PENTAX K-3 Mark III Silver + HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR
PENTAX K-3 Mark III Silver + HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR €2.499,99
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PENTAX K-3 Mark III Silver + HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR

The imaging power to capture images delicately, boldly or dramatically
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The PENTAX K-3 Mark III features a host of functions and outstanding imaging performance to optimize the fun and excitement of the entire photo-shooting process — for photographers who are particular about the key values of SLR cameras, and who cherish photography as a lifetime passion.



PENTAX developed a top-grade, easy-to-view optical viewfinder which fully immerses the photographer in shooting. It also renewed key devices, including the image sensor, imaging engine and accelerator unit. This was done to provide the highest possible image quality, and attain the super-high top sensitivity of ISO 1600000. The compact, sturdy camera body assures excellent operability and portability — benefits characteristic of the APS-C format. 

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PENTAX believes in the future of SLR photography.

As the pioneer of SLR cameras in Japan, PENTAX has devoted all its assets — its philosophy, technologies and passion — to the development of this remarkable camera.

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III: the new flagship of the APS-C-format SLR lineup.

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Bring more excitement to the photographic process.

NEW: High-performance viewfinder

New Optical viewfinder with approx. 100% field of view, and approx. 1.05X magnification

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III features a high-performance viewfinder with a high-refraction glass pentaprism to provide approximately 1.05-times magnification (with an FA 50mm F1.4 lens set at infinity). Despite the compact, lightweight APS-C-format SLR body, it delivers a truthful, wide-view image equal to that of a full-frame SLR, and helps you to become more fully immersed in the photo-shooting process. This viewfinder also provides an almost 10-percent increase in brightness, thanks to the improved reflectance of the pentaprism, while also assuring a nearly 100-percent field of view. By incorporating a distortion-compensating optical element and optimizing the lens coatings, it provides natural, true-to-life image rendition with high-magnification observations.



Optimizing the sense of immersion in the photo shooting process
Since the viewfinder eyepiece is designed to protrude from the LCD viewfinder display screen — to prevent your nose from contacting the camera body — you can look into the viewfinder more naturally and comfortably. The eyepiece also features an eye sensor, which turns the monitor off the moment you bring your eye up to the eyepiece ring. This prevents the status screen’s illumination from affecting visibility during shooting, while allowing you to capture images more comfortably.

Optimizing the ease of operation
The PENTAX K-3 Mark III features a transparent LCD viewfinder display that provides a broader range of data in the viewfinder window. Because you can adjust the camera’s settings without taking your eye away from the viewfinder, you can concentrate more fully on the subject. The camera also allows you to program the desired combination of display data, such as grid pattern and AF focus point, making it easier to swiftly change settings for a specific scene or subject.



Operability that affects sensibility

NEW: Pleasant shutter action

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III features a leaf switch, a mechanism previously used in the PENTAX 645Z and PENTAX K-1. Compared to the tactile switch more commonly used in compact SLR cameras, the leaf switch provides a lighter, smoother shutter action and minimizes the camera shake caused by the shutter-release action. It also helps you by providing effortless hold-down of the shutter-release button during continuous shooting. The time lag between the shutter release and an image capture has also been reduced, compared to the PENTAX K-3 II, while the camera’s mirror- and shutter-driving mechanisms have also been upgraded. By reducing unwanted mechanical actions such as mirror bounce, it provides crisp, pleasant shutter-release action. You can feel the smooth action and speedy response every time you press the shutter-release button.

NEW: Ergonomic design for responsive camera operation

For comfortable shooting and easy carrying, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III’s grip and control-button layout have been optimized to accommodate different hand sizes and finger lengths. Perfected after producing a series of mock-ups and conducting repeated verifications, they let you to concentrate completely on your photo shooting.



NEW: New-generation Hyper Operation system

The conventional Hyper Operation system allows you to instantly shift the AE mode to Tv (Shutter-priority) or Av (Aperture-priority) when the camera’s exposure mode is set to P (Program). The PENTAX K-3 Mark III's new-generation Hyper Operation system provides more flexible exposure-mode control, by adding a new Advanced mode* to the conventional Standard mode. *The Standard mode is set as default. The Advanced mode is a customizable option.

By turning the front/rear electronic dial, you can instantly switch the AE mode from P to Tv or Av. Also, by providing single-action switching between Tv and Av, this mode assures intuitive operation in capturing an image, by emphasizing the subject’s motion, or the depth of field of the scene.

This new mode not only provides speedy switching between Tv and Av, but also features instant shift to the TAv (Shutter/Aperture-priority) mode simply by changing the shutter-speed and aperture settings. Also, by changing the ISO sensitivity setting, you can flawlessly shift to the M (Manual) mode, harmonizing the easy photo-shooting of Programmed AE operation with the flexible exposure control of manual operation.


NEW: More versatile Smart Function

The PENTAX-original Smart Function provides easy, single-action selection of menu items and functions. Featuring a new Smart Function button, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III now lets you preprogram a maximum of five functions from 22 options, and displays a list of the selected functions in the viewfinder window, so you can select the desired function without removing your eye from the viewfinder. It even lets you select and program the desired values for each function, allowing you to more precisely customize this function to meet your preferences.

A list of selectablefunctions for Smart Function

Customization of electronic dials
The PENTAX K-3 Mark III lets you customize the functions of the front/rear electronic dials, Green button and Smart Function dial (when the Smart Function is assigned to one of the electronic dials). You can also set the functions separately based on the shooting format (still-image or video) or exposure mode. You can even set the ISO button shift to the ISO Auto mode, or use the exposure compensation button to function as a reset button. Simply by assigning the desired function to each of these buttons, you can easily and freely customize camera operations.


New: Flexible operation with touch-screen control

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III features a large 3.2-inch LCD monitor with touch-screen control. By combining intuitive touch-screen control with the four-way controller and the front/rear electronic dials, it provides a new, user-friendly system that enhances speedy camera operation.

LCD panel
On the top panel, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III features a second LCD panel, which provides easy confirmation of the functions and settings selected for the Smart Function, in addition to providing basic data such as exposure and drive-mode settings.

Treasure your lenses as a valuable asset

NEW: Compatibility with classic lenses

You must be aware that each of your classic and cherished lenses creates its own distinctive ambience in captured images. That’s why the PENTAX K-3 Mark III has been designed to accommodate classic lenses. The camera not only saves the aperture value as Exif data when you set a desired aperture using the electronic dial, but also lets you measure the light and capture images at closed-down aperture. It even accommodates the TAv mode.* It also provides more segmented setting of the lens’s focal length in SR (Shake Reduction) shooting.
*The PENTAX K-3 Mark III allows AE photography at the closed-down aperture for M-series lenses and lenses that previously could be used only in open-aperture shooting.


Manual input of lens focal length
When required to manually input the focal length of a lens for SR operation, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III allows you to select a desired length from the history log, in addition to the preprogrammed ones, to minimize the time and trouble required for manual setting.



The imaging power to capture images delicately, boldly or dramatically

Complete renewal of key devices

New: New back-illuminated CMOS imaging sensor with approximately 25.7 megapixels

To further improve image quality, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III incorporates a newly adopted, back-illuminated imaging sensor with approximately 25.7 effective megapixels. It also features an AA (anti-aliasing)-filter-free design to faithfully reproduce the delicacy of light, or the fine outlines of a subject.


New: PRIME V imaging engine and second-generation accelerator unit

For the PENTAX K-3 Mark III, PENTAX developed the PRIME V imaging engine and the second-generation accelerator unit. This combination provides a harmony of flawless, high-speed operations and super-high-sensitivity, high-quality imaging, all at a level of performance higher than ever before. The overall performance of the PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System and the autofocus system has also been much improved to ensure: flawless, high-speed operation; super-high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging; better autofocus performance; and a broader range of shooting functions.

Superb imaging power over the entire sensitivity range
Thanks to its multi-dimensional image space filtering process, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III greatly reduces noise, while still retaining the subtle outlines of a subject. This advanced technology optimizes the camera’s resolving power, and faithfully reproduces the subject's texture and detail. It also improves image description in the lower sensitivity range, while minimizing unfaithful reproduction of blacks in the higher sensitivity range where color reproduction becomes more difficult. Even at the top sensitivity of ISO 1,600,000, it delivers a natural, well-defined image with a sharp subject outline and vivid colors.



New: New-generation Fine Sharpness function

Thanks to the incorporation of the new PRIME V imaging engine, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III features the much-improved Fine Sharpness function to more faithfully and finely reproduce the subject's outline and detail. Preset as a default setting, this function reproduces the subject's details more naturally and sharply, while reducing the adverse effect of noise to a minimum.

The never-ending pursuit of high-quality imaging
With the renewal of the image sensor, imaging engine and accelerator, PENTAX has further enhanced the PENTAK K-3 Mark III’s image quality. This was based on PENTAX's image design concept emphasizing the faithful reproduction of detail and texture. Through repeated sensibility evaluations, PENTAX made great improvement in overall image quality, by efficiently controlling the camera’s noise-reduction process while paying the utmost attention to the total balance of captured images, with an emphasis on factors such as the natural reproduction of gradation and color.

PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System
This PENTAX-original system, which performs an in-depth analysis of each individual scene by assessing such factors as the brightness distribution over the image field and the subject’s shape, color and motion, has been greatly upgraded, thanks to the incorporation of a new RGBIr AE sensor with approximately 307,000 pixels, which detects the subject in greater detail than before. Coupled with the state-of-the-art imaging engine, it performs accurate detection of the subject's face and eyes in viewfinder shooting, along with high-precision tracking of moving subjects. Combined with an image recognition system adopting Deep Learning technology, it provides highly dependable exposure control and automatic selection of the optimal focus point.

