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Pentax K-3 24 Megapixel DSLR Launched

Pentax K-3 24 Megapixel DSLR Launched - Pentax has announced the launch of the K-3, a new top of the range weather sealed DSLR with a 24 megapixel sensor.

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Category : Digital SLRs
Product : Pentax K-3
Price : £1,099
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Pentax has announced the launch of the new Pentax K-3 DSLR, the top of the range Digital SLR features a new 24 megapixel sensor, 27 point AF system, 8.3fps continuous shooting, a 3.2inch screen and weather sealed body, and is due for release in November. 

Read ePHOTOzine's Pentax K-3 DSLR Hands-On Preview

Developed to be the flagship of the Pentax K digital SLR camera series, this new model features a host of advanced functions and user-friendly features to optimise image quality and performance when shooting outdoors.

Designed for top performance, the K-3 provides an array of outstanding features, including high-resolution image reproduction with approximately 24 effective megapixels; a 27-point AF system; high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8.3 images per second; high-precision exposure control with a newly designed 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor; a new, large, high-resolution LCD monitor; and an optical viewfinder with the largest, brightness subject image in its class.

The new anti-aliasing simulator — a highly innovative function developed specifically for the K-3 — allows the user to effectively minimise moiré without the installation of an optical anti-aliasing filter in the camera, providing a choice of filtered or filter-free shooting for a given scene or subject. 

The K-3 also offers greatly-enhanced movie-recording features and smartphone-accessible functions. The time-proven dustproof, weather-resistant body construction ensures dependable, flawless performance in the field.

K3 Silver Image 001

The Pentax K-3 Premium Silver Edition* will also be simultaneously launched—but in a limited run of just 2,000 units around the world. This limited-edition model has a silver body and silver grip, making it a perfect match for the silver versions of the high-performance Limited-series lenses, designed for unrivalled image rendition. This special package also includes an exclusive leather strap and a spare battery.

The K-3 is set to retail at the following prices and will be available from November 2013:
  • Body only - £1099.99
  • K-3 single + DA L 18-55mm WR - £1199.99
  • K-3 body + DA L 18-55mm WR & DA L 50-200mm WR - £1349.99
  • K-3 Premium + DA 18-135mm WR - £1449.99
  • K3 Silver Limited Edition - £1399.99

Pentax K-3 Key Features: 

High-resolution images produced by a brand-new sensor with approximately 24 effective megapixels and a new imaging engine
The K-3 is equipped with a new APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (23.5mm×15.6mm) with approximately 24 effective megapixels. By coupling this sensor with a newly developed PRIME III imaging engine with high-efficiency noise and image processing capacities and an anti-aliasing filter-free design, the K-3 delivers high-resolution, fine-gradation images. It also offers a top sensitivity of ISO 51200, for taking detailed images under poor lighting conditions, and to simplify handheld shooting of nightscapes.

Pentax-original SR mechanism to reduce moiré as effectively as an optical anti-aliasing filter
In-body SR mechanism - The K-3 features a Pentax-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism that can be used with any compatible Pentax interchangeable lens. Thanks to the addition of an SR-dedicated servo controller and an increase in the magnetic force driving the SR unit, this mechanism assures more stable, effective camera-shake compensation than ever before.

Newly designed SAFOX 11 AF module with 27 auto focus points
The K-3 features a new SAFOX 11 AF module with an expanded image-area coverage using 27 AF sensors (25 cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). The centre sensor and two sensors just above and below it are designed to detect the light flux of an F2.8 lens, making it easy to obtain pinpoint focus on the subject when using a large-aperture lens.

High-precision exposure control with a new PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System
The K-3 is equipped with newly introduced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System that consists of approximately 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor and improved algorithm, which allows it to not only control the exposure with extreme accuracy, but also to utilise the data taken in by the light-metering sensor to further enhance the accuracy of auto-focusing and white balance adjustment. This has expanded the measurable minimum luminance level to as low as –3EV.

High-speed continuous shooting with a maximum speed of approximately 8.3 images per second
The K-3 continuously records as many as 22 images in the RAW format or 60 images in the JPEG format in a single sequence, at a maximum speed of approximately 8.3 images per second.

Optical viewfinder with new optics, to provide a nearly 100% field of view and a larger, brighter viewfinder image
The K-3’s glass prism has been treated with a new coating designed to improve reflection, resulting in a much brighter viewfinder image. The eyepiece optics have been completely redesigned to assure an approximately 0.95-times viewfinder magnification to provide a broader image field, making it easier for the photographer to confirm the subject’s focusing status and compose the image.

Full HD movie recording with creative tools
The K-3 captures beautiful Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30P frame rate) in the H.264 recording format, which assures flawless, high-quality movies even with fast moving subjects. It also comes equipped with a stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection and a headphone terminal.

Smartphone-support functions
By installing the optional FLU CARD FOR PENTAX 16GB memory card in the K-3, the user can release the K-3’s shutter, check the live-view image, and browse and download the images recorded on the card using a smartphone.

K3 Bg5 Back

Large, easy-to-view 3.2-inch LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots
The K-3 features a newly designed 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots (in a 3:2 aspect ratio) on its back panel. In addition to its wide-view design, this monitor also features a protective tempered-glass front panel for added durability, and a unique construction in which the air space between LCD layers is eliminated, effectively reducing the reflection and dispersion of the light to improve visibility during outdoor shooting.

Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction; perfect for outdoor shooting
The K-3’s exterior casing is made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy. Thanks to the inclusion of 92 special sealed parts in the body, it boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring solid operation at temperatures as low as -10°C.

Other Features: 
  • Dual SD card slots for memory card flexibility (compatible with SDXC UHS-1 speed class in SDR104 bus speed mode)
  • DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the image sensor using ultrasonic vibration
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode with RAW-format data filing
  • PENTAX-invented hyper control system for quick, accurate response to the photographer’s creative intentions
  • Mode dial with a choice of lock mechanism engagement (ON or OFF)
  • Redesigned, resized grip for steady, comfortable hold of the camera
  • Compensation of various parameters: lens distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, brightness level at image-field edges, and fringe effect (available in RAW-format processing only)
  • Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN memory cards
  • Compatibility with USB3.0-standard interface accessories, with HDMI (type D) terminal
  • Newly designed Digital Camera Utility 5 software included, to provide upgraded programs and enhanced overall performance
Read ePHOTOzine's Pentax K-3 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Comparison
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Pentax K-3 Specifications

ManufacturerPentax
Lens
Effective Magnification1.5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels24Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6016
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen resolution1037k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 51200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8.3fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 3
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90P
CIPA Rating560
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight800g
Width131.5mm
Height100mm
Depth77.5mm

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Comments


pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2013 8:43AM
A very interesting bunch of specs , puts Pentax back in the running although not sure about the APS-C sensor , is this used currently in any other cameras ( presuming its a sony 24mp cmos ) ?

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pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2013 9:37AM
If it is the current cmos 24mp sony sensor then thats a shame as it will let the whole package down Sad
kodachrome 3 530
8 Oct 2013 4:24PM
It could be a Toshiba 24mp sensor which is what Nikon moved over to on the D5200 and possibly other Nikon models. I heard Nikon liked the Sony 16mp but were not so impressed with the Sony 24mp sensor as it was noisier at higher ISO's. I think this was also the case with reviews of 24mp Sony's. I'm sure we will find out eventually.
8 Oct 2013 9:16PM
Toshiba.

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