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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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Pentax K-3 Specifications
|CCD pixels||24Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||23.5mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||15.6mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/8000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 51200|
|Video FPS||60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90P|
|Box Contents||No Data|