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New PENTAX K-3 advanced enthusiast DSLR features 24 megapixel sensor, selectable anti-aliasing filter and fast 8.3 frames per second frame rate

October 7, 2013Ricoh Imaging
Americas Corporation
(Ricoh Imaging) is pleased to establish a new standard
of performance with the debut of the PENTAX K-3 advanced enthusiast DSLR. As
the Premiere DSLR in Ricoh Imaging’s robust and full-featured APS-C lineup, the
PENTAX K-3 brings unparalleled technology and advanced specifications
presenting photographers with a solution that raises the bar while removing
limitations.

Elevating standard performance, the PENTAX K-3 boasts a 24 megapixel APS-C
CMOS sensor, incredibly fast 8.3 fps (frames per second) frame rate, innovative
selectable anti-aliasing (AA) filter technology and outstanding HD video
performance; all while giving demanding photographers dual card slots for quick
and easy image recording and seamless wireless remote capture and image
transfer capabilities.

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“Ricoh Imaging has made an investment to ensure that our product lineup
features the most complete and capable APS-C offering in our history,” said Jim
Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging.  “This goal was realized
with the introduction of the K-3. Its unmatched feature set and revolutionary
technology set a benchmark of excellence that raises the bar for the entire
APS-C category.”

 

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Housed in the PENTAX K-3’s sleek and ergonomic body is a host of
cutting-edge technology including the innovative and proprietary selectable AA
filter which allows photographers to toggle anti-aliasing functionality on or
off using the lauded PENTAX SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. This breakthrough
in imaging technology empowers photographers to retain greater control of image
output while eliminating the need to commit to supreme resolution or superior
moiré control by providing both options in a single camera body. Also new to
the PENTAX K-3, and the APS-C category, is the PENTAX FLU SDHC memory card that
delivers wireless connectivity with unprecedented functionality to a compatible
PC or connected device via a web browser. Using this advanced technology,
photographers are able to perform a variety of functions including inspect a live-view
image, release the K-3’s shutter, shift the AF sensor point, and check images
recorded on the card using any connected device with a web browser. And, thanks
to its SD card-based, internal placement the PENTAX K-3 retains its
weather-resistant, moisture-tight capabilities with no protruding devices
preventing door closure.

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The K-3 also features an enhanced video recording experience including the
ability to change from still image to video recording with the flip of a
dedicated switch to capture full HD movie recording in H.264 format. The K-3
comes equipped with a headphone terminal and stereo mic terminal for external
microphone connection. The user can also adjust the audio recording level
manually and monitor sound levels during recording. In addition to a variety of
creative special-effect modes, the K-3 also provides an upgraded interval movie
mode, which captures a series of 4K-resolution movie clips (3840 x 2160 pixels)
at a fixed interval.

Rounding out the new and advanced capabilities offered in the PENTAX K-3 is
a newly designed autofocus module, SAFOX11, which boasts 27 AF sensors and high
light-sensitivity, covering a wide AF working range of –3EV to +18EV.
Finally, the new Real-Time Scene Analysis System features an 86,000 pixel RGB
light-metering sensor and improved algorithms that further enhance the accuracy
of exposure, white balance and auto-focusing.

Pricing and Availability

The PENTAX K-3 will be available for purchase  at retailers nationwide in November 2013 for a suggested retail price of CAD $1,299.95.

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The PENTAX K-3 Premium Silver Edition* will also be made available in a limited quantity with only 2,000 units being offered worldwide. This limited-edition model features a silver body with a silver BG-5 battery grip designed exclusively for the K-3, making it a perfect match for the silver HD PENTAX DA Limited lens series, which is designed for unrivaled
image rendering. This special package also includes an exclusive leather strap and silver
D-BG5 battery grip. The PENTAX K-3 Premium Silver Edition will be available for purchase at retailers nationwide in November 2013 for a suggested retail price of $ 1,599.95.

To learn more about Ricoh Imaging’s unmatched lineup of APS-C DLSRs and
lenses as well as other Ricoh Imaging products, please visit Ricoh-Pentax Canada

 

* The specifications of this limited-edition model are identical to those
of the PENTAX K-3.

Pentax K-3 specifications

Price

MSRP

$1299 body only, $1699 with 18-135 WR lens,
$1599 for limited edition silver body

Body type

Body type

Mid-size SLR

Body material

Magnesium alloy

Sensor

Max resolution

6016 x 4000

Other
resolutions

4608 x 3072, 3072 x 2048, 1920 x 1080

Image ratio w:h

3:2

Effective pixels

24 megapixels

Sensor photo
detectors

25 megapixels

Sensor size

APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)

Sensor type

CMOS

Processor

Prime III

Color space

sRGB, Adobe RGB

Color filter
array

Primary Color Filter

Image

ISO

Auto, 100 – 51200

White balance
presets

9

Custom white
balance

Yes (3)

Image
stabilization

Sensor-shift

Uncompressed
format

RAW

JPEG quality
levels

Best, better, good

File format

  • RAW 14 bits (PEF,
    DNG)
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
  • DCF 2.0

Optics &
Focus

Autofocus

  • Contrast Detect
    (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective
    single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View

Autofocus assist
lamp

Yes

Digital zoom

No

Manual focus

Yes

Number of focus
points

27

Lens mount

Pentax KAF2 mount

Focal length
multiplier

1.5×

Screen /
viewfinder

Articulated LCD

Fixed

Screen size

3.20

Screen dots

1,037,000

Touch screen

No

Screen type

TFT LCD monitor

Live view

Yes

Viewfinder type

Optical (pentaprism)

Viewfinder
coverage

100%

Viewfinder
magnification

0.95×

Photography
features

Minimum shutter
speed

30 sec

Maximum shutter
speed

1/8000 sec

Exposure modes

  • Green
  • Hyper Program (P)
  • Sensitivity Priority
    (Sv)
  • Shutter Priority
    (Tv)
  • Aperture Priority
    (Av)
  • Shutter and Aperture
    Priority (TAv)
  • Metered Manual (M)
  • Bulb
  • X-Speed
  • User (3)

Built-in flash

Yes (Pop-up)

Flash range

13.00 m (at ISO 100)

External flash

Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)

Flash modes

Auto, on, off, red-eye, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye,
trailing curtain sync, high speed, wireless, manual

Flash X sync
speed

1/180 sec

Drive modes

  • Single
  • Continuous shooting
    (Hi, Med, Lo)
  • Self-timer (2 or 12
    sec)
  • Remote control (0 or
    3 sec, or continuous)
  • Exposure bracketing
  • Mirror lockup
  • HDR capture

Self-timer

Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)

Metering modes

  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot

Exposure
compensation

±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)

AE Bracketing

±2 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)

WB Bracketing

No

Videography
features

Format

  • MPEG-4
  • H.264

Microphone

Mono

Speaker

Mono

Resolutions

1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p,
50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)

Storage

Storage types

Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC

Connectivity

USB

USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)

HDMI

Yes (mini)

Remote control

Yes (optional, wired or wireless)

Physical

Environmentally
sealed

Yes (Weather and dust resistant)

Battery

Battery Pack

Battery
description

Lithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable battery & charger

Battery Life
(CIPA)

560

Weight (inc.
batteries)

800 g (1.76 lb / 28.22 oz)

Dimensions

131 x 100 x 77 mm (5.16 x
3.94 x 3.03)

Other features

Orientation
sensor

Yes

Timelapse
recording

Yes (up to 9999 pictures)

GPS

Optional

GPS notes

O-GPS1
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