For faithful reproduction of impression colors engraved in your memory

Custom Image

To apply the finishing touch that recreates the impression or emotion you felt during shooting, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III's Custom Image function features 13 distinctive modes to add a variety of visual expressions.* Each mode offers effortless adjustment of parameters such as saturation, tone, key, contrast and sharpness.**
* When the mode dial is set to AUTO, this function is locked to the Auto Select mode.
**Selectable parameters vary depending on a selected Custom Image mode.

CTE (Color Temperature Enhancement)

This unique white balance mode allows you to emphasize an impression color and dramatize your personal impressions for such scenes as dramatic sunrises and sunsets, fresh green leaves in spring, or clear, blue skies in summer. In contrast to the standard Auto White Balance mode, it adjusts the white balance setting to emphasize the image's dominant color to create a distinctive visual effect.



SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism

New: SRII for five-axis, 5.5-shutter-step camera shake compensation

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III's SR II mechanism compensates for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift, roll, pitch and yaw, with a wide compensation range up to approximately 5.5 shutter steps*. In addition to the all-purpose Auto mode, this mechanism also provides a Panning mode to capture slow-moving subjects. You can choose the mode that provides the ideal compensation effect for your subject. 
*In terms of the shutter speed used for still images: measured in conformity to CIPA standards, using an HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mmF3.5-5.6ED DC WR lens set at a focal length of 85mm.

Pixel Shift Resolution System
By taking advantage of the SR II mechanism, this innovative system* captures four images of the same scene by slightly shifting the image sensor for each image to obtain all RGB color data for each pixel, then synthesizes them into a single, super-high-resolution composite image. This assists the camera in producing super-high-resolution images with true-to-life colors free of false color or noises — something conventional cameras fail to deliver.
*When using this system, the user is advised to stabilize the camera firmly on a tripod during shooting.

Conceptual diagram of Pixel Shift Resolution System

1) Light  2) Color information obtained 3) CMOS image sensor receiver  4) Motion of sensor  5) Each pixel obtains color and brightness information of every RGB

AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator
This PENTAX-original simulator* effectively minimizes moiré and false color by activating the SR II mechanism to apply microscopic vibrations to the image sensor during exposure. For ordinary shooting, you can turn this off to maximize the camera's resolving power as delivered by its AA-filter-free design. Then you can activate it for certain scenes or subjects which require a filtering effect.
*This function works most effectively with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower. *This function cannot be used in some shooting modes, or when combined with certain functions.



Capture a split second of light 

High-speed drive system

New: High-speed drive, with a maximum speed of approximately 12 images per second

Thanks to the combination of a newly developed mirror and shutter driving unit and the high-speed, high-performance PRIME V imaging engine, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III provides a high-speed drive system with a maximum speed of approximately 12 images per second in the AF.S mode, or approximately 11 images per second in the AF.C mode. This system lets you capture a momentary expression of the subject, which couldn’t otherwise have been captured by previous models.
*The continuous shooting speed may decrease depending on the type of lens used and/or the aperture, shutter speed and sensitivity selected by the user.
*A certain amount of time is required for the playback of images captured in the continuous shooting mode. The time required may vary depending on the number of captured images and/or the recording format.

High-speed, high-precision mirror and shutter driving unit
To improve driving speed during continuous shooting and upgrade the performance of AF and AE systems, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III features a new mirror and shutter driving unit to greatly reduce the time needed to drive the mirror and shutter mechanisms. By minimizing the effect of mirror bounce, it also helps increase the camera’s driving speed, while securing sufficient time for distance and light measurements. As the result, the operation time required to capture a single image has been reduced to about two-thirds of the PENTAX K-3 II.

Approach 1:
Highly dependable, responsive coreless motors are installed to drive the mirror and shutter mechanisms. Light sensors monitor the position of the cam gears driven by these motors with great precision, assuring more accurate control of the drive and stop points of these mechanisms during high-speed continuous shooting.

Approach 2:
The weight of the entire main mirror unit has been reduced to minimize collision energy, while a new damper mechanism instantly stops the mirror action to reduce mirror bounce. The sub-mirror’s drive and stop mechanism also features a new design to optimize mirror action and reduce mirror bounce.



NEW: SAFOX 13 AF system with 101 focus points

The number of focus points in the PENTAX K-3 Mark III have been increased to 101, from 27 in the PENTAX K-3 II. The AF area also has been greatly expanded. Of 41 user-selectable points,* 25 are cross-type sensors. This high-density AF system enhances the flexibility of image composition, while optimizing focusing accuracy on the subject. Since its middle focus point is designed to detect an F2.8 luminance flux, the camera assures super-high-precision focusing when using a bright lens with an open aperture of F2.8 or larger.
*The number of selectable points may vary depending on the mounted lens.

