Just when I get comfortable using my Pentax K-5 II, Ricoh comes out with a new and improved version they are calling the Pentax K-3, “the ultimate field camera“. It’s currently trending as DP Review’s hottest camera! While Ricoh claims a number of improvements over my current camera, the most serious upgrades include going from 16 to 24 megapixels, and the world’s first selectable anti-aliasing filter which can increase sharpness when toggled off. The K-3 also has improved autofocus and a higher shooting speed up to 8.3 FPS. So will I be upgrading anytime soon? Huh! No.
I really do love my Pentax K-5 II and have been more than happy with the image quality thus far. What I do get tired of is the size and weight of the camera along with my three lenses. Recently my father bought a Sony NEX-6 that I tested against my Pentax, and for sharpness – at least in one of my samples – the winner was clearly Sony. While the camera would be great for travel being so light and small, I am still not sold on the digital viewfinder. Perhaps I need to spend some time learning how to adjust it in different lighting conditions.