Pentax K-3 Review

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Pentax K-3 Review

With the Pentax K-3, Pentax has introduced a new generation of impressive, remarkable and powerful camera, in the shape of its latest 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with straight-forward grip. The camera embodies a reasonable amount of upgrades to enhance performance, operation and shooting options. Without a doubt, while it may look like just another Mid-size SLR, Pentax has packed a reasonable amount of firsts inside the Pentax K-3 incredible body. More or less, the improved camera itself feels like a top-shelf imaging device, with a consistent, forward-looking and modern design and comfortable dials. In hand, the Pentax K-3 feels great and surprisingly never hurt my wrist at all carrying it all day long. Most notably, one of the biggest reasons to move up to the Pentax K-3 from lower-end cameras is the modified autofocus system with a immense 27 focus detection points. A wide ISO range helps the photographer master any lighting situation. From a clean ISO 100 to a versatile 51,200 (boosted), the Pentax K-3 provides small amounts of noise and maximum quality. The camera works with D-LI90 batteries, which has enough for 560 shots. Despite the high photos quality, the Pentax K-3 nowadays isn't the best gear for shooting video. Pentax K-3 has a Pentax KAF2 lens mount, and currently, there are 144 native lenses available for this mount. The Pentax K-3 is a stunning camera and tool in the hands of the right photographer. Reasonably it has all the modified upgrades that we were waiting along with a few powerful features in a body that feels well made and solid in hand.


Announced0.09 %
Body Type20-20k Hz
Price6 ohms

DxO Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score3
DxO Color DepthNone
DxO Dynamic RangeNone
DxO Low Light ISO1


Sensor Resolution1
Sensor Type2
Sensor SizeNone
Sensor DimensionsNone
Sensor Area4
Max Image Resolution1
Min Native ISONo
Max Native ISONo
RAW SupportNo


Lens Mount6 ohms
Number of LensesNo
Manual Focus6 ohms
Focal Length MultiplierBuilt-in
Macro Focus RangeNo


Viewfinder CoverageHDR10, Dolby Vision (FW), HLG (FW)
Viewfinder ResolutionYes
Viewfinder MagnificationNo


Screen TypeNo
Screen TechnologyNo
Screen SizeNo
Screen ResolutionNot Given
Live ViewNo
Touch ScreenThru HDMI

Photography Features

Min Shutter SpeedYes
Max Shutter SpeedYes
Continuous Shooting
Shutter PriorityNo
Aperture PriorityNo
Manual Exposure ModeNo
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance17-3/16
Image Stabilization5-15/16
Built-in Flash13-1/16
External FlashNo
Flash Range16.3
Flash Modes2 Years
Max Flash Sync2 Years
WB BracketingNo
AE BracketingNo

Exposure Modes

Multi-SegmentDD, TrueHD, DD+
SpotDTS, HD, HDMA, ES, Neo6, 96/24
Center Weighted7


AF Touch1
AF ContinuousPosts
AF SingleN
AF Tracking1 Front
AF SelectiveNo
AF Centertrue
AF Multi Areaa
AF Live View
AF Face Detectiontrue
AF Contrast Detectiontrue
AF Phase Detectiontrue
Number of Focus Points27
Number of Cross Focus Points25

Video Features

Video Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Video FormatsMPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Porttrue
Headphone Porttrue


Wireless ConnectivityNone
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)


Physical Dimensions131 x 100 x 77mm
Environmental Sealingtrue
Water Prooffalse
Dust Prooffalse
Shock Prooffalse
Crush Prooffalse
Freeze Prooffalse
Battery ModelD-LI90
Battery Life560 shots
Battery TypeBattery Pack

Other Features

Timelapse Recordingtrue
Self TimerYes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Storage TypeDual SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots2