Building on Performance

Building upon the legacy of the award-winning K-3, the PENTAX K-3 II offers outstanding image quality and operability to meet a photographer’s greatest demands. It features an impressive 24.35 effective megapixel AA Filter-less APS-C CMOS sensor, along with a high-performance 27-point AF system and 8.3 frames per second of continuous shooting. The addition of the newly developed Pixel Shift Resolution System delivers more truthful colour reproduction and finer details while significantly lowering the level of high-sensitivity noise. With the updated PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System, supported by the 86K-pixel RGB light-metering sensor, the K-3 II has more responsive subject tracking. Thanks to its new high-precision gyro-sensor, the K-3 II assures more effective camera-shake compensation up to 4.5EV steps. The K-3 II’s newly integrated, built-in GPS and Electronic Compass extends the range of your photo shooting expedition, while the built-in ASTROTRACER function simplifies astrophotography by eliminating the need of an extra accessory to capture celestial objects such as stars, nebulas and planets. With a weather-resistant and dust proof magnesium alloy body, this exceptional field camera allows you to get closer to the action in the most extreme conditions.

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24 effective megapixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor

Designed for the demanding photographer, the K-3 II features a 24.35 effective megapixel AA Filter-less APS-C sized CMOS sensor for outstanding image quality. The Prime III image-processing engine assures high quality image output up to ISO 51200.

Designed for the demanding photographer, the K-3 II features a 24.35 effective megapixel AA Filter-less APS-C sized CMOS sensor for outstanding image quality. The Prime III image-processing engine assures high quality image output up to ISO 51200.

Fast, continuous shooting at 8.3FPS

Never miss the perfect shot with an incredibly fast frame rate of 8.3FPS, for extreme action capture and demanding high performance shooting.

Fast, continuous shooting at 8.3FPS

Never miss the perfect shot with an incredibly fast frame rate of 8.3FPS, for extreme action capture and demanding high performance shooting.

SAFOX 11 27-point AF System

The SAFOX 11 autofocus module maximizes 27 AF sensors and a vast light sensitivity range of –3EV to +18EV. This focus module includes 25 cross sensors and three AF sensors designed to detect the light flux of an F2.8 lens, making it easy to obtain pinpoint focus on the subject when using a large-aperture lens. The Expanded AF area allows for accurate focusing, even on moving subjects.

Built-in GPS functionality and Electronic Compass

The built-in GPS module extends the range of your photo shooting expedition. Use the Electronic compass to help find your way while GPS Log lets you keep track of where the trails have taken you. With the addition of ASTROTRACER, eliminate the need of an extra accessory with this functionality built directly into the camera to capture celestial objects such as stars, nebulas and planets.

Improved In-body Shake Reduction (SR)

The K-3 II’s in-body shake reduction (SR) mechanism effectively compensates for camera shake up to 4.5EV steps regardless of the lens type mounted.

Panning Detection

When the SR unit detects the panning motion of the camera, it controls the SR mechanism movement to help produce the best image possible under the given conditions.

Pixel Shift Resolution System

The Pixel Shift Resolution System captures 4 images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, and then synthesizes them into a single composite image. The result is exceptional detail and true-to-life colour accurate images as this innovative system obtains full RGB information from every pixel. The composite process also effectively reduces image noise in high ISO settings.

Diffraction Correction

Diffraction Correction helps to suppress aberrations that degrade the definition of the image, which often occurs when shooting with a larger F-stop.

Improved AF Tracking Performance

The K-3 II assures the most responsive subject tracking in all PENTAX DSLRs thanks to the combination of a state-of-the-art AF algorithm and the advanced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System. Enjoy improved AF tracking performance in AF Continuous mode, while providing an extra-wide measurable luminance range (–3EV to +18EV).

Faster focusing at AF.S

When used with our new PENTAX lenses*, the AF.S focusing speed on the K-3 II is even faster since the lens activation method is optimized to eliminate redundant movement at the last moment’s “fine adjustment” step.

*New lenses: HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm WR RE/ HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm/HD PENTAX-D FA★ 70-200mm

Professional H.264 video

Enhance your video recording experience with full HD movie capture in the H.264 format (1920×1080 pixels; 60i/30p). Interval movie mode captures a series of 4K-resolution movie clips at a fixed interval.

Pentaprism Viewfinder for 100% Field of View

What you see is what you get with the K-3 II. Experience magnification at approximately 0.95x.

