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PENTAX K-3 II - Specifications

Product data
Article Number 16159
Release date Apr 23, 2015
Camera Type

TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera


Primary color filter, CMOS

AA Filter Simulator: Moiré reduction using SR unit. OFF/Type1/Type2/Bracket

Size 23.5 x 15.6 (mm)
Total Pixels

Approx. 24.71 megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 24.35 megapixels


JPEG: L(24M: 6016x4000) M(14M:4608x3072) S(6M:3072x2048) XS(2M:1920x1280),

RAW: L(24M:6016x4000)


Full HD(1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p)

HD (1280x720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)


ISO AUTO/100 to 51200 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV)

Shake Reduction

Sensor-shift shake reduction (SR: Shake Reduction)

Sensor Cleaning

Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II", Dust Alert function

White Balance

Type: Method using a combination of the CMOS image sensor and the light source detection sensor

AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image

Fine Adjustment: Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis


PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)

Usable lenses

KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible), KAF, KA mount lens

Focusing System

Type TTL: phase-matching autofocus


Focus Sensor: SAFOX 11, 27 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)

Brightness Range: EV-3 to 18 (ISO 100 / at normal temperature)

AF mode: Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C), Auto select AF (AF.A)

AF Point Selection: Spot, Select, Expanded Area (S, M, L), Zone select, Auto (27 AF points)

AF assist

Dedicated LED AF assist light


Pentaprism Finder

Field of View

Approx. 100%


Approx. 0.95x (50mm F1.4 at infinity)

Focusing screen

Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen


Eye-Relief Length: Approx. 20.5mm (from the view window), Approx 22.3mm (from the center of lens)

Diopter adjustment

Approx. -2.5m to + 1.5m-1


Wide viewing angle TFT color LCD with AR coating, Air-gapless glass

Size: 3.2 inch (aspect ratio 3:2)


Approx. 1037K dots


Adjustment: Brightness, Saturation and Colors adjustable


Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
* Electronic shutter when using Pixel Shift Resolution


1/8000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb



Exposure system

TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor, Multi-segment, center-weighted and spot metering

Exposure Modes

Green mode, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync Speed, USER1, USER2, USER3

Metering Range

EV-3 to 20 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)

Auto Exposure Lock

Button type (timer type: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting); 

Continuous as long as the shutter button is halfway pressed


±5EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps can be selected)


Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync (available with dedicated external flash).

Exposure Compensation

-2.0 to + 1.0EV

Exposure Parameters

Drive modes:

Mode Selection:

Still Image : Single frame, Continuous (H, M, L), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (immediately, 3 sec., continuous), Exposure Bracketing (2, 3 or 5 frames/ Possible to use with Self-timer or Remote Control ), Mirror-up (Possible to use with Remote Control), Interval shooting, Inteval Composite

Movie : Remote Control, Interval Movie Record

Continuous Shooting:

Max. approx. 8.3 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to approx. 60 frames, RAW: up to approx. 23 frames
Max. approx. 4.5 fps, JPEG L: ★★★ at Continuous M): up to approx. 100 frames, RAW: up to approx. 32 frames
Max. approx. 3.0 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous Lo): up to approx. 200 frames, RAW: up to approx. 52 frames

Multi-Exposure: Composite Mode(Additive/Average/Bright), Number of Shots(2 to 2000 images)

Interval Shooting:

Still Image: Interval : 2s. to 24h., Number of shots : 2 : 2000 images,
Start Interval : Now/Set Time

Movie: Recorded size:4K/FullHD/HD Interval:2s. to 1h., Recording 99h.,
Start Interval:Now/Set Time

Capture Setting:

Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Cross Processing: Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3

Digital Filter: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome

HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function

Pixel Shift Resolution: ON/OFF

Lens Correction: Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction

D-RANGE Compensation: Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction

Noise Reduction: Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR

GPS: GPS Logging (Logging Interval, Logging Duration, Memory Card Options), ASTROTRACER, Calibration, Additional Settings (GPS Time Sync, GPS Indicator Lamp)

Horizon Correction SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 2 degrees

Composition Adjustment: Adjustment range of ±1.5mm up, down, left or light (1mm when rotated); Rotating range of 1 degree

Electronic Level: Displayed in viewfinder and LCD panel (Horizontal direction only); Displayed on LCD monitor (Horizontal direction and vertical direction)


File Format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV) *Motion JPEG(AVI) for Interval Movie Record

Recorded Pixels: Full HD(1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p)

HD (1280x720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)

Sound: Built-in monaural microphone, external microphone (Streo recording compatible)
Recording Sound Level adjustable

Recording Time: Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.

