The Pentax K-3 II aims to improve on the K-3 with better continuous autofocusing, in-body image stabilisation and never before seen features like Pixel Shift Resolution and Astrotracer. Callum McInernery-Riley investigates

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Pentax K-3 II


  • + In-body image stabilisation
  • + Quick autofocusing system
  • + Pixel Shift Resolution feature
  • + Unique astrotracer feature for astrophotography


  • - No touch/Articulation to LCD screen
  • - No Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity
  • - Only 27 autofocusing points


Pentax K-3 II Review


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Full Specification


Sensor:24.35 MP APS-C-sized CMOS
Output size:6016 x 4000
Focal length mag:1.5x
Lens mount:Pentax K-mount
File format:Raw (Adobe DNG or PEF) JPEG
Shutter speeds:30-1/8,000sec
ISO:ISO 100-51,200
Exposure modes:PASM, TAV, bulb, X sync, auto, scene modes
Metering sensor:86,000-pixel RGB Matrix sensor
Metering modes:Multi, centreweighted, spot
Exp comp:±/5EV
Video:Full HD 1080p 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p
Viewfinder:Pentaprism viewfinder – 100% 0.95x magnification
AF points:27 AF points (25 cross type)
Display:1.04-million-dot, 3.2in TFT LCD
Memory card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Dimensions:131.5 x 102.5 x 77.5mm
Weight:800g with battery and card
  1. 1. Pentax K-3 II Review – Features
  2. 2. Build and Handling
  3. 3. LCD/Viewfinder
  4. 4. Autofocus
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. White Balance and Colour
  7. 7. Pixel Shift Resolution System
  8. 8. Image Quality
  9. 9. Dynamic Range
  10. 10. Noise
  11. 11. Verdict
  12. 12. Full Specification
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  • Mike Ward-Sale

    I have two K 3 ll bodies and grips – They seem to do what it says on the tin – no probs so far. Although the near silence of operation is a bit eerie . . . . .

  • eenymac

    I’d agree with that, on some levels. I used the K5IIs for over a year until an unfortunate accident wrote it off. Replaced it with a K3 which, although very good and a step up in some capabilities, just doesn’t have the overall image sharpness I got with the K5IIs. I keep thinking I might look for a used K5IIs at some point, even though I have since upgraded to the K3II.

  • Michał Świtnicki

    do you mean the sensor? then yup – pretty much. but other features matter too. cheers.

  • Until now there’s no Pentax camera that can beat the K5IIs and i’ve worked with all. Waiting for a FF or maybe we have to wait more 10 years.