The Pentax K-3 is a new semi-professional DSLR camera, key features of the K-3 include a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor with an anti-aliasing simulator rather than an optical anti-aliasing filter, 27-point Safox XI AF module that remains operational down to -3EV, 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor, ISO range of 100-51,200, Full HD 1080p video at 60fps, 8.3fps continuous shooting, High Dynamic Range mode, and a range of in-built digital filter effects.
The K-3 offers a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, a shutter designed for 200,000 releases, top shutter speed of 1/8000th second, an optical viewfinder with the largest and brightness subject image in its class, a 3.2-inch LCD monitor with 920k dots, built-in dust removal and shake-reduction systems, Dual SD card slots and a USB 3.0 port.
On the front of the Pentax K-3 is a RAW / FX button, which instantly sets the image quality to whichever RAW format is selected in the menu system, useful if you are shooting in JPEG and want to quickly switch to RAW mode for a particular image.
This button can also be customized to optionally control Exposure Bracketing, Digital Preview, Electronic Level or Composition Adjustment.
Located underneath is the Autofocus Mode button, with three available modes (AF-S, AF-A and AF-C), and underneath a switch for changing between manual and auto focusing.
It is available in black body only for Â£1099.99 / $1299.95, in a kit with the 18-55mm WR lens for Â£1169.99.
The K-3 Silver Limited Edition, only 2,000 units worldwide will cost Â£1399.99 / $1599.95 body-only.
Optional accessories include a battery grip, FLU card for wireless LAN connection to a compatible smartphone, and a camera strap.