Well, this is a bit of an odd announcement. Although, perhaps Pentax sees themselves as being to DSLRs what Leica is to rangefinders… and then it makes total sense. Either way, Pentax has announced a new monochrome version of the Pentax K-3 Mark III DSLR. It appears to be like the standard Pentax K-3 Mark III in almost every way, except that there’s no Bayer filter array over the sensor.
Despite lacking a colour filter, it uses a same resolution 25.7-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. It does see the ISO increased a stop, though, as there’s no light lost in the absence of the colour filter. Removing the filter also means there’s no chroma noise. There are also none of the camera’s usual colour modes. Instead, it offers processing modes, allowing for options such as high or low-contrast photography.
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