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Pentax K-3 II

alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 reviews of Pentax K-3 II. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and image quality. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the shutter and glare.

usability, performance, screen, image quality, durability

flash, color, glare, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-3 II is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax K-3 II

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Pentax K-3 II from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the usability and sensor. Some have doubts about the portability.

performance, sensor, usability

portability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax K-3 II ( 24.71 MP,3.2 -inch LCD )Pentax K-3 II ( 24.71 MP,3.2 -inch LCD )

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax K-3 II

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Pentax K-3 II from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

0% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SSE Pentax K-3 II DSLR Camera with Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens 32GB Bundle 6PC Accessory Kit. Includes SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC Class 1SSE Pentax K-3 II DSLR Camera with Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens 32GB Bundle 6PC Accessory Kit. Includes SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC Class 1

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax K-3 II

 

The Pentax K-3 II D-SLR adds some features to its predecessor, including an in-camera GPS, but does so at the cost of the built-in flash.

Affordable. Solid, weather-sealed design. 24-megapixel image sensor omits OLPF. 27-point AF system. In-camera shake reduction. Pixel Shift Resolution shooting mode improves detail. OLPF simulation mode. 8fps shooting rate. In-camera GPS. Pentaprism...

Omits in-camera flash. Astrotracer function is hit or miss. Burst rate slows when tracking focus is enabled. Lacks in-camera Wi-Fi. Disappointing video features.

Conclusions The Pentax K-3 II is an interesting, but somewhat puzzling, update to the original K-3. It retains a lot of what I loved about the K-3, including its stellar build quality, superb control layout, weather-sealed design, and access to a...

Aug, 2015

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (letsgodigital.org)

Pentax K-3 II

 

Pentax K-3 II SLR camera : Ricoh Imaging is pleased to announce the launch of the Pentax K-3 II digital SLR camera. The new flagship model of the Pentax K-series delivers exceptionally high-resolution images supported by state-of-the-art technologies...

As soon as we receive a test sample, we will put this flagship model to the test and publish a full Pentax K-3 II review, including a sample photo gallery with high resolution pictures and movies.

May, 2015

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Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Pentax K-3 II Review

 

The Pentax K-3 II is a new semi-professional DSLR camera with several new eye-catching technologies. Key features of the K-3 II include a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor with an anti-aliasing simulator rather than an optical anti-aliasing filter, Pixel Shift...

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...

Jun, 2015

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax K-3 II Review

 

The Pentax K-3 II keeps almost everything we loved from the superb K-3, then replaces the popup flash with an in-camera GPS -- not just for automatic geotagging, but also for freezing star-trails in astrophotography. As if that wasn't cool enough, its...

Top-notch image quality; Spectacular detail from Pixel Shift Resolution; Better performance than K-3; Geotag images with no accessories; Great ergonomics in a compact body; Clever on-demand low-pass filtering; Broad sensitivity range; Large and bright...

No built-in flash strobe; No wireless flash support out of the box; AstroTracer function can be finicky; AE Lock button is poorly located; Below-average battery life for a prosumer DSLR; Requires a different battery grip accessory than its predecessors

The Pentax K-3 II keeps almost everything we loved from the superb K-3, then replaces the popup flash with an in-camera GPS -- not just for automatic geotagging, but also for freezing star-trails in astrophotography. As if that wasn't cool enough, its...

Expert review by : Simon Crisp (gizmag.com)

Review: Pentax K-3 II offers useful new features

 

The Pentax K-3 II is the latest flagship DSLR from Ricoh and one which, on paper, offers a number of interesting upgrades over its predecessors. We recently spent a couple of weeks with the surprisingly compact DSLR to see if features including an...

. Next year we’re due to see the launch of a full-frame Pentax DSLR, but until then this crop sensor DSLR is where we get to see the headline features doing their thing.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Greg Scoblete (pdngearguide.com)

Camera Review: Ricoh Pentax K-3 II

 

The Pentax K-3 II's shifting sensor and GPS unit can sync with the rotation of the Earth to keep stars prickly-sharp during longer exposures.

Sturdy, weather-sealed build; ample external controls; dual card slots; AA filter simulation mode; intuitive menu system; great value

Video features lacking; no touchscreen or tilting display; no Wi-Fi; no real-time exposure preview

If you own a K-3, it’s tough to say the addition of features like GPS and Pixel Shift Resolution are must-haves worthy of an upgrade. With an identical sensor, similar AF speeds with older lenses and similar burst modes, buffer and battery life, the...

Sep, 2015

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Callum McInerney-Riley (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax K-3 II

 

The Pentax K-3 II is a high-end APS-C 24-megapixel DSLR, the last stop before you end up in full-frame sensor territory. It arrives two years after its predecessor, and while several of its core features seem similar, it improves a few important areas...

