Pentax K-3 24MP Weather Resistant Digital SLR Camera with SMC DA 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6AL WR Zoom Lens, Memory Card and Camera Case (Black)
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- 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor. Fastest continuous shooting at 8.3FPS
- FLU, Eye-fi Wireless, and SDX Memory card compatibility. Dual SD card slots
- Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter. Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,00 pixel sensor
- Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder for 100% FOV and .95 magnification. Fully weather sealed
- 100-51200 ISO. HDMI port. HDR Image Capture. Magnesium alloy body with stainless steel chassis
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Description for Pentax K-3 24 MP Digital SLR Camera (Black)
Benchmarked as the most advanced enthusiast DSLR available, featuring unparalleled technology and specifications, the Pentax K-3 will set your photography free with the new standard of imaging performance and unsurpassed user-flexibility. The K-3 touts 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sensor, continuous shooting at an incredible 8.3 frames per second, and champions the world’s first selectable anti-aliasing filter, giving the user the ability to easily toggle anti-aliasing functionality on or off, for supreme resolution and zero limitation. Power your pictures using the new top-tier SAFOX11 autofocus module, and go beyond wireless functionality with the new FLU card SDHC technology for complete remote camera control, and image transfer. Complete, and capable for every serious photographer, also enjoy professional H.264 video capture, dual memory card slots, and the distinguished Pentax weather sealing in a stunning magnesium alloy body. Harness the summit of the K-mount with the Pentax K-3.
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PENTAX K-3 – Description
Developed to be the flagship of the PENTAX K digital SLR camera series, the K-3 features a host of advanced functions and user-friendly features to optimize image quality, operability and maneuverability under demanding shooting conditions in the field.
High-resolution images with the 24 megapixels brand-new sensor
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 the photography of detailed images even under extremely poor lighting conditions, and to simplify handheld shooting of nightscapes.
Reduction of 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.
The World’s-first***, innovative anti-aliasing simulator function
Newly developed for the K-3, the anti-aliasing simulator**** applies microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the subpixel level during image exposure, generating the same level of moiré-reduction effect as an optical anti-aliasing filter. Unlike an optical anti-aliasing filter that always creates the identical result, this innovative simulator allows the user not only to switch the anti-aliasing filter effect on and off, but also to adjust the level of the effect. This allows the user to set the ideal effect for a particular scene or subject.
User-assisting shooting functions
The SR unit’s flexible design, which tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, is one reason why the K-3 can offer a host of handy shooting functions, including auto level compensation, image-composition fine-adjustment, and ASTRO TRACER, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.
** Lenses compatible with this mechanism: K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2-, and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses, (with adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with adapter). Some functions may not be available with all lenses.
*** World’s first as an interchangeable-lens camera to carry this functionality as of October 2013.(Based on RICOH IMAGING COMPANY’s research) **** This function is most effective with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower. This function is not available during HDR shooting.
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 center 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.
This newly developed AF module is highly light-sensitive and covers a wide AF working range of –3EV to +18EV.
Since the AF module takes data from RGB light sensors into calculation to optimize AF operation, the K-3 also provides such advanced functions as high-accuracy auto-focusing during the shooting of fast-moving subjects, and the zone-select AF mode to automatically select the best possible in-focus point within a designated nine-sensor zone.
High-precision exposure control
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 utilize 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.
By detecting the type of scene or subject using the light sensor, the K-3 also can not only select the exposure settings that are more consistent with the photographer’s creative intentions, but also it can make more precise distinction between the main subject and the background to improve the accuracy of flash discharge level.
High-speed continuous shooting
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. This has been made possible through the use of several innovative technologies, including a high-speed, high-accuracy control mechanism that regulates the shutter, mirror and diaphragm independently; a damper mechanism that effectively minimizes mirror shock; and a high-speed data transmission system incorporated in the PRIME III imaging engine.
