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Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
alaScore 97

52 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the color and build quality. The image quality and video are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the lens. There are some mixed comments about the flash.

performance, video, image quality, build quality, color


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax K-3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 52 reviews)

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Pentax K-3


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.

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...

Limited autofocus during video recording. A little slow to start. Lacks built-in GPS or Wi-Fi

The K-3 ($1,299.95 direct, body only) takes a lot of what Pentax cameras are known for—robust weather sealing, excellent control layout, and fantastic high ISO image quality—and couples it with the best-yet Pentax autofocus system and an impressive...

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Pentax K-3 Review


In the fall of 2013, Ricoh Imaging announced the new PENTAX K-3 DSLR. Designed with "advanced enthusiasts" in mind, the K-3 boasts a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, the ability to continuously shoot at 8.3 frames-per-second, Full HD 1080p Video...

Green" shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Full 1080p HD video capture with tons of control ; HDMI output and audio input add to the video capabilities of the camera ;...

Although performance was very good, it did not live up to expectations ; High ISO images are incredibly noisy ; Face Detection only works in "Green" mode with Live View enabled

Pentax has introduced an excellent dSLR into the mid-level range. Its APS-C sized 24-Megapixel CMOS sensor, built-in SR stabilization, 1080p HD video and fantastic performance and quality make it a true challenger in this market. The weather sealed...

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Pentax K-3 review


Pentax K-3 review: will the weather-proof K-3 be enough to tempt photographers away from Nikon and Canon?


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Pentax K-3


A fantastic addition to the Pentax lineup

Unless…you're one of those people who records copious amounts of video on top of stills. Even though the K-3 is the best Pentax for video, it just can't keep up with the competition. The lack of continuous AF is going to be a big dealbreaker for hybrid...

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Pentax K-3 Review: Sharp and Speedy, No Video AF


Barely 13 months after the introduction of its DSLR flagship K-5II/K-5IIs, Pentax is at it again: the K-3 becomes the new standard bearer of Ricoh Imaging's burgeoning APS-C sensor equipped fleet. Announced in October 2013 and arriving in the market...

Good still and video image quality ; High continuous shooting rate ; Good capacity buffer ; Weather sealed ; Attractive price point versus feature set

Lack of continuous autofocus during video capture ; AA filter simulator may not completely eliminate moire in extreme cases ; Flash sync speed lags behind most competitors

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Pentax K-3 review


Will the weatherproof K-3 be enough to tempt consumers away from Nikon and Canon?

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Pentax K-3 review


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...

Price, rugged build quality, controls and menus are very well thought-out, stills performance is excellent

Grain at middling sensitivities, noise on video soundtrack caused by lens mechanics, smaller lens arsenal than competition

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Pentax K-3 review


This rugged DSLR has an abundance of pro features but a curious lack of cutting-edge camera whizz-bangery. Can it compete with the might of Nikon and Canon?

Superb weatherproof build Incredibly detailed pictures Built-in stabilisation Dual SD card slots

Average video skills Lacks flip-out screen No Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-3 may not have all the latest bells and whistles, but as a stills shooter it's hard to beat

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Pentax K-3


The K-3 more than punches its weight versus its Nikon and Canon rivals

Completing the full specification is the K-3's processing engine. The processor delivers an impressive continuous shooting speed of up to 8.5fps, as well as a substantial ISO range of 100-51200. Another welcome feature maintained from other Pentax...

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Pentax K-3


Pentax overhauls its previous top-end SLRs with just one model, the K-3, that features a novel way to activate and deactivate the optical low pass filter.



Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical Viewfinder


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.6 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:300
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Pentax D-LI90


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes