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Camera ThumbnailPentax K-3 IIIPentax K-1 IIPentax KP
Camera NamePentax K-3 IIIPentax K-1 IIPentax KP
Year Introduced202120182017
AvailabilityIn ProductionIn ProductionIn Production
Current Price$1996

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Sensor
Sensor FormatAPS-CFull FrameAPS-C
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOSCMOS
Megapixels25.7336.424.32
Resolution4128 x 6192 pixels4912 x 7360 pixels4000 x 6016 pixels
AA FilterNo (AA filter simulator)No (AA filter simulator)No (AA filter simulator)
Super ResolutionYesYesYes
Bit Depth141414
Minimum ISO100100100
Maximum ISO1600000819200819200
ISO Range100 - 1,600,000100 - 819,200100 - 819,200
Imaging
ProcessorPRIME V w/accelerator unit IIPRIME IV w/accelerator unitPRIME IV w/accelerator unit
Exposure ModesScene analysis auto, HyP, Sv, Av, Tv, TAv, HyM, X, B, User(5)Auto (green), HyP, Sv, Av, Tv, TAv, HyM, X, B, User(5)Auto (green), HyP, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, M, B, User (5)
Program ModesAuto, Normal, Hi-speed Priority, DOF Priority (Deep), DOF Priority (Shallow), MTF PriorityAuto, Normal, Action, Depth of field (deep/shallow), MTFAuto, Normal, Action, Depth of field (deep/shallow), MTF priority
Scene ModesNone. Auto (green) sets exposure based on scene analysisNone. Auto (green) sets exposure based on scene analysisNone. 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 (with aperture always wide open) and M (with stop-down metering)
Shutter Speeds (Auto)30s - 1/8000s (stepless)30s - 1/8000s (stepless)30s to 1/6,000s (mechanical), to 1/24,000s (electronic)
Shutter Speeds (Manual)B, 30s - 1/8000s. Up to 20 minutes in Timed Bulb. Up to 300s in Astrotracer modeB, 1200s - 1/8000s. Up to 300s in Astrotracer modeB, 1200s to 1/6,000s (mechanical), to 1/24,000s (electronic). 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 Life300,000300,000100,000
Maximum FPS124.4 (6.5 in crop mode)7
Continuous ShootingHi: 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)Full frame: H: 4.4 fps (70 JPG, 17 RAW) M: 3.0 fps (100 JPG, 20 RAW) L: 0.7 fps (100 JPG, 100 RAW)
APS-C crop: H: 6.4 fps (100 JPG, 50 RAW) M: 3.0 fps (100 JPG, 70 RAW) L: 1.0 fls (100 JPG, 100 RAW)
Hi: 7 fps up to approx. 28 frames (JPG), up to approx. 8 frames (RAW), M: 3 fps up to approx 70 frames (JPG), 15 frames (RAW), Lo: 0.8 fps up to approx. 100 frames (JPG), up to appox. 100 frames (RAW)
Exposure Compensation+/- 5EV (+/-2 EV in movie mode)+/-5 EV (+/-2 EV in movie mode)+/-5 EV (+/-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 (2 or 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 correction, Shadow correctionHighlight (auto, on, off),
Shadow (auto, high, medium, low, off)
Highlight (auto, on, off),
Shadow (auto, high, medium, low, off)
Metering Sensor307K Pixel86K Pixel86K Pixel
Meter Range-3 to 20 EV-3 to 20 EV-3 to 20 EV
Meter PatternMulti-Segment,Multi-Segment with Face Detection,Center Weighted,Highlight Weighted,SpotMulti-Segment,Center Weighted,SpotMulti-Segment,Center 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 2000 frames, 2 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 2000 shots
Pixel MappingYesYesYes
Optics/Mount
MountKAF2 (no aperture coupler)KAF2 (no aperture coupler)KAF2 (no aperture coupler)
Composition AdjustmentYesYesYes
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 (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 (stop down metering and manual focus only).
StabilizationYes (sensor-shift SR II)Yes (sensor-shift SR II)Yes (sensor-shift SR II)
Autofocus (viewfinder)Yes (SAFOX 13, 101 focus points (25 cross type))Yes (SAFOX 12, 33 focus points, 25 cross type)Yes (SAFOX 11, 27 focus points (25 cross type))
AF Points1013327
Autofocus Sensitivity-4 to 18 EV-3 to 18 EV-3 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), SpotSingle Shot, Continuous, Auto, Expanded area (S, M, L), Zone select, User selectViewfinder: AF.S, AF.C, AF.A
Live view: Face detection, Tracking, Multiple AF points, Select, Spot
Front/Back Focus CorrYes (adjustment for up to 20 lenses)Yes (adjustment for up to 20 lenses)Yes (adjustment for up to 20 lenses)
Power ZoomSupported (zoom only)Supported (zoom only)Not supported
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 60/30/24p 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
1920x1080 (16:9 Full HD) at 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p,
1280x720 (16:9 HD) at 60p, 50p
MPEG4 AVC/H.264
4K interval movie (4K,Full HD, HD)
Star stream (4K,Full HD, HD)
Video StabilizationSensor-shift SRElectronicElectronic
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 4 GB / 25 minutes
AF During RecordingOn-demand and ContinuousOn-DemandContinuous
Sound In Movie ModeStereo (via internal mic or external mic). Adjustable sound levelStereo (external mic), Stereo (built-in mic). Adjustable sound levelStereo (external mic), Stereo (built-in mic). Adjustable sound level
Flash
Built-in FlashNoNoYes, GN 6 (ISO 100/m)
Sync Speed1/200s1/200s1/180s
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 (full - 1/128), Wireless*, Contrast control*
* Available when combined with external flash
Viewfinder/LCD
Viewfinder1.05x, 100%0.70x, 100%100%, 0.95x
Viewfinder TypePentaprismPentaprismPentaprism
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +1-3.5 to 1.2-2.5 to +1.5
AF Points In ViewfinderYesYesYes
Exchangeable ScreenNoNoYes
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 mode3.2 in., 1,037,000 dots, 3:2 aspect ratio, flexible tilt/angle, red light night mode3 inch, 921,000 dots, 3:2 aspect ratio, tilts up/down, red light night mode
Top LCDYesYesNo
Body
Weather ResistantYesYesYes
GPSVia AccessoryBuilt-InVia Accessory
Control Wheels333
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 traditional e-dials and 1 settings dial/control wheel. Many dedicated buttons. Customizable control panel. Five user mode settings. Customizable Fx1 & Fx2 button.1 traditional e-dial, 1 knob on the front and 1 settings dial on top plate. Customizable control panel. Five user mode settings. Customizable Fx1, Fx2, & Fx3 button.
Dust RemovalYes, Ultrasonic DR IIYes, Ultrasonic DR IIYes, Ultrasonic DR II
Dust AlertNoNoNo
File FormatPEF (RAW),DNG (RAW),JPG,MOVPEF (RAW),DNG (RAW),JPG,MOVPEF (RAW),DNG (RAW),JPG,MOV
Card Slots221
Memory Card TypeSD, SDHC, SDXC (slot 1 UHS-II compatible, slot 2 UHS-I compatible)SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I Compatible)SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
TetheringVia built-in Wi-Fi,Via Built-in BluetoothWired (native),Via built-in Wi-FiVia built-in Wi-Fi
Battery

