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New Pentax K-3 III DSLR Delayed But Coming With ISO 1.6 Million

Pentax has released more details on the next DSLR, which has been in development, including the new name for the camera, the K-3 III, plus pricing information and expected release date.

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Pentax has released further details on the next Pentax DSLR which has been under development, it will be called the Pentax K-3 III, and comes with a 26mp APS-C sensor. Here are some of the key features we've found out from the video released by Pentax:

  • New optical viewfinder, with 1.05x magnification, new glass material
  • New shutter control mechanism, Touch-screen for improved operation, Improved user interface
  • 1.6 million ISO (ISO100 to 1.6million) - Dramatic improvement in image quality, image sensor, image engine, and accelerator completely redesigned with
  • Improved continuous shooting and tracking performance, 12fps continuous shooting, improved AF, with wider coverage and improved tracking for moving subjects
  • 200,000 yen expected price ($1911 US, £1469 at current exchange rates)


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Pentax K3 III Viewfinder


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Video, which you can watch below, or on YouTube


From Pentax: RICOH COMPANY, LTD. and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. have been developing a new PENTAX K-series digital SLR camera, which will be positioned as the flagship model of the APS-C-format SLR lineup.

Currently in development, the new camera now has its official name: the PENTAX K-3 Mark III. Designed to be a camera embodying The Five Principles of PENTAX (described in the PENTAX STATEMENT* featured on the RICOH IMAGING official website), it will incorporate an array of functions and features to showcase the significance of SLR photography, and also to optimize the joy of picture-taking for those photographers who regard photography as their lifetime passion.

The product prototype was exhibited last year at the PENTAX Meeting 100th Anniversary Special fan event. At the event, we announced that it would be launched by the end of 2020 -- and it is now in the final stage of development. Once development is complete, we will then begin streamlining the camera's production system. It will take a bit more time for all this to happen, so we appreciate your patience as we give you an overview of the product, as below. We'll provide you with more specific product information, such as the timing of the official product announcement and the scheduled market launch date, as soon as they are finalized.

Also, we would like you to visit our RICOH IMAGING website for videos giving more information on the new PENTAX APS-C-format digital SLR flagship, and to get ready for the arrival of the camera that we expect to set new standards for the future of SLR photography.


Overview of the new product in development:

  • Product name: PENTAX K-3 Mark III
  • Launch date: The launch target is around the period of the CP+ camera exhibition, which will be held from February 25 to 28 in 2021.
  • Price: Not decided (see video above)



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  3. We design cameras that allow our users to enjoy all the processes involved in taking a picture.
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Pentax K-3 III Specifications

Effective Magnification1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels26Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6192
Pixels (H)4128
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.3mm
Sensor Size (height)15.5mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen resolution1.62m dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • AF Tracking
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 1600000
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting12fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPS4K UHD 30/24fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-ion Battery D-LI90
Battery Life (CIPA rating)800shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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Ke1th 15 9
27 Oct 2020 4:45PM
Have to say thank you to Ricoh for giving me a good laugh. The idea of an ISO of 1.6 million on an APS-C sensor - surreal humour! It would be interesting to see an example, see whether there is more noise than detail. Maybe make a good competition question - Any idea what this is supposed to be?

f course, if I am proved wrong, I'll just have to sell a kidneyis to buy one.
Oxygenum 9 6 Poland
28 Oct 2020 11:07AM
Missing astrotracer? :-(
Cynog 9 3 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2020 11:39AM
ISO 1.6 million! Now I can find out what the other side of dark looks like! I know photographs at this setting will be unusable, but it does give hope for some good DR in "normal" low light. If the autofocus is noticeably better than my K-1 and K-3 II, I'm in.
ChrisV 15 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2020 10:54AM
Iirc Nikon 'gave us' ISO 1.6 million a couple of years or so back with the D500 [and 3.2m with the D5]. I think they talk about 'surveillance use' for the ultra high ISOs. Perhaps someone has heard of someone actually using a several grand camera for surveillance?

In any case it's the sort of image produced where if you examine it forensically you can possibly determine it's a man rather than a dog in the foreground.

If that's the headline feature here, Ricoh/Pentax are in real trouble. At this price it needs to be able to compete at every level [including subject tracking and video, which have always been weaknesses for Pentax] with the very best of APSc rivals.

I owned a Pentax in the dim and distant past and thought it was superb ergonomically, but the marque seems more recently to have competed on value and [at one time] being the only mirrored camera to offer IBIS. I hope there's something more compelling than appears at face value, because I would like them to survive, if only to offer more consumer choice and competition.

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