Pentax Unleashes Special Gunmetal "Prestige" Edition of K-3 DSLR
26 July 2014
Excerpt: Pentax has unveiled a new limited edition "Prestige" version of its K-3 digital SLR with a distinctive gunmetal chassis. According to Pentax, the K-3 is a special edition camera created to commemorate “the many awards bestowed upon the K-3” by photography publications and websites.
Excerpt: Since the launch of the Pentax K-7 in 2009, the company's flagship models have been among our favorite enthusiast-grade digital SLRs. Pentax's most recent iterations -- the simultaneously-launched K-5 II and K-5 IIs -- were very much evolutionary models, with only relatively minor changes from their shared predecessor.
Excerpt: In the fall of 2013, Ricoh Imaging announced the new PENTAX K-3 DSLR. Designed with "advanced enthusiasts" in mind, the K-3 boasts a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, the ability to continuously shoot at 8.3 frames-per-second, Full HD 1080p Video Recording, a proprietary anti-aliasing filter (which can be turned off and on), a built-in Shake Reduction mechanism, and dual memory card slots compatible with PENTAX FLU SDHC memory cards for wireless connectivity to PCs...
Summary: For creativity, Digital Filters apply special effects to images and Custom Image options -- preset combinations of sharpness, saturation, contrast and color tone settings -- can be customized to your needs. The Pentax K-3 also offers a multi-exposure mode that allows you to combine between two and 2,000 different JPEG or RAW images into a single photo.
Pros: 27-point autofocus system, Excellent high ISO quality, Weather-sealed for extreme temperatures, Anti-aliasing option
Excerpt: The road travelled by Pentax over the past decade has been rocky, to say the least. Once an independent company, Pentax was acquired by Hoya Corporation in 2006, then bought by Ricoh (yes, that Ricoh) in 2011. As it turned out, the Hoya pairing was less than fruitful, leaving Pentax fans cautiously optimistic for the brand's future under Ricoh.
Summary: The K-3 is Pentax's latest flagship DSLR and in typical Pentax fashion offers a lot of performance and features at a relatively bargain price, including weather sealing and a continuous high-speed shooting capability in excess of 8 frames per second. The camera is compatible with Pentax lenses going back decades and because stabilization is built into the camera body you retain stabilization capability no matter how old your lens.
Conclusion: The Pentax K-3 is the most refined K-mount SLR to date, offering fast autofocus and superb image quality. Its video autofocus implementation isn't the best, but it still manages to snag our Editors' Choice award.
Pros: Excellent high ISO image quality. Shoots at 8.1fps. Fast, 27-point autofocus system. In-camera shake reduction. Selectable simulated low-pass filter. Weather-sealed design. Pentaprism viewfinder. Sharp rear display. Top-notch control layout. Dual SD card slots. PC sync flash socket.
Cons: Limited autofocus during video recording. A little slow to start. Lacks built-in GPS or Wi-Fi.
Summary: What's the best way to describe the Pentax K-3 ? Well, it's an advanced DSLR with a robust feature set that delivers impressive image quality without making any sacrifices in terms of performance or overall speed. All this is packaged in a relatively-compact, well-built body with full weather-sealing, a user-friendly interface, and exceptional ergonomics.
Pros: Exceptional detail at low ISOs, High-resolution 24-megapixel sensor, Accurate metering and white balance, Fantastic auto white balance performance in artificial light, Innovative and effective AA filter simulator, In-camera moire removal, In-camera HDR with RAW support, Sensor-shift shake reduction stabilizes all lenses, Fantastic main grip makes the camera easy to hold, Excellent build quality, Relatively compact body, Fully weather-sealed design, Friendly, face-lift...
Cons: Certain menu screens have become overly-complex, Camera locks up for a prolonged period while writing RAW files, Phase detect autofocus area unchanged, Viewfinder AF tracking speed not significantly improved over the K-5 IIs, Poor video autofocus, Video recording freezes briefly while zooming/changing aperture, Not possible to start video recording from stills live view, Not possible to capture stills in video mode, No focus peaking during video recording, Not possibl...