Pentax K3 – A Game Changer? Specifications and Video Review

 Pentax K3 Review

Bottom Line:

The Pentax K3 is a tempting option to convert even Nikon and Canon enthusiasts because of its many impressive features. Neither Canon nor Nikon bodies can offer the same impressive features at the K3’s $700 price point. For example, the K3 can get up to 8 frames per second, has in camera stabilization, dual SD cards slots, and superior weather proofing.


The Specs:

  •  1. The Sensor
    • Effective pixels: Approx. 24 megapixels
    • Approx. 23.5 x 15.6mm APS-C CMOS sensor 
  • 2. Compatible Lenses
    • Lens Mount: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
    • Compatible lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
  • 3. Autofocus
    • 27 AF points (25 cross type focus points in the center)
    • Focus modes: AF Single (w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF Continuous (w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
  • 4. Video Features
    • Recording Size and (frame rate fps in parenthesis):
      • 1920 x 1080 (60i / 50i / 30p / 25p / 24p)
      • 1280 x 720 (60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p)
    • Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: Approx 25 minutes
  • 5. Image Features
    • File Formats: JPEG, RAW
    • High Speed Continuous Shooting: Maximum 8.3 shots/sec.
    • Size in pixels:
      • JPEG
        L (24M:6016×4000),
        M (14M: 4608×3072),
        S (6M: 3072×2048),
        XS (2M: 1920×1280)
      • RAW
        L (24M:6016×4000)
  • 7. Exposure Control
    • Exposure Modes:  Green, Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed, USER (3 presets)
    • ISO AUTO/100 -51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
    • Shutter Speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 EV steps), Bulb
    • Flash X-sync at 1/180 sec
    • Custom Image Modes:  Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing,
    • HDR Capture Modes: Auto, Type1, Type2, Type3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable, automatic composition correction function
    • White Balance Settings: Auto, Multi Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
      Manual mode(s): Manual (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature (up to 3 settings can be saved), Copying the white balance settings of a captured image possible
  • 8. Interface
    • 3.2 inch TFT monitor
    • 1037K dots monitor resolution
    • USB 3.0
    • AV out
    • DC in
    • X-sync socket
    • HDMI out
    • 3.5mm stereo microphone input terminal
    • Video out: HD (via HDMI), NTSC, PAL
  • 9. Power
    • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90,  D-BG5 Battery Grip (optional)
    • Battery Life: 720 shots (CIPA)
    • AC power optional  with AC Adapter K-AC132
  • 10. Body
    • SD, SDHC, SDXC, EyeFi, FLU (dual slots)
    • Viewfinder coverage: 100%
    • Weather resistant: Yes (92 special seals)
    • Dimensions: 5.17in x 3.94in x 3.05in
    • Weight: 25.2 oz (body only)
  • 11. Price
    • MSRP: $1300 (body only)

Pentax K3 Video Review:


Video review highlights:

  • No anti aliasing filter but instead has the world’s first anti aliasing simulator
  • Wifi is not built in but has a special optional FLU card that offers wifi capability including remote tethering control
  • Built in image stabilization
  • Built in intervalometer for timelapses
  • Rugged and durable body, 92 points of weather sealing, kit lens is also weather sealed
  • Two ways to start recording a movie
  • Brand new sensor
  • Fantastic still image quality
  • Detail degradation at  ISO 3200, but still usable
  • Unusable at ISO 12800
  • Stabilization is not 100% reliable for still images; helps in handheld video but produces warp and roll.
  • Outer focus points not so useful
  • Corner cross type took a little longer to focus
  • Overall autofocus works well, and does especially well in low light situations.
  • Full manual exposure control for video
  • Microphone input, and control of audio levels
  • Weather sealing better than canon and Nikon
  • Video controls on par with Canon
  • Who should buy?Those who need waeather sealing

    Sports shooters at 8.3 fps

    Studio shooters

    Those who want the top of the line crop sensor dslr.

The Pentax K3 is packed full of features and definitely recommended for those wanting their first DSLR. For more information, reviews,  or if you’re ready to purchase, then please support the site by clicking on the button below:

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