* JPEG Recorded Pixels：L, JPEG Quality：★★★
Optical viewfinder for a nearly 100% field of view
The K-3’s glass prism has been treated with a new coating that was designed to improve reflectance, 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. The user can even adjust the audio recording level manually and monitor sound levels during microphone recording. In addition to a variety of creative special-effect modes,* the K-3 also provides an upgraded interval movie mode, which captures a series of 4K-resolution movie clips (3840 x 2160 pixels) at a fixed interval.
* When special image processing is required, the frame rate may vary depending on the selected special-effect mode.
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.
* This software supports smartphones operating on iOS6 or later and Android 4.2 or later.
Large, easy-to-view 3.2-inch LCD monitor with 1,037,000 dots
On its back panel, 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). In addition to its wide-view design, this monitor also features a protective tempered-glass front panel for added durability, and a unique air-gapless 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. During playback, the K-3 even allows the user to check recorded images at life-size magnification.
Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction
The K-3’s exterior casing is made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy. Thanks to the inclusion of 92 special sealing parts in the body, it boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring solid operation at temperatures as low as -10°C.
It also features a dependable, durable shutter unit that can handle some 200,000 shutter releases. Despite all these features, the K-3 has been designed to be compact and maneuverable, assuring exceptional operability and swift response in the field.
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|Included Components||PentaxK-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only) with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6AL and 3.2-inch TFT Lens, K-BC90 Battery Charger Kit for K7 Digital SLR Camera, O-ST132 Strap for Pentax K-5 II DSLR, Hotshoe Cover FK, Eyecup FS, SLR Body Mount Cover, Software CD-ROM, SD Card and Camera Case.||Strap O-ST132, viewfinder cap, rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI90, battery charger D-BC90, AC plug cord, software CD, S-SW160, eyecup Fs, hot shoe cover FK, body mount cover, battery grip terminal cover and sync socket cap||—||Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Body, DAL 18-55mm and 50-200 DAL Lens, Software CD, Camera, Charger, Warranty Card, USB Cable, Battery|
|Item Dimensions (Length * Breadth * Height)||7.8 x 13.2 x 10 Centimetres||7.8 x 13.2 x 10.3 Centimetres||12.9 x 9.65 x 7 Centimetres||13 x 7.11 x 9.7 Centimetres|
|Item Weight||0.72 kg||0.79 kg||1.9 kg||0.65 kg|
|Max Shutter Speed||—||—||30 seconds||1/6000 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24 megapixels||24.35 megapixels||24 megapixels||16.3 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS||CMOS||—||CMOS|
|Video Capture Resolution||—||—||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
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Delivery was super fast as promised and camera came in well protected outer packaging. To my negative surprise - the box was open and the camera body and other contents were loosely packed in bubble wraps. This definitely means that the box was opened before. However, I do hope Ricoh India honors its 2+1 yr warranty, god forbid, if its required.
To compensate for the negative surprise I got a positive surprise of 18-55WR lens as I had ordered just the body. Although I already own a 18-55 non-WR lens which came with my K-x 5 yrs back, I didn't mind keeping an updated and WR lens to go with the weather resistant K3.
Now coming to the Camera, I had very high expectations from K3 having read so many 5* reviews. But K3 has not disappointed. High ISO performance, probably the biggest reason I shifted to DSLR 5 yrs back and bought the lovely K-x, got a further boost and now I have more success in capturing sharp pictures of my kids who keep running around and hiding in shadows.
Picture quality is better than K-x but it might be due to double the megapixels. K-x used to underexpose images while k-3 images are surprisingly well lit probably due to its advanced metering. Viewfinder is a joy to shoot pictures and focus is accurate more often than not. I'm still to use all the dials and features on K-3, but I'm happy I'll not be missing with any advanced DSLR features in next few years when I might need to use them.
It was an easy decision for me to upgrade to K-3 as my K-x was getting old and I was getting frustrated with its slow auto focus esp in low light. However, I think K-5/K-5II users may think twice before upgrading as their bodies are still new and they may not get a huge jump in picture quality.
