Ricoh Announces the Development Status of the Pentax K-3 Mark III

Ricoh announces the development status of the new APS-C flagship digital SLR camera, product name decided for “PENTAX K-3 Mark III“.

Press Release:

Progress report on PENTAX’s new APS-C-format digital SLR flagship camera: officially named PENTAX K-3 Mark III

RICOH COMPANY, LTD. and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. have been developing a new PENTAX K-series digital SLR camera, which will be positioned as the flagship model of the APS-C-format SLR lineup.

Currently in development, the new camera now has its official name: the PENTAX K-3 Mark III. Designed to be a camera embodying The Five Principles of PENTAX (described in the PENTAX STATEMENT* featured on the RICOH IMAGING official website), it will incorporate an array of functions and features to showcase the significance of SLR photography, and also to optimize the joy of picture-taking for those photographers who regard photography as their lifetime passion.

The product prototype was exhibited last year at the PENTAX Meeting 100th Anniversary Special fan event. At the event, we announced that it would be launched by the end of 2020 — and it is now in the final stage of development. Once development is complete, we will then begin streamlining the camera’s production system. It will take a bit more time for all this to happen, so we appreciate your patience as we give you an overview of the product, as below. We’ll provide you with more specific product information, such as the timing of the official product announcement and the scheduled market launch date, as soon as they are finalized.

Also, we would like you to visit our RICOH IMAGING website for videos giving more information on the new PENTAX APS-C-format digital SLR flagship, and to get ready for the arrival of the camera that we expect to set new standards for the future of SLR photography.

Overview of the new product in development:

  • ・Product name: PENTAX K-3 Mark III
  • ・Launch date: The launch target is around the period of the CP+ camera exhibition, which will be held from February 25 to 28 in 2021.
  • ・Price: Not decided

THE FIVE PRINCIPLES OF PENTAX

  • 1.We design new cameras through sheer devotion.
  • 2.Our goal is to produce cameras with the power to capture images that allow for direct communication with the subject.
  • 3.We design cameras that allow our users to enjoy all the processes involved in taking a picture.
  • 4.We pursue a level of quality and performance that can’t be measured by numbers alone.
  • 5.We respect and value the photographic experiences of our users and view this as an invaluable asset.

Main Features

Model Description

TypeTTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera
Lens MountPENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
Compatible LensKAF4, KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible), KAF, KA mount lens
Image SensorPrimary color filter, CMOS. Size: 23.3 x 15.5 (mm)
Effective PixelsApprox. 25.73 megapixels
Total PixelsApprox. 26.78 megapixels
Dust RemovalImage sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations “DR II”
Sensitivity
(Standard output)
ISO AUTO/100 to 1600000 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV)
Image StabilizerSensor-shift shake reduction “SR II”(5-axis) Auto/Panning/Off
Compensation effect of 5.5 steps
*Measured in conformity to CIPA standards
AA Filter SimulatorMoiré reduction using SR unit. OFF/Low/High/Bracketing (2 images)/Bracketing (3 images)

File formats

File formatRAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Recorded PixelsJPEG:L(26M:6192×4128)、M(15M:4752×3168)、S(9M:3648×2432)、XS(2M:1920×1280)
RAW:(26M:6192×4128)
Quality LevelRAW (14bit): PEF, DNG
JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good), RAW + JPEG simultaneous capturing available
Color SpacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage MediumSD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Card (Conforms to USH-I, UHS-II standards) * UHS-II supports slot 1 only
Dual SD slotSequential Use, Save to Both, Separate RAW/JPG, Image copy between slots possible
Storage FolderFolder Name: Date (100_1018,101_1019…) or User assigned folder name (Default “PENTX”)
Recording FileFile Name: “IMGP****” or User assigned file name
File name numbering: Sequential, Reset

Viewfinder

TypePentaprism Finder
Coverage (FOV)Approx. 100%
MagnificationApprox. 1.05x (FA 50mmF1.4 at infinity)
Eye-Relief LengthApprox. 20.5mm (from the view window), Approx. 22.0mm (from the center of lens)
Diopter adjustmentApprox. -4.0m to + 1.0m-1
Focusing ScreenNatural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen
Viewfinder OverlayAF Points, Grid Display, Electronic Level, AF Frame, Spot Metering Frame, Crop, Smart Function, Operation Control Lock

Live view

TypeTTL method using image sensor
Focusing
Mechanism
Contrast detection (Auto Area, Zone Select, Tracking, Select(L/M/S), Spot)
FunctionsFocus Peaking, Face detection, Touch AF
DisplayField of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (up to 16x),
Grid Display (4×4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale, Square(L), Square(S), Grid Color: Black/Gray/White ), Histogram, Bright area warning, Composition Adjustment

LCD monitor

TypeWide viewing angle TFT color LCD, Air-gapless glass
Size3.2 inch (aspect ratio 3:2)
DotsApprox. 1620K dots
Touch ScreenCapacitive sensing method
AdjustmentBrightness, Saturation and Colors adjustable
Outdoor View SettingAdjustable ±2 step
Night Vision LCD DisplayON/OFF

White Balance

TypeMethod using a combination of the image sensor and the RGBIr sensor
White BalanceAUTO WB, Multi Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, CTE, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Fine AdjustmentAdjustable ±14 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis

Autofocus System

TypeTTL: Phase-matching autofocus
Focus SensorSAFOX 13, 101 point (25 cross type focus points)
Brightness RangeEV-4 to 18 (ISO 100 / at normal temperature)
*EV-4 with luminance flux based on F2.8 levels
AF modeSingle AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C)
AF Point SelectionAuto Area, Zone Select, Select, Expanded Area(S, M, L), Select(S), Spot
AF Assist LightDedicated LED AF assist light

Metering

TypeTTL open aperture metering using 307K pixel RGBIr sensor, Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot and Highlight-weighted
Metering RangeEV-3 to 20 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)
Exposure ModeScene 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 LockButton type (timer type: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting);
Continuous as long as the shutter button is halfway pressed

Shutter

TypeElectronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
* Electronic shutter when using Pixel Shift Resolution
Shutter SpeedAuto: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.)

