(From Pentax literature) RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is proud to introduce the PENTAX K-3 II Digital SLR; refining the ultimate field camera. Developed as the successor to the award winning PENTAX K-3, the new K-3 II shares its predecessor's magnesium alloy casing, metal chassis, 24.35 effective megapixel resolution, 27-point AF system and approximately 8.3 frames per second shooting while adding an improved 4.5EV stop shake reduction system, new high-speed AF algorithm, GPS, gyro sensor panning detection and automatic horizon correction.
- 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved (4.5EV) Shake Reduction
- New Pixel Shift Resolution System
- Selectable anti-aliasing (AA) filter technology
- Full HD 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p video with H.264 codec
- ISO from 100 to 51,200
- SAFOX 11 27-point (25 cross-type) AF system with improved AF-C performance
- 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor
- 8.3 fps continuous mode
- 3.2 inch, 1037K dot LCD screen with Live View
- Dual card slots support SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS, EyeFi and FLU
- Headphone and microphone jacks
- Built-in GPS, electronic compass and ASTROTRACE feature
- Magnesium alloy weather resistant body
"The introduction of the PENTAX K-3 II marks our commitment to providing photographers with rugged high quality solutions that exceed our customers' expectations," said Jim Malcolm, President of Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. The "magic'' we add to our cameras through the motion-controlled Shake Reduction (SR) technology helps our photographers shoot for the stars and capture images in stunning detail; no other manufacturer is offering such a variety of features in a single camera design."
The K-3 II is the first camera in the PENTAX line to incorporate Pixel Shift Resolution® for capturing still life subjects with ultra-high resolving power. Pixel shift technology uses the camera's in-body Shake Reduction mechanism to move the image sensor at single pixel increments, capture 4 separate images, which are subsequently combined into a single high definition image. Benefits include higher resolving power, reduced false color and improved overall image quality of non-moving subjects.
Building on the PENTAX K-3 camera's rugged dust proof and weather-resistant construction, the K-3 II features a built-in GPS receiver, GPS log and electronic compass purpose- designed to stand up to demanding location work. The GPS system records shooting location, camera orientation, altitude, and provides a date/time stamp tied specifically to your images; all of which can be transferred to a computer and mapped using services such as Google Earth.
By combining the power of GPS positioning with in-body shake reduction mechanism, the PENTAX K-3 II cameras exclusive built in ASTROTRACER® features tracks and photographs astronomical bodies such as stars and planets. The system uses GPS and orientation location data together with magnetic and acceleration sensors to calculate the motion needed to synchronize the CMOS sensor with the movement of the stars; making it possible to capture stars as points of light rather than star trails during long exposures.
"The original PENTAX K-3 has been my go to camera since it was first introduced," said professional photographer Kerrick James. "Now with the addition of GPS, Pixel Shift Resolution, and 4.5EV stop shake reduction, my field photography is further refined and documented regardless of my remote location. This ensures my demanding shooting style will always be met and will provide my clients with consistently high quality photography."
The new PENTAX K-3 II uses the advanced and intuitive user interface common to most PENTAX camera products. The system is compatible with a host of accessories including a versatile array of flash units, lenses, battery grip and interchangeable focus screens.
Pricing and Availability
The PENTAX K-3 II will be available at retailers nationwide and at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com in May 2015 for a suggested retail price of US$1099.95.
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