D-LI90 lithium-ion rechargeable

D-LI90 Rechargeable

D-LI109 lithium-ion rechargeable

Battery Grip

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

D-BG6 (takes D-LI90 or 6x AA)

D-BG7 (takes one D-Li109 or one D-LI90 battery)

Battery Life800 images670 images, playback time: 340 minutes420 photos (CIPA)
Size (W X H X D)134.5 x 103.5 x 73.5 mm136.5 x 110.0 x 85.5 mm131.5 x 101 x 76 mm
Weight735g (820g with mattery and SD card)925g (1010 with battery and SD cards)643 g (body only), 703 g (with battery)
ConnectivityUSB 3.2 (type C), DC in, x-sync socket, HDMI output (type D),
IR port for remote control (front and rear), stereo microphone and headphones,
Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.2 (Low Energy)
USB 2, HDMI out, stereo mic, headphones, DC in, X-sync, cable release, GPS, Wi-Fi.USB 2.0, HDMI out (via USB port and an adapter), stereo mic, cable release (uses mic input jack), DC in, GPS, Wi-Fi.
Latest Firmware

N/A

Link to Download Page

Link to download page

NotesAperture set with an aperture ring can be recorded in EXIF,
Astrotracer functionality with optional O-GPS1 accessory,
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 with the built in GPS,
Buttons, top LCD, and card and connectivity doors can be illuminated
Electronic level,
Embed copyright information in EXIF,
GPS and electronic compass,
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,
Save last JPG as RAW,
Save JPG from movie,
Several buttons are customizable,
The function selector plus third control wheel provides a short cut to a variety of settings
Astrotracer functionality with the optional O-GPS1 unit,
Depth of field bracketing,
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,
Motion bracketing,
Save last JPG as RAW,
Save JPG from movie,
The three Fx buttons are customizable and can perform a variety of functions, hereunder exposure bracketing.
Colors / Special Editions

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.

Limited quantity silver version with matching grip (announced in August, 2020)

Black and Silver





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