K-3 feels manageable in my hand despite being built like a tank. I believe its going to be my primary camera for next 5 years unless there is a drastic change in technology or Pentax comes up with a full frame camera at reasonable price.
P.S. - I encountered the runaway mirror (crazy mirror) problem once and praying for it not to appear again or at least Pentax comes up with the reason and a permanent fix to the issue. I would have given it a full 5* rating if I would not have encountered the crazy mirror issue (its really scary when you see your camera out of your control and firing like an automatic machine gun)
--------------------- UPDATE : MAY 2015 ------------------------ (Upgrading to 5 Stars)
After using this camera for almost 1 year and having used it in 2-3 family weddings, multiple outstation trips (beaches, hills, mountains, city breaks, bird sanctuary) and numerous family photographs including kids (most difficult subjects to shoot) - I'm really fully satisfied with this camera. Also, I never again encountered the crazy mirror issue again (probably after upgrading the firmware). I've compared my K3 pics of same events with Canon 6D & Nikon D7100/D90 pics taken by professionals and could not be happier with the results of the comparison.
K-3 excels in low light. Till ISO 800 pictures are extremely clean even if you have to zoom or crop a photo. ISO 1600 is also satisfactory. I'm only talking of JPEGs straight out of camera - If you have time to process RAW pics, I'm sure ISO 3200/6400 would also be usable.
Currently the service centre & distributor is located in Mumbai. I hope they open a service centre in Delhi & other cities soon. But I've been using Pentax DSLRs since the days when Pentax had no presence in India at all and thankfully did not face any issues with quality. Now most pentax lenses and accessories are directly available in India with Indian billing & warranty.
1. It is fully weather sealed(72 seals). Dust, snow and maybe even rain proof.
2. 1/8000 shutter speed
3. Dual SDXC card (supports upto UHS-1)
USB 3.0 port
4. Noise free images upto ISO 1600
5. You can take at least 1000 RAW images in one charge If you disable autofocus, no flash, use the viewfinder instead of live view & disable instant preview.
6. K-3 has shake reduction built into the camera body(sensor shift). You get image stabilization no matter what lens you use. So you don't have spend a bomb buying expensive optically stabilized lenses.
7. Current Pentax K-mount is backwards compatible with all PK mount lenses made from 1975 onwards. So no adapter needed to use old K-mount lenses. You can use old M42 screw mount lenses in manual mode using "M42 to Pentax_K" adapters.
8) 8.3 fps burst speed in RAW and buffer capacity of 22 RAW images. Which means you can shoot upto 3 secs.
----- Update June 2015------
Have been using K-3 for 4 months now. Here are a few points that might help existing owners & potential buyers
1) I use 2 cards : SONY SDXC UHS-I 64GB Class 10 Model SF-64UX (94MB/s read & 60 MB/s write). People on a budget can choose this card. It is adequate for getting 8.3 fps in RAW for 22 images. After buffer fills up you can wait 3-4 secs and start shooting again. People with money to spend can choose the Sandisk Extreme and get better results in terms of turnaround time.
2) Turn off the 'High ISO noise reduction' setting for ISO-800 and below. It can give you sharper pictures that way. You only need it above ISO-1000.
3) Turn off 'Shake Reduction' if you are doing sports photography(esp. panning) using high shutter speed. You will get sharper pictures without 'SR'.
4) Calibrate your lens using 'AF fine adjustment'. Some lenses may need this to get AF spot on and give tack sharp photos. In my case, i had to use the +6 setting on my SMC 50mm f/1.8 lens. Note: This is only applicable for people who user phase detect auto focus on OVF. Not applicable to people who use focus peaking in Live View shooting mode.
5) If you plan on using old M42 lenses, please buy the genuine Pentax m42 to K-mount adapter(not available on Indian sites, only amazon usa). Don't buy the Fotodiox/Bower adapters. I bought fotodix and does not fit smoothly. The removal tool provided by fotodiox can scratch you lens mount.