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Pentax K3

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K3 Conclusions

I don’t expect any camera to be free of issues, but as noted, the K3 inserts some odd operational roadblocks which undermine the experience. While the overall feature set is excellent and indeed commendable for features like the anti-shake sensor, the need to press buttons for frequent operations—well, it’s frustrating with steady use (e.g. switching between histogram and image-only views).

Build quality is as at least as good if not better than many Nikon and Canon APS-C DSLRs. That combination of excellent build quality feels disjointed in the context of a somewhat consumer-oriented approach approach, e.g., certain hard-coded buttons on the 4-way controller that apply only or primarily to JPEG, having little or no value for raw (my shooting never involves JPEG).

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