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

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Pentax K-3 II

Image Quality:90%


  • + 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


Pentax K-3 II Review


Dynamic Range


Pentax K-3 II dynamic range

Our Applied Imaging lab test chart shows that at a base ISO sensitivity setting of ISO 100, the K-3 II can achieve 12.3EV. This is a very good, but fairly standard dynamic range score for this type of sensor, and indicates raw files should contain plenty of recoverable shadow detail.

At ISO 1,600, a dynamic range of 10.8EV is achieved, which is still very impressive. When pushed past ISO 1,600, dynamic range drops by around 1EV per stop of ISO sensitivity increase thereafter.

  1. 1. Pentax K-3 II Review – Features
  2. 2. Build and Handling
  3. 3. LCD/Viewfinder
  4. 4. Autofocus
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. White Balance and Colour
  7. 7. Pixel Shift Resolution System
  8. 8. Image Quality
  9. 9. Dynamic Range
  10. 10. Noise
  11. 11. Verdict
  12. 12.  Full Specification
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