-3". Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Pentax K-3 vs Nikon D7200". Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 24MP DSLR with selectable low pass filtering". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Ricoh Unveils Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
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  8. ^ "". Retrieved 26 June 2017.

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