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06-18-2015, 05:35 AM   #1
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K3 or K3ii

I have a k20d and some prime and zoom lenses. I started looking for a smaller camera to take on an overseas trip. However, cost of good quality 16Mp compact camera is quite high. I am now thinking I can take the k20 with a 40mm pancake lens on the trip and buy a k3 to upgrade my system. Is the K3ii worth the extra $?

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depends on your needs...
on-board Flash?
Pixel Shift?
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For me, yes. As long as the GPS works as well as the OGPS module anyway. That's for my field research work. I'd like to upgrade for all the things the K3 and K3II have in common, the additional K3II features pixel-shift, improved autofocus are bonus. Removing the filter is very attractive, as is the double SD card slot feature.

If you're looking for a general use camera I don't know if the K3II is worth the extra money, but it's what I'd go for.
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What if you bought both?

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Like others have said - depends on what your after.

I would have absolutely loved the inbuilt GPS after my recent trip camping and hiking through national parks. My K3 didn't fit into my bag with the module attached, so despite me bringing it along it didn't get used.

The double-slot SD card was also very useful - I saved RAW to one card and JPEG to the other. I downloaded the JPEG's onto my iPad every few days just for general viewing, Facebook and emails to my mum and then had the raw files for when I got home and get could get them into Lightroom on my macbook.
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If I was buying today, the K3ii would be worth it. I never use the built-in flash (I always attach my Metz if I need flash) but I would absolutely use the GPS
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QuoteOriginally posted by jrpower10 Quote
If I was buying today, the K3ii would be worth it. I never use the built-in flash (I always attach my Metz if I need flash) but I would absolutely use the GPS
Me too, in fact I thinking of selling a bunch of stuff to upgrade from a K-3 to a K-3ii.
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The K3 II does not cost much more than the K3 so unless you must have a pop up flash its a no brainer.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pentasonic49 Quote
The K3 II does not cost much more than the K3 so unless you must have a pop up flash its a no brainer.
But why behave like a brainless consumer and spend even one cent more if the difference is not important for you?
Not much more is perceived differently relative to your income and priorities ... it's more than what you can get for a k20d right now for example.
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Thanks for responses so far. I don't have much need for a built in GPS or the astrotracking. I also mainly use off camera strobes so the flash isn't an issue either. However, if may be handy when travelling for the family snaps. The pixel shift on the K-3ii may be useful but I believe it won't work for landscapes if there is wind or water flowing. Is this correct? Is the AF on the K-3ii much better than the K-3? The AF on the K20D can be abysmal in low light.
And, now to make the decision harder the FF is coming.
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I was interested to read about the 'diffraction correction' feature on the K3ii ... Not something I've heard mention of until today, and I don't think its on the standard K3?



Anyway, for landscapes it sounds very appealing ... With telezooms in particular, when using a tripod, I often find myself limiting my aperture to f11 or 13. This correction is supposed to allow shooting at f22 while retaining f11 equivalent IQ!



Sounds like something well worth a bit extra.
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The K3ii is designed for macro (pixel-shift) and astrophotography (gps) in mind. For all other purposes the K3 will do just fine (the AF improvements are mostly implemented in 3d tracking of moving objects and shouldn't make much difference in real world scenarios)
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QuoteOriginally posted by mcgregni Quote
I was interested to read about the 'diffraction correction' feature on the K3ii ... Not something I've heard mention of until today, and I don't think its on the standard K3?
Diffraction correction was added to the K-3 with firmware 1.10.
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Just Google K3 II, there are some comparisons between the two K3 variants.
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K-3 Diffraction Correction

QuoteOriginally posted by mcgregni Quote
I was interested to read about the 'diffraction correction' feature on the K3ii ... Not something I've heard mention of until today, and I don't think its on the standard K3?



Anyway, for landscapes it sounds very appealing ... With telezooms in particular, when using a tripod, I often find myself limiting my aperture to f11 or 13. This correction is supposed to allow shooting at f22 while retaining f11 equivalent IQ!



Sounds like something well worth a bit extra.
To the contrary the K-3 has had diffraction correction since FW update 1.10 July 2014. I agree with npc, why spend the money for so little gain. There is quite a difference in pricing between the K-3 and the K-3ii.

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