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: 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. Pentax says that the K-3 is not intended to replace the K-5 II, but instead the Pentax K-3 sit alongside it in a higher position as the company’s flagship DSLR.
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. The K-3 is generating a lot of buzz with photographers, even though it costs $150 more (with the 18-135mm lens) than the D7100 with an 18-140mm VR lens.
Pros: Excellent 24MP image quality, Extremely responsive, fast burst, Anti-aliasing simulator, Rugged and weather sealed
Cons: Bulky, expensive – but to be expected, Built-in mono mic, No built-in Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity
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...
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. Its video capabilities are a little less inspiring, but it stands as a great stills camera that's a pleasure to shoot with.
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 conversion, Good buffer depth and continuous shooting rate, Dual UHS-I compatible SD slots, Lots of control over JPEG output, including three styles of sharpening, Innovative...
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 well integrated as its best rivals