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Reflex camera Pentax K-3 Mark III in the test: Better with a mirror?

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Tradition of SLR technology at the highest level: This is how Ricoh Imaging advertises its APS-C camera Pentax K-3 Mark III. But what does that even mean? In 2021, this advertising slogan actually seems out of date. SLR cameras are rare on the market. In addition to Ricoh Imaging, only Canon and Nikon are involved in this class. And when these two introduce SLR cameras today, they’re talking about sophisticated full-frame tools like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III or the Nikon D6 that focus primarily on professional photographers – at the highest level.

The Pentax K-3 Mark III, on the other hand, plays in a completely different league, because with its APS-C sensor it is aimed more at amateur photographers and semi-professionals. Nevertheless, it is uniquely unrivaled in its class. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II, for example, is at eye level, but it has been on the market for almost seven years and is technically behind. The same applies to Nikon’s D500 from 2016. The K-3 Mark III easily puts all of them in your pocket. With 26 megapixels, it offers the higher resolution and a more light-sensitive sensor. It has internal sensor stabilization and achieves a higher series frame rate of 12 frames per second. And there is one more crucial point that it clearly sets itself apart: its viewfinder has a magnification of 1.05 times, which corresponds to a small image equivalent magnification of 0.7 times. In the APS-C-DSLR there is a real full-frame viewfinder. It is unlikely that she will soon face uninvited competition in her class. Canon and Nikon are currently focusing primarily on their mirrorless models.

The K-3 Mark III can definitely tick the point “SLR technology at the highest level”, also in view of the fact that Ricoh Imaging has given the model a general overhaul. But is that enough?

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