With all the talk about mirrorless systems from Olympus, Pentax and Fujifilm, and the on going dSLR war between Nikon and Canon it occurred to me that I really haven’t featured that many Pentax releases. As it turns out the new Pentax K3 has just been released and those that have got to use it are claiming it to be an amazing camera.
The 24.3 megapixel Pentax K-3 includes a brand new body and thanks to the new PRIME III image processor, significantly higher resolution and 8.3 frames per second for up to 60 frames. The K-3 sill offers a maximum ISO sensitivity of 51,200. The new flagship camera has also picked up a new 86,000 RGB pixel metering sensor and 27-point autofocus sensor. 25 of those 27 points are cross-types and 3 of them will work to f/2.8. There’s an improved image stabilisation system, brighter viewfinder with greater magnification, a larger higher resolution LCD monitor and double the shutter life. Pentax didn’t stop there, the K-3 provides dual SD card slots, with support for UHS-1 high speed cards and a brand new USB 3.0 data connection.
As you can see Pentax have put a lot into this new body. The K-3 is sill a solid magnesium-alloy body, that is freeze proof and fully weather-sealed.
The K-3 is priced at US $1300 for the body-only. A K-3 + DA 180135mm F3.5-5.6 WR kit will set your back US $1700. For those that want something a little different there will be a Premium Silver Edition which will come with a matching battery grip and that will be priced at US$1600 with only 2000 units worldwide.
What do you think of the Pentax K-3?