After getting its special version, Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition, in the summer of 2014, the powerful Pentax K-3 got its successor last week. Namely, Ricoh proudly announced the new Pentax K-3 II semi-pro DSLR.
The Pentax K-3 II inherited from its predecessor a 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor without an anti-aliasing (AA) filter, a SAFOX 11 TTL autofocus system with 27 AF sensors (25 cross-type), 8.3 continuous shooting rate, Full HD 1080/60i video, a fixed 3.2" 1,037,000-dot TFT LCD screen, an optical viewfinder, as well as a rugged dust-proof and weather-resistant housing made of magnesium alloy, whereas a PRIME III imaging engine was taken from the superb Pentax 645Z. However, the built-in flash did not find its place on the new DSLR.
The most important innovation on the K-3 II is improved image stabilization thanks to the new gyro sensor and 4.5EV stop Shake Reduction (SR) system, which brings more stable camera-shake compensation than ever before - the widest compensation range of all K-series DSLRs so far. Moreover, the Pentax K-3 II boasts a brand new Pixel Shift Resolution mode, which in combination with Shake Reduction delivers images of revolutionary sharpness and purity. Namely, the Pixel Shift technology enables the sensor to capture four separate images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, which are then synthesized into a single high-definition image, with truthful color reproduction, fine details, as well as minimum noise.
This revolutionary DSLR is also equipped with built-in GPS, which shows the location of an image on a map with pinpoint accuracy. When the GPS is paired with the SR, another advanced function of this model, aimed at astrophotography, comes to the fore - ASTROTRACER®. It is intended for photographing celestial bodies and it uses the information provided by the GPS concerning the movement of stars, so it can calculate in advance their further movement, which results in the following - when you shoot the night sky during long exposures, stars will look like points of light, rather than star trails.
Pentax K-3 II will come onto the world market sometime in May, and it will be priced at $1099.95.
The news was taken from RICOH.