High-precision AF operation at -4EV illumination
Since the camera’s F2.8-sensitive light sensor operates even at -4EV illumination, it assures remarkable imaging power for dimly lit subjects when using a lens with an F2.8 luminance flux.

Outstanding image tracking performance
The camera features a new, high-capacity RGBIr image sensor with approximately 307,000 pixels, to provide more accurate tracking of subjects in motion or slight movement than previous models. It assures outstanding image tracking performance by correlating and assessing the data delivered by the tightly positioned AF focus points.



AF area selection
The PENTAX K-3 Mark III provides a choice of the AF area from Auto Area, Zone Select, Select, Expanded Select Area (S, M or L), Select (S) and Spot. A newly installed AF point selector lever makes it easier to intuitively select the optimum focus point. Since the camera displays the selected AF coverage area and the selected AF focus point in the viewfinder window, you can adjust the image composition and select the focus point simultaneously.

High-precision AF operation at -4EV illumination
Since the camera’s F2.8-sensitive light sensor operates even at -4EV illumination, it assures remarkable imaging power for dimly lit subjects when using a lens with an F2.8 luminance flux.

Outstanding image tracking performance
The camera features a new, high-capacity RGBIr image sensor with approximately 307,000 pixels, to provide more accurate tracking of subjects in motion or slight movement than previous models. It assures outstanding image tracking performance by correlating and assessing the data delivered by the tightly positioned AF focus points.

High-precision continuous shooting in AF.C mode
The camera’s continuous autofocus (AF.C) mode allows you to maintain sharp focus on a subject, regardless of direction of motion. An improved motion prediction algorism accurately detects the subject’s complex movement, which was rather difficult to predict with previous models. It also reduces the effect of the unstable motion speed and irregular stops and restarts, as well as the effect of obstacles.

SR II’s Panning mode
The camera’s in-body SR II mechanism provides an independent Panning mode. Thanks to the SR II's improved operation, you can move the camera in a slow panning motion to capture distant, slow-moving subjects, whose motion was difficult to detect with conventional cameras. Since the camera allows you to switch the SR II’s mode between OFF and AUTO with a single push of the SR button, you can react quickly and effortlessly to a change of scene or subject.



Always keep the PENTAX K-3 Mark III handy, whenever you want to capture an image

Compact body

In developing the PENTAX K-3 Mark III, PENTAX focused especially on superb handling and easy carrying — the most prominent features associated with APS-C-format SLR cameras. While making many functional improvements over the PENTAX K-3 II, PENTAX kept the width and height at the same dimensions as the PENTAX K-3 II, while reducing the depth (the space between the lens mount and the LCD monitor surface) by approximately 2.5mm. This slim design allows for a greater protrusion of the viewfinder eyepiece to make image-viewing easier, while realizing PENTAX’s design concept of a compact body size and easy viewfinder photography.

NEW: All-surface magnesium-alloy body

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III’s top, bottom, front and rear panels are all made of magnesium alloy. This lightweight, high-rigidity material not only protects the camera’s internal mechanisms from shock and vibration, but also creates the look of a solid, high-grade camera body.

NEW: Highly durable shutter unit

Installed in the camera body, the extra-durable shutter unit withstands a total of 300,000 shutter release actions at a speed of 12 images per second,* contributing to an improvement in continuous shooting speed and an increase in the number of recordable images.
*Measured under RICOH in-house testing standards.

Dustproof, weather-resistant construction

Both the camera body and the optional D-BG8 Battery Grip are designed to be dustproof and weather-resistant to prevent the intrusion of dust and water. When an AW- or WR-series lens is mounted,* they form a highly airtight imaging system that assures dependable performance even in adverse weather conditions.
*AW stands for All Weather; WR stands for Weather Resistant.

Excellent cold-resistant performance down to -10°C

Anticipating use in low-temperature locations, PENTAX has subjected the camera to exacting environmental tests at temperatures as low as -10°C*, while assessing the performance of its mechanisms and electronical circuits and measuring the precision of optical components.
*Battery performance declines as the temperature goes down. When shooting in low-temperature environments, the user is advised to carry spare batteries and keep them warm by storing them in an inside pocket.

Dual SD-card slot

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III provides a pair of SD card slots. One of the slot conform to the UHS-II standard for high-speed data writing operation. You can save data files on two separate memory cards, with a choice of recording modes: Sequential, Duplicate and RAW/JPEG Separation. You can also copy images for transfer between the two cards.

DR II (Dust Removal II) mechanism

By applying ultrasonic vibrations generated by a piezoelectric element to the optical glass plate in front of the image sensor, this mechanism effectively removes dust particles from the image sensor surface, and prevents annoying dust spots from appearing on captured images.

