Pentax K-3 III Release Delayed Past CP+ 2021

Supply chain issues mean the camera can't be released on schedule

By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Feb 18, 2021
Pentax K-3 III Release Delayed Past CP+ 2021

When Ricoh officially revealed the key specifications of the highly anticipated Pentax K-3 III flagship DSLR, it provided a tentative release date in late February 2021, coinciding with the virtual CP+ 2021 trade show.

Unfortunately, today Ricoh announced a delay to the camera's release because "product parts are delayed": likely a supply chain issue related to the pandemic.  Although a new release date estimate was not provided, the company promised an update in the near future.  This means that the wait for photographers who have been eagerly awaiting this camera isn't quite over yet.

Despite this delay, it appears that the design and specifications of the camera have been finalized.  We have previously gone hands-on with the K-3 III and can report that the latest iteration of the camera's firmware feels production-ready and is far more refined than earlier prototypes.  There will be a virtual touch-and-try event over Zoom (likely in Japanese only) for CP+ attendees interested in a personalized Q&A session about the camera.

In the meantime, don't miss the K-3 III's full specifications, as well as the teaser content released by Ricoh over the past several months.

Press Release

Development update regarding the PENTAX's new APS-C-format digital SLR flagship camera,
PENTAX K-3 Mark III (second report)

RICOH COMPANY, LTD. and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. sincerely appreciates your support and patronage of PENTAX products.

We would like to present a progress report on the development of the PENTAX K-3 Mark III, the PENTAX's new APS-C-format digital SLR flagship camera, whose development was first announced to the public on October 27, 2020.

Although it was initially announced that this camera would be launched on the market around the world premiere show "CP + 2021" of cameras and photographic images, scheduled to be held from February 25 to 28, 2021.

As some of the product parts are delayed, and we have determined that development will require a greater amount of time for us to achieve the exceptional performance and finest quality that is the hallmark of next aps-c flagship model.

We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause, and ask for your kind understanding of our development efforts.


• Product name: PENTAX K-3 Mark III
• Launch date:
Initially announced market launch date: The launch target is around the period of the CP+ camera exhibition, which will be held from February 25 to 28 in 2021.
Revised market launch date (forecast): We will inform you again in the near future.

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