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Pentax K-3 Digital Camera Review

A fantastic addition to the Pentax lineup

$739.00 at Adorama
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The road travelled by Pentax over the past decade has been rocky, to say the least. Once an independent company, Pentax was acquired by Hoya Corporation in 2006, then bought by Ricoh (yes, that Ricoh) in 2011. As it turned out, the Hoya pairing was less than fruitful, leaving Pentax fans cautiously optimistic for the brand's future under Ricoh.

If the Hoya era effectively ended with the polarizing K-01, then the Pentax K-3 (MSRP $1299.95) marks the true beginning of Ricoh's stewardship. The first Pentax camera to prominently feature Ricoh's logo, the K-3 is an enthusiast APS-C DSLR featuring a new 24-megapixel sensor, an eminently practical design, and more features than you can shake a stick at.

While this might not be the full-frame juggernaut that brand loyalists hoped would be forthcoming, Pentax knows how to make the best of the APS-C format. That said, the K-3 is entering into the ring with cameras from Canon and Nikon, both offering newly-minted enthusiast DSLRs of their own. The K-3 is undoubtedly a new high water mark among Pentax's DSLR offerings but can it go toe to toe with the competition?

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design and Features
  3. Performance
  4. The Science
  5. Comparisons
  6. Conclusion

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