Outdoor-friendly monitor with the Night Vision Display function

The camera features an outdoor-friendly LCD monitor whose brightness level can be easily adjusted to the desired level: make it brighter during outdoor shooting in sunshine, or dimmer during nighttime photography. This monitor also provides a Night Vision Display function, which minimizes eye strain or fatigue after the photographer’s eyes have become accustomed to a dark location during nighttime shooting, such as astronomical photography.



Greatly advanced camera usability

4K movies

NEW: 4K movie recording

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III captures 4K-resolution movie clips (3840 x 2160 pixels; 30 or 24 frames per second). The camera’s touch-screen panel makes it easy to select movie-recording functions and exposure settings, while the SR II mechanism provides its shake-compensation effect for movie recording.



Wireless LAN

By installing the dedicated Image Sync application* in your mobile device, you can use a variety of wireless LAN functions, including transfer of images captured by the camera (an automatic image transfer function is available when the wireless LAN connection is activated) and an automatic resizing function to reduce the image size for transfer. These function make saving and using captured images easier and more flexible. This application also provides remote control of camera functions using your mobile device.
*Image Sync can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store (for iOS) or Google Play™ (for Android™).
*Access the RICOH IMAGING official website or contact a RICOH customer service center for compatible operating systems.

Compatibility with Bluetooth Low Energy

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III is compatible with Bluetooth 4.2 for transferring the position data detected by a mobile device to the camera via Image Sync and recording it on a captured image, making it simple to organize images captured in the field.



Menu Operation

NEW: Menu Design

The menu has been completely revised for the K-3 Mark III. With the new arrangement of the menu options, their position in the menu has also changed. For all Pentax photographers who already shoot with a PENTAX DSLR, we have compared the K-3 Mark III menu with the menu of the following cameras:

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USB recharging system    
The camera features a USB Type-C terminal for battery recharging using a USB power charger (standard accessory), personal computer or portable battery. You can also recharge the camera from an electric outlet using the optional K-AC166 AC Adapter.

D-BG8 Battery Grip
When installed on the camera body, the optional D-BG8 Battery Grip assures a firmer hold of the camera during vertical-position shooting, while greatly increasing the number of recordable images. You can recharge this battery grip using the camera’s USB terminal, without removing it from the camera. You can even choose the order of recharge between the camera and the battery grip for efficient battery management. Comfortable vertical-position shooting
The optional D-GB8 Battery Grip features a Smart Function button, Smart Function dial and AF point selector lever identical to those of the camera body, making vertical-position operation just as comfortable as a horizontal-position setup. It also features the same dustproof, weather-resistant construction as the camera itself, assuring outstanding, environment-resisting performance.


Digital Camera Utility™ 5

Included in the product package, this software lets you develop RAW-format images, and also save, edit and organize images recorded in JPEG or TIFF format. Supported by the acclaimed SILKYPIX® image development engine, it provides high-speed RAW-data development and a range of image-editing tools to apply desired finishing touches to captured images.


Main window structure(Browser mode)

1) Navigation panel
2) Control panel (image data)
3) Control panel (shooting data)
4) Control panel (copyright information)


Main window structure(Laboratory mode)

1) Control panel (shooting data and history)
2) Control panel (image data and site map)
3) Control panel (Custom Image, white balance and exposure/tone)
4) Control panel (lens aberration compensation, noise reduction and rotation/shift)


A selection of functions to expand your photographic creativity

With the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit mounted,* the PENTAX K-3 Mark III captures beautiful images of celestial bodies without the need for an equatorial platform. Based on the data obtained by the GPS unit, it calculates the movement of celestial bodies with great accuracy, then shifts the image sensor in synchronization with their motion. Since it captures stars without a streaking effect even during extended exposures, you can record faint stars as sharp points.
*The GPS unit must be calibrated before shooting.

Depth-of-field Bracketing and Motion Bracketing
By automatically shifting the aperture and shutter-speed settings, these creative tools produce a set of three images with a different level of bokeh or motion effects.

Clarity Control and Skin Tone Correction
The Clarity Control function lets you control subject texture or image clarity by effectively adjusting the smoothness of the subject's surface. For instance, it emphasizes the glossy texture of metals, or the transparency of a crystal-clear sky or splashing water. The Skin Tone Correction function automatically recreates the natural texture and healthy tone of the subject’s skin, without affecting high-resolution images of the hair and clothes or the background.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)
For a scene with extreme highlights and shadows, the camera produces a single composite image without any washed-out or pitch-black areas. Since the camera retains captured images as a single RAW-format file, you can choose the degree of the HDR effect, or turn this function off, during the development of RAW-format images.

Multiple exposure
The camera's Multi-exposure mode creates a single composite image from multiple images, while you select the desired synthesis mode from Average, Additive and Comparative Brightness.

