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Pentax K-3 Mark III APS-C DSLR Camera (2021)

MSRP 1999 USDNeoscore 69%NEX score 59%

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Product Overview

Pentax K-3 Mark III is a high-end DSLR camera in the Pentax K-mount system. Introduced by Pentax in 2021, it comes with an APS-C sensor with 26 MP (6192 x 4128) resolution.
The camera has an excellent battery life, and you may just get away without a second battery. The 12.0 fps burst rate serves enthusiasts well enough, though some professionals may find it limiting.
The Pentax K-3 Mark III comes with 101 autofocus points. Those who intend to use the K-3 Mark III for video work will be glad to find that the camera comes with 5.5 stops of IBIS.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 69% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Exceptional battery life
  • 5.5 stops of IBIS
  • Good 12.0 fps burst rate
  • Weather-sealed
  • Viewfinder with great 1.05x magnification
  • Supports both WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons
  • Quite heavy

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 59% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great image quality with impressive dynamic range
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent image quality
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Fantastic RAW noise handling capability
Cons
  • No optical viewfinder
  • Bulky design
  • In-body image stabilization performance is disappointing for photography
  • No 4K video
  • Can only shoot at up to 60 fps in FHD
  • No full-time continuous focus
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Headphone + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 3.2 Gen 1
Wireless Connectivity
802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth

Construction

Form Factor
DSLR camera
Image Size
APS-C (23 x 15.5 mm)
Lens Mount
Pentax K-mount
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
26 MP (6192 x 4128)
Sensor | Type
CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
74 mm / 2.91 in
Size | Height
104 mm / 4.09 in
Size | Width
135 mm / 5.31 in
Weight
820 g / 28.98 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2 inch
Display Type
Fixed TFT LCD
Resolution
1,620,000 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
100%
Viewfinder | Magnification
1.05x
Viewfinder | Type
Optical (pentaprism)

Function

AE Bracketing
±5 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Autofocus
101 focus points (25 cross type)
Crop Factor
1.5
Exposure Compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
GPS
No
Image Stabilization
5.5 stops
Intervalometer
Yes
ISO Range
(100 ~ 1600000)
Processor
PRIME V
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, H.264
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
800 shots
Max Burst Rate
12.0 fps
Storage
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II supported in slot 1)

Production

Battery
D-LI90
Debut
2021-03-30

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

dpreview[1]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from dpreview have found the following***:
The K-3 III uses the same D-LI90P battery as the K-1 Mark II. This is rated to deliver 800 shots per charge. The viewfinder has an eye sensor that switching off the screen when you put your eye to the camera. The battery can be charged over the camera's USB-C socket.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Touch-sensitive viewfinder
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • No optical viewfinder

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Pentax K-3 Mark III is a hotly anticipated release. It's an APS-C camera that costs more than some with full-frame sensors. Other cameras, including the Fujifilm X-T4, offer superior autofocus and uncropped 4K.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compact, compact design
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Built-in LCD
Cons
  • No full-time continuous focus
  • No 4K video

rtings[3]

Sentiment Score 29%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The PENTAX K3 Mark III is good for landscape photography. It feels well-built, and its fixed screen is bright enough to overcome glare from the sun. Its advertised battery life is excellent, and it's weather-sealed to protect from rain, cold, and dust. Unfortunately, its autofocus performance is disappointing for photography.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Feels well-built
  • Excellent image quality
  • Fantastic RAW noise handling capability
  • Very comfortable to use
  • Great image quality with impressive dynamic range
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • In-body image stabilization performance is disappointing for photography
  • Bulky design
  • Can only shoot at up to 60 fps in FHD

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Pentax K-3 Mark III initial review. [dpreview]. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentax-k-3-mark-iii-initial-review. 2021-03-30. Retrieved 2022-02-03.
2. ^ Pentax K-3 Mark III Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/pentax-k-3-mark-iii. 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2022-02-03.
3. ^ PENTAX K-3 Mark III Camera Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/camera/reviews/pentax/k-3-mark-iii. 2021-09-14. Retrieved 2022-02-03.

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