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Pentax’s K-3 Gets Announced; Comes in Black and Silver

by Chris Gampat on 10/07/2013

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There were rumors and even reports that Pentax’s K-3 would be a full frame camera. And today, the company is going official. Ricoh is officially announcing the Pentax K-3 DSLR: which at the moment of publishing this piece, we’re not sure if this replaces the K-5 II or not. Either way, the K-3 is a 24MP APS-C DSLR that can shoot 8.3 fps, a selectable anti-aliasing filter (which is quite interesting technology), an 86,000 pixel metering sensor, H.264 video capabilities, weather sealing with a magnesium alloy body, a 100% viewfinder, and boasts an ISO range from 100-51,200.

From what it looks like on paper, it seems like a very big contender to our Editor’s Choice award winner the Nikon D7100.

Ricoh is also announcing today a brand new lens in the form of their 55-300mm f4-5.8 ED WR. The lens sports Pentax’s new HD coatings recently announced, weather resistance and ED elements.

Tech specs and more images are after the jump. The K3 is available for body only at the price of $1,296.95, $1,646.95 with the 18-135mm lens, and $1,596.95 for the silver version.

Features

• 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor
• Fastest continuous shooting at 8.3FPS
• Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter
• SAFOX11 Autofocus Module
• Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,000 pixel sensor
• FLU, Eye-fi Wireless, and SDX Memory card compatibility
• Professional H.264 video
• PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR)
• Dual SD card slots
• Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder for 100% FOV and .95 magnification
• Fully weather sealed
• Multi-pattern white balance
• 100-51200 ISO
• HDMI port
• HDR Image Capture
• Magnesium alloy body w stainless steel chassis

Lens

LENS MOUNT: PENTAX KAF2
FOCAL LENGTH: 55-300mm (equiv. 84.5-460mm)
APERTURE: f/4-5.8
MIN APERTURE: f/22-32
LENS CONSTRUCTION: 12 elements in 8 groups
ANGLE OF VIEW: 29.0°-5.4°
MIN FOCUSING DISTANCE: 4.6’ (1.4m)
MAX MAGNIFICATION: 0.28x
FILTER DIAMETER: 58mm
DIAPHRAGM CONTROL: Fully Automatic
NUMBER OF APERTURE BLADES: 6
LENS APERTURE RING: n/a
TRIPOD ADAPTER: n/a
HOOD: PH-RBI 58mm
OBJECTIVE CAP: O-LC58
CASE: S80-160
MAX DIAMETER X MIN LENGTH: 2.8 x 4.4” (71.0mm x 111.5mm)
WEIGHT (W/O HOOD): 16.4 oz (466g)
WEIGHT (W/ HOOD): 17.7 oz (502g)
NOTES:      HD Coating, SP (Super Protect) Coating, Weather-Resistant,    Quick-shift Focus, Filter Window.

Extra Images

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