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Pentax  K-3
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Pentax K-3

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Pentax K-3 DSLR Review

Shutterbug
29 July 2014
  • Excerpt: Even though the new Pentax K-3 offers a very robust and massive body, it is quite compact; it’s only slightly larger than the ultra-compact Canon EOS Rebel SL1, although it’s almost double the weight.
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Overall 9
9.0

Pentax K-3

Imaging Resource
28 April 2014
  • Conclusion: Inside and out, new is the name of the game for Ricoh's flagship APS-C DSLR, the Pentax K-3. The weather-sealed, magnesium alloy body is brand-new, and so is the high-res 24.3-megapixel image sensor, paired to a speedy new PRIME III image processor that's capable of 8.3 frames-per-second burst...
  • Pros: Unusually compact for an enthusiast DSLR, Great ergonomics; movie, focus and metering controls improved, Weather-sealed and freezeproof; many weather-sealed lenses and accessories to choose from, Kit lens offers greater range than most, Unique on-demand low-pass filtering, In-body stabilization w...
  • Cons: Pentax's smaller market share means less third-party support, AE-lock button is small, hard to reach, New battery grip isn't compatible with earlier models, Below average battery life for a DSLR (but still better than most mirrorless cameras), Lags manufacturer-claimed burst rate by quite some wa...
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Overall 8
8.3

Expert Review

DP Review
10 April 2014
  • Summary: The K-3 is the latest and best in a well-established line of high-end APS-C DSLRs. The K-3 offers a wealth features for still photographers, including a large, 100% coverage viewfinder, solid build, and plenty of customization.
  • Pros: Very high image quality, especially in Raw, Excellent ergonomics and handling, Extensive feature set, In-body stabilization works with all lenses, Extremely solid build quality, Large, bright optical viewfinder, Good level of customization, Well-chosen direct controls, Comprehensive in-camera Raw...
  • Cons: Disappointing JPEG color response, Rather clumsy JPEG sharpening (slightly improved by changing to 'Fine' sharpening), Many lenses don't appear to live up to camera's full autofocus potential, Video quality not up to standards implied by inclusion of mic and headphone jacks, SD-based Wi-Fi not as...
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

PhotoRadar
27 March 2014
  • Conclusion: The Pentax K-3 is weather-sealed, as are many of Pentax's current Pentax lenses and accessories (such as battery grips), making it a complete weather proof system.
  • Pros: Weatherproof body, 100% viewfinder, Universal DNG raw format
  • Cons: Chromatic aberration issues, LCD screen fixed, Tends to underexpose
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Overall 9
9.0

Pentax K-3

PC Magazine
18 March 2014
  • 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.
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Expert Review

Steve's Digicams
3 March 2014
  • Summary: 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...
  • Pros: "Green" shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, Full 1080p HD video capture with tons of control, HDMI output and audio input add to the video capabilities of the camera, Weather -sealed body protects the camera when shooting...
  • Cons: Although performance was very good, it did not live up to expectations, High ISO images are incredibly noisy, Face Detection only works in "Green" mode with Live View enabled
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Pentax K-3

consumersearch.com
24 February 2014
  • Conclusion: The Pentax K-3 -- Pentax's top-of-the-line model -- wins awards as the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera on the market. With great performance, excellent image quality and superior handling, the rugged K-3 is a semi-pro camera that successfully competes with its Canon and Nikon rivals.
  • Pros: 27-point autofocus system, Excellent high ISO quality, Weather-sealed for extreme temperatures, Anti-aliasing option
  • Cons: Slow autofocus
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Expert Review

digitalcameraworld.com
19 February 2014
  • Summary: Pentax K-3 review: will the weather-proof K-3 be enough to tempt photographers away from Nikon and Canon? Find out in our Pentax K-3 review video. The Pentax K-3 comes just a year after the Pentax K-5 II was launched, which arrived two years after the Pentax K-5.
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Overall 9
8.8
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Pentax K-3 Review

What Digital Camera
13 February 2014
  • Summary: The fantastic body and excellent image quality are the two main reasons to buy the Pentax K-3. It really is a great camera, though it does have its quirks.
  • Pros: Great image quality; Solid build; Customisable interface
  • Cons: Sluggish AF performance; Lacking Wi-fi functionality; Some performance quirks
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Overall 9
8.5

Pentax K-3 Review

Digitaltrends
31 January 2014
  • Conclusion: The Pentax K-3 is an Editor’s Choice winner – it’s really a top-notch 2014 enthusiast DSLR – even with the negatives detailed. If you’re in the market for a Canon EOS 70D or a Nikon D7100, give this outfit a very close look.
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