Interval Shooting and Interval Composite
The Interval Shooting function automatically captures a number of images at a user-selected interval. The Interval Composite function is a creative tool that synthesizes multiple images captured by the Interval Shooting function into a single composite image.

A range of image-editing tools
The PENTAX K-3 Mark III features a variety of convenient creative tools to edit captured images, including: Composition Adjustment for flexible trimming of an image (with a choice of an aspect ratio and the adjustment of the image’s tilt); Level Correction; and White Balance Control. The camera also provides a choice of 18 digital filters (or 11 filters during shooting) to add a unique visual effect to a captured image. You can apply as many as seven filters to a single image.

AF customization
With the PENTAX K-3 Mark III, you can select the desired set of AF modes and functions based on the subject’s motion, or the prevailing photographic conditions.

Auto Horizon Correction and Composition Adjustment
Taking advantage of the SR mechanism, the camera provides the Auto Horizon Correction function to automatically compensate for the image’s horizontal tilt, and the Fine Composition Adjustment function to correct slight tilts — horizontally, vertically and in rotational directions.

Lens Correction
In addition to compensating for distortion, vignetting at the edges, and lateral chromatic aberration caused by specific lens properties, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III compensates for the drop in resolving power caused by diffraction, which results from capturing an image at closed-down aperture.

In-body RAW data development
The PENTAX K-3 Mark III provides in-body development of RAW-format image files, and saves them as separate JPEG- or TIFF- files. You can add a desired visual effect or finishing touch to a captured image by compensating for lens properties, adjusting white balance and controlling various parameters of the Custom Image modes.

Other noteworthy features:

• Live View (LV) shooting functions
• ±5EV exposure compensation
• Digital Level


A line-up of APS-C-exclusive lenses

PENTAX provides a wide selection of interchangeable lenses exclusively designed for APS-C-format cameras, including: the Limited series, which demonstrates the lens designer’s sensibilities unaccountable by numerical values and captures a true-to-life ambience; and the Star (★) series, which is developed through the pursuit of ultimate optical performance, and with a goal to captivate the photographer by delivering breathtaking image rendition. Unrivalled in operability and portability, PENTAX lenses come in many types —from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto — to meet every demand made by photographers.


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Product specifications

Technical specification



Camera-Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
Compatible Lens KAF4, KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible), KAF, KA mount lens




Image Sensor Primary color filter, CMOS. Size: 23.3 x 15.5 (mm) (APS-C)
Effective Pixels Approx. 25.73 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 26.78 megapixels
(Standard output)
ISO AUTO/200 to 1600000 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV)
Image Stabilizer Sensor-shift shake reduction (SRII: Shake Reduction)(5-axis)
AA Filter Simulator Moiré reduction using SR unit. OFF/Type1/Type2/Bracketing(2 images)/Bracketing (3 images)
Dust Removal Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II"



File format RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Recorded Pixels JPEG:L(26M:6192x4128)、M(15M:4752x3168)、S(9M:3648x2432)、XS(2M:1920x1280)
Quality Level RAW (14bit): PEF, DNG
JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good), RAW + JPEG simultaneous capturing available
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage Medium SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Cards UHS-1/UHS-II compatible (UHS-II is only available for the memory card inserted in the SD1 slot.)
Dual SD slot Sequential Use, Save to Both, Separate RAW/JPEG, Image copy between slots possible
Storage Folder Folder Name: Date (100_1018,101_1019...) or User assigned folder name (Default "PENTX")
Recording File File Name: "IMGP****" or User assigned file name
File name numbering: Sequential, Reset





Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Finder
Coverage (FOV) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.05x (50mmF1.4 at infinity)
Eye-Relief Length Approx. 20.5mm (from the view window), Approx. 22mm (from the center of lens)
Diopter Adjustment Approx. -4m to + 1m-1
Focusing Screen Fixed Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen
Viewfinder Overlay AF Points, Grid Display, Electronic Level, AF Frame, Spot Metering Frame, Crop, Smart Function, Operation Control Lock





Type of Live View TTL method using image sensor
Focusing Mechanism Contrast detection (Face detection, Tracking, Multiple AF points, Select, Spot)
Focus Peaking: ON/OFF, Face detection, Touch AF
Display Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (up to 16x),
Grid Display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display, Square 1, Square 2, Grid Color: Black/White ), Histogram, Bright area warning, Composition Adjustment





Monitor Type  Wide viewing angle TFT color LCD, Air-gapless glass. 
Touch Screen standard Capacitive sensing method
Size 3.2 inch (aspect ratio 3:2)
Dots Approx. 1620K dots
Adjustment Brightness, Saturation and Colors adjustable
Outdoor View Setting Adjustable ±2 step
Night Vision LCD Display ON/OFF



White Balance


Type of White Balance  Method using a combination of the image sensor and the light source detection sensor
Light temperature - presets AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, CTE, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Fine Adjustment Adjustable ±14 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis





Type of AF-System TTL: Phase-matching autofocus
Focus Sensor SAFOX 13, 101 point (25 cross type focus points)
Brightness Range EV-4 to 18 (ISO 200 / at normal temperature)
*-4 EV is only available for AF points that support F2.8 light flux when an F2.8-light-flux compatible lens is attached.
AF Mode Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C)
AF Point Selection Auto Area, Zone Select, Select, Expanded Area(S, M, L), Select(S), Spot
AF Assist Light Dedicated LED AF assist light






Type of Metering System TTL open aperture metering using 307K pixel RGBIr sensor, Multi-segment, Center-weighted and Spot metering
Metering Range EV-3 to 20 (ISO200 at 50mm F1.4)
Exposure Mode Scene Analyze Auto, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync Speed, USER1, USER2, USER3, USER4, USER5
Program line AUTO, Normal, Hi-speed Priority, DOF Priority (Deep), DOF Priority (Shallow), MTF Priority
EV Compensation ±5EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps can be selected)
AE Lock Button type (timer type: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting);
Continuous as long as the shutter button is halfway pressed




Shutter-Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
* Electronic shutter when using Pixel Shift Resolution
Shutter Speed Auto:1/8000 to 30 sec., Manual:1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb (Timed exposure setting possible from 1 sec. to 20min.)
LV Electronic Shutter ON/OFF





Mode Selection Single Frame, Continuous (H, M, L), Bracketing (2, 3 or 5 frames), Depth of Field Bracketing, Motion Bracketing, Mirror-up, Multi-Exposure(Average/Additive/Bright), Interval Shooting, Interval Composite
Max. approx. 12 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to approx. 37 frames, RAW: up to approx. 32 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 30 frames
Max. approx. 7.0 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous M): up to approx. 60 frames, RAW: up to approx. 37 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 33 frames
Max. approx. 2.5 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous L): up to approx. 90 frames, RAW: up to approx. 39 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 37 frames
* The number of images captured in the continuous shooting mode is an approximate figure, tested at a sensitivity of ISO 200. The number may vary depending on the type of memory card used and/or the photographic conditions.
* The continuous shooting speed may decrease depending on the type of lens used and/or the aperture, shutter speed and sensitivity selected by the user.
* A certain amount of time is required for the playback of images captured in the continuous shooting mode. The time required may vary depending on the number of captured images and/or the recording format.
Multi-Exposure Composite Mode(Additive/Average/Bright)
Number of Shots(2 to 2000 images)
[Interval Shooting]
Interval: 2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min.・1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 2 to 2000 images, Start Interval: Now/Self-timer/Remote Control/Set Time

[Interval Composite]
Interval: 2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min.・1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 2 to 2000 images, Start Interval: Now/Self-timer/Remote Control/Set Time, Composite Mode: Additive/Average/Bright, Save Process: On/Off





Flash Modes Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
* Contrast-control-sync and High-speed sync requires 2 or more dedicated external flash
Sync Speed 1/200sec.

Flash Exposure 






Custom Image Auto Select, Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Flat, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing (more Options by Firmware update available
Cross Process Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3
Digital Filter Extract Color, Replace Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Grainy Monochrome
Clarity Adjustable ±4 step
Skin Tone Type1/Type2
HDR Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Advanced HDR, Exposure bracket value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function
Pixel Shift
Available, Motion Correction ON/OFF, Image Stabilization On
Lens Correction Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction
Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Noise Reduction Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR
Horizon Correction SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 2 degrees
Adjustment range of ±1.5mm up, down, left or right (±1mm when rotated); Rotating range of ±1 degree
Electronic Level Displayed in viewfinder (Horizontal and vertical); Displayed on LCD monitor (Horizontal and vertical)




File Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(MOV
Recorded Pixels 4K(3840x2160, 30p/24p)
Full HD(1920x1080, 60p/30p/24p)
Sound Built-in stereo microphone, external microphone (Stereo recording compatible) Recording Sound Level adjustable, Wind Noise Reduction
Recording Time Up to 25 minutes or 4GB ; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
White Balance AUTO WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, CTE,
Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Custom Images Auto Select, Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Flat, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Cross Processing Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3.
Digital Filter Extract Color, Replace Color, Retro, High Contrast, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome





Playback View Single frame, Multi-image display (20, 48, 70 segmentation), Display magnification (up to 16, 100% display, quick zoom and Focus Magnification available), Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale, Square(L), Square(S), Grid Color: Black/Gray/White), Rotating, Histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), Bright area warning, Auto Image Rotation, Detailed information, Copyright information (Photographer, Copyright holder), GPS information (latitude, longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time) , Orientation, Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display
Digital Filter Base Parameter Adj, Extract Color, Replace Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Grainy Monochrome, Miniature, Soft, Fish-eye, Slim, Monochrome, Frame Composite
RAW Development RAW file select:
Select Single Image, Select Multiple Images, Select a folder, Select a shooting date