Large, easy-to-view 3.2-inch LCD monitor

The 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots (in a 3:2 aspect ratio) features a protective tempered-glass front panel for added durability. The unique air-gapless construction effectively reduces the reflection and dispersion of the light to improve visibility during outdoor shooting.

Fully Weather Sealed

With 92 seals, the K-3 II boasts a fully weather and cold proof design to resist water, fog, snow, sand and dust, for top performance in extreme field conditions.

FLUCARD For PENTAX Connectivity

Wirelessly connect with your smartphone using the FLUCARD for PENTAX. Enjoy wireless image browsing, live viewing and operate functions such as shutter release, tough operation for AF point and exposure settings.

Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera
Sensor Type: CMOS with primary colour filter, integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor-movement system
Size: 23.5 x 15.6mm
Effective Pixels: 24.35 megapixels
Total Pixels: 24.71 megapixels
Image Stabilization: Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (up to 4.5 Stops)
Dust Removal: DR II (ultrasonic vibration to low pass filter) with Dust Alert function
Sensitivity Auto: ISO 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Auto ISO range selectable
Bulb mode: Auto ISO n/a
Manual: 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable Lens PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w/adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes
Power zoom function: Yes (power zoom only)
Recording & Image Formats
Image Sizes JPEG:L (24M:6016×4000), M (14M: 4608×3072), S (6M: 3072×2048), XS (2M: 1920×1280)
RAW:(24M:6016×4000)
File Formats RAW (PEF, DNG), JPEG (EXIF 2.30), DCF 2.0 compliant
Quality Level RAW (14bit): PEF, DNG
JPEG: ★★★ Best, ★★ Better, ★GoodRAW + JPEG: simultaneous capture available
Colour Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage Media SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Card (Conforms to USH-1 standards), Eye-Fi card, FLU card.
Focusing System
Type SAFOX 11 TTL phase-matching – 27 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)
Brightness Range EV-3 to 20 (ISO 100 / at normal temperature)
AF Modes AF Single (w/focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF Continuous (w/ focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
Focus Point Adjustment Spot, Select, Expanded Area (S, M, L), Zone select, Auto (27 AF points)
AF assist Dedicated LED AF assist light
Exposure Control
Metering System TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor, Multi-segment, center-weighted and spot metering
Metering Range EV-3 to 20 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)
Exposure Compensation ±5EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps can be selected)
Exposure Bracketing 2, 3, or 5 frames, up to +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps)
AE Lock Button type (timer type: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting); Continuous as long as the shutter button is halfway pressed
Capture Modes Mode selection: Green, Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync Speed, USER (3 presets).
Custom Image Modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function
PIXEL SHIFT RESOLUTION: ON / OFF
Green simplified mode available: Yes
P/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Date stamp: n/a
Digital filters (capture): Extract Colour, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Colour, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome
Data record: Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright
GPS: GPS Logging (Logging Interval, Logging Duration, Memory Card Options), ASTROTRACER, Calibration, Additional Settings (GPS Time Sync, GPS Indicator Lamp)
Electronic level function: Yes, verification via viewfinder and LCD panel
Playback Modes Mode selection: Single frame, multi-image display (6,12, 20, 35, 80 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16, 100% display and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright area warning, Auto Image Rotation, detailed info, Copyright Information (Photographer, Copyright holder), Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display, Slide Show, GPS information (latitude, longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time , Orientation)
Edit: Image Rotation, Color Moiré Correction, Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving RAW data in buffer memory, Image Copy, Eye-Fi Image Transfer
Digital filters (playback): Base Parameter Adj, Extract Colour, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Colour, Unicolour Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Colour, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim
Video Capture
File Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(MOV) – JPEG(AVI) for interval movie record
Recorded Pixels Full HD (1920×1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p)
HD (1280×720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
Sound Built-in monaural microphone, external microphone (Stereo recording compatible)
Recording Sound Level adjustable.
Recording time Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
Capture Modes Custom Image modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Cross Processing: Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3.
Digital Filter: Extract Colour, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Colour, Unicolour Bold, Bold Monochrome
White Balance AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Colour, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE
Manual WB: Yes, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Colour Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Shutter Type: Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter

*Electronic shutter when using Pixel Shift Resolution

Shutter Speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 EV steps), Bulb

Drive Modes Mode selection: Single, Continuous (H,M,L), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Exp. Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), Mirror up (standard, remote), HDR Capture (3 shots at 1EV, 2EV, or 3EV, 3 blend settings plus Auto, pixel alignment)
Multi-exposure: Composite Mode (Additive/Average/Bright) Number of Shots (2 to 2000 images)
Interval Shooting: 2 – 2000 images, 2 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay available
Continuous Shooting:
Max. approx. 8.3 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to approx. 60 frames, RAW: up to approx. 23 frames
Max. approx. 4.5 fps, JPEG L: ★★★ at Continuous M): up to approx. 100 frames, RAW: up to approx. 32 frames
Max. approx. 3.0 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous Lo): up to approx. 200 frames, RAW: up to approx. 52 frames
*ISO100
Self-timer: Yes (12s, 2s)
Remote control: Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous), cable switch
Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view): 100%
Magnification: 0.95X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Diopter adjustment: -2.5m to 1.5m-1
Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop-down), digital
LCD Monitor Type: 3.2” TFT colour LCD with brightness/saturation/colour adjustment AR coating and air-gapless glass.
Resolution: 1037K dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes
Live View Type: TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View: 100%
Display Modes: Magnification (2-6X AF, 2-10X MF), Grid Overlay (4×4, Golden Ratio, Scale), Bright/Dark Indication, Histogram
Autofocus: Contrast + Face Detection, Contrast Detection, Phase Difference
Built-in Flash n/a
External Flash Synchronization Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w/PENTAX dedicated flash, X-Sync Socket
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Custom Function 26 custom-programmable functions available
Built-in GPS GPS and electronic compass function (LCD compass and co-ordinate display )
GPS Logging: Logs GPS travel data, compatible with Google Earth™
GPS ASTROTRACER Function: Compensates for earth movement during long exposures of the night sky by moving the Shake Reduction system to prevent star trails
Interfaces Ports: USB3.0 (micro B), external power supply terminal, external release controller terminal, X-synch socket, HDMI output terminal (Type D) , stereo microphone input terminal, Headphone terminal
Video out: HD (via HDMI), NTSC, PAL
Power Sources Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90
Recordable images: Approx. 720 *
Playback time: Approx. 370 min.*
Movie recording time: Approx. 25 min (automatic overheat shutdown protection)*
AC adapter available: Yes (sold separately)

* With a fully-recharged Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery. Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting condition.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 131.5 x 102.5 x 77.5 mm
Weight Without battery or removable memory: 700g
Loaded and ready: 785g w/dedicated battery & SD memory card
Construction material(s) Magnesium alloy shell over metal chassis
Weather Resistant Yes (92 weather protection seals)
Operating temperature -10 to 40°C (14-104°F)
Time World Time: 75 cities (28 time zones)
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian
  • Rechargeable L-ION Battery D-LI90(E)
    Model No. 39993

  • Battery Charger Kit K-BC90U
    Model No. 39835

  • FLUCARD for PENTAX 16GB O-FC1
    Model No. 38610

  • Battery Grip D-BG5
    Model No. 38799

  • AC Adapter Kit K-AC132U
    Model No. 38780

  • Focusing Screen Frame Matte MF-60
    Model No. 38578

  • Focusing Screen Divided Matte ML-60
    Model No. 38579

  • Focusing Screen Scale Matte MI-60
    Model No. 38580

  • Focusing Screen Plain Matte ME-60
    Model No. 38580

  • Magnifying Eyecup O-ME53
    Model No. 30150

  • Remote Control F
    Model No. 37377

  • Waterproof Remote Control O-RC1
    Model No. 39892

  • Cable Switch CS-205 Cable Switch CS-205
    Model No. 37248

  • Image Sensor Cleaning Kit O-ICK1
    Model No. 39357

  • HDMI Cable Type C
    Model No. 03645

  • Strap O-ST1401 Black
    Model No. 38613

  • Strap O-ST1401 Red
    Model No. 38614

  • Pentax O-ST128 Hand Strap Carbon Black
    Model No. 39987

  • Pentax O-ST128 Hand Strap Carbon White
    Model No. 39988

  • Pentax O-ST128 Hand Strap Carbon Beige
    Model No. 39989

  • Pentax AF360FGZ II Flash Weather Resistant
    Model No. 30438

  • Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash Weather Resistant
    Model No. 30456

  • K-3 II Body
  • Li-Ion Battery D-LI90E
  • Battery Charger Kit K-BC90U
  • Strap O-ST132
  • Eyecup FS
  • Finder Cap ME
  • PC Socket Cap
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Focusing Screen MF-60 Frame Matte
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW160