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Pentax K-3 III Monochrome Camera

Pentax K-3 III Monochrome Camera

Highlights: • Key Features

• 25.7MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
• SAFOX 13 101-Point Phase-Detection AF
• 1.05x-Mag. Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder
• 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
• Up to 12 fps Continuous Shooting
• 5-Axis SR II In-Body Shake Reduction
• UHD 4K30p Video Recording
• Three Custom Monochrome Image Modes
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Pentax K-3 III Monochrome Camera
Pentax K-3 III Monochrome Camera
Product Code: 01194
Barcode/EAN: 0027075305366
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The concept of a monochrome-specific digital SLR camera attracted a great deal of attention and interest from photographers visiting PENTAX Meeting Online 2021, a fan event held in November 2021. PENTAX has since made extensive research on the development of a commercial product based on this concept. The new model’s design is based on the PENTAX K-3 Mark III — the flagship model of PENTAX’s APS-C- format series that integrates remarkable imaging performance and a host of advanced features in a compact, durable body — while adding a new, monochrome-specific image sensor. The camera is the only monochrome-specific digital SLR camera currently on the market. It captures high-resolution monochromatic images rich in gradation, allowing users who enjoy using all their senses when taking photographs and applying their imagination to express a view of the color-rich world in plain, black-and-white images. Although there is no production limit for the PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome, it will be produced only in small quantities at a time, because of the difficulty of acquiring the exclusive parts and components on short notice and other unique factors involved in its production process. This means that delivery to buyers can be delayed. We advise them to note this in advance. RICOH IMAGING EUROPE S.A.S. 3 <Main features of the PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome>

1. Monochrome-specific CMOS image sensor  To optimize the quality of monochromatic images, the camera incorporates a monochrome-specific,APS-C-format CMOS image sensor free of an AA (anti-aliasing) filter with approximately 25.73 effective megapixels. Typical color image sensors are designed to receive light passing through red (R), green(G) and blue (B) color filters, so each pixel detects only one color-data component. To compose a monochrome image, color sensors must convert color data into monochromatic data by interpolating the color data they collect. The new monochrome-specific image sensor, however, can faithfully reflect the brightness data obtained by each pixel in the image — without the interpolation process —to produce extra-fine monochromatic expression, in images high in resolution and rich in gradation.   

2. Image quality exclusively designed for monochrome photography  The image quality produced by the original PENTAX K-3 Mark III was thoroughly re-evaluated and totally redesigned to optimize the imaging characteristics of the new monochrome-specific image sensor. The result is highly sensitive expression with a natural bokeh (defocus) effect, rich gradation and extra-fine sharpness — an image only the monochrome-specific image sensor can deliver.   

3. A selection of monochrome-specific finishing touches  The PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome provides three Custom Image modes exclusively designed for monochrome photography to provide distinctive finishing touches. In addition to Standard mode, it also provides Hard mode to produce high-contrast images, and Soft mode to create high-key, low- contrast images. Each mode provides minute adjustment of parameters such as tone, key, contrast and sharpness. This allows the photographer to personalize their images with the desired finishing touch.   

4. Exterior design reflecting the monochrome photography concept  The PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome provides white backlight illumination on the LCD data panel positioned on its upper panel, while featuring “Monochrome” lettering printed on the upper-left shoulder of the back panel. Its menu screen features a black-and-white visual scheme as default,while the SR (Shake Reduction) badge is finished in silver. The icons printed on buttons and switches across the camera’s exterior are finished in three shades of gray to assist the users with their camera operation. All in all, the concept of monochrome photography is evident throughout the camera body.

PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome Specifications
Model Description
TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera
Lens Mount
PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
Compatible Lens
KAF4, KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible), KAF, KA mount lens
Image capture unit
Image Sensor
Monochrome, CMOS. Size: 23.3 x 15.5 (mm)
Effective Pixels
Approx. 25.73 megapixels
Total Pixels
Approx. 26.78 megapixels
Dust Removal
Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II"
(Standard output)
ISO AUTO/200 to 1600000 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV)
Image Stabilizer
Sensor-shift shake reduction "SR II"(5-axis), Auto/Panning/Off
AA Filter Simulator
Moiré reduction using SR unit. OFF/Low/High/Bracketing(2 images)/Bracketing (3 images)
File formats
File format
RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Recorded Pixels
Quality Level
RAW (14bit): PEF, DNG
JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good), RAW + JPEG simultaneous capturing available
Color Space
sRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage Medium
SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Cards * UHS-1/UHS-II compatible (UHS-II is only available for the memory card inserted in the SD1 slot.)
Dual SD slot
Sequential Use, Save to Both, Separate RAW/JPG, Image copy between slots possible
Storage Folder
Folder Name: Date (100_1018,101_1019...) or User assigned folder name (Default "PENTX")
Recording File
File Name: "IMGP****" or User assigned file name
File name numbering: Sequential, Reset
Pentaprism Finder
Coverage (FOV)
Approx. 100%
Approx. 1.05x (FA 50mmF1.4 at infinity)
Eye-Relief Length
Approx. 20.5mm (from the view window), Approx. 22.0mm (from the center of lens)
Diopter adjustment
Approx. -4.0m to + 1.0m-1
Focusing Screen
Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen
Viewfinder Overlay
AF Points, Grid Display, Electronic Level, AF Frame, Spot Metering Frame, Crop, Smart Function, Operation Control Lock
Live view
TTL method using image sensor
Focusing Mechanism
Contrast detection (Auto Area, Zone Select, Tracking, Select(L/M/S), Spot)
Focus Peaking, Face detection, Touch AF
Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (up to 16x),
Grid Display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale, Square(L), Square(S), Grid Color: Black/Gray/White ), Histogram, Bright area warning, Composition Adjustment
LCD monitor
Wide viewing angle TFT color LCD, Air-gapless glass
3.2 inch (aspect ratio 3:2)
Approx. 1620K dots
Touch Screen
Capacitive sensing method
Brightness, Saturation and Colors adjustable
Outdoor View Setting
Adjustable ±2 step
Night Vision LCD Display
Autofocus System
TTL: Phase-matching autofocus
Focus Sensor
SAFOX 13, 101 point (25 cross type focus points)
Brightness Range
EV-3 to 19 (ISO 200 / at normal temperature)
*-3 EV is only available for AF points that support F2.8 light flux when an F2.8-light-flux compatible lens is attached.
AF mode
Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C)
AF Point Selection
Auto Area, Zone Select, Select, Expanded Area(S, M, L), Select(S), Select(XS), Spot
AF Assist Light
Dedicated LED AF assist light
TTL open aperture metering using 307K pixel RGBIr sensor, Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot and Highlight-weighted
Metering Range
EV-2 to 21 (ISO200 at 50mm F1.4)
Exposure Mode
Scene Analyze Auto, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync Speed, USER1, USER2, USER3, USER4, USER5
EV Compensation
±5EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps can be selected)
AE Lock
Button type (timer type: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting);
Continuous as long as the shutter button is halfway pressed
Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter / Electronic shutter
Shutter Speed
Mechanical shutter: Auto:1/8000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb (Timed exposure setting possible from 1 sec. to 20min.)
Electronic shutter: Auto:1/16000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/16000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps)
Drive modes
Mode Selection
Single Frame, Continuous (H, M, L), Bracketing (2, 3 or 5 frames), Depth of Field Bracketing, Motion Bracketing, Mirror-up,
Multi-Exposure(Average/Additive/Bright), Interval Shooting, Interval Composite
12s, 2s
Remote Control
0s, 3s
Continuous Shooting
Max. approx. 12 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to approx. 55 frames, RAW: up to approx. 32 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 30 frames
Max. approx. 7.0 fps, JPEG L: ★★★ at Continuous M): up to approx. 100 frames, RAW: up to approx. 40 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 33 frames
Max. approx. 2.5 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous L): up to approx. 100 frames, RAW: up to approx. 100 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 65 frames
* The number of images captured in the continuous shooting mode is an approximate figure, tested at a sensitivity of ISO 200. The number may vary depending on the type of memory card used and/or the photographic conditions.
* The continuous shooting speed may decrease depending on the type of lens used and/or the aperture, shutter speed and sensitivity selected by the user.
