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10-07-2013, 03:00 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Pentax K-3 Officially Announced (See our detailed preview here!)

Well, it's finally here! Pentax has just officially announced the K-3, a 24-megapixel DSLR featuring all-new hardware and the best specs of any Pentax camera to date.

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  • 24-megapixels
  • No AA filter, but the SR mechanism can be used to simulate it if desired
  • 8.3 FPS shooting up to 60 frames at full resolution
  • 27-point AF
  • 60 FPS 1080i video with full manual controls and H.264 format
  • Wireless tethering support
  • 200,000-frame shutter life
  • 0.95x viewfinder and 3.2" LCD
  • $1299
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10-07-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
I have secured an exclusive deal for PF members who pre-order the K-3 at B&H: all kits will include a free 32Gb SD card as well as a spare battery.
Thanks, Adam! Great work, as always!
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Nothing about the new image processor? Prime III? D7100 does 1080p at 60 fps so the K-3 must have a weaker processor? AFAIK the sony 24mp chip in the Nex-7 a77 also has the same dimensions and 24.71 mp.

Edit: dpreview says prime 3 and probably a toshiba sensor.

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Well OK then,
I am impressed !

Maybe I will buy my first smaller sensor aps-c dslr since K20D I bought new in 2008.

I didn't notice, does K-3 use a Sony Manufactured Sensor ?

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Well OK then,
I am impressed !

Maybe I will buy my first smaller sensor aps-c dslr since K20D I bought new in 2008.

I didn't notice, does K-3 use a Sony Manufactured Sensor ?
It's a toshiba sensor I believe, same one that's in the D7100 and D5200.

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The specs look great The AF array looks good with the 4 corners covered and the nice big buffer. If they had a 100-400mm I would be really tempted.
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The specs look great The AF array looks good with the 4 corners covered and the nice big buffer. If they had a 100-400mm I would be really tempted.
With the crop sensor, the DA* 60-250 is essentially a 100-400, and it's constant f/4 and sharp as hell across the board.

Also, this camera looks rad.
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great! And even great the other forum (dpreview) also has a preview, finally more effort is put in marketing it seems ;-)

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Thanks for posting.

QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
It's a toshiba sensor I believe, same one that's in the D7100 and D5200.
Do you have any information about this, or it's just a supposition?
By the way, that Toshiba sensor is not "capable of outperforming the K-5/D7000's old 16-megapixel chip in all areas".
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
By the way, that Toshiba sensor is not "capable of outperforming the K-5/D7000's old 16-megapixel chip in all areas".
Do you have any information about this, or it's just a supposition?
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Thanks for posting.


Do you have any information about this, or it's just a supposition?
By the way, that Toshiba sensor is not "capable of outperforming the K-5/D7000's old 16-megapixel chip in all areas".
Less noise (scaled), more DR, more resolution, faster burst- I don't follow The sample pics will prove it. The difference, however, won't be as massive as K-7 to K-5.

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Nothing about the new image processor? Prime III? D7100 does 1080p at 60 fps so the K-3 must have a weaker processor? AFAIK the sony 24mp chip in the Nex-7 a77 also has the same dimensions and 24.71 mp.

Edit: dpreview says prime 3 and probably a toshiba sensor.
The D7100 can't do 1080p/60, only 1080p/30 and 720p/60. The K-3 can do 1080i/60, which is the highest resolution/framerate supported by DVD's currently (AFAIK).

There's a big difference between 1080p and 1080i as far as processing power is concerned, so that's why the K-3 can do 60 FPS I think.

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K-3 with 18-135 ordered. I'll have it by 10:00 AM on 16 November.
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K-3 with 18-135 ordered. I'll have it by 10:00 AM on 16 November.
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Looks pretty amazing to me. I really like the launch price of 1299 -- previous flagship APS-C cameras have launched at 1500. I will definitely replace one of my K5s with one of these before too long.
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