Digital SLRs http://www.stuff.tv/my/digital-slrs/all en-MY Nikon D3300 http://www.stuff.tv/my/nikon/nikon-d3300/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The D3300 has a pro DSLR brain but an entry-level DSLR body. Is that a match made in photographic heaven or just a bit confusing? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Nikon D3300: entry-level body, pro brain" alt="Nikon D300 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-body-001.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pitching a camera at the entry-level market is a tricky business. Make it too basic and people will just skip straight past it to more advanced models; too complicated and it&#39;ll frighten beginners off.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nikon thinks it&#39;s got the balance spot on with the D3300, which has a high-end sensor capable of taking stunning pics but also a novice-friendly Guide mode and small, non-threatening body.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM2,198.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> with 18-55mm VR II lens </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Superb stills </div> <div class="field-item even"> Really useful Guide mode </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact kit lens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lack of dedicated controls </div> <div class="field-item even"> No touch- or flip-out screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Hardly an entry-level price </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nikon D3300 is a small camera by DSLR standards - smaller and lighter than Canon&#39;s entry-level 1200D, for instance, although admittedly not by much. Put it next to a compact system camera such as the OMD-EM5 and it&#39;s something of a giant - but then it&#39;s got a bigger sensor too.</p> <p>But the Nikon does have one major trick up its sleeve when it comes to size - in the form of its kit lens. In something of a genius move, the 18-55mm VR II lens is retractable: when not in use it assumes a super-compact form, which then extends when you&#39;re ready to shoot. So while it&#39;s no smaller than most kit lenses when you&#39;re snapping away, it&#39;s considerably more compact when stowed in a bag. Good work, Nikon.</p> <p>The body is solid, if rather plasticky, and feels nice in the hand. Unfortunately, it&#39;s nowhere near as nice to operate, with a major shortage of useful controls. Presumably that&#39;s a deliberate move on Nikon&#39;s part, to make it less daunting for beginners, but the result is that it&#39;s quite difficult to actually make changes on the fly.</p> <p>So what do you get? One jog-dial, exposure compensation, Live View, record button, drive mode and a customisable function button. And other than the various menu and info buttons, that&#39;s about it. So, no dedicated ISO button, let alone white balance, metering or autofocus mode. Fair enough - it&#39;s an entry-level camera, and most people will just stick it in Auto and snap away happily. But if you&#39;re after a camera you might grow with, experiment with, you might find it frustrating.</p> <p>The rear LCD screen is a cracker - big and colourful with plenty of pixels. Given the dearth of controls, it would&#39;ve been nice if it was a touchscreen, but no such luck.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-s-new-alpha-6000-fastest-camera-world/news" target="_blank">Sony&#39;s new Alpha 6000 is the fastest camera in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3883" height="2912" title="The D3300 has a small, solid body" alt="Nikon D300 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-body-004.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="3474" height="2606" title="With the lens retracted..." alt="Nikon D300 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-body-002.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4038" height="3029" title="...and with the lens extended" alt="Nikon D300 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-body-003.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Manual controls are at a premium on the D3300" alt="Nikon D300 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-body-006.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Picture quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ah, now we&#39;re talking. The D3300 is capable of taking quite beautiful pictures, thanks in no small part to its 24.2MP CMOS sensor. Size-wise, that&#39;s as big as APS-C camera sensors get and it makes it incredibly easy to crop into pictures without losing quality. As is currently all the rage with DSLRs, the D3300 has no anti-aliasing filter, which is supposed to make for sharper snaps. It seems to have worked, because there&#39;s a fairly astonishing amount of detail to shots - check out the close-up above of the mouse&#39;s whiskers for evidence of that - and bear in mind that&#39;s with the kit lens. Stick a top-quality prime on it and results should be better still.&nbsp;</p> <p>Colours are vibrant, white balance and metering are well handled and noise is non-existent until ISO 800. Beyond that, things go downhill relatively quickly, but shots are still perfectly usable unless blown up really big right the way through to ISO 6400. At ISO 12800 there&#39;s seemingly more noise than pixels, but then again - it&#39;s ISO 12800! The mere thought would have blown your mind 5 years ago.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fujifilm/fujifilm-x-t1/review" target="_blank">Fujifilm X-T1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Colours are vibrant" alt="Nikon D300 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-stills-003.