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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I was very impressed with the LCD, which performs well straight out of the box

Pentax DSLRs are often praised for their pentaprism viewfinders with 100% coverage, especially in the lower end models where direct competitors’ viewfinders simply aren’t as good. While it’s more common at this level of high-end APS-Cs, that doesn’t take anything away from the K-3 II’s decent 100% viewfinder with 0.95x magnification.

Like you’d expect from a Pentax camera, it’s great to use and means that you’re able to see the entire scene you’re photographing through the viewfinder. A 3.2in 1,04-million-dot resolution TFT LCD display is also present and boasts the ability to change brightness, saturation and perform colour adjustments. I found that even straight out of the box, the camera was really good at giving true-to-scene colours. The resolution is responsive and perfectly sufficient for many photographers.

Inside the camera is a gyroscopic sensor that allows small electronic levels to be displayed for both vertical and horizontal orientation. It’s incredibly useful, especially when trying to shoot landscapes and architecture and allows you to line up everything perfectly straight without needing an additional accessory.

There’s no touch screen functionality or articulation to the K-3 II, and while this is to be expected on a rugged, high-end APS-C DSLR, some users may find the omission an issue.


  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.