Pentax K-3: A Performer beyond the Usual
Pentax K-3 is the company’s latest take on the gen-next cameras and can surely be considered as a way better option than most of the contemporaries. Whether this is the best DSLR ever still remains to be answered but we did find it stacked amongst the very best, without as semblance of doubt. Here is something this bends way from the traditional domains and packs in an astounding sensor resolution for the images to look crisp and detailed. Bumping up the resolution is not the only aspect which stands out as the K-3 also offers a lot in terms of durability and overall sturdiness of form.
Pros: Here is a camera which is loaded with features like weatherproof sealing and great image quality whereas the handling is extremely seamless. Pentax easily competes with most of the noted DSLR brands owing to the fantastic LCD screen provided with the K-3 while adding a fantastic sensor as well. The usual ISO range is more of an exhaustive palette whereas the screen resolution offers the highest degree of vibrancy.
Cons: The offered lens kit at 18-55mm is more of a liability in comparison to the body as only the average performances are dished out. Chromatic aberrations are quite visible whereas the lack of a tilting LCD screen is quite an impeding factor.
Here is a detailed review which portrays the K-3 in the best of ways while keeping the positives and grey areas enumerated rather perfectly. The 100 percent viewfinder coverage is more of an exciting addition whereas the intuitive controllers pave the way for a seamless functioning.
The autofocusing system is certainly the best rated one as claimed by the company. Here is the newest offering which sets the bar high as with the 25 cross type points besides the 2 usual levels. We did see around 51 point systems with other high-end cameras but at the given price, the K-3 offers more of an enviable combination. Besides the more impressive AF performances this camera also incorporates an APS-C sensor of the CMOS make which certainly renders some high quality images rather effortlessly. The Wi-Fi functionality misses out which is quite a big omission as per the budget range and the high-end tag associated with the device. Flucards are associated which allow the user to experience with wireless controlling of the device, mostly for transferring images and manipulating the exposure settings with ease. The K-3 is thus more of a smart device which also incorporates quite a hefty sensor resolution at 23.2MP which also incorporates the stabilization hardware and even the vibration reduction schemes. Moiré patterning is no more evident as with the fantastically loaded specs sheet which also does away with the presence of the AA filter which result in sharper and clearer images. Image processing engine is at its performing best with the impressive burst shooting rates on offer. At 8.5fps the rate is considerably high whereas the extended ISO range is surely in sync with most of the professional requirements.
This pitches in as more of an enthusiastic take on the modern day DSLRs atleast in terms of design and build. Here is a highly customizable layout which works in sync with the 27 direct access settings on offer. Be it the one-touch bracketing of exposure or the AF point selection, the K-3 is more of a utilitarian camera which keeps up with the modern day user requirements. One might easily find the manual and standard controllers at the camera rear whereas the LVCD screen adds to the vibrancy of this gadget. The entire chassis is made up of magnesium alloy which is completely weather resistant and renders a highly rugged feel in addition to durability. The offered lens kit also provided WR facilities in addition to the high-end shutter actuations.
Here is one extremely capable performer with minor pitfalls in store. The LCD screen is something which gets the most attention and acts as more of a capable unit. The 3.2inch console removes even the minutest of the air gaps whereas the protective glass is certainly a high-end addition is comparison to other variants. Anti-glare coating is also offered as the screen showcases reduced reflections while being extremely contrast specific. Images can now be composed easily thanks to the viewfinder which offers a wider coverage area in the range of 100 percent. Most of the conventional scenes are covered as with the accentuated dynamic range of offer besides the fast performing AF system. One might feel it surging up once the lights drop out and its incessantly dark as the AF starts performing at its fullest. The only loophole happens to be the motor noise which is kind of persistent with every Pentax gadget ranging up to the lens based performance. Stealth mode is no longer an option as the entire unit readily indicates that the user is out to click and capture. Video specified aficionados will feel at ease as with the better capturing techniques pertaining to the 1080p resolutions. One might make use of the 24-30 fps range for initiating these captures whereas the microphone and headphone support are more of the added bonuses.
The unprecedented jump from 16 to 23MP is more of a high-end utility and the lack of the AA filter feels great to work with. Images look way sharper than expected whereas the highly resolved details pitch in rather perfectly. Be it the JPEGs or the RAW images, this is one fantastic inclusion which keeps up with every single user requirement withy seamless ease. One might feel at ease with higher ISO levels up to 800, whereas the luminance noise is more evident at ISO 12800 and beyond. The metering system does underexpose a tad bit whereas the exposure compensation kind of makes up for it.
This isn’t the cheapest camera around but certainly quite a handful in terms of budget and performance. High-speed AF implementations look way better than expected whereas this camera is loaded with a fantastic build and comes up with an astounding image quality.
Pentax K 3 Rivals:
Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 6D
At the time of writing this article, the best available price for Pentax K 3 in India is Rs.99995/-. The price will be updated regularly in this page.