Ricoh Accidentally Launches K-3 Webpage Early, Have a Look at What’s to Come


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, October is looking to be a big month for camera announcements. And of course, along with announcements come leaks. Case in point: the upcoming Pentax K-3 isn’t supposed to be announced for another 24 hours or so, but someone at Ricoh accidentally let the webpage go live briefly.

As you might expect, the page has since been pulled down and simply leads to a “404 Page Not Found” message you see below. Thankfully, however, the folks at Digicame-info were able to snag a screenshot (pictured at the top) before the site went down.


According to the description on the webpage, Ricoh is dubbing the K-3 the “most advanced enthusiast DSLR available.” When it hit shelves, it’ll sport a 24MP APS-C sensor, 8.3 second continuous shooting (for up to 22 RAW shots or 60 JPEGs), 27-point AF (25 cross-type), 0.95x magnification optical viewfinder with 100% coverage, 100-51200 ISO, max 1/8000 of a second shutter and the ability to shoot H.264 Full HD video at 60, 50, 30 and 24p.

The really interesting feature, however, is the fact that the K-3 does what Nikon has been patenting for a few years now: it lets you turn your anti-aliasing filter on and off. No need to pick between a camera with or without one, you can just select the best option for the situation at hand.

A previously leaked photo of the K-3

A previously-leaked photo of the K-3

Other notable features include in-body stabilization, USB 3.0, AV and HDMI outs, weather sealing, dual SD card slots, a built-in electronic level, Adobe DNG support and the ability to withstand temperatures between -10 and 40°C.

For more info, pay close attention over the next 24-hours. Given the rumored release date and this website leak, it’s likely we’ll have official details before long.

(via Digicame-info)

  • SuperSaggio

    It’s a beast

  • zuku

    and fake “accidentally let the webpage go live briefly” …

  • Rob S

    Ugh. Another year without a Pentax Full Frame.

    I LOVE my K-5 but I long for a larger, “softer” sensor with more ISO headroom. Its not that i “need” ISO 100K but I want ISO 6400 to be low noise. And Im not really sure what good 24MP is if you are going to cram it into such a small space.

    I have long been a supporter of APS-C as “good enough” but with the D600 Nikon proved that you could make a full frame that was not the size of a tank. I was hoping that Pentax would put a full frame sensor in a K-5 body and really shake things up. Sadly no or so it seems.

    I thought the AA filter was a physical item. How can you turn it on and off?

  • Adrian

    And still no Full Frame… People are waiting for a Full Frame Pentax..

  • waterengineer

    Sad it is a crop sensor….so sad.

  • x4rd

    No worries – full frame – next year ;)

  • Brad Snyder

    Yes. Could we please drop the “accidental” from product leaks. Call it was it is: marketing. As far as I can think of, the last truly accidental product leak involving a camera was the iPhone 4 left in a bar by an Apple employee, which Gawker subsequently bought.

  • John

    Now just give us the K1, Full Format, and I’ll MAYBE go buy a Pentax DSLR again….

  • Ian

    Exactly – “leaks” have become quite an art form for marketers, particularly consumer electronics companies.

  • Lee

    Product page said the AA filter is done by “shaking the sensor”. Very smart. Apparently in-body sensor stabilization has more useful features to be develop. :)

  • stefan

    shut up and take my money!

  • Rob S

    Yeah I read that on RIceHigh. Said it works best under 1/1000th of a sec. Shouldn’t be an issue for about 99% of normal shooting.

  • Rob S

    Free beer tomorrow

  • Rob S

    I havent seen that level of sophistication out of Pentax marketing recently.

    Given their HUGE advantage in all weather/rugged cameras why in the world are they not sponsoring extreme sports? Look what it has done for GoPro. Outdoor and Outside magazine consistently rave about Pentax products but Pentax does nothing to market to them.

    Look at the 645D. Amazing product, zero marketing. Why in the world didnt Pentax sponsor wedding photography workshops that featured the 645? Lets say you do 10 workshops across the country and each one cost $30K to put on. For $30K you can have a REALLY nice deal that people will flock to. Figure 50 people per city, 500 total. For $300K you would create a TON of buzz and sell a bunch of cameras, lenses, etc. You only need about 20 people to buy to break even. 20 out of 500. And once those 20 go out and start beating up their competition with 645s you better believe they will sit up and notice.

  • postPentax

    All this waiting for no FF? Time to sell the gear and head to the nikon side

  • julianndimare321

    My Uncle Lincoln just got a new yellow Subaru
    BRZ Coupe by working parttime off of a macbook air… find more J­a­m­2­0­.­ℂ­o­m

  • carnagex2000

    could care less about their dslr updates, I want to see an update to 645D lineup. (and where are those D lenses they said were coming out this year?)

  • 34rwewe

    can they make it any uglyer?

  • 4534533545

    it´s just ugly.. not a beast.

  • Zos Xavius

    beauty is in the eye of the beholder. this camera looks downright sexy to my eyes.

  • Zos Xavius

    the HD lenses are out. They also refreshed the 55-300 with WR and HD.

  • Zos Xavius

    yeah, they could make it look like a 70D. :P

  • silverprint

    Why is everyone so obsessed with it having to be a FF? I’ve been using the K5IIs for 6 months and it leaves me speachless everytime!!! Has helped me get over the ‘FF anxiety’ I think we are all fed by the marketers. K3 combined with the new HD revamps of the DA Primes are going to be a dream come true atlast!

  • Dillinger

    Not full frame, not interested. Besides, do they have any good lenses yet; the slow, screw-driven buzzers don’t count. And the continuously failing SDM motors, has Ricoh done anything about them?

  • SuperSaggio

    If Nikon or Canon do this, I think it would cost 2000$.

    Btw, the problem with Pentax are lenses (most of all: the prices of the lenses) and all the accessory.

  • Zos Xavius

    Pentax is still cheaper overall IMO. Have you priced L glass?

  • SuperSaggio

    Yes, I think the problem here is not for pro photographers. Pentax has excellent lenses for them. The problem is for starters, for the beginners. You gave them an 18-55 or 18-135 and then you have no much choice other than 17-70. You have to spend bazillion of money for a good lens. You have no 35 1.8 cheap lens that Nikon has, or the 50mm 1.4 1.8 at that price that Canon has. And you lack some of the third-party lenses. So Pentax as excellent excellent lenses but if you want something good you have to spend a lot. And if for a pro that’s not a problem (and he will spend less that canon or nikon counterside) for a beginner I think it is.

  • Pat

    More elegant than my 5d iii. FF for work, k3 for my own pleasure. Sweet.