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.
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 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...
Summary: Based on image quality alone, the Pentax K-3 is one of the best enthusiast DSLRs we have tested. Images are full of detail and there are more than enough colour settings to satisfy most photographers.
Summary: Will the weatherproof K-3 be enough to tempt consumers away from Nikon and Canon?
Pros: Weatherproof body, 100% viewfinder, Universal DNG raw format, On paper, the K-3 offers a lot for your money. There's a decent range of specifications on offer here, and it's nice to see weatherproofing on a camera at this price point. This would make the ideal choice for landscape photographers, ...
Cons: Chromatic aberration issues, LCD screen fixed, Tends to underexpose, The biggest problem with this camera is the chromatic aberration issue, which was not solved by switching lens or cameras. It's not a problem if you're not photographing high contrast scenes, but if you are, and want to print la...
Excerpt: The Pentax K3 is a weighty and powerful 24M pixel DSLR unit. I was sent the body and a 18-135mm lens. It went on my various journeys for several weeks, so not only did I get my normal range of test shots but some interesting Landscape offerings.
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.
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...
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