Pentax K-3 II Review

June 22, 2015 | Mark Goldstein |


The Pentax K-3 II is a fairly minor update of the excellent K-3 camera, principally adding the innovative Pixel Shift Resolution technology, an improved anti-shake system, Diffraction Correction, and built-in GPS (albeit at the expense of the pop-up flash). Perhaps of more interest to cash-strapped photographers is the much lower official RRP on launch, some £200/$200 less than the launch price of the original K-3, which should help it to compete with mid-range DSLRs and mirrorless cameras alike.

The Pentax K-3 II continues to be the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera on the market at its new price-point, delivering great performance, weather-resistant build quality, slick handling and excellent image quality yet costing several hundred pounds/dollars less than the Nikon/Canon equivalent. Although limited to static subjects, the new Pixel Shift Resolution technology does produce noticeably better image quality, so we'd recommend that you use it if the subject allows, while the improved 4.5-stop image stabilisation and built-in GPS are also great additions. We would have liked to have seen built-in wi-fi, though, which is a strange omission in 2015, the loss of the pop-up flash is annoying if you use it for remote triggering, and a tilting screen is also a minus point, but overall you'd struggle to find a more well-rounded mid-range DSLR camera than the K-3 II.

In summary, the K-3 II is another keenly-priced DSLR camera from Pentax/Ricoh that once again delivers a feature-set, handling and image quality that far out-performs its price-tag, making it the best Pentax DSLR that we've ever reviewed.

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 5