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Ricoh - 23.4 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with Lens - 18 mm-135 mm Lens - Black
- smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR Lens
- Eyecup FS, Strap O-ST132, Finder Cap ME
- Focusing Screen MF-60 Frame Matte
- Battery Charger Kit K-BC90
- Software CD-ROM S-SW140
- K-3 Digital SLR Camera
- Li-Ion Battery D-LI90
- Hotshoe Cover FK
- Body Mount Cover
- PC Socket Cap
The New Standard of Performance
Benchmarked as the most advanced enthusiast DSLR available, featuring unparalleled technology and specifications, the PENTAX K-3 will set your photography free with the new standard of imaging performance and unsurpassed user-flexibility. The K-3 touts 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sensor, continuous shooting at an incredible 8.3 frames per second, and champions the world's first selectable anti-aliasing filter, giving the user the ability to easily toggle anti-aliasing functionality on or off, for supreme resolution and zero limitation. Power your pictures using the new top-tier SAFOX11 autofocus module, and go beyond wireless functionality with the new FLU card SDHC technology for complete remote camera control, and image transfer. Complete, and capable for every serious photographer, also enjoy professional H.264 video capture, dual memory card slots, and the distinguished PENTAX weather sealing in a stunning magnesium alloy body. Harness the summit of the K-mount with the PENTAX K-3.
Memory card sold separately.
Effective Camera Resolution: 23.4 Megapixel
Image Sensor Size: 0.93" x 0.61"
Maximum Image Resolution: 6016 x 4000
Maximum Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Focal Length: 18 mm to 135 mm (Lens 1)
Image Stabilization: Digital, Optical
Focus Modes: Auto, Manual
Exposure Control: Program AE Aperture Priority AE Shutter Priority AE Manual
Memory Card Supported: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Wireless LAN SD
Durability: Dust Resistant, Weather Resistant
Best Buy Customer Reviews
Pentax...you won't find more bang for your buck
Posted by: HandymanJD
from Cumming, GA on
09/21/2014If you're new to DSLR's here's a primer.
These are basically digital versions of old school 35mm cameras. Instead of film, they have a sensor inside. The advantage is that you can change lenses, and you have a lot more control over the image than you do with a point and shoot.
Many manufacturers make these cameras, with Canon and Nikon being the most popular by a large margin. While they have a lot of great gear, I'd urge you not to overlook the K3.
I say this for a couple of reasons. First of all, it's weather resistant. As in I've washed my Pentax gear off under a faucet with no ill effects. Try that on a Canon or Nikon under about 2500 bucks, and you'll ruin it. Not all Pentax lenses are weather resistant though, so make sure you're using a WR (weather resistant) lens if you're out in the weather. The one that comes with this kit is.
My second reason has to do with image stabilization. Canon and Nikon both offer image stabilized lenses. Through a system of sensors, springs and motors, they move the lenses around internally to reduce camera shake.
Pentax takes a much simpler approach. The sensor sits in an electronically controlled cradle that moves to eliminate jitter. So every single lens you put on it is automatically stabilized. This adds one other advantage. You can turn on "horizon correction" and it'll use an internal level coupled to the sensor shift to make sure that every shot you take is actually level to the horizon.
The image quality is above reproach, and you'll be amazed at the low light performance. No one else can touch what this camera can do at even twice the price.
I will say that I'm not a huge fan of the Pentax flash system-Nikon kind of owns the market on making cameras with really really good electronic flash units. However, if you get serious, buy a Metz brand flash unit-I've got two, and for some reason they seem to do a better job than the factory flash units ever do.
If you're a bit more of an advanced user, Pentax has one more thing no one else really has. In most cameras, you have three modes. Shutter priority, where you set the shutter speed and it sets the aperture. Aperture priority, where you set the aperture, and it sets the shutter, and manual. Pentax adds a fourth mode, where you set the shutter and aperture, and it sets the ISO of the camera to give you the right exposure.
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