Pentax K-3 II Review

August 5, 2015

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



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

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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.

  • 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
  • Drive: 8.3fps
  • 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

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