This button takes you into Playback mode for image review on the 3.2in LCD screen. If you’re in Playback mode, it takes you back into shooting mode.
When shooting, this button allows you to change the Auto Exposure (AE) Metering mode using the rear E-dial. Multi-segment (which reads the whole scene), Centre-weighted (emphasis on the middle) and Spot (limited area) are available. In Playback mode, it brings up options to delete images.
The K-3 comes with the Eyecup FS installed, and its soft rubber creates a comfortable shooting position with your eye to the viewfinder. You can remove and upgrade the eyecup to a different design such as the larger Eyecup MII.
The K-3 sports a high-quality pentaprism viewfinder offering a 100% view of the scene. Important shooting information, such as exposure settings, is visible beneath the scene you’re composing, so you can make changes without taking your eye off the action. The focus point is overlayed on the view.
The K-3’s 3.2in monitor can be used to display shooting information and exposure settings, show an electronic compass (when the optional O-GPS1 GPS accessory is mounted in the hotshoe), display an electronic level, or it can be switched off entirely. It’s also where you access menus and view images in Playback mode.
You can adjust the sharpness of the image in the viewfinder, depending on your eyesight, using this dioptre dial. Turn it until the AF frame in the viewfinder is at its sharpest.
This switches the screen into Live View mode for composition and is also used to start or stop recording in Movie mode.
When shooting, this dial is used in tandem with the front E-dial to change camera settings, such as the aperture in aperture-priority (Av) mode. It can be customised to fit other functions such as exposure compensation. The dial also cycles through menus being displayed and zooms in and out of images in Playback mode.
This button can be used to activate autofocus, in the same way as half-pressing the shutter release button – an operation sometimes called ‘back-button focus’.
This button locks the auto exposure (AE) settings so that you can base the exposure on one part of the scene, then recompose before shooting another. In Playback mode, it also lets you save the last JPEG recorded in Raw mode, allowing greater editing potential later.
This button can be used to provide an auto exposure when working in manual (M) or shutter-and-aperture priority (TAv) mode. It can also be used to switch on the Auto ISO function when holding the ISO button.
Helpfully placed within easy reach of your thumb when gripping the camera, this lever switches between still and movie recording, allowing you to swap from high-resolution photos to HD video.
The four-way controller’s up button accesses the Drive modes, allowing you to switch between Single Frame, Continuous Shooting, Self-timer, Remote Control, Exposure Bracketing, Mirror Lock-up, Multi-exposure, Interval Shooting and Interval Composite modes.
The four-way controller’s left button is a shortcut to the white-balance settings, allowing you to set how the colours in the scene are recorded, including Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Flash, Color Temperature Enhancement, Manual reading and Color Temperature (K) modes.
Used as a shortcut to the Drive mode/Flash mode/white balance or Custom Image settings, the four-way controller also helps navigate menus and moves the focusing area when in that mode. OK is used to confirm selections when a menu or the control panel is displayed on screen.
The right button on the four-way controller allows you to access creative colour options including Natural (default), Bright, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome and Cross Processing. In this menu the strength of the effects can be set using the Info button.
The down button on the four-way controller accesses the Flash modes, controlling the strength and style of lighting effects from the pop-up flash or an accessory flashgun. Options include flash exposure compensation; wireless settings to control an off-camera flash; and slow-speed sync for slow shutter speed effects with flash.
This button brings up the Control Panel on screen with access to frequently used settings. It also changes what’s displayed on the screen, switching between the shooting information, the electronic level, the electronic compass or nothing at all.
This button toggles the Main menu on or off screen. When the menu is in use it acts as a back or cancel button, returning a setting to the previous one, or taking you back to the previous screen.
Tap this to change the focusing area, using the four-way controller. It also swaps between SD card slots 1 and 2 when viewing images in Playback mode.