Pentax K-3 Review
With the K-3 Pentax has consolidated all drive mode settings onto one page. On previous models you'd had to go into the menu system to access Multi Exposure and Interval Shooting, which could lead to a frustrating search in the menu system's many fields in order to find these little-used items.
While we prefer this new layout we must admit that the Drive Mode screen has become a bit cluttered with its total of nine drive modes and complex sub-menus in some cases. Because of this, we realize that it may not be to everyone's taste.
The screen comes up after you hit the Drive Mode button. If you want to get quickly from the left most setting to the setting at the right hand side you can press the left arrow key (marked WB) once. It "wraps around" and takes you to the right hand setting sparing you from a number of button pushes.
Below we review each one of the nine drive modes:
See the section on Performance further ahead in the review for a video illustrating the 8.3 fps speed of the K-3 and the quiet shutter mechansim.
Verdict on Drive Modes
All drive modes have been consolidated onto one screen which we find a good move although a bit of a learning curve is involved getting used to the added clutter on the drive mode screen. In some cases, though, an extra (compared to the K-5 series) button push is required to set the options of a given drive mode. This extra, unnecessary step is fortunately eliminated for exposure bracketing when this setting is assigned to the RAW/Fx button. In this case one can change the options right away (bracketing amount and number of frames) without having to push another button first.