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  • 24 MP in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor
  • 80-51200 ISO
  • Customizable RAW/Fx button
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Fastest continuous shooting at 8.3FPS
  • Fully weather sealed
  • HDMI port
  • HDR Image Capture
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About Pentax K-3

PENTAX K-3 DSLR CAMERA W/DA 18-135 WR

What happens when innovation meets versatility? The PENTAX K-3 DSLR CAMERA W/DA 18-135 WR is what happens. Combining photo-savvy instruments like a selectable anti-aliasing filter with classic must-haves including a high-quality optical viewfinder, this camera is more than a camera: it’s a studio.



Product Highlights
  • A quick switch over to video will allow you to move from still image to video recording mode easily, and all the while you can capture full HD movies in the H.264 format.
  • The image processing is second to none thanks to 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sized CMOS censor. This censor and the PRIME III imaging engine itself give Pentax K-3’s pictures a steady, consistent, and precise quality.
  • The autofocus is newly designed. Known as the sAFOX11 module, the autofocus can handle a high degree of light sensitivity, allowing you to shoot in both light and dark conditions.

What more could you need from a camera? Heck, what more could you want from a Pentax k-3 lens kit w/ 18-135mm lens? Well, if the Pentax K-3 also featured robot-extension legs for an automatic tripod, that would help—but we think that’s asking a little much.

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Learn about the PENTAX K-3 DSLR CAMERA W/DA 18-135 WR

Quick: tell us what you think of when you hear the word “sophisticated.” You likely picture a posh affair, full of well-dressed people and fancy food. The kind of party Adorama would throw. Now stop. Replace those old images, because we’re going to give you a completely different twist on sophisticated: the PENTAX K-3 DSLR CAMERA W/DA 18-135 WR. Not only is this camera/lens combination something of a modern marvel, but it has enough sophisticated features that it can handle the tastes of amateur enthusiast and grizzled professional like.

Now when you hear the word sophisticated, picture yourself using a Pentax K-3 at one of those posh affairs you previously had in mind—and getting rave reviews for your efforts. Why? Because:



  • The Pentax K-3 offers astounding image processing, starting with 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sized CMOS censor. That’s fancy photography talk for “quick, beautiful image processing.” It helps that the PRIME II imaging engine is as efficient as it is, reducing the overall noise coming from your camera and boosting the overall image quality. You want high-resolution? Oh, we’ve got high resolution. Oh, and did we mention there’s the world’s first selectable anti-aliasing filter? Yeah, this camera has more options than a take-out menu.
  • Real-time scene analysis. The sensor might sound like something out of a science fiction series, but the truth is, this 86,000-pixel RGB light-metering sensor can do a heck of a lot with everything you feed it, from handling the exposure to balancing white colors and autofocusing. The scene analysis doesn’t rely on you for its information—all it needs is the scene in front of it. This will generate such a consistency that you can snap wedding photos all night without ever missing a beat.
  • Professional H.264 video is nothing to sneeze at, either, not with full HD movie capturing abilities. Capable of handling 60p/50p/30p/24p, the video on your Pentax K-3 is also easy to snap to. Simply make one switch on the camera, and —voila! — you’re recording Aunt Mildred’s somewhat drunken wedding toast. You wouldn’t want to miss that, and with the quick switch to video, you don’t have to.
  • The Pentaprism Optical viewfinder allows for 100% FOV and .95 magnification, allowing you to customize a shot before you even so much as take it. This will give you a lot of freedom whether you’re recording video at a live event or simply want to find the right frame for a studio portrait shot. The decision is up to you.
  • Full weather sealing means 92 seals. Weather and cold-proof, the Pentax K-3 is capable of handling all manners of water, snow, fog, and moisture, handling the outdoors like the champion it is.

Adorama’s bottom line? You can’t miss with the PENTAX K-3 DSLR CAMERA W/DA 18-135 WR: it’s high-tech, it’s sophisticated, and it’s got everything a photography enthusiast could dream. No cocktail parties included.