RAW Development Parameter:
White Balance, Custom Image, Sensitivity, Digital filter, Clarity, Skin Tone, HDR, Pixel Shift Resolution, Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Corr., Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction, Color Fringe Correction, High-ISO Noise Reduction, Shadow Correction, File Format (JPEG/TIFF), JPEG Recorded Pixels, JPEG Quality, Aspect Ratio, Color Space
Edit Protect, Image Rotation, Image Copy, File Transfer, Save RAW Data in buffer memory, Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available),
Levels Adjustment, WB Adjustment, Color Moiré Correction, Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie
Delete Single image, All images, Selected images, Folder, Images on the selected shooting date, Instant review image





USER Mode Up to 5 settings can be saved
Custom Functions 26 items
Mode Memory 17 items
Fx1 Button, Fx2 Button (One Push File Format, Outdoor View Setting, Flash Mode, Pixel Shift Resolution, Shake Reduction, Horizon Correction, Electronic Level) AF Button (AF1/ AF2/ Cancel AF)
Preview Dial (Optical Preview/Digital Preview)
Various settings for the action of the e-dials in each exposure mode can also be saved.
World Time World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)
Language English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
AF Fine
±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)
Names of "Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file.
Revision history can be checked using the provided software.





Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90
AC Adapter AC Adapter Kit K-AC168E (Optional)
Battery Life Number of recordable images: Approx.: 800 images
Playback time: Approx. 250 minutes
* With a fully-recharged Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery. Tested in compliance with CIPA standard.
Actual results may vary depending on the shooting condition.





Connection Port USB Terminal(USB Type-C), External cable switch terminal(2.5mm diameter), X-sync socket, HDMI output terminal (Type D) , Stereo microphone input terminal, Headphone terminal
USB Connection USB 3.2 Gen1, Data Transfer: MTP/CD-ROM, Battery Recharge/Power Supply (Optional AC Adapter required)





WLAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
(Center Frequency)
2412MHz~2462MHz (1ch~11ch)
Security Authentication: WPA2, Encryption: AES





Transfer Protocol Bluetooth® v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy)
(Center Frequency)






Dimensions Approx. 134.5mm (W) x103.5mm (H) x 73.5mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 820g (Including dedicated battery and SD Memory Card),
Approx. 735g (body only)




Temperature -10°C~40°C (14°F~104°F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)






OS Windows 10 (FCU/CU)(32bit/64bit) / Windows 8.1 (32bit/64bit) 
CPU Intel Core 5 Duo or higher
RAM 8GB or more
Free Disk Space Program installation and start-up: 100 MB or more of available space
Image file saving: Approximately 15 MB per file (JPEG) / approximately 50MB (RAW)
Monitor 1280 x 1024 dots, 24 bit full-color or more



OS macOS 11.0 Big Sur, macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, macOS 10.12 Sierra
CPU Intel Core i5 or higher
RAM 8GB or more
Free Disk Space Program installation and start-up: 100 MB or more of available space
Image file saving: Approximately 15 MB per file (JPEG) / approximately 50MB (RAW)
Monitor 1280 x 1024 dots, 24 bit full-color or more

* The operating system must be pre-installed in the computer, and updated to the latest version.

  The system requirements above do not necessarily gurantee proper operation with all computers.



STORAGE CAPACITY (based on 8 GB memory card)


Recorded Pixels 6192 x 4128 px
Quality Level PEF    
Images 141    



Recorded Pixels L - 26MP - 6192 x 4128px
Quality Level ★★★ ★★
Images 495 1120 2190


Recorded Pixels M - 15MP - 4752 x 3168px
Quality Level ★★★ ★★
Images 837 1872 3607


Recorded Pixels S - 9MP - 3648 x 2432px
Quality Level ★★★ ★★
Images 1401 3105 5840


Recorded Pixels XS - 2MP - 1920 x 1280px
Quality Level ★★★ ★★
Images 4717 9812 16353



<Movie recording>


Recorded Pixels 4K (3840 x 2160px)
  30p 24 p
Time (approx.) 00:08′39″ 00:10′46″


Recorded Pixels Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  60p 60p 24p
Time (approx.) 00:12′17″ 00:12′17″ 00:29′56″

[Hours : Minutes' Seconds'']

* You can record up to 25 min. or 4GB movie for one shooting.
* ‘Testing your camera’ refers to confirmed operation by RICOH IMAGING, and is intended for customer convenience but is not a guarantee by RICOH IMAGING to the customer.
* Use a high-speed SD memory card when recording movies. If the writing speed cannot keep up with the recording speed, writing may be interrupted during recording.


Article Codes

Black Body 01050
Silver Body 01072




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