There have been gossips and even studies that Pentax K-3 would have been a full-frame camera. And today, the company has gone official about the rumours and announced the launch of the new Pentax K-3. The Pentax K-3 is a 24MP APS-C DSLR that shoots up to 8.3 fps, a selectable anti-aliasing filter (which will be very interesting technology), an 86,000 pixel metering sensor, H.264 movie capabilities, weather sealing with a magnesium-alloy body, an a large viewfinder, and an ISO range from 100-51,200.
The 24-megapixel indicator – exactly like those present in the Sony Alpha A77 and A65 cameras, modified to Pentax requirements – comes along with the newest Prime III image processing engine. Nevertheless it is ditched the optical low-pass filter for your sharpest possible benefits, a feature that individuals have observed in a lot of mid-high level DSLR cameras of late.
Simply that Pentax improved it a step further. Aware that having no low-pass filter can result in moire in a few images, it is added a hardware function to combat this problem.
The Pentax K-3 camera body is all-new and includes a slightly different specification for the well-received K-5 II types and Pentax K-5. Part of that cause for that is a larger magnification on the optical viewfinder – it delivers a 100% field of view with magnification for a good image preview before shooting. Not many semi-pro cameras will even give you 99% view, and here comes Pentax with a 100% field of view, all for a very affordable price =)
There is tons more on body also, as could be expected of a Pentax camera looking to grab market share from both Canon and Nikon, including a 3.2-inch 1037k-dot LCD monitor, dual SD card slot, 8.3 frames-per second burst mode, in-body image stabilisation, and a stainless-steel body with weather sealing.
During what it seems like in this posting period, it seems like a very powerful contender to the Nikon D7100.
Ricoh is also announcing today a brand new lens in the shape of the 55-300mm f4-5.8 ED WR. The lens will have Pentaxâ€™s new HD coating recently introduced, ED components and weather-resistance. A really good combination in order to reduce flare and improve image clarity of the lens.
Computer specifications and more images are after the jump. The K3 can be obtained for body-only at the $1,596.95 for the silver version, $1,646.95 with the 18-135mm lens, and price of $1,296.95.
â€¢ 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor
â€¢ Fastest continuous shooting at 8.3FPS
â€¢ Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter
â€¢ SAFOX11 Autofocus Module
â€¢ Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,000 pixel sensor
â€¢ FLU, Eye-fi Wireless, and SDX Memory card compatibility
â€¢ Professional H.264 video
â€¢ PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR)
â€¢ Dual SD card slots
â€¢ Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder for 100% FOV and .95 magnification
â€¢ Fully weather sealed
â€¢ Multi-pattern white balance
â€¢ 100-51200 ISO
â€¢ HDMI port
â€¢ HDR Image Capture
â€¢ Magnesium alloy body w stainless steel chassis
|LENS MOUNT:||PENTAX KAF2|
|FOCAL LENGTH:||55-300mm (equiv. 84.5-460mm)|
|LENS CONSTRUCTION:||12 elements in 8 groups|
|ANGLE OF VIEW:||29.0Â°-5.4Â°|
|MIN FOCUSING DISTANCE:||4.6â€™ (1.4m)|
|DIAPHRAGM CONTROL:||Fully Automatic|
|NUMBER OF APERTURE BLADES:||6|
|LENS APERTURE RING:||n/a|
|MAX DIAMETER X MIN LENGTH:||2.8 x 4.4â€ (71.0mm x 111.5mm)|
|WEIGHT (W/O HOOD):||16.4 oz (466g)|
|WEIGHT (W/ HOOD):||17.7 oz (502g)|
|NOTES: Â Â Â Â Â HD Coating, SP (Super Protect) Coating, Weather-Resistant,Â Â Â Quick-shift Focus, Filter Window.|