Ricoh will soon announce a Pentax K-3 II DSLR camera to replace the Pentax K-3 and its specs list, photos, and release details have been leaked by the rumor mill.
Pentax K-3 is an interesting DSLR which employs a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor without an anti-aliasing filter. Its replacement is said to be on its way and to feature some changes when compared to the previous generation. This piece of information comes from a trusted source, who has just leaked more Pentax K-3 II specs, details, and photos, after recently revealing a press shot of the DSLR. As for its official announcement, it is rumored to take place on April 23.
Ricoh substitutes K-3’s flash for built-in GPS and Astrotracer in the K-3 II
The first photo of the Pentax K-3 successor has been leaked recently. More shots have been revealed and we can clearly see now that the built-in pop-up flash is gone. Instead of it, users will find an Astrotracer whereas the flash button has been replaced by a GPS button.
The K-3 does not feature built-in Astrotracer and built-in GPS. These options can be accessed using an external accessory purchased separately. However, both of them are now integrated in the DSLR and they should make astrophotography a lot easier.
The camera will ship in a body-only version as well as in 18-135mm WR and 16-85mm WR lens kits.
New Pentax K-3 II specs leaked alongside new photos
Pentax K-3 II specs list includes a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor without an anti-aliasing filter and with built-in Shake Reduction technology providing up to 4.5 stops of stabilization. Just like in the K-3, users can simulate the presence of an AA filter through the SR system and special built-in software.
Nevertheless, the K-3 II has learned a new trick. The DSLR will employ pixel-shift technology in order to capture higher-resolution photos, just like the Olympus E-M5 Mark II. It is unclear whether or not it requires a tripod like the Micro Four Thirds camera, but the answer is most likely “yes”.
The shooter features an 86,000-pixel RBG metering sensor, an ISO range between 100 and 51,200, a SAFOX 11 autofocus module with 27 AF points (25 being cross-type points), and a PRIME III image processor.
Its image processor allows the DSLR to capture up to 8.3fps in continuous shooting mode for up to 60 JPEG files and 23 RAW files, respectively. The K-3 II will also record full HD videos at up to 60fps.
Weathersealed Pentax K-3 II DSLR to be announced on April 23
The rumor mill confirms that the Pentax K-3 II specs list includes weathersealing so that the DSLR will be resistant to dust and water droplets. The chassis will be made out of stainless steel, while the body will be made out of magnesium alloy.
An optical viewfinder will offer a 100% coverage and 0.95x magnification. On the back, a 3.2-inch LCD screen with 1.037-million dots will allow users to frame their shots in Live View mode.
Alongside the GPS, an electronic compass is available. It can be activated on the display, meaning that it can show your direction on the LCD screen. The source says that users can remotely control the camera using a smartphone or tablet. Most likely, this can be done via WiFi, although the source does not specifically mention “WiFi”.
Pentax K-3 II will feature two SD card slots, USB 3.0, HDMI output, and will weigh about 785 grams, while measuring 131.5 x 102.5 x 77.5mm. Stay tuned to Camyx for the official announcement on April 23!