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.
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.
Excerpt: It might be playing third-fiddle to Canon and Nikon, but Pentax - now part of Ricoh Imaging - is a venerable name in the field of photography. Its long history means that its DSLRs, like the now-top-spec K-3, can more than hold their own. The company not only has years of experience to draw upon, but an extensive back catalogue of lenses that can rival the market leaders. It isn’t shy to innovate, either.
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
Summary: In the current marketplace, where sales of DSLR cameras are declining, the K-3 provides a welcome combination of innovative technology, excellent performance and a competitive price tag. Photographers looking for a new camera body on which to base a system should start their search with this camera. Although lacking the depth of lens choices provided by market leaders Canon and Nikon, Pentax has assembled a lens line-up that caters well for most shooting situations.
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 whether it throws down the gauntlet to the brand leaders and offers some serious competition.
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 compatibility, In body shake reduction, Low light AF to -3EV, Wide selection of built in effects and filters, DNG or PEF RAW format, 8.3fps frame rate
Cons: Lack of long zoom lenses, Current lack of lens support from some third party manufacturers
Excerpt: Man skal ikke skue hunden på hårene, siges det, og det er let at overse Pentax, siden deres kameraer ligner alle de andres. Men det er udenpå. Sammen med Sony de er de eneste, der har billedstabilisering indbygget. De andre spejlreflekskameraer har det kun i nogle af objektiverne.
Pros: Det mest solide kamera, man kan tænke sig i denne klasse, leverer også billedkvalitet og skarphed på højde med dyrere kameraer. Upåklagelig ydelse for pengene.
Cons: Autofokussen er ikke blandt de hurtigste, og menugrafikken virker forældet.