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Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome Camera Body (Black)

  • mfr: 01195
  • SKU: 01195-RICOH
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Product highlights

  • 25.73 megapixels
  • High-quality black-and-white images
  • Monochrome-specific CMOS image sensor
  • APS-C-format
  • PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount
  • 3.2-inch wide viewing angle TFT color LCD
  • Three Custom Image modes: Standard, Hard, and Soft
  • Exclusively designed for the monochrome-specific image sensor
  • White backlight illumination on the LCD data panel
  • Menu with a black and white visual scheme
  • Icons printed on buttons and switches are finished in three shades of gray

Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome Camera Body (Black)

Monochrome-specific CMOS image sensor

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome incorporates a monochrome-specific, APS-C-format CMOS image sensor free of an AA (anti-aliasing) filter with approximately 25.73 effective megapixels. Typical color image sensors are designed to receive light passing through red (R), green (G), and blue (B) color filters, so each pixel detects only one color data component. To compose a monochrome image, color sensors must convert color data into monochromatic data by interpolating the color data they collect. The new monochrome-specific image sensor, however, can faithfully reflect the brightness data obtained by each pixel in the image — without the interpolation process — to produce extra-fine monochromatic expression, in images high in resolution and rich in gradation.

Image quality exclusively designed for monochrome photography

The image quality produced by the original PENTAX K-3 Mark III was thoroughly reevaluated and totally redesigned to optimize the imaging characteristics of the new monochrome-specific image sensor. The result is a highly sensitive expression with a natural bokeh (defocus) effect, rich gradation, and extra-fine sharpness — an image only the monochrome-specific image sensor can deliver.

A selection of monochrome-specific finishing touches

The PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome offers three Custom Image modes exclusively designed for monochrome photography to provide distinctive finishing touches. In addition to Standard mode, it also provides Hard mode to produce high-contrast images, and Soft mode to create high-key, low-contrast images. Each mode provides minute adjustments of parameters such as tone, key, contrast, and sharpness, allowing the photographer to personalize images for the desired finishing touch.

Exterior design reflecting the monochrome photography concept

The concept of monochrome photography is evident throughout the PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome camera body, from the white backlight illumination on the LCD data panel positioned on its upper panel, to the “Monochrome” lettering printed on the upper-left shoulder of the back panel, and the SR (Shake Reduction) logo finished in silver. The camera’s user interface menu features a black-and-white color scheme as default, while the icons printed on buttons and switches across the camera’s exterior are finished in three shades of gray.

Note: Since the PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome is solely designed for black-and-white photography, some of its features and functions may differ from those of the PENTAX K-3 Mark III.


Camera Features Touch Screen
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90 AC Adapter Kit K-AC166(Optional)
Camera Model Pentax K-3 Mark III
Configuration Core
Color Black
Wireless Bluetooth
Memory Card Slot Yes
Flash Sync Speed 1/200sec
Flash Compensation -2.0~+1.0EV
Flash Modes Auto 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, Highspeed sync, Wireless sync * Contrast-control-sync and High-speed sync requires 2 or more dedicated external flash
Recording Limit Up to 25 minutes or 4GB; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed Mechanical shutter: Auto: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.) Electronic shutter: Auto:1/16000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/16000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps)
ISO Sensitivity ISO AUTO/200 to 1600000 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV)
Exposure Compensation -2.0~+1.0EV
Metering Range EV-2 to 21 (ISO200 at 50mm F1.4)
Self Timer 12s, 2s
Exposure Modes Single 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
Continuous Shooting Max. approx. 12 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to approx. 55 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. 100 frames, RAW: up to approx. 40 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 33 frames Max. approx. 2.5 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous L): up to approx. 100 frames, RAW: up to approx. 100 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 65 frames * The number of images captured in the continuous shooting mode is an approximate figure, tested at a sensitivity of ISO 200. The number may vary depending on the type of memory card used and/or the photographic conditions. * The continuous shooting speed may decrease depending on the type of lens used and/or the aperture, shutter speed and sensitivity selected by the user. * A certain amount of time is required for the playback of images captured in the continuous shooting mode. The time required may vary depending on the number of captured images and/or the recording format.
Sensor Resolution 25.73 Megapixels
Lens Mount Pentax KAF2 Bayonet
Image Stabilization Yes
Sensor Type CMOS
Camera Format APS-C
Sensor Size APS-C
Megapixels 25.73
Focus Points 101 point (25 cross type focus points)
Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus, Focus Free


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Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome Body Kit

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