Late last night, Pentax announced their latest special edition K-3 camera, the Prestige Edition. The new special edition comes in a new “gun metal” grey, but beyond that not much (anything?) is really different about this new body. What is different though is its limited edition status.

According to Ricoh, Pentax’s parent company, only 2,000 of these new bodies will be produced and distributed worldwide, giving you something very unique. The Prestige Edition also comes with a matching gun metal grey battery grip so you have the full matching kit.

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Pentax K-3 ‘Prestige Edition’ Specs

  • 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor
  • Fastest continuous shooting at 8.3FPS
  • Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter
  • SAFOX11 Autofocus Module
  • Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,00 pixel sensor.
  • Optional FLU, Eye-fi Wireless, and SDX Memory card compatibility
  • Professional H.264 video
  • PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR)
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder for 100% FOV and .95 magnification
  • Fully weather sealed
  • Multi-pattern white balance
  • 80-51200 ISO
  • HDMI port
  • HDR Image Capture
  • Magnesium alloy body with stainless steel chassis
  • Customizable RAW/Fx button

This is not the first time Pentax has released a limited special edition K-3 camera, in fact, they have a Silver version that is still available in some places. I am curious to see what sort of demand there is for this limited edition Prestige K-3.

I have to admit, I love the look, and the K-3 has a great reputation. If you have been looking at Pentax, this may be a nice opportunity to get into the system and have a unique piece of brand history as well.

According to the press release, the new Prestige Edition K-3 will be available in August at US retailers and directly from Ricoh for $1,399 US. You can pre-order it now through B&H here, and you can also still get your hands on the Silver edition or the standard K-3 with some nice savings.

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What are your thoughts on this new Prestige edition K-3? Do you think 2,000 units makes it unique enough for it to be collectible? Leave a comment below.