Playback and Editing Features
Overview: The Pentax K-3 is a D-SLR camera with a rugged
magnesium alloy and stainless steel body. It is fully weather-sealed to resist
water, fog, snow, sand, and dust, to give you outstanding performance in the
elements, as well as the studio. The camera will accept the many Pentax K-mount lenses
available to give
you a variety of shooting options. This K-3 package is a body-only kit--no
lenses are included.
3.2" LCD Monitor: The camera features a large, bright 3.2" LCD monitor
for viewing the camera settings, framing your shots with Live View, and playing
back recorded still images and movies. The scratch-resistant LCD is designed
without the air gap that is typically found between the LCD screen and screen
cover. This gives you a brighter, sharper image. The monitor's 1,037,000-dot resolution
gives you crystal clear images, and features approximately 100% field of view.
Viewfinder: In addition to the 3.2" LCD monitor, the
an optical, pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view. A diopter adjustment
lets you focus the viewfinder to your personal eyesight, if needed.
Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screens are available.
Electronic Level Display: When the camera is not level, a
bar graph indicating the horizontal camera angle is displayed in the viewfinder
and on the LCD panel. The level display can be turned on/off in the shooting
Compatible Lenses: The K-3 has a KAF2 bayonet
mount with an AF coupler and lens information contacts (a K-mount with power
contacts). Lenses with KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom not compatible), KAF, and KA
mounts can be used. These lenses include DA, DA L, D FA, and FA J lenses.
Image Sensor: The K-3 is equipped with a large, 24-megapixel APS-C
sized (23.5 mm x 15.6 mm) CMOS image sensor, which delivers high resolution
image quality with accurate colors and low noise. It has 24.71 million total
pixels and 23.35 million effective pixels. The sensor features the DR II Dust Removal
function that shakes the sensor with ultrasonic vibrations every time the camera is turned on and off.
Shake Reduction (SR): The K-3 is equipped with the Pentax
Shake Reduction (SR) system with rotational compensation, which uses a magnetic force to move the image
sensor at high speeds, compensating for camera shake. The Shake Reduction
function allows you to take pictures at up to approximately 3.5 steps slower shutter
speed without risk of camera shake.
Anti-Aliasing Filter: The Pentax K-3 is the first camera to
offer a selectable anti-aliasing filter. The filter lets you toggle
anti-aliasing functionality on and off for supreme resolution and zero
limitations. It eliminates the need to choose between supreme resolution and
superior moiré control.
Dual Media Slots: The K-3 is equipped with two SD memory
card slots, which allows for greater memory card flexibility. You can separate
JPEG and RAW images, or use the cards sequentially or simultaneously. The camera can record still images and movies onto SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards,
including UHS-I-compatible cards. In addition, the K-3 is compatible with two
types of wireless memory cards, Eye-Fi and Flucards, which allow you to transfer
images to a computer or other devices via wireless LAN.
Still Image Formats: The K-3 can shoot JPEG still images in 4 sizes
in 3:2 aspect ratio. You can set the image
quality level (compression ratio) for each size to Best,
Better, or Good. In addition, uncompressed RAW images can be recorded using the
full output of the CMOS sensor. The RAW files are recorded in the DNG (Digital
Negative) or PEF (Pentax Electronic File) format. RAW images must be "developed" and converted into JPEG
files using the RAW Development function in the camera or using the provided
Pentax Digital Camera Utility 5 software. When the camera is set to RAW+JPEG, images in both JPEG and RAW formats
are captured. Image sizes include:
- Large 24M: 6016 x 4000 (JPEG and RAW)
- Medium 14M: 4608 x 3072
- Small 6M: 3072 x 2048
- X-Small 2M: 1920 x 1080
Movie Recording: High Definition movies can be recorded in
the MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) format with monaural audio using the built-in
microphone. Sound can be recorded in stereo with a compatible external
microphone. You can choose from Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, or
24p, and HD (1280 x 720) at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, or 24p. The camera can also
record still images at a set interval and create a time-lapse movie in the AVI
(Motion JPEG) format.
SAFOX 11 Autofocus System: The K-3 is equipped with a newly
highly advanced and accurate 27-point SAFOX 11 autofocus system. It offers a
wide EV focus range of -3EV to +18EV.
Focus Modes: You can set the focus mode switch to AF-S (auto
focus-single), AF-C (auto focus-continuous), AF-A (auto-select auto focus), or MF (manual focus). In Auto Focus mode, the camera automatically
focuses on the subject when the shutter release button is pressed halfway
(AF-Single) or continuously focuses (AF-Continuous). The camera automatically
switches between AF-S and AF-C depending upon the subject. In
Manual Focus mode, you can adjust the focus by turning the focus ring on the
AF Assist Light: In Auto Focus mode, when the subject is in a dark
location, the AF Assist Light automatically turns on when the shutter release
button is pressed halfway. You can turn off the AF Assist light, if desired.
AF Point: The focusing area (AF Point) can be varied,
depending upon the subject. You can choose from the following modes:
- Auto (27 AF points): camera automatically selects the
optimum AF points.
