Pentax has announced the K-3 II DSLR

Screenshot 2015-04-23 10.14.24 Screenshot 2015-04-23 10.15.04 Screenshot 2015-04-23 10.14.44 Pentax K-II

 

K-3 II Specs:

  • 24.35 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME III Image Processor
  • Anti-Aliasing Filter Simulator
  • 3.2″ 1.03m-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • SAFOX11 27-Point AF, 25 Cross Sensors
  • ISO 100-51200, 8.3 fps Shooting
  • 86k-Pixel RGB Exposure Metering
  • Built-In GPS, Compass, and AstroTracer
  • Shake Reduction & Pixel Shift Resolution

Shipping in Mid May 2015 – Preorder from B&H PHoto

Pentax has consistently produced excellent cameras and sensors and this followup up to the highly praised K-3 looks to continue the trend.    The only thing holding Pentax back is the market perception of lack of lenses and the small ecosystem of accessories made for Pentax gear.

The Pentax k-3 is equivalent in build quality and size to the Canon 70D and Nikon D7200 cameras.

I love to see companies innovating in interesting ways and the AstroTracer feature in the new K-3 II uses the GPS and sensor shift technology to avoid star trails at longer exposures.  What are star trails/Photographing stars how-to?

AstroTracer Feature

The image sensor will shift during the course of an exposure in order to compensate for the Earth’s rotation and prevent star trails from occurring; resulting in sharper, clearer imagery and alleviating the need for an optional equatorial mount.

 

Interested? I have a few Pentax readers and they are quite vocal 🙂 What we are really waiting to hear more about – the full frame pentax that will be released later this year.

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