Excellent OIS ; Good dynamic range and detail ; Unusual feature set

No Wi-Fi or NFC ; A little large and heavy ; Flawed JPEG processing

Sep, 2015

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Pentax K-3 II review

 

The K-3 II is unapologetically different from most cameras, for better and worse

Excellent build quality ; Takes great photos ; Built-in stabilisation ; Astrotracer and GPS

No flip-out LCD or Wi-Fi ; Average video options ; Sometimes a little slow

It's not quite a do-it-all DSLR legend, but if you're looking for a camera that does a few unusual things very well, look no further

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Amy Davies (techradar.com)

Pentax K-3 II review

 

It's tough, fast and powerful, and Pentax's new DSLR is aimed at adventurers

Pixel Shift high-res shooting mode ; Solid build ; Intuitive controls and menus ; Excellent image quality

No touchscreen or vari-angle screen ; No built-in Wi-Fi ; Noisy autofocusing ; Only modest improvements over the K-3

Pentax's Pixel Shift Technology and similar high-res shooting modes will have their day, but they're not yet sufficiently advanced to make this a must-have feature. That aside, the K-3 II is a capable and well-specced enthusiast DSLR.

Aug, 2015

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Pentax K-3 II prosumer dSLR is ready to hit the road

 

Though it's not the long-awaited full-frame model everyone expects by the end of this year, Pentax's update to its top-end prosumer dSLR, the K-3, likely falls within the reach of far more people. The enhancements in the K-3 II are relatively minor,...

These are all nice features to have, though jettisoning the flash makes me cringe a little; on-camera flash is something that's really nice to have in a low-light emergency. Longer battery life would have been a nice enhancement, as would the addition...

Apr, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):720
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:D-LI90
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Anti-dust function: Yes
Brightness adjustment: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Diopter adjustment (D-D):-2.5 - 1.5
Dioptre correction: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Crop, Resizing, Rotating
Languages support:CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, TUR / CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, INC, ITA, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, TUR / Multi
Photo effects:Black&White, Sepia
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Scene modes:Landscape, Portrait
Self-timer:2,12
Self-timer delay:2,12
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Manual, Sensitivity priority, Shutter priority
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black
Energy Star certified:N
Material:Magnesium, Metal

Display

Display:LCD / TFT
Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:3.2
Display resolution (numeric):1037000
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display: No

Flash

External flash connector: Yes
Flash sync-speed:1/180
Shoe mounting point:Y
Shoe mounting point type:Hot

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) points:27
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:13.8 / 15.7 / 9.84
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Filter size:2.05 / 2.44 / 2.83
Focal length range (f-f):0.63 - 3.35 / 0.709 - 2.17 / 0.709 - 5.31
Lens mount interface:Pentax KAF2
Lens structure:11/8 / 13/11 / 16/12
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/8 / 13/11 / 16/12
Lens Type:Wide-angle
Maximum aperture number:38
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.33 / 5.12 / 8.15
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.965 / 1.08
Mounting type:Bayonet
Number of diaphragm blades:6 / 7
Optical Zoom:3

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 51200, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):51200
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure correction:±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:Eye-Fi, FLU, SD, SDHC, SDXC

Networking

Data network: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-10 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):-10 - 40

Other Features

USB connectivity: No

Packaging Content

Carrying case: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG, RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):0.925 x 0.614
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer location:Body
Maximum image resolution:6016 x 4000
Megapixel:24.35
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):6016x4000, 4608x3072, 3072x2048, 1920x1280 / Jpeg – L (24M:6016x4000), M (14M: 4608x3072), S (6M: 3072x2048),XS (2M: 1920x1280)\nRAW – L (24M:6016x4000)
Total megapixels:24.71

Ports & interfaces

AV output: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
USB connector:Micro-USB B
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y
USB version:3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

System Requirements

Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Technical Details

Self-timer: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@24fps, 1280x720@25fps, 1280x720@30fps, 1280x720@50fps, 1280x720@60fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@50fps, 1920x1080@60fps / 1280x720@25fps, 1280x720@30fps, 1280x720@50fps, 1280×720@60fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@50fps, 1920x1080@60fps
Video compression format:AVC, AVI, H.264, MOV, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,AVI,H.264,MOV,MPEG4
Video recording: Yes

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Optical
Magnification:0.95
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.05
Height:4.02
Lens diameter:2.7 / 2.99 / 3.07
Lens length:2.7 / 2.87 / 3.7
Lens weight:14.3 / 17.2 / 8.11
Weight:24.7
Weight (including battery):27.7
Width:5.2