PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome + HD PENTAX-DA16-50mmF2.8ED PLM AW
PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome + HD PENTAX-DA16-50mmF2.8ED PLM AW €3.599,99 €3.299,99
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PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome + HD PENTAX-DA16-50mmF2.8ED PLM AW

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The PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome 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. The HD PENTAX-DA16-50mmF2.8ED PLM AW


is a Star-series lens, assuring high-contrast, high-resolution imaging even at image edges, and delivering clear, crisp images with minimal aberrations

PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome + HD PENTAX-DA 21mmF3.2AL Limited

Distinguishing features of the PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome

Monochrome-specific CMOS image sensor

Returning to the starting point of photography: capture images with light and shadow

Monochrome (or black-and-white) photography is the origin of photographic expression. Without color data, monochrome can more clearly depict the form and texture of a subject using light, shadow and the in-between gradations. This means that the photographer can create images that are more impressive and persuasive.

For users who want to master monochrome photography, the PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome features an image sensor specifically designed to capture monochrome images only. By designing the camera solely for the purpose of monochrome photography, each pixel detects brightness data of the light coming through the lens. The obtained data is then directly converted to compose an image.

Typical color image sensors are designed to receive light passing through red (R), green (G) and blue (B) color filters, so each pixel detects only one color data component. To compose a monochrome image, color sensors must convert color data into monochromatic data by interpolating the obtained color data while using adjacent areas of the image field as a reference.

Since a monochrome-specific image sensor can faithfully reflect the brightness data obtained by each pixel in the image — without the interpolation process — the photographer can create extra-fine monochromatic expression, in an image high in resolution and rich in gradation.

Image quality exclusively designed for monochrome photography

Image quality has been re-evaluated and redesigned to optimize the imaging characteristics of the monochrome-specific image sensor. Unlike a color sensor that requires the interpolation process, each pixel of the monochrome-specific image sensor corresponds precisely to each pixel in the resulting image. The result is minimal deterioration of the data obtained, and optimal visual expression. To optimize these advantages, the imaging process has been completely restructured to assure highly sensitive expression with a natural bokeh (defocus) effect, rich gradation and extra-fine sharpness — an image only the monochrome-specific image sensor can deliver.
Left Image: Captured with K-3 Mark III Monochrome / Right Image: Captured with  K-3 Mark III   -  Aperture: 5.6; Shutter speed: 1/20 sec.; ISO: 200

The image captured with the K-3 Mark III Monochrome more clearly and sharply depicts each strand of the thread. The gradation from highlight to shadow is also smoother and more consistent.

Monochrome-specific Custom Image

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome features three Custom Image modes exclusively designed for the monochrome-specific image sensor: Standard, Hard and Soft. Each mode provides minute adjustment of parameters such as tone, key, contrast and sharpness. This allows the photographer to personalize images for the desired finishing touch.


Exterior design signifying the monochrome

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome provides white backlight illumination on the LCD data panel positioned on its upper panel, while featuring the Monochrome lettering printed on the upper-left shoulder of the back panel. The camera’s User Interface menu features a black-and-white color scheme as default, while the SR (Shake Reduction) badge is finished in silver. The icons printed on buttons and switches across the camera’s exterior are finished in three shades of gray to assist the users with their camera operation. All in all, the concept of monochrome photography is evident throughout the camera body.

Other notable features

Minimum ISO setting at 200

Since the monochrome-specific image sensor is free of the colour filters that cause a loss of light, it can take in more light. This allows the camera's minimum ISO to be set at 200.

 Fx button

Unlike full-color photography, in which color reproduction varies depending on the light source (or color temperature), monochrome photography doesn’t require white balance control. In the PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome, the white balance button of the PENTAX K-3 Mark III is replaced with the Fx (function) button.

 In-body shake reduction mechanism

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome incorporates an advanced SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which lets the photographer use all types of lenses — from the latest to vintage — and to capture sharp, blur-free images while optimizing the distinctive visual expression of each lens.


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The PENTAX K-3 Mark III standard features -
ring more excitement to the photographic process.

The new model’s design is based on the PENTAX K-3 Mark III — the flagship model of PENTAX’s APS-C-format series that integrates remarkable imaging performance and a host of advanced features in a compact, durable body — while adding a new, monochrome-specific image sensor. 

High-performance viewfinder

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

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III features 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

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.

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-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.


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 several 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.



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

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

Back-illuminated monochrome CMOS imaging sensor with approximately 25.7 megapixels

The image quality produced by the original PENTAX K-3 Mark III was thoroughly re-evaluated and totally redesigned to optimize the imaging characteristics of the new monochrome-specific image sensor. The result is highly sensitive expression with a natural bokeh (defocus) effect, rich gradation and extra-fine sharpness — an image only the monochrome-specific image sensor can deliver. 


PRIME V imaging engine and second-generation accelerator unit

To optimize the quality of monochromatic images, the camera incorporates a monochrome-specific, APS-C-format CMOS image sensor free of an AA (anti-aliasing) filter with approximately 25.73 effective megapixels. Typical color image sensors are designed to receive light passing through red (R), green (G) and blue (B) color filters, so each pixel detects only one color-data component. To compose a monochrome image, color sensors must convert color data into monochromatic data by interpolating the color data they collect. The new monochrome-specific image sensor, however, can faithfully reflect the brightness data obtained by each pixel in the image — without the interpolation process — to produce extra-fine monochromatic expression, in images high in resolution and rich in gradation. 


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.


A selection of monochrome-specific finishing touches 

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome provides three Custom Image modes exclusively designed for monochrome photography to provide distinctive finishing touches. In addition to Standard mode, it also provides Hard mode to produce high-contrast images, and Soft mode to create high-key, low-contrast images. Each mode provides minute adjustment of parameters such as tone, key, contrast and sharpness. This allows the photographer to personalize their images with the desired finishing touch. 


SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism

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.


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, 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.



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.


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.

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 movie recording

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III captures 4K-resolution movie clips (3840 x 2160 pixels; 30 or 24 frames per second) in monochrome. 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.


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 
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. 

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


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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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