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Pentax Announces New ‘Prestige Edition’ K-3, Best Looking K-3 Yet

By Anthony Thurston on July 24th 2014

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.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

8 Comments

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  1. MARTIN MIANO

    Al stick to Nikon myself because of the accessories

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  2. Christopher Rankin

    I will most likely be in the market for a K-3 in a couple months. Should be a good complement to my K-01. This gunmetal version looks mighty sexy and I want the battery grip anyway so I may go for this version if it’s still available then.

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  3. Herm Tjioe

    How does this cam’s Pro H.264 video codec differ than the usual you’d find in todays’ cameras

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  4. Arnold Ziffel

    Nice looking, but I like my plain black one. Shame, Pentax doesn’t get much love around here……

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    • Christopher Rankin

      It is a shame since they make a great camera and I love their FA Limited lenses.

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    • Dave Lyons

      its a great camera but to me why i chose nikon over pentax and fuji was accessories

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    • Matthew Saville

      Trust me, Arnold, I’m itching to get a K-3 kit and some of those gorgeous FA Limited lenses! I really love what Pentax is doing and we plan on producing plenty more content as often as possible. :-D

      =Matt=

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