Pentax K-3 Mark III review

The Pentax K-3 Mark III is Pentax’s latest and best APS-C DSLR. but how good is it, and is it worth the formidable asking price?

Pentax K-3 Mark III
(Image: © Rod Lawton/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Pentax K-3 Mark III is tough, fast, powerful and packed with clever features. It’s also oddly dated, as if Pentax has deliberately stepped back from modern innovations like on-sensor phase detect AF and vari-angle screens, and back to simpler times. Its most striking feature of all, however, is THE PRICE. It costs more than the full frame Pentax K-1 Mark II, even, and outside of Leicas is the most expensive APS-C camera out there.


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    Sturdy build

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    Clever if complex exposure modes

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    12fps continuous shooting


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    Inexplicably expensive

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    Fixed rear screen

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    Slow contrast AF in live view

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    Limited buffer capacity

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The Pentax K-3 Mark III is the latest in a long line of Pentax DSLRs, and we’re always glad to see any new Pentax model. It’s a reminder that DSLRs are still a thing, and that Canon and Nikon are not the only companies still making them.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at