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Pentax K-3 II New Flagship DSLR with Super-Resolution Technology

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Pentax K-3 II DSLR

Ricoh Imaging announced the Pentax K-3 II, the new flagship DSLR that will be replacing the K-3 in the Pentax APS-C lineup.

The Pentax K-3 II key addition is a Pixel Shift Resolution System that promises to dramatically improve the image quality of photos of still subjects such as landscape, when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

Pentax K-3 II super resolution system works by microscopically moving the sensor around across a series of four exposures so that complete color data is captured by each pixel. It will provide an image with more detail, lower noise, more accurate colors and significantly lower risk of artifacts.

Next up improvement in Pentax K-3 II is Shake Reduction System that compensates for up to 4.5 stops of light, thanks to an improved gyro sensor. Shake reduction system has also been designed to deliver sharper images while panning. Enables stabilization with any lens, old or new by the Pentax SR system.

Pentax K-3 II - LCD screen

Pentax K-3 II – LCD screen

Finally, the Pentax K-3 II has a built-in GPS module that enables geotagging and the unique astrotracer function without the need for any accessories. Electronic compass and location display can be viewed on the LCD screen.

Pentax K-3 II is nearly identical to the K-3 model, though the on-board flash has been removed to accommodate the GPS antenna. The prism housing has received a face-lifted design that resembles the styling of classic Pentax film SLRs and the old flash release button has been replaced by a button to control the GPS function.

The removal of the built-in flash is an unusual move and makes the K-3 II unique among enthusiast level APS-C bodies, which could potentially be misleading.

Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II - top view

Pentax K-3 II – top view

quick spec:

  • PRIME III image engine
  • 24-megapixel APS-C sensor
  • AA filter simulator
  • ISO 100-51,200
  • 8.3 FPS burst shooting
  • 3.2″ LCD screen with 1037k dots
  • 100% coverage viewfinder – with 0.95x magnification
  • 27-point SAFOX 11 autofocus system
  • 86k pixel metering system
  • Full HD video recording – with external mic and headphone jacks
  • Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body
  • Wireless tethering via the O-FC1 FLU card
  • Dual SD slots
  • Ultrasonic DR II dust removal

Some sources claim that the AF algorithm for AF-C has been improved in the K-3 II, it is unclear whether these claims are relative to the K-3 or to older Pentax AF systems.

Since the K-3 II is an enhanced version with improvement of an existing body rather than a completely new design, Pentax’s latest technology is being made available to customers through this updated model.

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