From the Manufacturer
The Pentax K-3 is Pentax's most advanced DSLR. A rugged, high-resolution APS-sensor DSLR, the K-3 boasts several technological firsts. Designed for photography enthusiasts with previous picture-taking experience, the camera promises near pro level performance and image quality improvements.

The Pentax K-3 has a new 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor and the world's first selectable anti-aliasing filter (more about that soon). Autofocus is achieved via 27 AF sensors with an impressive range of -3 to +18 EV; in other words, this camera should be able to focus in near-darkness. Pentax is also introducing a proprietary FLU wireless SDHC technology that will allow users to operate all of the camera's controls from their smart phone or tablet. The camera's body is magnesium alloy and it is water-sealed, and offers dual SD card slots.

Optional OFC-1 16GB Flucard WiFi SD Card Available (IPXOFC1) - Benefits:
Mirror live-view on your Smart devices or PC in real time
Change various settings on the camera remotely (Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO setting, Exposure)
Change focus point and release the shutter via touch control if it's available.
Browse the images stored in the card from browser on Smart devices or PC.
Download the image data from card to Smart devices or PC.

Key features:

• 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
• Selectable anti-aliasing filter
• SAFOX11 AF engine; 27 AF sensors includes 25 cross sensors and 3 sensors dedicated to low-light focusing
• Optional FLU wireless control
• ISO range 80-51,200
• 1080/60p HD video in H.264 format
• Body-based Shake Reduction
• Dual SD Card Slots
• Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder with 100% coverage
• Built-in electronic level
• Weather sealed
• Multi-pattern white balance
• JPEG, Pentax PEF and Adobe DNG 14-bit RAW files
• HDMI Port
• HDR Image Capture

Let's take a closer look at this new camera's most important features.

24MP sensor: The Pentax K-3 features 24MP, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, providing a 1.5x crop factor. It is coupled with a newly developed PRIME III imaging engine with what Pentax describes as high-efficiency noise and image processing capacities and an anti-aliasing filter-less design.

Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter: The K-3's most significant innovation is a first-ever Selectable Anti-Aliasing filter, giving the user the ability to easily toggle anti-aliasing functionality on or off, for supreme resolution and zero limitations. There is no physical filter; instead, using the same technology that powers the camera's sensor-based Shake Reduction technology, when the anti-aliasing simulator is turned on, microscopic vibrations are applied 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. The image is then computationally fine-tuned to remove any aliasing artifacts.

Since there's no filter to cut down light during this process, the effective light sensitivity of the sensor is greater. The downside? Anti-aliasing simulation is most effective with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower.



Wireless capabilities: The K-3 has two SC card ports, and one of them is intended for an optional 16GB FLU card, designed by Ricoh exclusively for use with the Pentax K-3. Using this card's unique wireless capabilities, , the photographer can remotely change any camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO, shift the AF focus point, release the camera shutter, check Liveview image and more via a wireless device. Users can also download images to mobile devises and PC. Eye-fi Wireless and standard SDX Memory cards are also compatible.

Class-leading burst rate: At 8.3 FPS burst rate, the Pentax K-3 is very well-suited for extreme action capture and demanding high performance shooting. A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed freezes even the fastest action without subject movement blur, and is rated for 200,000 cycles. 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.

Pentax has employed several innovative technologies to boost the camera's performance, 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.

SAFOX11 Autofocus Module: The newly designed SAFOX11 autofocus module maximizes 27 AF sensors and a vast light sensitivity range of -3EV to +18EV. The new focus module includes 25 cross sensors and three AF sensors dedicated to low light focusing.

Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,000 pixel sensor: The new Real Time Scene Analysis System features an 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor and improved algorithms that further enhance accuracy of exposure, white balance and autofocusing.

H.264 video: The Pentax K-3 captures HD movie capture in the H.264 format (60p/50p/30p/24p), also including the ability to switch from still image to video recording with the flip of a dedicated switch. Equipped with a headphone terminal and stereo microphone terminal for external microphone connection. The user can also adjust the audio recording level manually and monitor sound levels during recording.

Fully weather sealed: As with most advanced Pentax cameras introduced recently, the K-3 boasts a rugged all-weather design. With 92 special seals, the K-3 boasts a fully weather and cold proof design to resist water, fog, snow, sand, and dust, for top performance in extreme field conditions as well as in the studio.

Multi-pattern white balance: When shooting scenes that include multiple light sources, such as sunlight and shade or flash, light sources are recognized automatically and the image is separated into different areas. White balance is adjusted separately in each area according to the different light sources to achieve optimal color reproduction.

Conclusion and Recommendation

The tradition of Pentax innovation not only continues under Ricoh, but it seems to have been ratcheted up several notches with the K-3, a very intelligently designed DSLR. This camera has the potential to be an instant classic.



Pentax K-3 Features

  • 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor: 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-less design, the K-3 delivers high-resolution, fine-gradation images
  • Fastest continuous shooting at 8.3FPS: 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-less design, the K-3 delivers high-resolution, fine-gradation images
  • Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter: Enjoy 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 limitations.
  • SAFOX11 Autofocus Module: The newly designed SAFOX11 autofocus module maximizes 27 AF sensors and a vast light sensitivity range of -3EV to +18EV. The new focus module includes 25 cross sensors and three AF sensors dedicated to low light focusing.
  • Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,00 pixel sensor: The new Real Time Scene Analysis System features an 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor and improved algorithms that further enhance accuracy of exposure, white balance and autofocusing.
  • Optional FLU, Eye-fi Wireless, and SDX Memory card compatibility: With installation of the optional, dedicated 16 GB FLU CARD for PENTAX in the K-3, the photographer can remotely change settings such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO, shift the AF focus point, release the camera shutter, check Liveview image, and more
  • Professional H.264 video: Enhance your video recording experience with full HD movie capture in the H.264 format (60p/50p/30p/24p), also including the ability to switch from still image to video recording with the flip of a dedicated switch.
  • PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR): The PENTAX-original SR stabilization system is built right into the body, and is compatible with any of the 27 million PENTAX lenses ever produced
  • Dual SD card slots: Dual SD card slots allow for greater memory card flexibility-off, on, overflow, or even JPG and RAW separation
  • Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder for 100% FOV and .95 magnification: Low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder, with interchangeable focusing screens, achieves a 100% optical field of view for framing accuracy in a highly compact form factor. Treated with a new coating, its glass prism improves reflectance resulting in a brighter viewfinder image
  • Fully weather sealed: With 92 special seals, the K-3 boasts a fully weather and cold proof design to resist water, fog, snow, sand, and dust, for top performance in extreme field conditions as well as in the studio.
  • Multi-pattern white balance: When shooting scenes that include multiple light sources, such as sunlight and shade or flash, light sources are recognized automatically and the image is separated into different areas.
  • 80-51200 ISO: High sensitivity 80-51200 ISO range with improved noise performance throughout, including ISO-specific noise reduction.
  • HDMI port: An HDMI port outputs high definition images, video and sound to HDTVs.
  • HDR Image Capture: Improved in-camera HDR image capture features more blending options and better pixel registration for easier operation without a tripod.
  • Magnesium alloy body with stainless steel chassis: Durable magnesium alloy covers surround a rugged stainless steel chassis.
  • Customizable RAW/Fx button: Customizable RAW/Fx button allows for easy access to common shooting settings.