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s plenty of detail in the mouse&#039;s fur..." alt="Nikon D300 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-stills-001.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="...which is evident when you crop in on the photo" alt="Nikon D300 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-stills-002.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Metering and white balance are well controlled" alt="Nikon D300 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-stills-004.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shooting star? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The D300 is unashamedly an entry-level camera, and many people who buy it will stick it in Auto mode and never try anything more complicated. And if they do that, they&#39;ll get mostly excellent pictures. We know, because we tried, spending a horribly restricted hour or two with the photographic equivalent of our hands tied behind our back. Once we&#39;d conquered our innate snapper snobbery, though, we were impressed with the shots we got. Alright, so the camera has a tendency to fire up the flash at every opportunity, rather than upping the ISO or dropping the shutter speed a little, but if that gets on your nerves there&#39;s a no-flash Auto mode.</p> <p>For those who want a little more control without doing anything so terrifying as venturing into aperture priority or manual mode, there&#39;s the Guide mode. This gives you options such as &#39;blurred background&#39; and &#39;freeze motion&#39; then explains which settings it will need to change in order to achieve the desired effect. Then changes them for you. It&#39;s a great way to take charge of your photos without having to master photography, and one which we recommend all novices spend some time with.</p> <p>Step away from entry-level use and you might be a little frustrated. Autofocus is snappy, with 11 focus points to lock on to, while a burst shooting speed of 5fps is not to be sniffed at either. But the lack of physical controls - and touchscreen - hamper your ability to react to changing conditions. Still, the &#39;i&#39; menu helps, gathering together all of the key settings on one screen for fairly simple tweaking.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nikon-d4s/review" target="_blank">Nikon D4s review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Shooting options can be accessed via the &#039;i&#039; menu" alt="Nikon D3300 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-stills-009.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video and other features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The D3300 isn&#39;t big on extra features, really. The screen doesn&#39;t flip out, there&#39;s no built-in Wi-Fi, no built-in image stabilisation, no fancy-pants continuous autofocus when using Live Mode. How many of them matter? Depends on your needs. For general day-to-day use you won&#39;t miss most of them. Many Nikon lenses are stabilised, Wi-Fi is usually poorly implemented on cameras and unless you spend a lot of time shooting video, you can cope without the continuous autofocus. A flip-out screen would&#39;ve been nice, mind.</p> <p>Video quality itself is very good, with full HD 1080p footage available in 60/50/30/25/24fps flavours and a certain amount of exposure control on offer if you want it. The camera will also attempt to autofocus when shooting video, but it doesn&#39;t do it very quickly - it&#39;s certainly nowhere near as nippy as it is when tracking subjects through the viewfinder for stills.</p> <p>One nice touch is that there&#39;s an Effects mode on the main dial, meaning you don&#39;t have to hunt through menus in order to funkify your photos. The effects on offer are mostly great fun too, ranging from the naff-but-still-effective &#39;selective colour&#39; to the naff-but-also-really-cool &#39;sketch mode&#39;.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sketch mode" alt="Nikon D3300 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-stills-00.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Selective colour" alt="Nikon D3300 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-stills-008.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Toy camera mode" alt="Nikon D3300 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-stills-006.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As an entry-level camera, the Nikon D3300 excels. Stick it in Auto or play around with the Guide mode and you&#39;ll almost always get great photos, thanks mainly to that pixel-packed 24.3MP sensor and excellent autofocus.</p> <p>But be warned - at RM2198 with its excellent retractable kit lens, it&#39;s not really priced for the beginner. Canon&#39;s own entry-level effort, the 1200D, is available for RM1899 with lens, and while its images may not rival those of the Nikon, you have to wonder if the average novice will notice the difference.</p> <p>Likewise, those who plan to use the Nikon to its full capabilities - blowing up images to full size or shooting in manual modes, for instance - will soon find themselves frustrated by the lack of flexibility in use.</p> <p>Ultimately, while the D3300 produces great photos, it falls just short of being a great camera.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/system-cameras/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best DSLRs and system cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Nikon D3300: a great choice for beginners" alt="Nikon D3300 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nikon-d300-dslr-camera-review-body-007.jpg?1396925376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ll get great photos from the Nikon D3300, but only beginners need apply</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nikon/nikon-d3300/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/nikon/nikon-d3300/review#comments D3300 Digital SLRs Nikon System Cameras Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:35:25 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1435027 at http://www.stuff.tv Pentax K-3 http://www.stuff.tv/my/pentax/pentax-k-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This rugged DSLR has an abundance of pro features but a curious lack of cutting-edge camera whizz-bangery. Can it compete with the might of Nikon and Canon? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax K-3" alt="Pentax K-3 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pentax-k3-dslr-camera-review-001.jpg?1394245472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The modern DSLR is a 21st century toy, flinging pictures around your home via Wi-Fi, hooking up to smartphone apps and shooting camcorder-smashing full HD video. Not so the Pentax K-3.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM5,539.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> converted from US$1700 (for body and 18-135mm lens) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Superb weatherproof build </div> <div class="field-item even"> Incredibly detailed pictures </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Built-in stabilisation </div> <div class="field-item even"> Dual SD card slots </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Average video skills </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lacks flip-out screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> No Wi-Fi </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pentax K-3 – design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pentax K-3 is a superbly built camera, with a stainless-steel-and-magnesium-alloy body and 92 protective seals that make it more weatherproof than an otter in a wetsuit. It feels great in the hand, with a nicely sized grip, premium leather finish and loads of controls within easy reach. And while it&rsquo;s a little heavier than its direct rivals, we were too busy swooning over its rugged physique to care. Ahem.</p> <p>Controls are plentiful, with dedicated buttons for ISO, exposure compensation, white balance, metering, and AF mode. It&rsquo;s also packed with lovely little touches such as a depth of field preview integrated into the on/off switch, and a mode dial that&rsquo;s easily changed between fully lockable and always unlocked.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s even a button solely for switching image playback between the two SD card slots. In fact, the sheer volume of controls means you hardly ever need to hunt through on-screen menus, and that more than makes up for the fact that there&rsquo;s no touchscreen here.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a shame that the 3.2in screen doesn&rsquo;t flip out either &ndash; that&rsquo;s a genuinely useful feature that we&rsquo;ve come to rely on elsewhere &ndash; but otherwise it&rsquo;s a beauty: big, colourful and packing plenty of pixels. Finally, we should mention the excellent optical pentaprism viewfinder, which offers 100% coverage and which to this reviewer&rsquo;s eyes still beats an EVF any day.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Pentax K-3 has plenty of controls" alt="Pentax K-3 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k3-dslr-camera-review-005.jpg?1394245472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Build quality is superb" alt="Pentax K-3 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k3-dslr-camera-review-004.jpg?1394245472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The K-3 is stuffed with useful features" alt="Pentax K-3 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k3-dslr-camera-review-002.jpg?1394245472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pentax K-3 – tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sensor</strong> - 24.3MP APS-C&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>LCD</strong>&nbsp;- 3.2in, 1037k dots</p> <p><strong>ISO</strong> - 100-51200 <p><strong>Shutter speed </strong>- 1/8000-30 secs</p> <p><strong>Autofocus</strong> - 27 points (25 cross-type)</p> <p><strong>RAW shooting </strong>- yes (Pentax PEF and Adobe DNG formats)</p> <p><strong>Flash</strong> - yes (1/180 sync speed)</p> <p><strong>Video</strong> - 1080i@60fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - SD card slot (x2), USB3.0, HDMI-out</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight </strong>- 131.5x77.5x100mm, 715g (body only)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pentax K-3 – picture quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The K-3 is the latest in the growing line of cameras that ditches the anti-aliasing filter in order to improve picture quality. Don&rsquo;t know your anti-aliasing filter from your elbow? The box below explains what it is. Can&rsquo;t be bothered to read that? Well thanks very much. Anyway, the upshot is that with no anti-aliasing filter, pictures should be sharper. And they are.</p> <p>The K-3 uses a Sony-made 24.3MP APS-C sensor, which puts it on a par with the rival Nikon D7100 and just ahead of Canon&rsquo;s 70D in pure resolution terms, but that only tells half the story. Stills have bags of detail at low ISO levels, with rich colours and excellent contrast. And, in the right conditions, the sharpness on offer is something to behold. Having recently tested the Canon 70D, we have no trouble in proclaiming the K-3&rsquo;s pictures to be superior. It&rsquo;s marginal, sure, but there&rsquo;s something about the Pentax&rsquo;s shots that really appeals.