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
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.