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conclusion:We like it

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In a DSLR market often dominated by Canon and Nikon, the Pentax K-3 is a stand out option that delivers on multiple fronts. For starters, the K-3 excels in the optics department, earning high marks from nearly every critic that reviewed it. Pocket-Lint says the K-3's "stills performance is excellent," and PC-Mag finds it "delivers outstanding image quality in the most difficult lighting situations." Video quality wasn't as well received, but the K-3 still holds its own with DigitalCameraReview saying the "video image quality is good." And while the design of the K-3 is nothing to get excited about, it still has a weather-sealed body to protect it from the elements. On the inside, the K-3 is no slacker, with Digital Trends finding it "extremely responsive ... it never felt like it slowed us down." If you're shopping for a new camera, the Pentax K-3 is definitely worth your time and attention, thanks to its excellent image quality and snappy performance.

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9.0
PC Mag Nov 20, 2013

The Pentax K-3 is the most refined K-mount SLR to date, offering fast autofocus and superb image quality. Its video autofocus implementation isn't the best, but it still manages to snag our Editors' Choice award.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jan 28, 2014

The thing that gives the K-3 considerable appeal is that it’s extremely keenly priced, which makes it a very tempting buy indeed. But it's not a price that comes at the expense of build or function. Nope, Pentax has got everything nailed down and it all works wonderfully.

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8.0
Macworld UK Dec 20, 2013

Generally speaking, Pentax DSLRs offer slightly more bang for your buck than Canon or Nikon equivalents, whilst in no way feeling or handling like a ‘budget’ alternative.

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10
Digital Versus Dec 17, 2013

The basics are all covered very well, from the 100% optical viewfinder, the tough all-weather finish and the 8 fps burst mode, to the mechanical stabilisation system and 24-Megapixel sensor. Sometimes sticking to what you know can really pay off.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Nov 20, 2013

I found that the K-3 is a real photographers camera. It is a tool and you have to learn how to use it, but once you have mastered it, it produces excellent images.

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9.0
DigitalCameraReview Nov 29, 2013

The Pentax K-3 is a fantastic DSLR camera if you are looking to produce beautiful still imagery, but the lack of AF during video is a no-go with hybrid shooters.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Dec 7, 2013

Although there are some issues with the Pentax K-3’s AF performance, on the whole it’s an enthusiast DSLR that delivers in terms of build quality, image quality and design interface.

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10
ePHOTOzine Nov 13, 2013

Looking at the APS-C competition, Pentax now seems have nudged into the lead with the K-3 and for a rugged, well specified all weather camera it may well be that we need look no further. The marriage of Ricoh and Pentax expertise looks to have become a happy one indeed.

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9.0
Neocamera Nov 13, 2013

Ultimately, the Pentax K-3 is an excellent camera which delivers high image-quality suitable for very large prints in a tough weather-sealed and freezeproof body. Its unmatched feature-set opens up creative possibilities like no other DSLR.

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8.0
The Phoblographer Nov 27, 2013

Besides a couple of user interface quibbles, there really isn’t much bad that we can say about the Pentax K3. It’s a solid camera with excellent image quality, but held back a bit by the lenses.

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Photography Blog Nov 26, 2013

The Pentax K-3 is the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera on the market, but not only that, it also delivers great performance, weather-resistant build quality, slick handling and excellent image quality too.

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CNET Oct 7, 2013

For its latest top-of-the-line dSLR, the K-3, Pentax overhauls the K-5 II/IIs inside and out: it's got a new sensor, new body design, new AF system, new metering system, and improved performance.

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Pocket-Lint Oct 7, 2013

We hold high hopes for the K-3. However, so far we've only been able to snap a few images around a room and are not able to publish them. But from what we saw on the camera's rear 3.2-inch it's all looking good.

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Imaging Resource Oct 7, 2013

There's a brand-new body that -- while it retains the spirit of the design first introduced with the K-7 -- makes some significant changes to the controls for the first time in several generations. The 24.3-megapixel Pentax K-3 also packs 50% more pixels into its APS-C sized image sensor.

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TechRadar Oct 7, 2013

At this stage, it's difficult to pass too much of a judgement on the K-3, but it is a promising camera, on paper at least. It's a pretty fierce area of the market, with the excellent Canon EOS 70D and the Nikon D7100 being the stalwarts here, but it's good to have a new contender.

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Expert Reviews Oct 7, 2013

The sensor has 24 megapixels, the same as the D7100, but Pentax (or strictly-speaking the owner Ricoh) has taken off the anti-aliasing (AA) filter, also known as the optical low pass filter. This should increase the sharpness of images, but the risk is increased moire

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ePHOTOzine Oct 7, 2013

The Pentax K-3 represents another significant update, with the camera offering a 24 megapixel sensor (with no Anti-Aliasing filter), and a massive number of other long sought after updates, including dual SD card slots, 200,000 shot shutter rating, new 27-point AF unit.

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Photography Blog Oct 7, 2013

Here are 41 hands-on photos of the Pentax K-3, a new enthusiast DSLR camera with a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD movies, 27-point AF system, 8.3fps burst shooting, 3.2-inch LCD screen, excellent build quality and weather-resistance.

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