Barely 13 months after the introduction of its DSLR flagship K-5II/K-5IIs, Pentax is at it again: the K-3 becomes the new standard bearer of Ricoh Imaging’s burgeoning APS-C sensor equipped fleet. Announced in October 2013 and arriving in the market the following November, Pentax describes the new camera “…as the most advanced enthusiast DSLR available, featuring unparalleled technology and specifications…” Coming on the heels of the K-5II, a very capable and feature-rich model at an attractive price-point in its own right, ad copy for the K-3 clearly demonstrates Pentax feels they’ve raised the performance bar with their new offering.
- Good still and video image quality
- High continuous shooting rate
- Good capacity buffer
- Weather sealed
- Attractive price point versus feature set
- Lack of continuous autofocus during video capture
- AA filter simulator may not completely eliminate moire in extreme cases
- Flash sync speed lags behind most competitors
The Pentax K-3 is a fantastic DSLR camera if you are looking to produce beautiful still imagery, but the lack of AF during video is a no-go with hybrid shooters.
Read Our Full Review: Pentax K-3 Review: Sharp and Speedy, No Video AF