Pentax K-3: 24MP APS-C DSLR

By Andrew Hudson Published: October 8, 2013 Updated: September 11, 2015

One of the best APS-C DSLRs has been released. The Pentax K-3 boasts a 24 megapixel sensor, 8 fps shooting at full-resolution, and, in a possible first, an anti-aliasing (AA) filter that can be turned on and off. Other cameras need two models (Nikon D800 and D800E, Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs) but the Pentax K-3 offers an easy AA switch for you to choose between moire control and maximum resolution.

“Benchmarked as the most advanced enthusiast DSLR available, featuring unparalleled technology and specifications, the PENTAX K-3 will set your photography free with the new standard of imaging performance and unsurpassed user-flexibility.”
— Pentax

The Pentax K-3 will be available in November 2013 for around $1,300.


  • Magnesium alloy and stainless steel chassis
  • 24MP CMOS APS-C sensor
  • 8.3fps continuous shooting (up to 22 RAW or 60 JPEG frames)
  • 27 AF points
  • Real-Time Scene Analysis System driven by an 86,000 pixel AF sensor
  • Selectable anti-aliasing filter
  • In-body stabilization
  • Optical viewfinder with 100% field of view at 0.95 magnification
  • Full weather sealing
  • Built-in HDMI and USB 3.0 ports
  • Built-in electronic level
  • Full HD H.264 at 60, 50, 30 and 24p


Sources: Pentax. Image credit: Pentax.

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