The happy camper…
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE photo.
The old shot by the new… Now retired, my old Pentax ✩istD, cracked LCD screen cover and all. Shot with the pixel-shift mode that exposes each pixel 4 times. That feature creates a 107 MB file.
PENTAX K-3 Mk.II
Developed as the successor to the PENTAX K-3 (launched in November 2013), a camera that offered outstanding performance across a wide range of field photography, the PENTAX K-3 II delivers exceptionally high-resolution images supported by such state-of-the-art technologies as an enhanced shake reduction system — the most highly effective in the K series — and a newly developed super-resolution technology called the Pixel Shift Resolution System. The K-3 II also features other renowned technologies, including: an APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.35 effective megapixels; an AA-filter-free design for high-resolution image reproduction; a high-performance 27-point AF system; high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8.3 images per second; and a dependable dustproof, weather-resistant construction. It even incorporates a GPS module to perform various GPS functions, such as accurate recording of shooting locations and simplified, high-precision tracking of celestial bodies, to eliminate the need for an optional GPS unit. These outstanding features allow K-3 II users to enjoy advanced, multi-featured photo shooting with a wider variety of scenes and subjects than ever before.
1. High-resolution images
The K-3 II combines an APS-C-size CMOS image sensor free of an anti-aliasing filter with the high-performance PRIME III imaging engine — identical to the one installed in the PENTAX 645Z medium-format digital SLR camera — to optimize the imaging power of approximately 24.35 effective megapixels and deliver sharp, fine-gradation images. It also effectively minimizes annoying noise generated at higher sensitivities, allowing high-grade, high-sensitivity shooting even at the top sensitivity of ISO 51200.
2. New-generation PENTAX-original shake reduction mechanism
(1) Upgraded in-body SR mechanism to assure the best shake reduction performance in the K series
The K-3 II comes equipped with a PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism that can be used with any compatible PENTAX interchangeable lens.* Thanks to its new, high-precision gyro sensor, this mechanism assures more stable, effective camera-shake compensation than ever before, with an extra-wide compensation range of as much as 4.5 shutter steps — the widest of all K-series digital SLR models. Even when taking a panning shot, this efficiently controls the SR unit to always produce the best image possible under the given conditions.
(2) New Pixel Shift Resolution System to deliver image resolutions higher than the image sensor’s capacity
The K-3 II features Pixel Shift Resolution System,** the latest super-resolution technology, which captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesizes them into a single composite image. Compared to the conventional Bayer system, in which each pixel has only a single unit of color data, this new system obtains all color data in each pixel. This innovative system delivers super-high-resolution images with far more truthful color reproduction and much finer details, while significantly lowering the level of high-sensitivity noise. Recorded images can also be synthesized, either on a computer using the accompanying utility software, or with the camera’s in-body RAW-data development function.
(3) Innovative AA filter simulator to minimize moiré
By applying microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the sub-pixel level during image exposure, the K-3 II’s AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator*** provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter. Unlike an optical filter, which always creates the identical result, this innovative simulator lets the user not only switch the anti-aliasing filter effect on and off, but also to adjust the level of the effect. This means that the ideal effect can be set for a particular scene or subject.
(4) Supportive shooting functions
The K-3 II’s SR unit has a flexible design that tilts the image sensor unit in all directions. This is one reason why the K-3 II can provide a host of handy shooting functions, including auto level compensation; image-composition fine-adjustment; and ASTRO TRACER, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography.
* Lenses compatible with this mechanism: K、KA、KAF、KAF2 and KAF3mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions are not available with certain lenses.
** When using this system, the user is advised to stabilize the camera firmly on a tripod. When a moving subject is captured in the camera’s image field, its image may not be reproduced clearly, either in part or as a whole.
*** This function works most effectively with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower. This function may not be combined with some shooting modes, including the Pixel Shift Resolution system.
3. High-precision, SAFOX 11 sensor module with 27-point AF system
The K-3 II features the sophisticated SAFOX 11 AF sensor module with an expanded image-field coverage using 27 AF sensors (25 cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). The center sensor and the two sensors just above and below it are designed to detect the light flux of an F2.8 lens, making it easy to obtain pinpoint focus on a subject when using a large-aperture lens. Thanks to the combination of a state-of-the-art AF algorithm and the advanced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System, this AF system assures much improved AF tracking performance in the AF Continuous mode, while providing an extra-wide measurable luminance range (-3EV to +18EV).
