Pentax K-3 Review

5.0
November 26, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Type
Camera Type

TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL flash

Sensor
Type

Primary color filter, CMOS

AA Filter Simulator: Moiré reduction using SR unit. OFF/Type1/Type2

Size 23.5 x 15.6 (mm)
Total Pixels Approx. 24.71 megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 23.35 megapixels
Still

JPEG: L(24M: 6016x4000) M(14M:4608x3072) S(6M:3072x2048) XS(2M:1920x1280),

RAW: L(24M:6016x4000)

Movie

Full HD(1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p)

HD (1280x720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)

Sensitivity

ISO AUTO/100 to 51200 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV)

Shake Reduction

Sensor-shift shake reduction (SR: Shake Reduction) ; Approx. 3.5EV…TBD

Sensor Cleaning

Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II", Dust Alert function

Lens
Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
Usable lenses

KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible), KAF, KA mount lens

Focusing System
Type

Type TTL: phase-matching autofocus

Functions

Focus Sensor: SAFOX 11, 27 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)

Brightness Range: EV-3 to 18 (ISO 100 / at normal temperature)

AF mode: Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C), Auto select AF (AF.A)

Customization on focus settings possible.

AF Point Selection: Spot, Select, Expanded Area (S, M, L), Zone select, Auto (27 AF points)

AF assist Dedicated LED AF assist light
Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism Finder
Field of View Approx. 100%
Magnification

Approx. 0.95x (50mmF1.4 at infinity)

Focusing screen Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen
Indication

Eye-Relief Length: Approx. 20.5mm (from the view window), Approx 22.3mm (from the center of lens)

Diopter adjustment Approx. -2.5m to + 1.5m-1
Screen
Type Wide viewing angle TFT color LCD with AR coating, Air-gapless glass, 3.2 inch (aspact ratio 3:2)
Resolution Approx. 1037K dots
Playback Brightness, Saturation and Colors adjustable
Shutter
Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb
X-Synchronization

Sync Speed 1/180 sec.

Exposure system
Metering

TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor, Multi-segment, center-weighted and spot metering

Exposure Modes

Green mode, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync Speed, USER1, USER2, USER3

Metering Range EV-3 to 20 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)
Auto Exposure Lock Button type (timer type: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting); 
Continuous as long as the shutter button is halfway pressed
Compensation

Type TTL: phase-matching autofocus±5EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps can be selected)

Flash
Type Built-in P-TTL flash with pop-up, GN: approx. 13 (ISO100/m)
Modes

Flash Mode:

Auto Flash Discharge(Greem mode), Flash On, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync. Manual Flash Discharge (Full-1/128)

High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.

Angle of View Coverage equivalent to angle of view of 28mm lens (35mm format equivalent)
Exposure Compensation -2.0 to + 1.0EV
Exposure Parameters
Modes

Drive modes:

Mode Selection:

Still Image : Single frame, Continuous (H, M, L), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (immediately, 3 sec., continuous), Exposure Bracketing (2, 3 or 5 frames/ Possible to use with Self-timer or Remote Control ), Mirror-up (Possible to use with Remote Control), Interval shooting, Inteval Composite

Movie : Remote Control, Interval Movie Record

Continuous Shooting: Max. approx. 8.3 fps, JPEG ( L: xxx at Continuous H): up to approx. 60 frames, RAW: up to approx. 23 frames

Multi-Exposure: Composite Mode(Additive/Average/Bright), Number of Shots(2 to 2000 images)

Interval Shooting:

Still Image / Interval : 2s. to 24h., Number of shots : 2 : 2000 images,
Start Interval : Now/Set Time

Movie / Recorded size:4K/FullHD/HD Interval:2s. to 1h., Recording time:14s.to 99h.,
Start Interval:Now/Set Time

Capture Setting:

Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Cross Processing: Randum, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3

Noise Reduction: Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR

Dynamic Range compensation: Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction

Lens Correction: Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Corr.

Digital Filter: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome

HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function

Horizon Correction: SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 2 degrees

Composition Adjustment: Adjustment range of ±1.5mm up, down, left or light (1mm when rotated); rotating range of 1 dehree

Electronic Level: Displayed in viewfinder and LCD panel (horizontal direction only); displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal direction and vertical direction)

White Balance

Type: Method using a combination of the CMOS image sensor and the light source detection sensor

AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image

Fine Adjustment: Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis

Largest magnification: Approx. 0,1X with focus mode Macro, Focal Length 4.3mm, Focusing distance 0.03m

Movie
Recording

File Format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)

Motion JPEG(AVI) for Interval Movie Record

Recorded Pixels: Full HD(1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p)

HD (1280x720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)

Sound: Built-in monaural microphone, external microphone (Streo recording compatible)
Recording Sound Level adjustable

Recording Time: Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.

