This review is devoted to K-3 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Apr 10, 2014. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Pentax has replaced this product with their most recent
model K-3 II.
To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by
following this link:
Pentax K-3 vs. K-3 II
In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #94 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #707 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax K-3 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax K-3. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.
Pentax K-3 has the following external dimensions 131 x 131 x 77 mm (51.57 x 39.37 x 30.31″) with the weight of 800 g.
The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Pentax K-3, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax K-3 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 77mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax K-3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax K-3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax K-3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Pentax K-3 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Pentax K-3 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Pentax K-3 comes with Prime III processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Pentax K-3 has the following ISO range 100 - 51200 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
In a huge database of models that we have collected, Pentax K-3 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Pentax K-3, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 80 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Pentax K-3’s sensor.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Pentax K-3 with other standard sensor sizes.
Pentax K-3 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,037k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.
The ViewFinder in K-3 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.64x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.
Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.
Some of the other highlights of Pentax K-3 are its 8.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
K-3 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
One more highlight that makes Pentax K-3 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 27 points.
In addition, K-3 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax K-3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax K-3 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Pentax K-3 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
In addition, Pentax K-3 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Pentax K-3 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.
You can connect K-3 to compatible devices via its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax K-3 provides a shooting life of 560, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Pentax K-3 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax K-3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax K-3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the K-3 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-3 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-3 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-3 can be called a 94 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-3 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-3 can be called a 97 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
|Announced||Apr 10, 2014|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR|
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF2|
|Number of Lenses||144|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||8.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, red-eye, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye, trailing curtain sync, high speed, wireless, manual|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||80|
|DxO Color Depth||23.7|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.4|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1216|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6016 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||51,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||27|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||25|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||131 x 100 x 77 mm|
|Battery Life||560 shots|
|Battery Type||560 shots|
|Storage Type||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC|