Pentax Announces the K-3 DSLR

As I admit on my Ethics & Biases page, I have a weakness for Pentax. At the same time, the Pentax K20d I bought several years ago has languished in the closet for the last two years. The last time I clicked its shutter button was just before hurricane Sandy hit our area last year.

So, I was planning to sell it and my Pentax lenses. Bye bye, Pentax.

But, but… I love those ‘limited’ series lenses. So, instead of listing everything online, I ordered a Pentax K5IIs to try it out. Apparently, it’s a wonderful camera. I could get it new for $300 below list, so it sounded like a good deal. It’s arriving tomorrow.

And now I will leave it unpacked and return it right away.

That’s because this afternoon Pentax announced a new flagship DSLR, the K-3. That’s the one I will try and write about

p196405bIt’s due for November. It costs $1300 for the body only.

With that out of the way, let’s focus on the headlines:

  • anti-Aliasing filter can be turned on or off
  • 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 8.3 frames per second
  • new AF system with 27 AF sensors
  • dual SD card slots
  • in-body stabilization
  • 100% optical viewfinder, 0.95 magnification
  • weather sealed
  • improved video performance

The press release with all the details can be found here.

Personally, I’m curious to see how this Pentax performs compared to my other cameras and to what extent I still get that special thrill when using a Pentax. For some reason, that company has managed to keep its cameras small and easy to handle, whereas other DSLR producers have added clutter to their interfaces and mass to their gear.

Needless to say, I’ve pre-ordered one.

 

You can too, right here (affiliate links to B&H and Amazon):

Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens
Pentax K-3 Premium Silver Edition DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Pentax K-3 Pentax SLR 24MP SLR Camera with 3.2-Inch TFT LCD- Body Only (Amazon)

 

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