- Zone Select (9 AF points): camera selects optimum AF
points out of the selected 9 AF points.
- Expanded Area: sets the focusing point to the
user-selected AF point with peripheral points used as backup points in case
the subject moves. Small: 8 peripheral points, Medium: 24 peripheral points,
Large: 26 peripheral points.
- Spot: camera sets the focusing point to the center
Drive Modes: The K-3 offers several options for shooting single and
multiple images at once. You can choose from the following Drive Modes:
- Single Frame: Photos are taken one at a time with each press of
the shutter release button.
- Continuous: Multiple photos are taken while the shutter release
button is pressed fully. At High Speed, up to 60 frames (or 23 RAW frames)
can be taken at approximately 8.5 fps. At Medium Speed, about 100 frames (32
RAW) can be recorded at 4.5 fps. Up to 200 images (52 RAW) can be taken at
Low Speed at approximately 3 fps.
- Self-Timer: A single photo is taken after approximately 12
seconds to allow the photographer to get into the picture. A 2-second self
timer can be used to avoid camera shake when the shutter release button is
- Remote Control: Using the optional remote control, the shutter is
released immediately after the shutter release button on the remote is
pressed. A 3-second delay Remote Control setting is also available. You can
also use the remote control for continuous shooting. Pentax
offers the optional Remote Control F or Waterproof Remote Control O-RC1.
- Mirror Lock-up: If camera shake is evident even when
the remote control or cable switch is used with a tripod, you can use the
Mirror Lock-up function. This mode requires that you press the shutter
release button twice: once to pop up the mirror, and again to take the
picture. This mode can be used with or without the remote control.
- Exposure Bracketing: You can take consecutive images at
different exposure levels when the shutter release button is pressed. You
can set the number of shots taken to 2, 3, or 5. The selected
images are saved with each release, at standard exposure, some
underexposed, and some overexposed. You can set the order of the exposures as
desired. The bracket value can be set at +/- 2EV at 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV
intervals. Exposure Bracketing can be used with the remote control or the
- Multi-Exposure: You can create a composite picture by
merging multiple exposures into a single image. You can combine multiple
exposure with continuous shooting, self-timer, and remote control.
- Interval Shooting: Interval shooting lets you take a
series of still images at a set interval. You can select 2 to 2000 shots at
intervals of 2 seconds to 24 hours between shots. The first picture can be
taken immediately, or delayed until a specific time.
- Interval Composite: This allows you to take multiple
images at a set interval and combine them into a single image.
- Interval Movie: You can take multiple images at a set
interval and combine them into a single movie file.
Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for
measuring brightness and determining exposure:
- Multi-segment: The sensor meters the brightness in multiple
- Center-weighted: Metering is weighted at the center of the
- Spot: The brightness is measured only within a limited area at
the center of the sensor.
Exposure Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you set the desired
Exposure Mode. You can select from the following:
- User (U1 U2 U3): You can save up to three exposure settings and recall them
- (Green): Let's you capture images with fully automatic settings.
- Program Automatic Exposure (P): The camera automatically sets the shutter
speed and aperture value to obtain a proper exposure.
- Sensitivity Priority (Sv): You set the sensitivity to suit the
brightness of the subject. The shutter speed and aperture values are
- Shutter Priority (Tv): Lets you set the desired
shutter speed for expressing moving objects. The aperture value is
automatically set to give the proper exposure.
- Aperture Priority (Av): Lets you set the desired aperture value
for controlling depth of field. The shutter speed is automatically set to
give the proper exposure.
- Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv): You can set both the desired
shutter speed and aperture to take the picture. The sensitivity is
automatically set so the manually set shutter speed and aperture will give
the proper exposure.
- Manual (M): After the shutter speed and aperture are
automatically set for the proper exposure, you can change both settings to
obtain the effect you desire.
- Bulb (B): The shutter remains open as long as the shutter release
button is pressed. Use this setting for shooting night scenes and fireworks
which require long exposures.
- Flash X-sync (X): The shutter speed is automatically set to 1/180
second. This setting is useful when using an external flash that does not
automatically set the sync speed.
Custom Image Modes: The K-3 offers several Custom Image
Modes to let you take photos with a slightly different style: Bright, Natural,
Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film,
Monochrome, and Cross Processing.
EV Compensation: You can deliberately overexpose or underexpose a
picture using EV Compensation. The compensation value can be set between -5 and
+5 EV (-2 and +2 EV in Movie Mode). The step interval can be set at 1/3 EV or
1/2 EV intervals.
White Balance: White Balance is a function for adjusting the color of
an image so that white objects appear white. You can choose Automatic White
Balance (AWB), Multi Auto White Balance, or a preset White Balance depending upon the lighting source:
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (4 types), Tungsten, Flash, CTE (Color
Temperature Enhancement), or Manual. You can save three settings in the Manual
and Color Temperature white balance modes.
ISO Sensitivity: You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of
the surroundings. The sensitivity can be set to ISO AUTO or manually to ISO 100,
200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, and 51200. The range for Automatic Sensitivity
Correction can be independently set on the lower and upper ends, and the
parameters set to slow, standard, or fast.
