Pentax K-3 III – The new flagship

The Pentax APS-C DSLR features the ultra-popular Sony 26MP BSI CMOS sensor, being used by Fuji in almost all their cameras right now.  The camera also features 5.5 Stops of IBIS. Despite using a 26MP BSI CMOS sensor the camera still uses DSLR style new SAFOX 13 AF module 101 AF points, 25 of which are cross-type. It also offers 4K video capture at up to 30p, while recording 4k videos you get IBIS support up to 3 stops. A matching battery grip D-BG8 is among the optional accessories launched alongside the camera.

The new flagship model in its APS-C format digital SLR camera series. Designed around the PENTAX Principles, the new camera offers advanced functions and outstanding imaging performance with a goal of optimizing the fun and excitement of photography in a wide variety of conditions.

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III builds on the PENTAX legacy of outstanding image quality, incorporating a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with approximately 25.73 effective megapixels. By coupling this sensor with an AA (anti-aliasing)-filter-free optical design, the camera produces super-high-resolution images. A newly developed, high-performance PRIME V imaging engine and new-generation accelerator unit delivers well-defined images with minimal noise, while retaining high-resolution reproduction at all sensitivities. The PENTAX K-3 Mark III boasts a super-high sensitivity of ISO 1600000 and features a newly developed SAFOX 13 autofocus system with 101 focus sensors.

A new, super-bright optical viewfinder delivers a nearly 100% field of view and magnification of approximately 1.05 times. With a newly developed high-refraction glass prism, the viewfinder provides a wide field of view equivalent to that of a full-frame SLR, fully immersing the photographer in shooting.

The camera’s compact, rugged body is dustproof and weather resistant, making it suitable for use in the most extreme environmental conditions. It features PENTAX’s high-performance, five-axis shake-reduction (SR) system, minimizing camera shake to deliver sharp, blur-free images. Furthering its commitment to producing the highest quality images, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III features the innovative Pixel Shift Resolution System, employing advanced super-resolution technology to capture four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesize them into a single composite image.

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III is equipped with user-friendly shooting functions, improved efficiency and operability. These include a high-definition 3.2-inch touch-screen LCD monitor—the first touch screen in the PENTAX K series. The screen allows intuitive operation of a variety of functions, including scrolling menu selection and image zooming during playback.

The camera also features PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System, supported by the latest artificial intelligence technology. It can instantly detect a subject’s face and eyes using advanced image recognition technology and makes a real-time analysis of the subject’s movement. The system assists the camera in optimizing exposure settings and improving autofocusing accuracy, assuring more accurate subject detection and more reliable scene judgment.

“The development of the PENTAX K-3 Mark III has been a longtime labor of love,” said Kaz Eguchi, president, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “At Ricoh, our goal is to develop high-quality cameras with the power to capture images that speak louder than words and inspire photographers to continue pursuing their passion for photography every day.”

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