Pentax K-3 Review – Can the Pentax K-3 enthusiast DSLR offer some competition to Nikon and Canon? Find out in the full What Digital Camera Pentax K-3 review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Pentax K-3

Overall score:88%
Image Quality:90%


  • Great image quality; Solid build; Customisable interface


  • Sluggish AF performance; Lacking Wi-fi functionality; Some performance quirks


Pentax K-3 Review


Price as reviewed:


Pentax K-3 Review – Verdict

Pentax K-3 Review –  front on view

The fantastic body and excellent image quality are the two main reasons to buy the Pentax K-3. It really is a great camera, though it does have its quirks.

The autofocusing isn’t as fast as its competitors from Canon and Nikon, and whilst it isn’t bad, wildlife and sports photographers will probably find it is too slow for there needs. Those more keen on landscape and travel photography have more to look forward to in the K-3.

The rugged body and it weather seals give you the confidence to take it anywhere, though it could weigh a little less, but the high resolution is certainly backed up with the great colours that the camera can produce.

You do have to spend some time with the camera learning how to get the best from the metering, but a simple +1EV exposure compensation adjustment is often the simplest way to get better results. I found that the K-3 is a real photographers camera. It is a tool and you have to learn how to use it, but once you have mastered it, it produces excellent images.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Pentax K-3 Review - Design
  3. 3. Pentax K-3 Review - Performance
  4. 4. Pentax K-3 Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Pentax K-3 Review - Verdict
  6. 6. Pentax K-3 Review – Sample Image Gallery
  7. 7. Pentax K-3 Review – First Look
Page 5 of 7 - Show Full List