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Pentax’s 26-MP, 4K video shooting K-3 MkIII proves DSLRs aren’t dead yet

Full specs reveal a massive ISO range for Pentax’s new flagship APS-C camera...

Pentax has made its fans wait, but now we finally know the name and specifications of the upcoming flagship APS-C camera, which will be called the K-3 Mark III. While most brands have transitioned to mirrorless, Pentax has held firm on DSLRs, so what exactly does this new model offer?

Well, at the heart of the K-3 Mark III, you’ll find an APS-C CMOS sensor that serves up 26-megapixels (25.73-megapixels to be exact). That’s enough resolution to produce a maximum file size of 6192 x 4128 pixels, enabling photographers to print to large sizes or crop in on files without compromising image quality.

What’s more, the Pentax engineers have been busy and made improvements to both the max burst rate, which tops out at 12 frames per second making the K-3 Mark III suitable for sports and wildlife photography and the autofocus system, which offers 101 AF points – 25 of them being the more sensitive Cross Type, with Pentax saying the AF is considerably improved when tracking moving subjects.

In a first for a Pentax DSLR, the K-3 Mark III will appeal to videographers as well as photographers as the APS-C camera can capture 4K video at 30p, which will benefit from the 5-axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) system that Pentax has championed in previous DSLRs. The addition of a large 3.2-inch touch screen LCD should help videographers line up compositions.

Other interesting specifications include dual SD cards, enabling photographers to make instant back ups of their content or choose to record stills to one card and video to the other. Pentax has also made a big deal about the style of optical viewfinder, which uses a new type of glass for the pentaprism and offers a 1.05x magnification.

Check out the update on the K-3 Mark III from Pentax…

DSLRs are typically heavier than their mirrorless counterparts and the Pentax K-3 Mark III tips the scales at 820g (including battery and SD card). The flip side to the extra bulk is battery performance and Pentax says the Mark III will allow for 800 shots on a single charge.

Other features include an epic ISO range of 100 to 1600000 (yes, that’s 1.6 million) and the inclusion of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Although we now know the name and specs of the K-3 Mark III, the exact price and release date are yet to be finalised – mainly because of the impact of the worldwide pandemic. Pentax did reveal in an update video however that they hope to launch in early 2021 – possibly to coincide with the CP+ photo show in Japan.