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P3 / P30

General Description

With the P series, Pentax left the design line that was startet by the ME, led to the successful ME Super und culminated in the superA / superPROGRAM. Also, with the P series cameras, Pentax reintroduced the exposure lock (first seen in the K2 DMD).

P3 / P30 were the first Pentax bodies without a thread for a mechanical remote release.

Product Variations
Exact NameP3P30
Colordark greyblack
Years of Production1985 ~ 19881985 ~ 1988
Availabilityabout once a week, usedabout once a week, used
Catalog Number06210unknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens MountKA
Mount Limitations
Self-Timer12 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Release
Infra-Red Release
Additional FeaturesDOF preview
Width x Height x Depth137 x 87.5 x 50.5 mm
Weight510 g
Exposure System
Exposure ModesM, P
Metering Modes with K and M Lensescenter-weighted
Metering Modes with A and newer Lensescenter-weighted
Meter MaterialGPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)XXX
Exposure Lockyes
Meter Range1 ~ 18 EV
Manual ISO RangeISO setting only via DX-film encoding
Film DX Range25 ~ 1600 ASA
Constructionelectronic (vertical)
Shutter Speeds1 ~ 1/1000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage]0.82x [92%]
Aperture Indication
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Screens
Power Source
Batteries2 x 1.5 Volt silver-oxide (A76, SR44) or alkaline (LR44)
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shootingmanual wind lever
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)analog
FeaturesP, S
Synchronization Speed(s)1/100 ~ 1, B
Built-In Flash
Fitting Case(s)soft case: P3-S,
soft case: P3-L

Subjective Evaluation