Pentax K-3 II

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Pentax K-3 II
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MakerRicoh Imaging
Lens mountPentax KAF2
Image sensor typeCMOS
Image sensor size23.5 x 15.6mm (APS-C type)
Maximum resolution6016 x 4000 (24 megapixels)
ASA/ISO range100-51200
Recording mediumDual SD, SDHC or SDXC card slots
Focus areas27 focus points
Shutter speeds1/8000s to 30s
Continuous shooting8.3 frames per second
Viewfinder magnification0.95
Frame coverage100%
Image processing
Image processorPrime III
Custom WBYes
Rear LCD monitor3.2 inches with 1,037,000 dots
Dimensions131 x 100 x 77mm (5.16 x 3.94 x 3.03 inches)
Weight800g including battery

The Pentax K-3 II is a flagship APS-C DSLR camera announced by Ricoh on April 22, 2015.

It is differentiated from its predecessor by inclusion of a GPS module with AstroTracer functionality (automatic tracking of the passage of stars across the sky, i.e. compensation of the rotation of the Earth; allows sharper, more detailed (less noisy) astrophotographs from longer exposures) and by "Pixel Shift Resolution", a capture mode giving higher spatial resolution. The integrated GPS module can also record positions of the camera while not in use, which allows subsequently reconstructing the path taken by the photographer.[1] The GPS module occupies the space formerly given to the onboard flash, which has been omitted.

Pixel Shift Resolution records four separate images in quick succession and combines them into a final image. The higher spatial resolution results from the fact that the sensor is shifted by one pixel between each pair of sequential exposures, such that all four colour filters in the Bayer pattern are applied once for each pixel (two green, one red, one blue). Therefore, the full colour spectrum is available for each pixel, giving more accurate (non-interpolated) colour and higher resolution.[2] Pixel Shift images can be saved as JPEG or RAW, as can normal images. A Pixel Shift RAW file contains embedded in it the original four captures in RAW format. This capture mode is best used for static subjects, as approximately 1.3 seconds pass between the first and last exposure. This also dictates use of a tripod or other stabilisation for the camera.

Of further note is the image stabilisation system, which according to CIPA standard has been improved from 3.5 to 4.5 stops in effectiveness since the K-3. The manufacturer further states that autofocus has been improved.[3]

Compatible Lenses[edit]

The Pentax K-3 II is compatible with the KAF, KAF2, and KAF3 lens mounts. Firmware version 1.10 allows use of the KAF4 mount lenses.

All of the lenses listed below are compatible with the Pentax K-3 II as of March 3, 2018.

DA Lenses (Lenses made for Pentax APS-C digital cameras)[4][edit]

  • smc PENTAX-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED [IF] Fish-Eye
  • HD PENTAX DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited
  • HD PENTAX DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
  • smc PENTAX-DA★ 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL[IF] SDM
  • HD PENTAX DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
  • smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL[IF] DC WR
  • HD PENTAX DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR
  • HD PENTAX DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
  • smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL
  • HD PENTAX DA 55-300mm F4 5.8 ED WR
  • HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE
  • smc PENTAX DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR
  • smc PENTAX-DA★ 60-250mm F4 ED[IF] SDM
  • smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8
  • smc PENTAX DA★ 55mm F1.4 SDM
  • HD PENTAX DA 70mm F2.4 Limited
  • smc PENTAX-DA★ 200mm F2.8 ED[IF] SDM
  • smc PENTAX-DA★ 300mm F4 ED[IF] SDMfr
  • Pentax DA 560mm F/5.6 ED HD AW Super Telephoto Lens - U.S.A.

D FA Lenses (Lenses made for Pentax Full Frame digital cameras)[5][edit]

  • HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
  • HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
  • HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
  • HD PENTAX-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW
  • HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW

FA Lenses (Lenses originally designed for film cameras)[6][edit]

  • smc PENTAX-FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited
  • smc PENTAX-FA 35mm F2.0 AL
  • smc PENTAX-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited
  • smc PENTAX-FA 50mm F1.4
  • smc PENTAX-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited

Third Party Lenses[edit]

  • Sigma[7]
    • Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM Contemporary Lens for Pentax K
    • Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom Lens for Pentax K
    • Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Zoom Lens for Pentax DSLRs W/APS-C Sensors
    • Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Pentax AF
    • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Pentax DSLR Cameras
    • Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM for Pentax K Cameras
    • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Pentax
    • Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Pentax
    • Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye Lens for Pentax K
    • Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Pentax K
    • Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Lens for Pentax
    • Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR
    • Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG Lens for Pentax
  • Tamron[8]
    • Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF
    • Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Pentax AF
    • Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens For Pentax DSLR Cameras
    • Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Autofocus Lens for Pentax AF
    • Tamron Telephoto SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Autofocus Lens for Pentax AF
    • Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] Autofocus Lens for Pentax Digital Cameras


  1. ^ "Feature 2| PENTAX K-3 II - RICOH IMAGING". Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "PENTAX K-3 II - RICOH IMAGING". Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "PENTAX K-3 II - Fotografieren ohne Grenzen - RICOH IMAGING DEUTSCHLAND GmbH". Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "PENTAX K-3 II - RICOH IMAGING". Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "PENTAX K-3 II - RICOH IMAGING". Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "PENTAX K-3 II - RICOH IMAGING". Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Sigma Lenses". Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Tamron Lenses". Retrieved March 5, 2018.

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