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Pentax K-3 II : Specifications and Opinions




Pentax K-3 II, front

Pentax K-3 II, back

Pentax K-3 II, top



The Pentax K-3 II is a reflex camera with APS-C (1.5x) sensor and 24.3 megapixels manufactured from 2015 to 2020 (discontinued). The range of sensitivities, including ISO extension, is 100 - 51200 ISO and it has a continuous shooting (burst mode) of 8.3 FPS x 23 RAW, 60 JPEG. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 715 €;
39 users have given it an average vote of 9.5 out of 10


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 Sensor
 Format   APS-C, 23.5 x 15.7 mm (image ratio 3:2, crop factor 1.5x in comparison with FF)
 Resolution   24.3 megapixel
 ISO sensitivities   100 - 51200
 File formats   JPEG, RAW

 Esposure
 Shutter speeds   30" - 1/8000
 Exp. compensation   +/- 5 stops at 1/3 steps
 Exp. modes   M, S, A, P
 Metering modes   Multi-Area, Semi-Spot, Spot

 Features
 Mount   Pentax K (click here to view al compatible lenses)
 Stabilization   Yes
 Autofocus (AF areas)   27
 Continuos shooting (with autofocus)   8.3 FPS x 23 RAW, 60 JPEG
 Continuos shooting (without autofocus)   8.3 FPS x 23 RAW, 60 JPEG
 Live View   Yes
 MLU/SS   Yes, Mirrok Lock Up
 Dust reduction   Yes
 Video mode   1920x1080p @ 30 FPS
 WiFi   No
 GPS   Yes
 USB   micro-USB (USB 3.0)
 USB Charging   No

 Built and notes
 Touchscreen   No
 LCD   3.2", 720 x 480 pixels, fixed
 Viewfinder   Optical, coverage 100%, 0.95x
 Flash   No
 Storage   SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)
 Storage, Slot 2   SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)
 Shutter   Mechanical
 Battery   Li-Ion (Pentax D-LI90, capacity 13.39 Wh)
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   800 g
 Dimensions   131 x 100 x 77 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on August 18, 2020

Pros: Low iso gives you crispy files that you archive almost always without heavy retouching. But the thing I can't explain is that it instills a security, from the first shots, that I have never tried with other machines, from new ones in hand, even at the top level.

Cons: I may have been lucky for once, but the model I have in my hand focuses quite well with the setting I've chosen and I don't throw away many shots, even when the subjects are moving, like planes taking off and landing. Note that I have the pentax mod telephoto. HD 55-300 WR ED and not the ultrasonic plm mounted while I'm writing. So I "against", according to my needs and the expectations I had, in relation to this model... Maybe a Cons: I've been lucky for once, in my life, but the model I have in my hand focuses very well with the setting I've chosen and I don't throw away a shot, not even on moving subjects, such as planes taking off and landing. Note that I have the pentax mod telephoto. HD 55-300 WR ED and not the ultrasonic plm mounted while I'm writing. So I "against", according to my needs and the expectations I had, in relation to this model... Maybe just a trickle of excessive noise when the sunlight goes down or clouds, which is strange: I'll have been lucky for once, in my life, but the model I have in my hand focuses very well with the setting I've chosen and I don't throw away a shot, not even on moving subjects, such as planes taking off and landing. Note that I have the pentax mod telephoto. HD 55-300 WR ED and not the ultrasonic plm mounted while I'm writing. So I "against", according to my needs and the expectations I had, in relation to this model... Excessive digital noise when sunlight causes cloud to disappear or at dusk drops. Up to 1600 iso I honestly expected greater efficiency.

Opinion: I like almost everything about this machine, from the linear menu, not at all brainy, to the materials with which it was assembled. It should not miss much at the exit of a model called K3 III and I will definitely buy it. Of course pentax should have a thread more attention to marketing, maybe insert some new optics, bright between the telomeres, in the range 100-400 mm. maybe, since if you expect them from other producers...

avatarjunior
sent on January 14, 2020

Pros: Massive and heavy, in the hand by a beautiful feeling, perfect ergonomics (at least for my hands), tropicalized, stabilized, really simple and intuitive menu, double SD slot, double dial, built-in GPS, very quiet shot compared to the K30 that I own, pixel-shift, audio input and output headphones if you need to make video (but in my opinion for videos it is better to use mirrorless than to massacre the shutter of the reflex), bayonet Pentax-K very widespread (as opposed to what the mass says), you can mount the outer handle.

Cons: These against me are not to be attributed in themselves to the camera, but to Pentax, and are the absence of a real AF module for the pursuit of the subject, and a flash system P-TL not up to The E-TTL and I-TT-L

Opinion: I own this photocmera since September 2015 , never purchase was more apt, a really nice camera, files of excellent quality, RAW DNG compatible with everything, in hand is like a glove, perfect, even the keys are in the right place and well distributed on the machine body. As anticipated in the pros I also own the K30 which, in my opinion, churns out beautiful jpg "ready", but once you take hold a K3 / K3 II you do not go back, if you do it you are like disoriented, disoriented. It has a really good iso estate, in the theater shot quietly at 6400 iso..... quite silent shot (the one of the K3 looks like a shooting), in the theater I always ask, but they say that the box is not heard; has the built-in GPS that I find extremely more useful than Wi-Fi that fortunately isn't there, I prefer to have a geolocated photo than with a click on the jpg (with Faststone for example) automatically opens me Google Maps/Earth. Double die and double priceless slots. Probably, for my personal taste, I would have preferred to reverse the ISO button with the Exposure Compensation button. The price is adjusted to the value of the instrument, there are "more embossed" cameras that cost more and give less both in terms of quality and substance, or that anyway at the same price are not worth what they cost. The Pentax-K bayonet offers access to a monstrously large optical park: like Nikon, Pentax has retained the ability to mount any bayonet lens from the dawn of this system to the present day without having to use adapters, so, for me that I do not disdain secheling by hand, there is no such thing as that the Pentax optical park is limited, for me it goes from the 70s to the present (the same for Nikon, I love these two policies). Two reasons of Pentax, in my opinion, are the absence of a real module for the pursuit of the subject, and the p-TTL flash system can be improved. In conclusion excellent machine, beautiful even on an aesthetic level, you should try it to really understand the potential of this camera letting loose certain prejudices.

avatarjunior
sent on March 06, 2018

Pros: Robust construction, tropicalised, intuitive menus and commands, dynamic range (especially with the "pixel-shift" function), native DNG files

Cons: Slightly high price, fixed display, missing built-in flash, little diffused Pentax graft

Opinion: Coming from the K-3 "normal", I found myself immediately with the commands and menus, obviously very familiar. I also found the sturdy tank construction and the storm-proof tropicalization. The ability to shoot in DNG format "native" is a plus that have few competitors even much more expensive. Also the sensor maintains the same remarkable dynamic range of the previous model, further implemented with the function "pixel Shift", which in some situation gives a nice hand, especially when using high ISO. In contrast, over the pentaprism was inserted the GPS (with Astrotracer function) and was sacrificed the built-in Flash, which on several occasions is precious to fill the shadows and as lightening flash. In my opinion maybe it was better to keep the flash, since in the Pentax price list is available at the price of a dedicated GPS module to engage on the hot shoe. It would have been much more useful to have a nice articulated display like the K-S2 or the K-70. Battery Chapter: The duration is very good, but it drops drastically if you use the GPS and/or the "pixel-shift", so it is better to have at least one spare. It's not a cheap camera, but we can stand it if you consider the endless features available and construction on a professional level. The real problem is the ever-less availability of third-party optics (read Sigma and Tamron) with Pentax-K graft. But this is another story...

avatarjunior
sent on October 03, 2017

Pros: Stylish line, great materials, fabulous ergonomics, fantastic sensor, tropicalized to the maximum!

Cons: a bit heavy

Opinion: I think this APS C very refreshing, really a super car! Exceptional sensor, does not mistake a reading. I use it only as a camera, I do not care about movies, I change to a K 50 and I have to say that the PENTAXs are really great machines. I think they offer something more concrete than Nikon and Canon just because they are disadvantaged by the market, which because of the importer has generated a generational vacuum. I come from the Pentax K 1000, which I still own and use from time to time and I realize that pasta have always been made by Pentax reflex cameras. The K 3 mark II is an excellent machine, under all profiles. Its cost, albeit elevated to 1,050.00 Euros only body, is not high when compared to competing cameras. I put it under the running water of the fountain, absolutely watertight!

avatarjunior
sent on September 07, 2017

Pros: A car body really thought, its price is far too low for what it is worth. Full of features that on other brands are paying gold.

Cons: The bad reputation of the brand, which may mean: difficulty in finding used. Maybe his weight, because he is a tank.

Opinion: I bought this car in 2015 and are two full years using it uninterruptedly. rnThe ergonomics and the position of the keys are fantastic, the menu is very intuitive. The sensor is big enough and performs well with Iso Iso, the resulting Raw is excellent as well as the high latitude of the pose (or gamma Dynamic Direction you want) which is just like Canon, Nikon, Sony for a few hundred euro more.rnI used it many times in extreme environments (-20 ° C with snow falling and 35 ° with flying sand) but you've never missed a shot. (It is important, however, to keep the batteries warm in the first case because otherwise they are discharged.) The pentax K attaches to vintage mounts, which even though they are not stabilized, the sensor (as the stabilizer is integrated into the body) .rn I also had the chance to try to make videos and the result is not bad, especially if you pair the internal stabilizer with a Glidecam or agimbal. Only flaw is the 24frame in full hd, you can go to 60fram only with 720p.rnImage microphone is still decent, although I preferred to use an external one of the Rode.rnrnThe only problem that this machine can have is weight, and I have to admit that during some demanding hikes this was felt.




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HI RES 22.6 MP

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HI RES 24.1 MP

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HI RES 15.3 MP

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HI RES 24.1 MP

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HI RES 24.1 MP

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A place so beautiful that leaves you breathless! :)
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HI RES 22.9 MP

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HI RES 3.8 MP

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