* A certain amount of time is required for the playback of images captured in the continuous shooting mode. The time required may vary depending on the number of captured images and/or the recording format.
External Flash
Flash Modes
Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
* Contrast-control-sync and High-speed sync requires 2 or more dedicated external flash
Sync Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Capture Settings
Custom Image
Standard, Hard, Soft
Digital Filter
Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Tone Expansion, Grainy Monochrome
Adjustable ±4 step
Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Advanced HDR, Exposure bracket value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function
Lens Correction
Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Correction, Diffraction Correction
D-Range Correction
Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Noise Reduction
Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO Noise Reduction
Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 *Type 1 and Type 2 available with O-GPS1/O-GPS2(Optional)
Horizon Correction
SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 2 degrees
Composition Adjustment
Adjustment range of ±1.5mm up, down, left or right (±1mm when rotated); Rotating range of ±1 degree
Electronic Level
Displayed in viewfinder (Horizontal and vertical); Displayed on LCD monitor (Horizontal and vertical)
Program Line
AUTO, Normal, Hi-speed Priority, DOF Priority (Deep), DOF Priority (Shallow), MTF Priority
File Format
Recorded Pixels
4K(3840x2160, 30p/24p)
Full HD(1920x1080, 60p/30p/24p)
Built-in stereo microphone, external microphone (Stereo recording compatible)
Recording Sound Level adjustable, Wind Noise Reduction
Recording Time
Up to 25 minutes or 4GB ; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
Custom Images
Standard, Hard, Soft
Digital Filter
Retro, High Contrast, Invert Color
Playback View
Single frame, Multi-image display (20, 48, 70 segmentation), Display magnification (up to 16, 100% display, quick zoom and Focus Magnification available), Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale, Square(L), Square(S), Grid Color: Black/Gray/White), Rotating, Histogram Bright area warning, Auto Image Rotation, Detailed information, Copyright Information (Photographer, Copyright holder), GPS information (latitude, longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time) , Orientation, Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display
Single image, All images, Selected images, Folder, Images on the selected shooting date, Instant review image
Digital Filter
Base Parameter Adj, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Tone Expansion, Grainy Monochrome, Miniature, Soft, Fish-eye, Slim, Frame Composite
RAW Development
RAW file select:
Select Single Image, Select Multiple Images, Select a folder, Select a shooting date
RAW Development Parameter:
Custom Image, Sensitivity, Digital filter, Clarity, HDR, Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Corr., Diffraction Correction, High-ISO Noise Reduction, Shadow Correction, File Format (JPEG/TIFF), JPEG Recorded Pixels, JPEG Quality, Aspect Ratio, Color Space
Protect, Image Rotation, Image Copy, File Transfer, Save RAW Data in buffer memory, Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available),
Levels Adjustment, Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie
USER Mode, Fx Button, AF/AE Lock Settings, Preview Dial, E-Dial Programming, Smart Function, Monitor Touch Operation, Eye Sensor, Viewfinder Display, LCD Panel, Monitor Display, Instant Review, Zoom Review, Warning Display, Control Panel, Memory, EV Steps, ISO Sensitivity Steps, Input MF Lens Focal Length, Save Rotation Information, Aperture Information Record, AF Fine Adjustment, Copyright Information
English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Power supply
Battery Type
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90
AC Adapter
AC Adapter Kit K-AC166(Optional)
Battery Life
Number of recordable images: Approx. 800 images
Playback time: Approx. 250 minutes
* With a fully-recharged Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery. Tested in compliance with CIPA standard.
Actual results may vary depending on the shooting condition.
Connection Port
USB Terminal(USB Type-C), External cable switch terminal(2.5mm diameter), X-sync socket, HDMI output terminal (Type D) , Stereo microphone input terminal, Headphone terminal
USB Connection
USB 3.2 Gen1, Data Transfer: MTP/CD-ROM, Battery Recharge/Power Supply (Optional AC Adapter required)
Wireless LAN
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Frequency (Center Frequency)
2412MHz~2462MHz (1ch~11ch)
Authentication: WPA2, Encryption: AES
Bluetooth® v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy)
Frequency (Center Frequency)
2402MHz~2480MHz (CH0~CH39)
Dimensions and Weight
Approx. 134.5mm (W) x103.5mm (H) x 73.5mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Approx. 820g (Including dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), Approx. 735g (body only)
Operating Environment
-10°C~40°C (14°F~104°F)
85% or less (no condensation)
Strap O-ST162, ME Viewfinder Cap, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90, USB Power Adapter, Power Plug, USB Cable I-USB166
<Mounted to the camera> Eyecup FU, Hot shoe cover FK, Sync socket 2p cap, Body mount cap KII, Battery Grip terminal cover
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