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Camera ThumbnailPentax K-3 III MonochromePentax KFPentax K-3 III
Camera NamePentax K-3 III MonochromePentax KFPentax K-3 III
Year Introduced202320222021
AvailabilityIn ProductionIn ProductionIn Production
Current Price$2196

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Sensor
Sensor FormatAPS-CAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor TypeCMOS MonochromeCMOSCMOS
Megapixels25.7324.2425.73
Resolution4128 x 6192 pixels4000 x 6000 pixels4128 x 6192 pixels
AA FilterNo (AA filter simulator)No (AA filter simulator)No (AA filter simulator)
Super ResolutionNoYesYes
Bit Depth141414
Minimum ISO200100100
Maximum ISO16000001024001600000
ISO Range200 - 1,600,000100 - 102,400100 - 1,600,000
Imaging
ProcessorPRIME V w/accelerator unit IIPRIME M IIPRIME V w/accelerator unit II
Exposure ModesAuto (green), HyP, Sv, Av, Tv, TAv, HyM, X, B, User(5)Auto (green), Scene, HyP, Sv, Av, Tv, TAv, HyM, B, User(3)Auto (green), HyP, Sv, Av, Tv, TAv, HyM, X, B, User(5)
Program ModesAuto, Normal, Action, Depth of Field (deep/shallow), MTF priorityNormalAuto, Normal, Action, Depth of Field (deep/shallow), MTF priority
Scene ModesNone. Auto (green) sets exposure based on scene analysis20: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG only), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, MuseumNone. Auto (green) sets exposure based on scene analysis
RestrictionsExposure modes with M and K lenses are restricted to Av and TAv (both with automated stop-down metering) and M (with green-button stop down metering)Exposure modes with M and K lenses are restricted to Av (with aperture always wide open) and M (with stop-down metering)Exposure modes with M and K lenses are restricted to Av and TAv (both with automated stop-down metering) and M (with green-button stop down metering)
Shutter Speeds (Auto)30s - 1/8000s (1/16000 with electronic shutter)30s - 1/6000s (stepless)30s - 1/8000s (1/16000 with electronic shutter)
Shutter Speeds (Manual)B, 30s - 1/8000s (1/16000s with electronic shutter). Up to 20 minutes in Timed Bulb mode. Up to 300s in Astrotracer modeB, 30s - 1/6000s, Up to 20 minutes in Timed Bulb mode. Up to 300s in Astrotracer modeB, 30s - 1/8000s (1/16000s with electronic shutter). Up to 20 minutes in Timed Bulb mode. Up to 300s in Astrotracer mode
High ISO NROff, Auto, Low/Medium/High, Custom by ISOOff, Auto, Low/Medium/High, Custom by ISOOff, Auto, Low/Medium/High, Custom by ISO
Slow Shutter NROff, Auto, OnOff, Auto, OnOff, Auto, On
Shutter Life300,000Not Specified300,000
Maximum FPS12612
Continuous ShootingHi: 12 fps up to approx. 55 frames (JPG), up to approx. 32 frames (RAW), M: 7 fps up to approx 100 frames (JPG), 40 frames (RAW), Lo: 2.5 fps uup to approx. 100 frames (JPG), up to appox. 100 frames (RAW)Hi: 6 fps up to 40 frames (JPG), 10 frames (RAW), Lo: 3 fps up to 100 frames (JPEG), 16 frames (RAW)Hi: 12 fps up to approx. 37 frames (JPG), up to approx. 32 frames (RAW), M: 7 fps up to approx 60 frames (JPG), 37 frames (RAW), Lo: 2.5 fps uup to approx. 90 frames (JPG), up to appox. 39 frames (RAW)
Exposure Compensation+/- 5EV (+/-2 EV in movie mode)+/-5 EV (+/-2 EV in movie mode)+/- 5EV (+/-2 EV in movie mode)
Auto BracketingExposure (2, 3 or 5 frames), one-push EV bracketing, Depth of Field (3 frames), Motion (3 frames), AA filter (2 or 3 frames)Exposure (2, 3 or 5 frames), one-push EV bracketing, AA filter (3 frames)Exposure (2, 3 or 5 frames), one-push EV bracketing, Depth of Field (3 frames), Motion (3 frames), AA filter (2 or 3 frames)