Flash: The K-3 has a built-in pop-up flash for use in low-light
situations. The camera also has a top-mounted hot shoe for attaching an
optional external flash unit, such as the AF540FGZ, AF540FGZ II, AF360FGZ,
AF340FGZ II, AF200FG, or
AF160FC. There are several Flash Modes to choose from: Auto, Flash On, Redeye,
Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, High-speed sync, Wireless,
and Manual. You can also adjust the flash exposure compensation from -2 to 1 EV
in 1/2 EV steps. For flash units with a sync cord, the K-3 offers an X-sync
Playback and Editing Features
Magnifying Images: Single images can be magnified up to
16 times in
playback mode. While the image is magnified, you can use the 4-way controller to move around in
the magnified area.
Thumbnail: You can display multiple thumbnail images on the LCD
monitor. You can choose the number of images to be displayed in the monitor: 6,
12, 20, 35, or 80. Images can also be displayed by folder or in a calendar
Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and
editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include:
- Image Rotation: When pictures are taken
vertically, the vertical position sensor activates and rotation information
is added to the image to enable playback with the correct image orientation.
You can set the desired rotation direction in the menu.
- Digital Filter: You can edit images using
the following digital filters: Base Parameter Adjustments (Brightness,
Saturation, Hue, Contrast, Sharpness), Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast,
Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature,
Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, and Slim.
- Color Moiré Correction: This feature allows you to
correct color moiré. Only JPEG images recorded with this camera can be
- Resize: Change the number of recorded
pixels and quality level and save it as a new image.
- Cropping: Cuts out only the desired area of
the selected image and saves it as a new image. Cropping can also change the
aspect ratio from 3:2 to 4:3, 16:9 or 1:1, and rotate the image from -45° to
+45° in increments of 1°.
- Index: Allows you to join multiple images together and display
them as an index print. You can also save the displayed index print as a new
- Protect: You can protect images from being deleted.
- Slideshow: Play back still images one
at a time in slide show fashion. You can adjust the interval (3 sec, 5 sec, 10
sec, or 30 sec) and the screen effects (fade, wipe, stripe, no effect).
- Save as Manual WB: Allows you to copy the white balance setting
of a captured image and save it as Manual WB.
- Save Cross Processing: Saves the settings used for an
image captured in Cross Processing mode as Manual WB.
- RAW Development: Converts captured RAW files into JPEG or TIFF
- Movie Editing: Movies can be divided and unwanted segments can be
- Image Copy: Copies an image from one SD card to
- Eye-Fi Image Transfer: You can transfer selected images
wirelessly using an optional Eye-Fi card.
Micro HDMI: The K-3 has a Micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting the
camera to an HDTV. A Micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required (sold separately). You
can set the HDMI output resolution to 1080i, 720p, 480p (NTSC), 576p (PAL), or
Auto, corresponding to the maximum resolution of the AV device.
USB 3.0/2.0: The K-3 has a combination Micro-B USB port that
is compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 cables. If you have a cable with a
USB 3.0 Type B connector and the connected computer or device supports USB 3.0,
the data transfer speed is faster. The port also fits a standard Micro-B USB 2.0
Microphone: The camera has a built-in monaural microphone. There is also
a 3.5mm minijack input for an external stereo microphone.
Headphone Output: The camera has a 3.5mm headphone output
for monitoring the audio while recording or playing back movies.
X-Sync Socket: The K-3 has an X-sync socket for plugging in
an external flash unit with a sync cord. The socket, located on the left side of
the body, is covered by a threaded cap.
Cable Release: A 2.5mm sub-minijack is provided for the optional
CS-205 Cable Switch for operating the camera shutter release button.
DC Input: The K-3 has a DC input for use with the
optional K-AC132 AC
adapter kit, which includes the D-AC120 AC adapter and an AC power cord. When using the monitor for a long time, or connecting the camera to a
computer or AV device, it is recommended to operate the camera on AC power. The
battery in the camera will not charge when connected to the AC adapter.
Lithium-Ion Battery: The Pentax K-3 is powered by the D-LI90
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V / 1860mAh / 14Wh). The battery charges in
approximately 6.5 hours using the supplied D-BC90 battery charger. An optional
AC adapter kit (K-AC132) is available from the manufacturer for connecting the
camera to household current, if desired. The image storage capacity with a fully
charged battery is as follows:
Battery Grip: On the bottom of the camera is a set of contacts that
allow you to use the optional
BG5 battery grip. The battery grip can
accommodate an additional
D-LI90 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, or
lithium/Ni-MH/alkaline batteries. The battery grip has a shutter release button,
dual electronic dials, and AE-L button for shooting vertically.
PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 5: The K-3 comes with PENTAX
Digital Camera Utility 5 software on CD-ROM. With the software, you can manage
images saved on your computer, and develop RAW files,
adjust the color of the images and other settings, and save the new images in
JPEG or TIFF format.
Compatible Operating Systems: The PENTAX Digital Camera
software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
- Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit)
- Windows XP (32-bit)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8