Drive modes

Mode SelectionSingle 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
Self-timer12s, 2s
Remote Control0s, 3s
Continuous ShootingMax. approx. 12 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to approx. 37 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. 60 frames, RAW: up to approx. 37 frames, RAW: up to approx. 33 frames
Max. approx. 2.5 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous L): up to approx. 90 frames, RAW: up to approx. 39 frames, RAW: up to approx. 37 frames
*Depending on shooting conditions
*Continuous shooting speed slows down with High sensitivity

External Flash

Flash ModesAuto 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 Speed1/200sec.
Flash Exposure Compensation-2.0~+1.0EV

Capture Settings

Custom ImageAuto Select, Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Flat, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Cross ProcessRandom, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3
Digital FilterExtract Color, Replace Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Grainy Monochrome
ClarityAdjustable ±4 step
Skin ToneType1/Type2
HDRAuto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Advanced HDR, Exposure bracket value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function
Pixel Shift ResolutionAvailable, Motion Correction On/Off
Lens CorrectionDistortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction
D-Range CorrectionHighlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Noise ReductionSlow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO Noise Reduction
Horizon CorrectionSR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 2 degrees
Composition AdjustmentAdjustment range of ±1.5mm up, down, left or right (1mm when rotated); Rotating range of 1 degree
Electronic LevelDisplayed in viewfinder (Horizontal and vertical); Displayed on LCD monitor (Horizontal and vertical)
Program LineAUTO, Normal, Hi-speed Priority, DOF Priority (Deep), DOF Priority (Shallow), MTF Priority

Movie

File FormatMPEG-4 AVC/H.264(MOV)
Recorded Pixels4K(3840×2160, 30p/24p)
Full HD(1920×1080, 60p/30p/24p)
SoundBuilt-in stereo microphone, external microphone (Stereo recording compatible)
Recording Sound Level adjustable, Wind Noise Reduction
Recording TimeUp to 25 minutes or 4GB ; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
White BalanceAUTO WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, CTE, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Custom ImagesAuto Select, Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Flat, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Cross ProcessingRandom, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3.
Digital FilterExtract Color, Replace Color, Retro, High Contrast, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome

Playback

Playback ViewSingle frame, Multi-image display (20, 48, 70 segmentation), Display magnification (up to 16, 100% display, quick zoom and Focus Magnification available), Grid display (4×4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale, Square(L), Square(S), Grid Color: Black/Gray/White), Rotating, Histogram (Y histogram, RGB 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
DeleteDelete single image, Delete all, Select & delete, Folder delete, Calendar delete, Delete instant review image
Digital FilterBase Parameter Adj, Extract Color, Replace Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Grainy Monochrome, Miniature, Soft, Fish-eye, Slim, Monochrome, Frame Composite
RAW DevelopmentRAW file select: Select Single Image, Select Multiple Images, Select a folder, Select a shooting date
RAW Development Parameter: White Balance, Custom Image, Sensitivity, Digital filter, Clarity, Skin Tone, HDR, Pixel Shift Resolution, Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Corr., Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction, Color Fringe Correction, High-ISO Noise Reduction, Shadow Correction, File Format (JPEG/TIFF), JPEG Recorded Pixels, JPEG Quality, Aspect Ratio, Color Space
EditProtect, Image Rotation, Image Copy, File Transfer, Save RAW Data in buffer memory, Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Levels Adjustment, WB Adjustment, Color Moiré Correction, Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie

Customization

SettingsUSER Mode, Fx Button, AF/AE Lock Settings, Preview Dial, E-Dial Programming, Smart Function, Monitor Touch Opperation, Eye Sensor, Viewfinder Display, LCD Panel, Monitor Display, Instant Review, Zoom Review, Warning Display, Control Panel, Memory, EV Steps, ISO Sensitivity Steps, Color Temperature Steps, Input MF Lens Focal Length, Save Rotation Information, Aperture Information Record, AF Fine Adjustment, Copyright Information
LanguageEnglish, 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 TypeRechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90
AC AdapterAC Adapter Kit K-AC166(Optional)
Battery LifeNumber 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.

Interfaces

Connection PortUSB 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 ConnectionUSB 3.2 Gen1, Data Transfer: MTP/CD-ROM, Battery Recharge/Power Supply (Optional AC Adapter required)

Wireless LAN

StandardsIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Frequency (Center Frequency)2412MHz~2462MHz (1ch~11ch)
SecurityAuthentication: WPA2, Encryption: AES

Bluetooth

StandardsBluetooth® v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy)
Frequency (Center Frequency)2402MHz~2480MHz (CH0~CH39)

Dimensions and Weight

DimensionsApprox. 134.5mm (W) x103.5mm (H) x 73.5mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
WeightApprox. 820g (Including dedicated battery and SD Memory Card),
Approx. 735g (body only)

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