Expanded Dynamic RangeHighlight (auto, on, off),
Shadow (auto, high, medium, low, off)
Highlight (auto, on, off),
Shadow (auto, high, medium, low, off)
Highlight (auto, on, off),
Shadow (auto, high, medium, low, off)
Metering Sensor307K Pixel77-Segment307K Pixel
Meter Range-2 to 21 EV0 to 22 EV-3 to 20 EV
Meter PatternMulti-Segment,Multi-Segment with Face Detection,Center Weighted,Highlight Weighted,SpotMulti-Segment,Center Weighted,SpotMulti-Segment,Multi-Segment with Face Detection,Center Weighted,Highlight Weighted,Spot
Exposure LockYesYesYes
Self Timer2 s with mirror lock-up, 12 s2 s with mirror lock-up, 12 s2 s with mirror lock-up, 12 s
Interval ShootingUp to 9999 frames, 1 sec to 24 hours intervalUp to 2000 frames, 2 sec to 24 hours intervalUp to 9999 frames, 1 sec to 24 hours interval
Mirror Lock-upYesYesYes
HDR ModeYesYesYes
Multiple ExposuresYes, average, additive and bright, 2 to 20 shotsYes, average, additive and bright, 2 to 2000 shotsYes, average, additive and bright, 2 to 20 shots
Pixel MappingYesYesYes
Optics/Mount
MountKAF2 (no aperture coupler)KAF2 (no aperture coupler)KAF2 (no aperture coupler)
Composition AdjustmentYesNoYes
Supported LensesAll Pentax K-mount lenses. Manual focus only with K-, M-, and A-series lenses. Automated stop down metering with K- and M-series lenses. M42, Pentax 645 and Pentax 6x7 lenses with the appropriate adapters: green button stop down metering and manual focus only.All Pentax K-mount lenses. Manual focus only with K-, M-, and A-series lenses. Stop down metering only with K- and M-series lenses). M42, Pentax 645 and Pentax 6x7 lenses with the appropriate adapters: green button stop down metering and manual focus only.All Pentax K-mount lenses. Manual focus only with K-, M-, and A-series lenses. Automated stop down metering with K- and M-series lenses. M42, Pentax 645 and Pentax 6x7 lenses with the appropriate adapters: green button stop down metering and manual focus only.
StabilizationYes (sensor-shift SR II) with panning SRYes (sensor-shift SR)Yes (sensor-shift SR II) with panning SR
Autofocus (viewfinder)Yes (SAFOX 13, 101 focus points (25 cross type))Yes (SAFOX X, 11 focus points (9 cross type))Yes (SAFOX 13, 101 focus points (25 cross type))
AF Points10111101
Autofocus Sensitivity-4 to 18 EV-3 to 18 EV-4 to 18 EV
Autofocus With SDMYesYesYes
Autofocus AssistDedicated LEDDedicated LEDDedicated LED
Autofocus ModesSingle Shot, Continuous, Auto Area, Zone Select, Expanded area (S, M, L), User select (S), SpotViewfinder: AF.S, AF.C, AF.A.
Live view: Face detection, Tracking, Multiple AF points, Select, Spot
Single Shot, Continuous, Auto Area, Zone Select, Expanded area (S, M, L), User select (S), Spot
Front/Back Focus CorrYes (adjustment for up to 20 lenses)Yes (adjustments for up to 20 lenses)Yes (adjustment for up to 20 lenses)
Power ZoomSupported (zoom only)Not supportedSupported (zoom only)
Lens CorrectionDistortion,Lateral Chromatic Aberration,Vignetting,DiffractionDistortion,Lateral Chromatic Aberration,Vignetting,DiffractionDistortion,Lateral Chromatic Aberration,Vignetting,Diffraction
Video
Video/Movie Mode3840 x 2160 (4K) at 30p/24p fps,
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) at 60p/30p/24p fps
MPEG4 AVC/H.264
1920x1080 (16:9 Full HD) at 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p,
1280x720 (16:9) at 60p, 50p
MPEG4 AVC/H.264