4. High-precision exposure control with PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System
The K-3 II is equipped with the advanced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System, which is supported by an approximately 86,000-pixel RGB metering sensor. This system is designed to optimize the camera’s overall performance, not only by controlling exposure with great accuracy, but also by utilizing the data obtained by the light-metering sensor to further enhance the accuracy of autofocusing and white-balance adjustment. It has also expanded the measurable luminance level to as low as -3EV. By detecting the type of scene or subject using the RGB metering sensor, the K-3 II selects the exposure settings that are more consistent with the photographer’s creative intentions.
5. High-speed continuous shooting with a top speed of approximately 8.3 images per second
The K-3 II continuously records as many as 23 images in the RAW format, or 60 images in the JPEG format,**** in a single sequence. This has been made possible through the use of several innovative developments, including: a high-speed, highly accurate control mechanism that regulates the shutter, mirror and diaphragm independently; a damper mechanism that effectively minimizes mirror shock; and a high-speed data transmission system incorporated in the PRIME III imaging engine.
**** JPEG recorded pixels: L, JPEG image quality: Best
6. Optical viewfinder with nearly 100-percent field of view
The K-3 II’s glass prism has been treated with a coating that is designed to improve reflectance for a much brighter viewfinder image. With a magnification of approximately 0.95 times, its viewfinder provides a broad, bright image field for easy focusing and framing.
7. Full HD movie recording with an array of creative tools
The K-3 II captures Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30p frame rate) in the H.264 recording format. It also comes equipped with a stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection and a headphone terminal. The user can even adjust the audio recording level manually and monitor sound pressure levels during microphone recording. In addition to a host of distinctive visual effects available for movie recording,***** the K-3 II also provides the interval movie mode, which captures a series of 4K-resolution movie clips at a fixed interval
***** When special image processing is required, the frame rate may vary depending on the selected special-effect mode.
8. Built-in GPS module
Thanks to its built-in GPS module, the K-3 II provides a variety of advanced GPS functions, including the recording of location, latitude, longitude, altitude and UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) and direction at the time of shooting. The user can easily access images containing GPS data using a computer, to browse them, check on shooting locations and position data on the screen, or save them.
The user can also take advantage of some unique tools, including: GPS log, which keeps track of the photographer’s movement; Electronic Compass, which displays the camera’s direction on the camera’s LCD monitor; and ASTROTRACER, which simplifies the tracing and photographing of celestial bodies by coupling GPS data with the camera’s SR mechanism.
9. Large, easy-to-view 3.2-inch LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots
On its back panel, the K-3 II features a 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots and a 3:2 aspect ratio. In addition to its wide-view design, this monitor also has a protective tempered-glass front panel for added durability, and a unique air-gapless construction in which the air space between LCD layers is eliminated to effectively reduce the reflection and dispersion of light for improved visibility during outdoor shooting.
10. Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction
The K-3 II’s exterior casing, consisting of top and bottom panels and front and back frames, is made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy. Thanks to the inclusion of 92 sealing parts in the body, it boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring solid operation at temperatures as low as -10°C. It also features a dependable, durable shutter unit that withstands 200,000 shutter releases. Despite all these features, the K-3 II has been designed to be compact and maneuverable, assuring remarkable operability and swift response in the field.
11. Other features
- ・Dual SD card slots for memory card flexibility (compatible with SDXC UHS-1 speed class in SDR104 buss speed mode)
- ・Smartphone-support functions using the optional FLUCARD FOR PENTAX 16GB
- ・Top-grade DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the image sensor using ultrasonic vibration
- ・HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode with RAW-format data filing
- ・PENTAX-invented hyper control system for quick, accurate response to the photographer’s creative intentions
- ・Model dial with a choice of lock mechanism engagement (ON or OFF)
- ・Compensation of various parameters: lens distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, diffraction, brightness level at image-field edges, and fringe effect (available in RAW-format processing only)
- ・The latest version of Digital Camera Utility 5 software is included
K-3 II Specifications
|Type||TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera|
|Lens Mount||PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)|
|Compatible Lens||KAF3、KAF2KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible),KAF,KA mount lens|
Image Capture Unit
|Image Sensor||Primary color filter, CMOS. Size: 23.5 x 15.6 (mm)|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 24.35 megapixels|
|Total Pixels||Approx. 24.71 megapixels|
|Dust Removal||Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations “DR II” with the Dust Alert function|
|ISO AUTO/100 to 51200 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV)|
|Image Stabilizer||Sensor-shift shake reduction (SR: Shake Reduction)|
|AA Filter Simulator||Moiré reduction using SR unit. OFF/Type1/Type2/Bracket|
|File format||RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.30), DCF2.0 compliant|
|Recorded Pixels||JPEG: L(24M：6016×4000), M(14M:4608×3072), S(6M:3072×2048)、XS(2M:1920×1280), RAW: (24M:6016×4000)|
|Quality Level||RAW (14bit): PEF, DNG
JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good), RAW + JPEG simultaneous capturing available
|Color Space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Storage Medium||SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Card (Conforms to USH-1 standards), Eye-Fi card, FLU card.|
|Dual SD slot||Sequential Use, Save to Both, Separate RAW/JPG, Image copy between slots possible|
|Storage Folder||Folder name: Date (100_1018,101_1019…) or User assigned folder name (Default “PENTX”)|
|Recording File||File name: “IMGP****” or User assigned file name
File name numbering: Sequential, Reset
|Coverage (FOV)||Approx. 100%|
|Magnification||Approx. 0.95x (50mmF1.4 at infinity)|
|Eye-Relief Length||Approx. 20.5mm (from the view window), Approx. 22.3mm (from the center of lens)|
|Diopter adjustment||Approx. -2.5m to + 1.5m-1|
|Focusing Screen||Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen|
|Type||TTL method using CMOS image sensor|
|Focusing Mechanism||Contrast detection (Face detection, Tracking, Multiple AF points, Select, Spot)
Focus peaking: ON/OFF
|Display||Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (2x, 4x, 8x, 10x),
Grid display (4×4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Histogram, Bright area warning, Composition Adjustment
|Type||Wide viewing angle TFT color LCD with AR coating, Air-gapless glass.|
|Size||3.2 inch (aspect ratio 3:2)|
|Dots||Approx. 1037K dots|
|Adjustment||Brightness, Saturation and Colors adjustable|
|Type||Method using a combination of the CMOS image sensor and the light source detection sensor|
|White Balance||AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image|
|Fine Adjustment||Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis|
|Type||TTL: phase-matching autofocus|
|Focus Sensor||SAFOX 11, 27 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)|
|Brightness Range||EV-3 to 18 (ISO 100 / at normal temperature)|
|AF mode||Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C), Auto select AF (AF.A)|
|AF Point Selection||Spot, Select, Expanded Area (S, M, L), Zone select, Auto (27 AF points)|
|AF Assist Light||Dedicated LED AF assist light|
|Type||TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor, Multi-segment, Center-weighted and Spot metering|
|Metering Range||EV-3 to 20 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)|
|Exposure Mode||Green mode, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync Speed, USER1, USER2, USER3|
|EV Compensation||±5EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps can be selected)|
|AE Lock||Button type (timer type: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting);
Continuous as long as the shutter button is halfway pressed
|Type||Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
* Electronic shutter when using Pixel Shift Resolution
|Shutter Speed||Auto: 1/8000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb|
|Mode Selection||Still Image:
Single frame, Continuous (H, M, L), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (immediately, 3 sec., continuous), Exposure Bracketing (2, 3 or 5 frames/ Possible to use with Self-timer or Remote Control ), Mirror-up (Possible to use with Remote Control), Interval shooting, Interval CompositeMovie:
Remote Control, Interval Movie Record
|Continuous Shooting||TBD: Max. approx. 8.3 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to approx. 60 frames, RAW: up to approx. 23 frames
TBD: Max. approx. 4.5 fps, JPEG L: ★★★ at Continuous M): up to approx. 100 frames, RAW: up to approx. 32 frames
TBD: Max. approx. 3.0 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous Lo): up to approx. 200 frames, RAW: up to approx. 52 frames
Number of Shots(2 to 2000 images)
|Interval Shooting||Still Image：
Interval：2s. to 24h.
Number of shots:2～2000
imagesStart Interval: Now/Set TimeMovie
Interval:2s. to 1h.
Recording time:14s.to 99h.
Start Interval: Now/Set Time
|Flash Modes||Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync (available with dedicated external flash)|
|Flash Exposure Compensation||-2.0～+1.0EV|
|Custom Image||Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing|
|Cross Process||Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3|
|Digital Filter||Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome|
|HDR||Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function|
|Pixel Shift Resolution||ON/OFF|
|Lens Correction||Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction|
|D-RANGE Compensation||Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction|
|Noise Reduction||Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR|
|GPS||GPS Logging (Logging Interval, Logging Duration, Memory Card Options), ASTROTRACER, Calibration, Additional Settings (GPS Time Sync, GPS Indicator Lamp)|
|Horizon Correction||SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 2 degrees|
|Composition Adjustment||Adjustment range of ±1.5mm up, down, left or light (1mm when rotated); Rotating range of 1 degree|
|Electronic Level||Displayed in viewfinder and LCD panel (Horizontal direction only);Displayed on LCD monitor (Horizontal direction and vertical direction)|
|File Format||MPEG-4 AVC/H.264（MOV）
*Motion JPEG(AVI) for Interval Movie Record
|Recorded Pixels||Full HD(1920×1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p）
HD (1280×720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
|Sound||Built-in monaural microphone, external microphone (Stereo recording compatible)
Recording Sound Level adjustable.
