The 23.35-million-pixel sensor in the new Pentax K-3 is just one of many reasons why this enthusiast DSLR may finally be the one to compete with Canon and Nikon. Read the Pentax K-3 review...

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Pentax K-3 review – Metering

With an 86,000-pixel RGB metering sensor, you would expect the K-3 to get perfect exposures every time. However, as we have seen from other metering sensors, a high specification isn’t everything. In fact, I noticed little difference between the metering system of the K-3 and other Pentax DSLRs I have tested and used over the years.

As with previous models, the K-3 has a tendency to underexpose, particularly in overcast light. I found myself having to add around 1-1.3EV to many exposures in dull light, while in good light a +0.3-1EV adjustment was needed. This did mean that I had a few issues with burnt-out highlight details.

Another positive of the K-3’s metering system is its consistency. As I have commented before with other Pentax cameras, you quickly get a feeling for how the metering system is going to behave in certain conditions, and as no metering system is infallible, predictability is important. However, for very tricky scenes with a high-contrast range, spot and centreweighted metering, along with an AE-L button, are on hand to ensure very precise results.

  1. 1. Pentax K-3 at a glance:
  2. 2. Pentax K-3 review - Anti-aliasing
  3. 3. Pentax K-3 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Pentax K-3 review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Pentax K-3 review - Metering
  6. 6. Pentax K-3 review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Pentax K-3 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Pentax K-3 review - White balance and colour
  9. 9. Pentax K-3 review - Viewfinder, LCD, live view and video
  10. 10. Pentax K-3 review - The competition
  11. 11. Pentax K-3 review - Our verdict
  12. 12. Hands-on review
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