Interval Movie (4K, Full HD, HD)
Star Stream
3840 x 2160 (4K) at 30p/24p fps,
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) at 60p/30p/24p fps
MPEG4 AVC/H.264
Video StabilizationSensor-shift SRElectronicSensor-shift SR
Exposure ModesP, Av, TAv, Tv, MP, Av, TAv, Tv, MP, Av, TAv, Tv, M
Movie Mode RestrictionsClips up to 4 GB / 25 minutesClips up to 4GB or 25 minutesClips up to 4 GB / 25 minutes
AF During RecordingContinuous (with compatible lenses) and On-demandContinuous (with compatible lenses) and On-demandContinuous (with compatible lenses) and On-demand
Sound In Movie ModeStereo (via internal mic or external mic). Adjustable sound levelStereo (external mic), Stereo (built-in mic). Adjustable sound levelStereo (via internal mic or external mic). Adjustable sound level
Flash
Built-in FlashNoYes, GN 12 (ISO 100/m)No
Sync Speed1/200s1/180s1/200s
P-TTL FlashYesYesYes
TTL FlashNoNoNo
Flash Exposure Comp-2 to +1 EV-2 to 1 EV-2 to +1 EV
Flash FunctionsAuto discharge*, On (leading curtain sync)*, Redeye reduction*, Slow-speed sync*, Trailing curtain sync*, High-speed sync*, Manual*, Wireless**, Contrast control**
* Requires an external flash
** Requires two (or more) external flashes
Auto discharge*, On (leading curtain sync)*, Redeye reduction*, Slow-speed sync*, Trailing curtain sync*, High-speed sync*, Manual*, Wireless**, Contrast control**
* Requires an external flash
** Requires two (or more) external flashes
Auto discharge*, On (leading curtain sync)*, Redeye reduction*, Slow-speed sync*, Trailing curtain sync*, High-speed sync*, Manual*, Wireless**, Contrast control**
* Requires an external flash
** Requires two (or more) external flashes
Viewfinder/LCD
Viewfinder1.05x, 100%0.95x, 100%1.05x, 100%
Viewfinder TypePentaprismPentaprismPentaprism
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +1-2.5 to +1.5-4 to +1
AF Points In ViewfinderYesYesYes
Exchangeable ScreenNoYesNo
Depth Of Field PreviewYesYesYes
Digital PreviewYes (with image magnification)Yes (with image magnificaion)Yes (with image magnification)
Live ViewYesYesYes
Focus PeakingYesYesYes
Back LCD3.2 inch, 1,620,000 dots, 3:2 aspect ratio, touch screen, red light night mode3 in. 1,037,000 dots, 3:2 aspect ratio, vari-angle, red light night mode3.2 inch, 1,620,000 dots, 3:2 aspect ratio, touch screen, red light night mode
Top LCDYesNoYes
Body
Weather ResistantYesYesYes
GPSVia AccessoryVia AccessoryVia Accessory
Control Wheels323
Camera Controls2 traditional e-dials and 1 settings dial/control wheel. Joystick. Touch screen. Many dedicated buttons. One customizable Fx button. Customizable control panel. Five user mode settings.2 control wheels. Most functions accessed through control panel or menus. Customizable control panel. Three user mode settings.2 traditional e-dials and 1 settings dial/control wheel. Joystick. Touch screen. Many dedicated buttons. One customizable Fx button. Customizable control panel. Five user mode settings.
Dust RemovalYes, Ultrasonic DR IIYes, Sensor Shake DRYes, Ultrasonic DR II
Dust AlertNoNoNo
File FormatPEF (RAW),DNG (RAW),JPG,MOVPEF (RAW),DNG (RAW),JPG,MOVPEF (RAW),DNG (RAW),JPG,MOV
Card Slots212
Memory Card TypeSD, SDHC, SDXC (slot 1 UHS-II compatible, slot 2 UHS-I compatible)SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I Compatible)SD, SDHC, SDXC (slot 1 UHS-II compatible, slot 2 UHS-I compatible)
TetheringVia built-in Wi-Fi,Via Built-in BluetoothVia built-in Wi-FiVia built-in Wi-Fi,Via Built-in Bluetooth
Battery