Custom Images: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Cross Processing: Randum, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3

Digital Filter: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome

HDR: *availble only for Inteval Movie: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable

Digital Filter

Base Parameter Adj, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Color, Pastel, Pasteurization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim


Playback View:

Single frame, multi-image display (6,12, 20, 35, 80 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16, 100% display and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright rea warning, Auto Image Roation, detailed inf, Copyright Information (Photographer, Copyright holder), Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display, Slide Show, GPS information (latitude, longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time, Orientation)


Delete single image, delete all, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image

RAW Development:

RAW file select: Select Single Image, Select Multiple Images, Select a folder

RAW Development Parameter: File Format (JPEG/TIFF), Aspect Ratio, JPEG Recorded Pixels, JPEG

Quality, Color Space, Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction, Color Fringe Correction, White Balance, Custom Image, Digital filter, HDR, Pixel Shift Resolution, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction


Color Moiré Correction, Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving RAW data in buffer memory, Image Copy, Eye-Fi Image Transfer


Storage Medium: SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Card (Conforms to USH-1 standards), Eye-Fi card,
FLU card

Dual SD slot: Sequential Use, Save to Both, Separate RAW/JPG, Image copy between slots possible

File Format

RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.30), DCF2.0 compliant

Recorded Pixels JPEG: L(24M: 6016x4000) M(14M:4608x3072) S(6M:3072x2048) XS(2M:1920x1280),
RAW: L(24M:6016x4000)

Quality Level RAW (14bit): PEF, DNG, JPEG:*(Best),**(Better),***(Good), RAW + JPEG
simultaneous capturing available

Color Space: sRGB, AdobeRGB

File Name

"IMGP****" or User assingned file name

File name numbering: Sequential, Reset

Special Features

GPS/Electronic Compass


Reception Frequency: L1 1575.42MHz

Recorded Information: Latitude, Longitude, Altitude, Time (UTC), Direction

Geodesics World Geodetic System (WGS84)

GPS Logging: KML format, Logging Interval: 5/10/15/30sec. /1min., Logging Duration: 1-24hr. (Up to 9hours
at Logging Interval 5sec. Up to 18hrs. at Logging Interval 10sec.)

Electronic Compass: Azimuth calculation using triaxial geomagnetic sensor and triaxial acceleration sensor, True north standard

USER Mode: Up to 3 settings can be saved

Custom Functions: 26 items

Mode Memory: 12 items

Custom Button: RAW/ran Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Optical Preview, Digital Preview, Shake Reduction, LCD Panel Illumination, AF button (AF1, AF2, Cancel AF)

Text Size: Standard, Large

World Time: World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)

AF fine Adjustment: ±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)

Copyright Information: Names of "Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file. Revision history can be checked using the provided software.


Depends on market


Connection Port: USB3.0 (micro B), external power supply terminal, external release controller terminal, X-synch socket, HDMI output terminal (Type D), stereo miscrophone input terminal, Headphone terminal

USB Connection: MSC/PTP


Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90

AC Adapter: AC Adapter Kit K-AC132 (Optional)


Battery Life:

Number of recordable images:

Playback time: Approx. 370 minutes

* With a fully-recharged Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery. Tested in compliance with CIPA
standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting condition.








Approx. 785g (Including dedicated battery and 1x SD Memory Card), Approx. 700g (body only)

Kit Content

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90

Battery Charger D-BC90

AC plug cord

Strap O-ST132

ME Viewfinder Cap

Software (CD-ROM) S-SW140

Eyecup FS

Hot shoe cover FK

Body mount cover

Battery Grip terminal cover

Sync sock 2p cap


Flucard for Pentax 16GB O-FC1 - 38610

Lithium-Ion battery D-LI90 - 39830

Battery Charger kit K-BC90E - 39834

AC Adapter K-AC132E - 38779

Weather resistant grip D-BG5 - 39799

SLR case - 50099

SLR backpack - 50278

Weatherproof remote control O-RC1 - 39892

Cable switch CS-205 - 37248

Ring flash AF 160FC - 30477

Flash AF 200FG - 30465

Flash AF 360FGZ II - 30438

Flash AF 540FGZ II - 30456

O-ICK1 sensor cleaning kit - 39357

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