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Pentax  K-3
9.7 out of 10

Pentax K-3

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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 9
8.7

Expert Review

reviewed
12 December 2013
  • Summary: Pentax's flagship K-3 is weather-sealed and packs performance that keeps pace with the rest of the pack.
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

Digital Camera Review
29 November 2013
  • Summary: Barely 13 months after the introduction of its DSLR flagship K-5II/K-5IIs , Pentax is at it again: the K-3 becomes the new standard bearer of Ricoh Imaging’s burgeoning APS-C sensor equipped fleet.
  • Pros: Good still and video image quality, High continuous shooting rate, Good capacity buffer, Weather sealed, Attractive price point versus feature set
  • Cons: Lack of continuous autofocus during video capture, AA filter simulator may not completely eliminate moire in extreme cases, Flash sync speed lags behind most competitors
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Overall 9
9.0

Pentax K-3

PC Magazine
27 November 2013
  • 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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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
20 November 2013
  • 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
8.8

Pentax K-3

pentaxforums.com
12 November 2013
  • 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.
  • 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 reducti...
  • 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/cha...
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Overall 10
10
Build quality 10
10

Pentax K-3 review

Stuff.tv
7 March 2014
  • Summary: The modern DSLR is a 21st century toy, flinging pictures around your home via Wi-Fi, hooking up to smartphone apps and shooting camcorder-smashing full HD video. Not so the Pentax K-3.
  • Pros: Superb weatherproof build, Incredibly detailed pictures, Built-in stabilisation, Dual SD card slots
  • Cons: Average video skills, Lacks flip-out screen, No Wi-Fi
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Overall 9
9.0

Pentax K-3 review

Pocket Lint
28 January 2014
  • Conclusion: Pentax’s years of experience shine through in the K-3's well thought-out construction, which puts all of your most commonly used controls in convenient, easy to find locations. The innovation and user choice behind features such as advanced anti-moire and simple things such as a mode dial lock make...
  • Pros: Price, rugged build quality, controls and menus are very well thought-out, stills performance is excellent
  • Cons: Grain at middling sensitivities, noise on video soundtrack caused by lens mechanics, smaller lens arsenal than competition
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Overall 10
10
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 10
10
Features 10
10
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 10
10

Pentax K-3

PhotographyBLOG
26 November 2013
  • Summary: The Pentax K-3 is the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera on the market, but not only that, it also delivers great performance, weather-resistant build quality, slick handling and excellent image quality too.
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Overall 10
10

Pentax K-3 DSLR Review

ePHOTOzine
14 November 2013
  • Excerpt: The Ricoh takeover of Pentax now seems to have firmly bedded in, with a whole new range of revamped HD Limited lenses and, leading the pack, the latest flagship DSLR, the K-3. With a breath-taking array of features on offer, we now look more closely to see if the K-3 delivers the goods, and indeed...
  • Pros: Superb clarity in image quality with 24MP sensor, Rugged weather sealed construction with 92 seals, Flucard and Eye-Fi card compatibility, Shutter rated to 200,000 exposures, Some unique prime lenses in range, AA Filter Simulator, Glass pentaprism viewfinder with 95% magnification, Backwards lens...
  • Cons: Lack of long zoom lenses, Current lack of lens support from some third party manufacturers
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