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Pentax K-3 image leaked, seems to confirm the rumored launch date and specs


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A first image of the new K-3 DSLR from Pentax was leaked online

We reported earlier about an expected launch date in October for the new Pentax K-3 DSLR. Now a first leaked image of this shooter surfaced on the web, supporting the rumors about the release date and the camera specifications.

PentaxK-3_01 Pentax K-3 image leaked, seems to confirm the rumored launch date and specs Rumors

A first image of the upcoming Pentax K-3 DSLR was leaked, which seems to confirm the rumored release date and specs.

Pentax K-3 image leaked seems to confirm previous rumors

A Japanese website with a good track record on such announcements, digicame-info managed to get their hands on the first picture of the upcoming Pentax K-3, revealing a camera body very similar with the K-5 II on the outside, with only a few differences. Still, the outside look provides hints on what is inside. As the most important revelation from the picture, the body has mounted a DA 18-135 mm lens, confirming the fact that the camera has an APS-C sensor.

Another fresh leak reveals some more possible features of this upcoming camera: a new flash system, AF sensors – supposedly all cross sensors, tracking AF and some new in-camera functions not further specified.

A 24 Megapixel camera, the Pentax K-3 is rumored to be released on October 8

All these new features remain to be confirmed or denied soon, on October 8, when the launch of the new DSLR from Pentax is expected to happen in a special press event held by Ricoh in Japan.

The latest rumors about the Pentax K-3 specs present it as a 24 Megapixel camera with an APS-C sensor lacking an anti-aliasing filter (while doing AA in software) and having at the core a Prime III processing engine. It is expected to feature a 27-point autofocus system with -3EV sensitivity, an 100% optical viewfinder with 0.95x magnification while being capable of a burst mode of up to 8.5 frames per second. It may be equipped with a 4-stop shake reduction system, an USB 3.0 port and a fixed air-gapless LCD.

The price for Pentax K-3 to be $1,299.99

There is also rumored a price for the new camera, that is $1,299.99 for the body only. At the same launch event it was expected to be announced a 18-70mm f/2.8 DA zoom lens, but the new leaks does not seem to confirm it, while neither directly denying it. Anyway, it seems that the leaks and rumors on the K-3 keep coming, building the excitement for this launch. It won’t be a wonder if the next days will add more of them.

For those who hoped K-3 will be a Full Frame unit and are disappointed now, the light will come eventually: apparently Pentax may finally debut later in 2014,  so some more patience is needed.

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