Pentax K-3 Specifications

Camera Type
Digital SLR
Sensor Type
CMOS w/primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Sensor Size
23.5 x 15.6mm
Color Depth
8 bits/channel JPG, 14 bits/channel RAW
Pixels
Effective pixels: 23.35 MP
Total pixels: 24.71 MP
Recorded Resolutions
Still: Jpeg - L (24M?6016x4000), M (14M: 4608x3072), S (6M: 3072x2048),
XS (2M: 1920x1280) RAW - L (24M?6016x4000)
Movie (resolution/FPS): Full HD (1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p)
HD (1280x720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
Quality levels: Best, Better, Good, RAW (14-bit)
Dust Removal
DR II (ultrasonic vibration to low pass filter) with Dust Alert function
Lens Mount
Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes
Power zoom function: Yes (power zoom only)
Focus
Type: SAFOX 11 TTL phase-matching - 27 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)
Focus modes: AF Single (w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF Continuous (w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
Focus point adjustment: Spot, Select, Expanded Area (S, M, L), Zone select, Auto (27 AF points)
Viewfinder
Type: Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view): 100%
Magnification: 0.95X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Diopter adjustment: -2.5m to 1.5m
Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop-down), Digital
LCD Monitor
Type: 3.2" TFT color LCD with brightness/saturation/color adjustment AR coating and air-gapless glass.
Resolution: 1037K dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes
Live View
Type: TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View: 100%
Display Modes: Magnification (2-6X AF, 2-10X MF), Grid Overlay (4x4, Golden Ratio, Scale), Bright/Dark Indication, Histogram
Autofocus: Yes, Contrast + Face Detection, Contrast Detection, Phase Difference
Built-in Flash
Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number: 13m (ISO 100)
Coverage: 28mm wide angle (equiv 35mm)
Flash modes: On, Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV (1/2 steps)
External Flash
Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash, X-Sync Socket
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Storage Media
Internal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC, EyeFi, FLU
Interfaces
Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out, DC in, cable switch, 3.5mm stereo microphone, X-sync socket
Video out: HD (via HDMI), NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces: n/a
Image Stabilization
Type: Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (4 stops max)
Electronic level function: Yes, verification via viewfinder and LCD panel
Metering System
Type: TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor
Sensitivity range: EV -3 to 20 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Multi-Segment: Yes
Center weighted: Yes
Spot: Yes
Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes
Exposure bracketing: Yes (2, 3, or 5 frames, up to +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: ISO 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Auto ISO range selectable,
Bulb mode: Auto ISO n/a
Manual: 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps),
White Balance
AUTO WB, 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 mode(s): Yes, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image* WB fine
Shutter
Type: Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Mode Selection
Green, Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed, USER (3 presets).
Custom Image Modes
Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Capture Modes, HDR
Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function
Fine Tuning
Gamut radar and fine adjustment of saturation, hue, high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales). Monochrome mode includes adjustments for filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan,infrared), toning (sepia, warm/cool), high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular, fine, and extra sharp adjustment scales).
Othre Capture Modes
Green simplified mode available: Yes
P/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Date stamp: n/a
Digital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome
Data record: Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright.
Drive Mode Selection
Single, Continuous (H,M,L), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Exp. Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), Mirror up (standard, remote), HDR Capture (3 shots at 1EV, 2EV, or 3EV, 3 blend settings plus Auto, pixel alignment)
Multi-exposure
Composite Mode (Additive/Average/Bright) Number of Shots (2 to 2000 images), Interval 2000 shots, 2 sec to 24 hrs, time delay available)
Continuous FPS
Continuous H: Approx 8.3 FPS (60 JPG, 23 RAW)
Continuous M: Approx 4.5 FPS (100 JPG, 32 RAW)
Continuous L: Approx 3.0 FPS (200 JPG, 52 RAW)
Self-timer
Yes (12s, 2s)
Remote Control
Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous), cable switch
Mode Selection Playback
Single frame, multi-image display (6,12, 20, 35, 80 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16, 100% display and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright area warning, Auto Image Rotation, detailed info, Copyright Information (Photographer, Copyright holder), Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display, Slide Show
Mode Pallet Playback
Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, RAW Development, Index Print, Protect, Movie Edit, Extract JPG from Movie, Magnification: up to 16X, scrollable, quick magnification.
Digital Filters Playback
Base Parameter Adj, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim
File Formats
Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.30), DCF 2.0 compliant
Movie: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 MOV) - JPEG(AVI) for internal movie record
Custom Functions
Functions available: 27
Computer System Requirements
Windows: Windows 8 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows 7 (32 bit/64 bit) /
Windows Vista (32 bit/64 bit), Windows XP SP3 (32 bit)
Mac: Mac OS X 10.8 / 10.7 / 10.6
Power Source
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG5 Battery Grip (optional) for 2nd D-LI90 battery or 6X AA batteries
Battery Recordable Images
Approx 720 (approx 560 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Battery Playback Time
Approx 370 min
Battery Movie Recording Time
Approx 25 min (automatic overheat shutdown protection)
AC Adapter Available
Yes (optional) K-AC132
Construction
Magnesium alloy shell over stainless steel chassis
Weather Resistant
Yes (92 weather protection seals)
Operating Temperature
14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Body Dimensions WxHxD
5.1.7 x 3.94 x 3.05"
Weight
25.2 oz without battery or removable memory
28.2 oz Loaded and ready
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), Japanese
Mfr #
15541
SKU
IPXK3K

