K-3 II

K-3 II

General Description

Like its predecessors, the K-7, K-5, K-5 II(s), and K3 the K-3II’s body has a steel chassis, a mangesium-alloy shell, and many (92) seels to keep out dust and moisture.

Pixel Shift Resolution
Advanced resolution technology for capturing still life subjects in ultra high definition

The CMOS sensor is operated to consecutively shoot four images for individual pixel. Using the overwhelmingly large volume of color information (24M×RGB), the Pixel Shift Resolution generates a single ultra-high-definition image. The increase in resolving power and color reproducibility makes it possible to obtain such high-definition images, especially when photographing stationary subjects. High-ISO noise is also greatly reduced, and, in theory, moiré and false color are not generated. During shooting, an electronic shutter is used so camera shake can be minimized.

Built-in GPS
Record location information and such only with K-3 II

The K-3 II features a built-in GPS function. Only with the camera itself, you can record the information of shooting location, facing direction, and the shooting date and time (Coordinated Universal Time) in image data. The K-3 II’s GPS button allows you to easily activate the GPS function when shooting.

Easy Astronomical tracking for capturing vivid stars

Coupled with in-body SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, this function easily tracks and photographs astronomical body such as stars. The latitude obtained by the GPS function, and camera position (horizontal/vertical tilt and facing direction) detected by the magnetic and acceleration sensors are used to calculate the movement of astronomical body. The CMOS sensor is synchronized with the movement of astronomical body, making it possible to capture stars as points of light not as trails of light even during long exposures.

Silver Edition

The special Silver Edition of the Pentax K-3 II is announced to commemorate the 80th anniversary of RICOH’s foundation. It is limited to 500 units worldwide.

Product Variations
Exact Name K-3 II K-3 II
Color black silver
Year of Introduction 2015 2016
Catalog Number 16159 unknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount “crippled” KAF2
Mount Limitations digital A aperture or metered manual only
AF System (sensitivity) SAFOX X, 27 sensors, 25 cross-sensors, f2.8 sensor (-3 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lenses yes
Power-Zoom Features auto-lens retract, power zoom
Self-Timer 12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Release CS-205
Infra-Red Release remote control F
Custom Functions 27
Additional Features weather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth 131.5 x 100 x 77.5 mm
Weight 715 g
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count 24 megapixel
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 15.6 x 23.5 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor 1.53 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage Formats RAW (DNG, PEF), RAW + JPG, JPG
Storage Media Secure Digital (SD and SDHC)
Digital Features
Shake Reduction yes
Dust Removal yes
Pixelshift Resolution yes
Live View yes
Orientation Sensor yes
Exposure System
Exposure Modes Av, HyM, HyP, P, Pgreen, Sv, TAv, Tv
Metering Modes with K and M Lenses center-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses 77-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter Material SPD
Exposure Compensation (Step) +/-5 (1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lock yes
Meter Range 0 ~ 22 EV
ISO Range 80 ~ 51200 ASA
Construction electronic (vertical)
Material metal
Shutter Speeds 30 ~ 1/8000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage] 0.95x [100%]
Aperture Indication LED
Shutter-Speed Indication LED
Interchangeable Screens yes
Power Source
Batteries 1 x Lithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable
External Battery Grip D-BG5
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting 8.3 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)
Features HS, P-TTL
Synchronization Speed(s) 1/180 ~ 30, B
GPS Log yes
Electronic Compass yes
Astrotracer yes
Fitting Case(s) unknown