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Pentax Unveils the K-3 II: First Look

Pentax Unveils the K-3 II: First Look

Josh
Adorama ALC

ByElizabeth Daza

Pushing the Pixel Shifting Envelope

Starting with the basics, the Pentax K-3 II utilizes a 24M CMOS image sensor to faithfully recreate the color and tonal range in any scenario. Featuring Pixel Shift Resolution, the K3-II merges multiple shots in a single image to generate an ultra-high definition image. A step-up from previous technology, the K-3 II acquires all RGB color information for each individual pixel. The result is astounding detail, color reproduction and overall enhanced image quality that will generate an army of enthusiastic supporters.This sensor is also combined with the familiar PRIME III processor – identical to the one installed in the Pentax 645Z. Not only does this improve accurate color rendering and dynamic range, but it effectively minimizes noise inherent to higher ISOs. This will allow cleaner and higher-grade results even at the top ISO of 51200.

The K-3 II includes built-in GPS, (accessible with the push of a button) making it a great tool for the intrepid outdoor photographer on assignment. This includes an understated GPS log function that can record field routes to be uploaded to map services such as Google Earth ™. The camera itself will record shooting location information, facing direction and the shooting date and time in image data. In case you’re lost in the woods or searching for south on a cloudy day, the on-screen compass is sure to come in handy as well.

Astrophotographers Rejoice

One more feature of this Swiss Army knifeis the ability of its built-in GPS system to work in tandem with the camera’s Astrotracer technology, essentialfor crisp night and astro photography.The camera will track and photograph stars by using GPS to calculate celestial movement, making it possible to capture stars as points of light instead of light trails.No matter where you might end up on assignment, your picture quality won’t suffer on a Pentax K-3 II. Because these features come encased in an extremely rugged, cold-resistant camera body, it offers guaranteed operation down to -10 degrees Celsius.

Taking practical performance a step-further, the folks at Ricoh, also focused on high-speed response in this year’s model, creating a camera fast enough that a photographer will never miss an otherwise fleeting shot. With an approximated 8.3 fps high speed drive that made the first K3 a favorite, capturing split second shots of fast moving subjects will never be a problem. If you decided to track with your subject you can still get stunning results because the K-3 II uses Continuous AF (with an all new algorithm) fortracking of subjects that move toward the depth direction. Additionally, the new panning detection feature on the K-3 II detects the moving direction of the camera and controls the SR unit in the anticipated direction.

Serious Shake Reduction

With 4.5 stop in-camera shake reduction (SR), loss of stabilization when using non-SR or even old manual focus lenses is a thing of the past. If you enjoy using manual focus, a Pentax is a no-brainer. You can build a small library of lenses, and use very effective image stabilization in each one. The Advanced SR truly opens the door to a plethora of photographic opportunities. These advanced features are easily navigablethanks to intuitively placed menu options and on-camera physical buttons. At your fingertips are tools that will give you the ability to capture moments as vividly you experience them. However, if you want to experiment on the K-3 II you have the option to create one-of-a kind artistic pieces using the palette of creative tools included. Everything from interval shooting, multi-exposure and built-in digital filters, are all available within the camera’s easy to access menu.

The K-3 II has the ability to capture Full HD 60i/30p movies, and also includes inputs to record stereo audio with an external microphone. The cameras artistic functions can be used in the movie function as well, adding a whole other dimension of creativity to your moving image.

In terms of sheer function, the Pentax K-3 II packs quite a combined punch of ultra high-tech features with rugged, durable design, all at a competitive market price. Even for those who may not have been aware of Pentax’s loyal following, many will find so much to love about this system and a superior selection of affordable lenses. The Pentax K-3 II is game-changing field gear for the most discerning and creative photographers who seek reliable equipment that will deliver stunning results.

The PENTAX K-3 II will be available from Adoramain May 2015 for $1099.95.

Key Features

– 24.35MP APS-C sensor

– 8.3 frames per second continuous shooting

– 4.5 EV stop shake reduction

– 27 point AF sensors (w/ 25 cross-type sensors)

– PRIME III processor

– Pixel Shift Resolution (combines four images for single high-def image)

– Gyro sensing panning detection

– Astrotracer® feature synchronizes sensor with movement of stars

– GPS reciever, GPS log, and electronic compass

– Full HD movie recording with 60i/30p frame rate

– Dust/Weather resistant construction

– Magnesium alloy casing and metal chassis

– Dual SD card slots

– Dust Removal II uses ultrasonic vibrations to eliminate dust