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.
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.
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:
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.
• 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
• Selectable anti-aliasing filter
• SAFOX11 AF engine; 27 AF sensors includes 25 cross sensors and 3 sensors d edicated to low-light focusing
• Optional FLU wireless contr ol
• 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.
Most Liked Positive Review
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.
Reviewed by 16 customers
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.
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.
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.
Stunning detail. Focus is fast and accurate.
Wow...Great camera...Have had it a week, can't wait to run it through its paces...
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.
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.
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.
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.
This new enthusiast level camera shows that Pentax/Ricoh is serious about staying in the DSLR game. It is a top-to-bottom redesign, replacing the already good K-5ii and K-5iis. Feature-wise, spec-wise and performance-wise, the K-3 easily competes with the Nikon D7100 and Canon 70d. But in some ways it has even a little more to offer. Notably, this is the only camera on earth that can emulate having an AA filter, (to use when moire might be a risk), but without the full-time sacrifice of detail imposed by installing a true low pass filter. In addition, I'm not sure anyone else offers a star-tracking feature that uses GPS (optional) and the mirror to follow the earth's rotation. Very cool. But most importantly, this camera's anti-shake is built into the body, not the lenses - meaning it works even with any old K-mount lens you find at a garage sale. And the system works quite well, buying you 3ev or so. Pros will enjoy having two SD slots, very fast continuous shooting and a slick new auto-focus system that is (finally!) first rate - as good as anyone's. The K-3 is forgiving about low light / high ISO shooting. You'll see some noise at 3200 but it cleans up pretty easily. While the video has greatly improved over prior models, there is still no continuous AF, making other choices more attractive for those planning to record their little girl's first ballet. (Think Canon.) This camera is for still-shooters, who will fall in love with it. For existing Pentax owners, the upgrade is largely familiar in terms of control placement. What moved, mostly, needed to. Using the camera is a breeze once you learn the controls, and there are many. Within a week, though, I found I could control the camera even in the dark, so the layout must be fairly intuitive. Better, so much can be controlled from buttons and switches that I almost never need to navigate the menu. Image quality is superb, and with 24mp one can crop deeply and retain surprisingly sharp detail. Colors are rich but authentic and white balance, so far, has been spot-on using the auto setting. Ricoh has placed their badge on the camera's back - I guess that's OK, as long as the Pentax name stays on the front. While nobody else is close to the Big Two in this market, I'd hate to see the Pentax brand weakened or supplanted. That said, we can thank Ricoh and their deep pockets for building a superior enthusiast-grade DSLR. Hope they keep them coming!