Pentax K-3 DSLR unveiled with 24MP sensor and new imaging engine

Ricoh Imaging Company has unveiled the Pentax K-3, offering a new 24-megapixel sensor and imaging engine.

The new Pentax DSLR is said to be designed specifically for performance, offering a 27-point Auto Focus system and a new 86,000 pixel RGB sensor.

Pentax K-3 Features
The Pentax K-3 offers a 24-megapixel APS-C-size CMOS image sensor, running on a new PRIME 3 imaging engine. This offers enhanced noise and image processing capabilities over previous models and has what Pentax is calling “an anti-aliasing filter-free design”.

With an ISO range up to 51200, the Pentax K-3 should provide good quality low-light and night scenes.

Offering 27 AF points, the new DSLR also features a Pentax Shake Reduction mechanism compatible with any K-3 lens.

The K-3 is capable of shooting high-speed continuous shots at a maximum speed of 8.3 images per second, offering around 22 images in the RAW format or 60 images in JPEG in a single sequence.

Pentax has also refreshed its optical viewfinder for the K-3, treating it with a new coating to improve reflections and offer a 0.95-times magnification for a wider viewing field.

Capable of recording Full 1920 x 1080p HD resolution movies, the K-3 also has a stereo microphone terminal for connecting an additional microphone and headphones. The K-3 can also record 4K resolution movie clips at a fixed interval using the upgraded interval movie mode.

Built to be dustproof, weather-resistant and durable, the K-3 comes with a 3.2-inch LCD monitor and a redesigned grip for an easier hold.

Pentax K-3 Release Date and Price

The Pentax K-3 will be available from November 2013, with prices starting at £1,099.99 for the body only.

The K-3 single and DAL 18-55mm WR lens bundle is £1,199.99, or customers can upgrade to the K-3 body and add a DAL 50-200mm WR lens for a total £1,349.99.

The top range bundle comes with the K-3 Premium and a DA 18-135mm WR lens for £1,499.99.

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