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The Pentax K-3 Digital SLR is a significant upgrade to the K-5 II / IIs, and sits at the top of the range, above the K-5 II and IIs, so in order to provide a guide to what the Pentax K-3 offers, we are comparing it to the Pentax K-5 IIs.
To find out more about the Pentax K-3, read our hands-on preview, or watch our Pentax K-3 Feature overview video.
Key Features Comparison:
|Pentax K-5 IIs||Pentax K-3|
|16.28MP APS-C sensor||24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (Sony)|
|No anti-aliasing filter||No Anti-Aliasing Filter|
PRIME II image processor
PRIME III image processor (14bit AD/RAW)
with AA simulator (moving sensor) / in camera correction with software as well
|3inch 921k dots, gapless screen||3.2inch 1037k dots, gapless screen|
|100% field of view, glass pentaprism||100% viewfinder, glass pentaprism|
|0.92X magnification||0.95X magnification|
|11 point AF, 9 cross type, -3EV||27 point AF, 25 cross type, -3EV to +18EV|
|77 segment metering system||86k RGB exposure meter|
|7fps maximum frame rate||8.3fps continuous shooting|
|100,000 shot shutter release rating||200,000 shot shutter release rating|
|Dual axis electronic level||Dual axis electronic level|
|4step Shake Reduction (SR)||4step Shake Reduction (SR)|
|AWB||New Multi-area AWB (from Ricoh)|
|SD card slot||Dual SD card slot|
|ISO100 to 12800, expandable to ISO80, 51200||ISO100 - ISO51200|
|Full HD Movie Mode||Improved Full HD Video, 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p|
Mic socket / Headphone socket,
Adjustable mic level (20 steps)
|Eye-Fi compatible||Eye-Fi / FLU Card compatible|
|740 shot battery life||560 shot battery life|
|131mm x 97mm x 72.5mm||131.5mm x 100mm x 77.5mm|
|K5 II s Body only RRP - £949.99, now £799||K-3 Body only £1099|
Pentax K-5 IIs VS Pentax K-3 - the back of the K-3 (on the right) will say RICOH on the final production version, however, the model shown here is a pre-production version.
The Pentax K-3 has a new switch next to the mode dial, to let you switch the lock on and off depending on what you prefer.
On the side is a new headphone socket, as well as a new AF-mode button so you can switch between the different focusing modes available. On the other side is the new dual-SD card slot, which will accommodate the new FLU card, as well as regular SD cards.
To find out more about the Pentax K-3, read our Pentax K-3 Hands-On Preview, or watch our Pentax K-3 Feature overview video.
|Pentax K-5 IIs||Pentax K-3|
|CCD pixels||16.3Mp (Megapixels)||24Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||23.7mm||23.5mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||15.7mm||15.6mm|
|Screen resolution||921,000 dots||1037k|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/8000sec||1/8000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 51200||100 - 51200|
|Video FPS||30||60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes||Yes|
|USB||USB 2||USB 3|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable D-LI90P Lithium-ion battery||Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90P|
|Box Contents||No Data||No Data|
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