Pentax K-3 DSLR unveiled with software-based AA filter

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Pentax K-3 DSLR unveiled with software-based AA filter

Ricoh has officially unveiled the new Pentax K-3, the company’s most advanced APS-C DSLR camera aimed at enthusiast photographers.

The new Pentax K-3 DSLR is immediately touted to be a better device than the K-5 IIs, a shooter which has received multiple praises from photographers.

K-3
Pentax K-3 is a new DSLR camera with a 24-megapixel sensor powered by a PRIME III processor capable of capturing 8.3 frames per second.

Ricoh launches Pentax K-3 DSLR camera with 24-megapixel sensor and PRIME III processor

On the first sight, the K-3 looks bigger and more impressive than its K-mount counterparts and its specs list contains more powerful features.

The DSLR captures photos with a new 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor. It is powered by a PRIME III image processor, allowing photographers to capture up to 8.3 frames per second, a very useful option for people who enjoy sports or wildlife photography.

Another thing that should make it more appealing to photographers who need to use the camera in continuous shooting mode consists of the ability to add two SD memory cards into the K-3.

K-3 top
K-3 top view provides access to the controls and a glance at the exposure settings, which is natural of an advanced APS-C DSLR. However, the software-based user-selectable AA filter is new and an impressive piece of technology.

Pentax K-3 does not have an AA filter, but the SR system can mimic its presence and reduce moiré

One of the most exciting features of the Pentax K-3 is the lack and presence of an anti-aliasing filter. Physically, there is no AA filter inside, but a special software will allow users to mimic its presence in order to keep moiré under control.

This software is directly linked with the built-in Shake Reduction technology. Although it reduces camera shakes, the SR system is now capable of applying micro vibrations to the sensor, creating motion blur, thus reducing moiré effects.

It is an ingenious solution and can be turned on whenever the photographer feels that a scene might be susceptible to moiré and turned off when such patterns are not of the user’s concern, therefore preserving a high image quality.

K-3 Back
Pentax K-3 back side is dominated by a 3.2-inch LCD screen and the menu controls.

First Pentax APS-C camera with FLU SDHC wireless card support

Other important feature of the Pentax K-3 is the FLU SDHC card support. Such memory cards come with wireless support, meaning that users can link the DSLR to a remote device and perform various functions, such as to fire the shutter.

The list of goody-goodies does not end here. The new SAFOX11 autofocus system comes with 27 AF points. The technology supports an exposure compensation range between -3EV and +18EV.

Additionally, there is a Real-Time Scene Analysis system within the DSLR camera, consisting of an 86,000-pixel RGB sensor.

K-3 release date
Pentax K-3 release date has been set for November and a price of $1299.95 for the body-only version.

Weathersealed K-3 DSLR to be released this November

Pentax K-3 also features a 3.2-inch fixed LCD screen, built-in optical viewfinder with 100% coverage and 0.95x magnification, shutter speed range between 1/8000 and 30 seconds, integrated flash, and full HD video recording at various frame rates.

Ricoh has added USB 3.0 and HDMI ports to the shooter. However, the camera is weathersealed so it can withstand the rigors of outdoor photography, the company says.

The ISO sensitivity will range between 80 and 51,200 when the camera becomes available in November for $1,299.95. A kit including an 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 WR zoom lens will cost $1,699.95.

HD Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR lens announced, too

The other important announcement made by Ricoh today consists of the introduction of the HD Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR lens.

Just like the K-3 camera, the new lens is weathersealed, thus suitable for harsher environmental conditions.

It is compatible with the full lineup of Pentax APS-C cameras and it will provide a 35mm equivalent of 82.5-450mm.

HD Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR
Ricoh has also introduced the HD Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR lens.

Ricoh releasing weathersealed zoom lens next month

The new HD Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR lens comes with high-grade multi-layer HD coating in order to provide higher image quality while cutting down ghosting and flare.

This product will also be released in November. Its price will stand at $449.95 and it is already available for pre-order at Amazon.

Pentax K-3 can also be pre-ordered at Amazon for the price of $1,299.

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