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4.7

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Amazing technology.

A much needed upgrade from my circa 2003 & 2004 Canon bodies. Resolution is amazing, low light capability is amazing, and handling is a dream. It has taken much less time to learn this camera than it ever did to learn my previous DSLRs and SLRs, but with the expanded resolution, the camera continues to remind me that I have so much more to learn. Very happy with this purchase and will purchase Pentax again.

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4.0

A Significant Upgrade

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I had been using my Pentax K10D for the past seven years, so this was a significant upgrade for me to move up to the K3 body. Having made a jump of about five versions, I had to read the instruction manual to acquaint myself with the many new features that the K3 offers. The button layout is different, mostly due to the larger screen, and many new features have been added. I haven't had the K3 for too long, so I haven't tried everything. I'll be interested to find out, for example, how the HDR feature works. I'll just throw out a few random observations. The first thing I noticed is how much quieter the shutter release is on the K3. Also, I can't even hear the dust removal feature operate, whereas it's quite audible on the K10D. The live view is nice, but I don't anticipate using that much, if at all, on a DSLR, so that's not a big deal to me. I also take few videos, though I appreciate being able to take movies when I want to. What is a big deal to me is the increased ISO range and the decreased noise at higher ISOs. I really like the built-in level, which appears on the back screen, the top screen, and inside the viewfinder (if you choose). My internal "level" is usually a couple of degrees off, so I appreciate this feature very much. Before I purchased the K3, I read a couple of online reviews. One reviewer said that the three middle autofocus sensors on the K3 were so sensitive that you could autofocus with a fast lens in near-darkness. So I checked this out. With a 50mm f1.8 lens on, I went into a basement room with no windows and lit only by a partially obscured night light. When I focused near the night light with the middle sensor, the camera immediately focused. When I pointed the camera at pictures on a very dark wall, the camera made use of the focus-assist lamp, but it immediately focused as soon as the lamp lit. I was quite impressed by this. Since I normally prefer to use the middle sensor, rather than let the camera choose what to focus on, this works great for me. So far, a couple of things have been minor issues. One was my own fault. I misunderstood the settings for the dual SD card slots. I thought when I chose the symbol showing both slots that this permitted the camera to automatically start writing to the second card after the first card is full. I was shooting a birthday party over the weekend and was astounded when the camera said that both my cards were full, and I thought I would have plenty of room, even shooting raw plus JPEG. After I got home and downloaded my files, I found that I had duplicate files of every shot. That's when I went back to the manual and saw that when you have the symbol showing two cards selected, it causes the camera to write the same files to both cards simultaneously! I won't make that mistake again. The other quibble, which I still haven't really figured out, has to do with how the camera selects its exposure combinations. I like to use Program, unless I have a particular need for some other setting. I also chose to use auto ISO, for which I had 3200 as my upper limit, since I planned to shoot indoors without flash. I assumed that the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO would all constantly fluctuate according to the lighting to give me the best combination. But that isn't how it worked. For awhile, I noticed that it was using only 400 ISO, no matter what. I needed a bit more, so I manually adjusted it to 800 ISO. Then I noticed that, for a reason I can't determine, the shutter speed was staying at 1/20th of a second. This is too slow when you're photographing a one-year-old! For a time, it bumped up to higher shutter speeds, but then it went back down to 1/20th. That made no sense to me. I don't yet know if this was because of something I had done unwittingly (such as when I manually adjusted the ISO) or if it is a quirk of the camera. Overall, exposure is good, and the feature that allows the camera to do some auto compensation for highlights and shadows is helpful. Other than the two issues I mentioned, I'm very happy with the camera and trust it will work well for me. After all these years, the K10D is still going strong, so I will use it as a back-up body.

 
4.0

Best Pentax I've owned yet!

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I've been using it to snap photos of family and of the backyard birds. The quality of the pictures is way better than my K-30. Plus I can crop a lot and still get lots of pixels. I really can't wait to start taking more macro with this camera. The auto-focus is really fast and accurate and the color rendition is excellent. I do wish that it had a swiveling LCD but I am going to take care of that with a Flu Card.

 
3.0

no clean uncompressed hdmi port???WHY?

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why is there no clean uncompressed hdmi port?/i cant believe they think people just want to record on this old,yesterday compressed codec on these cameras,i really hate not being able to get the best video in post.we need clean uncompressed hdmi ports.PLEASE.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great camera!

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Use the camera for trips and family. Love Pentax controls, simple, straight forward and intuitive. Pictures are wonderful, love the detail. Adorama makes it simple, good price, great customer service.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best Pentax yet

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Stunning detail. Focus is fast and accurate.

 
5.0

Pentax K3

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Wow...Great camera...Have had it a week, can't wait to run it through its paces...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No compromises enthusiast camera

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For an enthusiast photographer, this camera has everything and more. From the large and clear viewfinder, the weather sealing, selective anti-aliasing, this camera really outshines its competitors at this price range. Searching hard to find a downside and you may note that video capturing isn't as sophisticated as it is in some of its competitors, but in every other area it easily surpasses anything else for similar money. Beyond the features, there's a solidity to it that's difficult to quantify, but it really is a confidence inspiring piece of equipment.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They got it right!

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From the K10>K20>K7>K5 and now K3, finally have what I've been after. Pentax' current implementation of autofocus now hits the nail on the head with both speed and accuracy. I mainly use spot focus, and this one is spot-on all the time. The progressive minor improvements all around are great as well, but still thrilled about the AF performance.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

K-3 is AWESOME!

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Great camera, features are outstanding and the image quality far better than past Pentax DSLR's. The only thing that I was bummed about there's is no built in wireless, so you need to buy a Pentax OFC-1 16GB FluCard for $99 Would have been nice if they packaged it with the camera! I'm very happy with the K-3 and you can never go wrong with Adorama! Best price with many extras to make it a sweet deal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best Pentax yet!

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The Pentax K-3 DSLR is the top of the line Pentax. Despite it still not being a full frame DSLR, it's CMOS sensor has incredible resolution and image quality. Professional reviews I have read rate the camera as equal to or better than its Nikon and Canon competitors. Not having either of those brands, I can only compare it with my K-5, which takes incredible photos. In my side by side comparisons, The K-3 with the same lenses, beats its predecessor in every category. Of course, the K-3 body is about $500 more than the more discounted and older K-5. Of course the main question becomes is it worth the extra money. My answer is simple, If you are a serious photographer who wants to get the best images available, than it definitely is. I've only had the camera about a month, but my only gripe so far is the lack of a complete, operating manual in book format. There's a smaller version that comes with the camera, but for a full manual you need to access it through your computer. If you have any other Pentax cameras it helps, but there are differences that need to be read and understood.

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Shopper  Is this the actual Da lens with metal mount or the white box DAL with plastic which is overall inferior?
Carlos P  I have the SMC DA lens....it is not a DAL.
Joaquin C  this kit include the lenses cap?
BUCKLEY T  Yes. The kit lens comes with the lens cap. It's a standard PENTAX lens cap.
Joaquin C  this kit include the lenses cap?
BUCKLEY T  Yes. The kit lens comes with the lens cap. It's a standard PENTAX lens cap.
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