Pentax K-3 Review

 
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Model Name: Pentax K-3 
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General
Model Number: K-3
Camera Format: Pro SLR
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $1699.95
Street Price: $814.30
Date Available: 2013-11-01
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 43.7 oz (1,240 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.
(131 x 100 x 77 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 24.4
Sensor Format: APS-C
Sensor size: 366.6mm2 (23.50mm x 15.60mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 3.91 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Built-in image stabilization: Yes
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 6016 x 4000 (24.1 MP, 3:2),
4608 x 3072 (14.2 MP, 3:2),
3072 x 2048 (6.3 MP, 3:2),
1920 x 1280 (2.5 MP, 3:2)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.30), 14-bit RAW (.PEF, .DNG)
Continuous-mode frames/second: 7.1
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60i/50i/30p/24p/24p)
1280x720 (60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
Movie File Format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV), JPEG (AVI) for interval movie record
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Pentax K (KA/KAF/KAF2)
Lens Thread: 62mm
Lens Thread Type: n/a
Kit Lens: smc Pentax 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC DA WR
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27 - 203 mm
Zoom Ratio: 7.50x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 - f/22 (wide) / f/5.6 - f/40 (tele)
Normal Focus Range: 40 cm to Infinity
15.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Optical Image Stablization: No
Digital Zoom:
Digital Zoom Values:  
Filter Thread: 62mm
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: SAFOX 11 TTL phase-matching - 27 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: Optical
Viewfinder Type: SLR type; eye-level pentaprism, ~100% coverage, 0.95x mag., TBDmm eyepoint, -2.5 to +1.5 diopter
Focus Peaking: Yes
EVF Resolution In Pixels:  
EVF Resolution In Dots:  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.2
Rear Display Resolution: 1,036,800 dots (345,600 px)
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 51200
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: Auto, 100-51200 (1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Multi Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE, Manual (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature (up to 3 settings)
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/8000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: TTL open-aperture: Multi-segment with 86K-pixel RGB sensor, Center-weighted, Spot
Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual (PASM) Modes: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Sensitivity Priority, Shutter and Aperture Priority; Digital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome; HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3.
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): Yes
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: P-TTL, Red-eye reduction, Slow-speed sync, Rear Curtain Sync. High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.
Flash Guide Number: 13.0 m / 42.7 ft.
Flash Range Description: Depends on lens
Max Flash Sync: 1/180
Flash Exposure Compensation: -2 to +1 EV in 0.5EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe, PC Sync socket
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
Dual Card Slots: Yes
Uncompressed Format: 14-bit RAW (.PEF, .DNG)
CCD Raw Format: Yes
Movie File Format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV), JPEG (AVI) for interval movie record
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-fi: No
Built-In GPS: No
Bluetooth: No
NFC: No
Microphone Jack: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
External Connections: USB 3.0 Super Speed
PictBridge Compliant: No
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional Wired or IR
Connections (extended): Mini (Type C) HMDI, Combined USB 3.0/AV port, DC input, wired remote jack, 3.5mm external stereo mic jack, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Performance Timing
Cycle Time RAW Format (secs): 0.64
Buffer Size (Frames, RAW format): Unlimited
Cycle Time Max Res JPEG (secs): 0.79
Buffer Size (Frames, Max Res JPEG): Unlimited
Cycle Time Min Res (secs)  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
Continuous Mode Rate (fps): 7.07
Continuous Mode, Buffer Depth (Frames, Max Res): 75
Multi-Burst Continuous Mode Rate (fps):  
Multi-Burst Continuous Mode, Buffer Depth (Frames, Max Res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.138
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.097
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag with Flash: 0.325
Shutter Lag (prefocus): 0.096
Shutter Lag (continuous auto):  
Shutter Lag (notes): Full AF lag, Wide-area mode, OVF = 0.157s Live View: Center mode AF lag = 1.014s Wide-area mode AF lag = 1.005s Prefocused = 0.226s
Startup Time: 0.90
Shutdown Time: 0.20
Play -> Record Time: 0.60
Record -> Play Max Res Time: 1.20
Record -> Play Min Res Time:  
Download Speed (KB/sec): 28,623
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary D-LI90; optional D-BG5 Battery Grip
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary D-LI90 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (external or internal): Yes
External Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View):  
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF): 560
Software
Included Software: CD-ROM
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Image stabilization system also acts as a selectable AA filter, 8.3 fps full-res burst mode, new 27-point AF system, new 86,000 pixel RGB metering system, Full HD video up to 60i with H.264 encoding, dual SD card slots, freeze-proof, dust-proof, weather-resistant magnesium alloy construction, USB 3.0 port.

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