Summary Pentax K-3

Prices Price
Body only
$699 - $1,761
With 18-55mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 4
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 9
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 1,037k dots
Help 24.1 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3.2"
Light sensitivity
Help 51,200 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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The Pentax K-3 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Screen size Large screen Help
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
8.3 fps
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
True resolution High true resolution Help
24.1 MP
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
138 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
Storage slots More storage slots Help


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The Pentax K-3 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
113 lenses
Missing geo-tagging
Thickness Thick Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Startup delay Longer startup delay Help
900 ms startup delay
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Announced Old Help
October 2013
Light sensitivity (boost) Very low boost light sensitivity Help
51,200 ISO
Weight Very heavy Help
800 g


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Pentax K-3

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Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (7:07 PM, January 09, 2014)
Another problem: While we all want a waterproof DSLR, none are waterproof (meaning you can submerge them without issues). Please remove its waterproof marking...

AND PUT IT IN THE PROFESSIONAL DSLR CATEGORY FOR GOODNESS SAKE! You stick the Canon 70D in there but omit its superior?
Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (1:17 AM, October 23, 2013)
Also, in addition to my previous comment... WHY THE HELL IS THIS STILL CONSIDERED AN ENTRY-LEVEL DSLR????? The K-5 wasn't even entry-level, and this is a step above it!
Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (1:13 AM, October 23, 2013)
It has phase detection, has an external mic. input and a headphone jack, and I still have no idea where you get the amount of lenses from... There are probably around 200 different lenses currently manufactured available for the K mount... Unless you're just looking at Pentax branded lenses. Finally, while we all wish it had 1080@60p video, its only 30p/60i maximum...
Avatar for Fritz Vollmer Fritz Vollmer (7:17 PM, October 10, 2013)
From the Pentax website I find, that it has an external mic jack, in the overview it i stated as "con" that it has none.