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
Conclusion: The Pentax K-3 is a feature-packed, well-built DSLR that is certainly an upgrade on the Pentax K-50. A significant increase in focus points, a higher resolution and improved weather-proofing are just a few of the improvements. The most interesting has to be the removal of the anti-aliasing filter from the sensor, and the implementation of a simulation filter in the form of microscopic sensor vibrations.
Excerpt: Pentax’s latest DSLR, the Pentax K-3 , slightly confusingly marketed by Ricoh who now owns the brand, just happens to be a flagship pro model. Despite this, it fields a 24.7 megapixel APS-C sensor rather than the full frame chip of the Nikon D610, and in comparison is smaller and more square edged in its design. That said its chip is one that Pentax claims has been newly designed for this camera.
Solid feel, pro grade body, switch on or off anti aliasing filter, in-body image stabilisation
Like the Nikon D610, there’s no Wi-Fi connectivity built into the actual camera body, squarish, blocky body design won’t be to all tastes
Conclusion: Although there are some issues with the Pentax K-3’s AF performance, on the whole it’s an enthusiast DSLR that delivers in terms of build quality, image quality and design interface. This combination means that the K-3 more than punches its weight amongst the best enthusiast DSLRs currently available.