Custom Images: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Cross Processing: Randum, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3

Digital Filter: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome

HDR: *availble only for Inteval Movie Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable

Playback
Digital Filter Base Parameter Adj, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim
Options

Playback View:

Single frame, multi-image display (6,12, 20, 35, 80 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16, 100% display and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright rea warning, Auto Image Roation, detailed inf, Copyright Information (Photographyer, Copyright holder), Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display, Slide Show

Delete:

Delete single image, delete all, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image

RAW Development:

RAW file select :Select Single Image, Select Multiple Images, Select a folder RAW Development Parameter: File Format (JPEG/TIFF), Aspect ratio, JPEG recorded pixels, JPEG Quality, Color Space, Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Corr. Color Fringe Correction, Digital filter, HDR, White Balance, Custom Image, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, GPS(Latitude, Longitude, Altitude, Time)

Edit:

Color Moiré Correction, Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving RAW data in buffer memory, Image Copy, Eye-Fi Image Transfer

Storage
External

Storage Medium: SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Card (Conforms to USH-1 standards), Eye-Fi card,
FLU card

Dual SD slot: Sequential Use, Save to Both, Separate RAW/JPG, Image copy between slots possible

File Format

RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.30), DCF2.0 compliant

Recorded Pixels JPEG: L(24M: 6016x4000) M(14M:4608x3072) S(6M:3072x2048) XS(2M:1920x1280),
RAW: L(24M:6016x4000)

Quality Level RAW (14bit): PEF, DNG, JPEG:*(Best),**(Better),***(Good), RAW + JPEG
simultaneous capturing available

Color Space: sRGB, AdobeRGB

File Name "IMGP****" or User assingned file name
File name numbering: Sequential, Reset
Special Features
Features

Playback View:

Single frame, multi-image display (6,12, 20, 35, 80 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16, 100% display and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright rea warning, Auto Image Roation, detailed inf, Copyright Information (Photographyer, Copyright holder), Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display, Slide Show

USER Mode: Up to 3 settings can be saved

Custom Functions: 27 items

Mode Memory: 11 items

Custom Button: RAW/Fx Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Optical Preview, Digital Preview, Shake Redction,LCD Panel Illumination, AF button (Enable AF, Cancel AF)

Various settings for the action of the e-dials in each exposure mode can also be saved

Text Size: Standard, Large

World Time: World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)

AF fine Adjustment: ±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)

Copyright Information: Names of "Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file. Revision history can be checked using the provided software.

Language

Depends on market

Interface
Interface

Connection Port: USB3.0 (micro B), external power supply terminal, external release controller terminal, X-synch socket, HDMI output terminal (Type D), stereo miscrophone input terminal, Headphone terminal

USB Connection: MSC/PTP

Power
Source Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90P
AC Adapter: AC Adapter Kit K-AC132 (Optional)
Performance

Battery Life:

Number of recordable images: (with 50% flash usage): approx. 560 images,
(without flash usage): approx: 720 images

Playback time: Approx. 370 minutes

* With a fully-recharged Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery. Tested in compliance with CIPA
standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting condition.

Dimensions
Height

100mm

Width

131.5mm

Depth

77.5mm

Weight

Approx. 800g (Including dedicated battery and 1x SD Memory Card), Approx. 715g (body only)

Accessories
Kit Content

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90

Battery Charger D-BC90

AC plug cord

Strap O-ST132

ME Viewfi nder Cap

Software (CD-ROM) S-SW140

Eyecup Fs

Hot shoe cover FK

Body mount cover

Battery Grip terminal cover

Sync sock 2p cap

Optional

Lithium-Ion battery D-LI90

Battery Charger kit K-BC90E

AC Adapter K-AC132E

Weather resistant grip D-BG5

SLR case

SLR backpack

Weatherproof remote control O-RC1

Cable switch CS-205

Ring fl ash AF 160FC

Flash AF 200FG

Flash AF 360FGZ II

Flash AF 540FGZ II

O-ICK1 sensor cleaning kit

O-GPS1 GPS unit

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