D-LI90 lithium-ion rechargeable

D-LI109 lithium-ion rechargeable

D-LI90 lithium-ion rechargeable

Battery Grip

D-BG8 which accepts the D-LI90 Li-Ion battery.

No

D-BG8 which accepts the D-LI90 Li-Ion battery.

Battery Life800 images460 frames (without flash)800 images
Size (W X H X D)134.5 x 103.5 x 73.5 mm125.5 x 93 x 74 mm (4.9 x 3.7 x 2.9 in.)134.5 x 103.5 x 73.5 mm
Weight735g (820g with mattery and SD card)625 g (684 g with battery and SD card)735g (820g with mattery and SD card)
ConnectivityUSB 3.2 (type C), DC in, x-sync socket, HDMI output (type D),
IR port for remote control (front and rear), wired cable release, stereo microphone and headphones,
Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.2 (Low Energy)
USB 2.0, HDMI out, Stereo mic, Wi-FiUSB 3.2 (type C), DC in, x-sync socket, HDMI output (type D),
IR port for remote control (front and rear), wired cable release, stereo microphone and headphones,
Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.2 (Low Energy)
Latest Firmware

Link to download page

Link to download page

Link to download page

NotesAperture set with an aperture ring can be recorded in EXIF,
Astrotracer functionality built-in. No GPS accessory required,
Top LCD can be illuminated,
Continuous AF available in movie mode with compatible lenses,
Electronic level,
Embed copyright information in EXIF,
High ISO NR, can be customized for each major ISO value,
Hyper Program (HyP) can engage TAv and M exposure modes in addition to Av and Tv,
Image plane indicator,
In-camera RAW development,
Moiré suppression via SR mechanism,
Moiré suppression bracketing,
Save last JPG as RAW,
Save JPG from movie,
Several buttons are customizable,
The battery can be charged through the USB port,
The function selector plus third control wheel provides a short cut to a variety of settings.
Astrotracer functionality requires optional O-GPS accessory,
Electronic Aperture Control,
Electronic Level,
Embed copyright information in EXIF,
High ISO NR can be customized for each major ISO value,
Image plane indicator,
In-camera RAW development,
Moiré suppression via SR mechanism,
Moiré suppression bracketing,
Multilayer digital filters,
Night vision LCD display,
Save last JPG as RAW,
The RAW button is customizable and can perform a variety of functions, hereunder exposure bracketing
Aperture set with an aperture ring can be recorded in EXIF,
Astrotracer functionality built-in. No GPS accessory required,
Top LCD can be illuminated,
Continuous AF available in movie mode with compatible lenses,
Electronic level,
Embed copyright information in EXIF,
High ISO NR, can be customized for each major ISO value,
Hyper Program (HyP) can engage TAv and M exposure modes in addition to Av and Tv,
Image plane indicator,
In-camera RAW development,
Moiré suppression via SR mechanism,
Moiré suppression bracketing,
Save last JPG as RAW,
Save JPG from movie,
Several buttons are customizable,
The battery can be charged through the USB port,
The function selector plus third control wheel provides a short cut to a variety of settings.
Colors / Special Editions

Black, Jet Black, Matte Black

Standard variant: black

Limited quantity variants: white and blue (2022), olive and stone (2023)

The body-only kit comes black or silver. Additionally there are two limited quantity kits which include a matching grip and a leather strap, one is in black, the other one in silver. Late in 2022 a limited quantity Jet-black version was released.





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