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="426" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/12991427114/in/set-72157642003845583/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>It&rsquo;s not quite so impressive at high ISOs, but shoot in RAW &ndash; or Adobe&rsquo;s DNG format, which is also available here &ndash; and that becomes less of a problem, with noise easily reduced in your processing software of choice. Really, noise is minimal up to ISO 1600, acceptable at 3200 and 6400 and clean-upable at 12800 and 25600. Even shots are 512000 are usable.</p> <p>Metering didn&rsquo;t seem to be quite so hot, with the K-3 consistently underexposing our pictures by a ⅓-⅔ of a stop. Still, it&rsquo;s not really a problem once you&rsquo;re aware of it &ndash; you just compensate by the appropriate amount.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Pentax K-3 has excellent dynamic range" alt="Pentax K-3 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k3-dslr-camera-review-metering-001.jpg?1394245472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="This crop again shows superb sharpness" alt="Pentax K-3 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k3-dslr-camera-review-sharpness-001.jpg?1394245472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Even at a high ISO of 12800 shots are usable" alt="Pentax K-3 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k3-dslr-camera-review-high-iso-001.jpg?1394245472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Anti-what now? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The anti-alisaing filter sits in front of the image sensor to reduce the chances of unsightly moiré &ndash; where closely spaced lines interfere with each other to make a distracting pattern on your shot. The downside is that it slightly degrades sharpness, so it&rsquo;s becoming increasingly common for cameras to do away with it altogether.</p> <p>Moiré is less of a problem these days anyway, with today&rsquo;s high-resolution sensors rarely suffering from it. But in case the moiré monster does rear its head, the K-3 has a work-around in the form of two anti-aliasing simulator modes. These vibrate the sensor very slightly to simulate the effect that an actual anti-aliasing filter would have.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a clever solution, and one that we can see other manufacturers using in future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pentax K-3 – in use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Autofocus is generally excellent on the K-3, with 27 focus points and plenty of options for setting autofocus zones or tracking subjects. It rarely misses its target, and locks on swiftly too. It&rsquo;s also impressive in low light, snapping on to a subject in conditions which would give many other cameras a headache.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once you&#39;ve locked on, you can fire off shots at up to 8.3fps for a total of 60 JPEGS or 23 RAW files - more than enough for most users, if not quite best in class.</p> <p>Things fall down a little when you switch to Live View. It&rsquo;s not terrible by any means, but there&rsquo;s no continuous autofocus and it&rsquo;s a little slow even in good light. Video is another area where it lags behind its main rivals. Again, there&rsquo;s no continuous autofocus as you&rsquo;d get on Canon&rsquo;s excellent 70D and if you want to shoot in full HD you&rsquo;ll have to make do with 60i or 30p fps footage, rather than the 60p you get on some rivals. Once again, it&rsquo;s far from terrible but neither is it the best on the market.</p> <p>But there are plenty of other plusses here. The dual SD card slots are massively helpful: you can set the camera to shoot JPEGs to one and RAW to the other, or stills to one and video to the other, or just snap away happily safe in the knowledge that you have two cards&rsquo; worth of space to fill. The weather-sealed body is similarly great for peace of mind; much of our testing was done in the UK&rsquo;s sodden winter and we never once worried about rain damage.</p> <p>And then there&rsquo;s the in-body image stabilisation: a huge bonus over Canon and Nikon, which both go for the lens-based system; not much use if your lens doesn&rsquo;t have it. We tested the K-3 with the superb 20-40mm f2.8 lens, but any of Pentax&rsquo;s extensive range of glass will feel the benefit of the 3.5-stops of shake-reduction.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentak K-3" alt="Pentax K-3 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k3-dslr-camera-review-007.jpg?1394245472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pentax K-3 is a serious camera that takes seriously good stills. It&rsquo;s packed with features to make your life easier, such as dual SD card slots, weatherproofing and in-body stabilisation and handles as well as any camera we&rsquo;ve ever used. </p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a video addict or are used to modern extras such as built-in Wi-Fi or a flip-out screen, you&rsquo;d be better looking at the Canon EOS 70D. But if all you really want from a camera is to take great pictures in almost any situation, the Pentax K-3 will do you proud.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax K-3" alt="Pentax K-3 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k3-dslr-camera-review-006.jpg?1394245472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pentax K-3 may not have all the latest bells and whistles, but as a stills shooter it&#39;s hard to beat</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pentax/pentax-k-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/pentax/pentax-k-3/review#comments Cameras Digital SLRs K-3 Pentax Ricoh System Cameras Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:52:20 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433452 at http://www.stuff.tv