|Recording Time||Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.|
|Custom Images||Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing|
|Cross Processing||Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3.|
|Digital Filter||Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome|
*available only for Interval Movie
|Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable|
|Playback View||Single frame, multi-image display (6,12, 20, 35, 80 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16, 100% display and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram,RGB histogram), bright area warning, Auto Image Rotation, detailed inf,Copyright Information (Photographer, Copyright holder), Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display, Slide Show, GPS information (latitude,longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time , Orientation)|
|Delete||Delete single image, delete all, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image|
|Digital Filter||Base Parameter Adj, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Color, Pastel, Pasteurization,Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim|
|RAW Development||RAW file select：
Select Single Image, Select Multiple Images, Select a folderRAW Development Parameter:
File Format (JPEG/TIFF), Aspect Ratio, JPEG Recorded Pixels, JPEG Quality, Color Space, Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Corr., Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction, Color Fringe Correction, White Balance, Custom Image, Digital filter, HDR, Pixel Shift Resolution, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction
|Edit||Image Rotation, Color Moiré Correction, Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index,Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving RAW data in buffer memory, Image Copy, Eye-Fi Image Transfer|
|USER Mode||Up to 3 settings can be saved|
|Custom Functions||26 items|
|Mode Memory||12 items|
|Button Customization||RAW/ran Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Optical Preview, Digital Preview, Shake Reduction, LCD Panel Illumination, AF button (AF1, AF2, Cancel AF)|
|Text Size||Standard, Large|
|World Time||World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)|
|AF fine Adjustment||±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)|
|Copyright Information||Names of “Photographer” and “Copyright Holder” are embedded to the image file.
Revision history can be checked using the provided software.
|Satellites||GPS, QZSS, SBAS(WAAS/EGNOS/GAGAN/MSAS)|
|Reception Frequency||L1 1575.42MHz|
|Recorded Information||Latitude, Longitude, Altitude, Time (UTC), Direction|
|Geodesics||World Geodetic System (WGS84)|
|GPS Logging||KML format, Logging Interval: 5/10/15/30sec. /1min., Logging Duration: 1-24hr. (Up to 9hours at Logging Interval 5sec. Up to 18hrs. at Logging Interval 10sec.)|
|Electronic Compass||Azimuth calculation using triaxial geomagnetic sensor and triaxial acceleration sensor, True north standard|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90|
|AC Adapter||AC Adapter Kit K-AC132 (Optional)|
|Battery Life||Number of recordable images: Approx.: 720 images
Playback time: Approx. 370 minutes
* With a fully-recharged Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery. Tested in compliance with CIPA standard.Actual results may vary depending on the shooting condition.
|Connection Port||USB3.0 (micro B), External power supply terminal, External cable switch terminal, X-sync socket, HDMI output terminal (Type D) , Stereo microphone input terminal, Headphone terminal|
Dimensions and Weight
|Dimensions||Approx. 131.5mm x102.5mm (H) x 77.5mm (D) (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||Approx. 785g (Including dedicated battery and 1x SD Memory Card),
Approx. 700g (body only)
|Included||Strap O-ST132, ME Viewfinder Cap, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90, Battery Charger D-BC90, AC plug cord, Software (CD-ROM) S-SW160
<Mounted to the camera>
Eyecup Fs, Hot shoe cover FK, Body mount cover, Battery Grip terminal cover, Sync socket 2p cap
|Software||Digital Camera Utility 5|
Support for optional accessories
|FLU Card||FLUCARD FOR PENTAX 16GB O-FC1: Remote Release, Image Browsing|
The maximum file size is 4GB for movie.
The maximum length is 25 minutes for movie.
|OS||Windows 8.1 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows 8 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows 7 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows Vista (32 bit/64 bit)|
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Duo or higher|
|RAM||2GB or more|
|Free Disk Space||Program installation and start-up: 100 MB or more of available space
Image file saving: Approximately 10 MB per file (JPEG) / approximately 30MB (RAW)
|Monitor||1280 x 1024 dots, 24 bit full-color or more|
|OS||OS X 10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7|
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Duo or later|
|RAM||2GB or more|
|Free Disk Space||Program installation and start-up: 100 MB or more of available space
Image file saving: Approximately 10 MB per file (JPEG) or approximately 30MB (RAW)
|Monitor||1280 x 1024 pixels, 24 bit full-color or more|
Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.
On order delivery soon.
Darrell A. Larose