The new 2017 Pentax KP Specification and Fitures Review

The Pentax KP is a 24MP APS-C DSLR with style and manages raised mostly from the full-frame K-1. Marketed as an appearance only at a cost of $1099, it provides conventional Pentax functions like complete weather-sealing and in-body five-axis Tremble Decrease, and contains all the exciting functions allowed by the above mentioned program, such as ‘Pixel Move Resolution’. It also provides exchangeable front side hold program as an element of its rather fairly style.

Pentax KP Review
Pentax KP Review

On the experience of it, the Pentax KP is a complicated undertaking. It releases at a similar cost as their APS-C leading the K-3 II did over annually ago, while dealing useful K3 functions like GPS for of the other management switch, swappable holds, and a built-in display.

Key Features

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS indicator with max ISO of 819,200
  • 27-point AF indicator with 25 main cross-type points
  • 86,000-pixel RGB metering indicator helps topic monitoring and exposure
  • PRIME IV Processor
  • In-body ‘SR II’ 5-axis picture stabilization
  • 7 fps ongoing shooting
  • Interchangeable grips
  • Improved ‘Function Dial’ from the K-1
  • Electronic shutter up to 1/24,000 sec through the viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi communication

The amazingly small pentaprism-equipped digicam gets style hints and manages from the full-frame K-1, and even stocks some that is similar to Nikon’s retro-reborn Df. JPEG picture high quality has some rubbing complimentary of the new PRIME IV processer, growing the KP’s high ISO abilities all the way to the ridiculous value of 819,200.

Pentax KP Features

Picture Stabilization

A lots of trademark Pentax functions are allowed by their SR program that can be seen in the entire collection. The KP is no exemption, although it also is the APS-C first appearance of Pentax’s 5-axis SR II program. Let’s take a look at how it works.

Pentax KP Picture Stabilization
Pentax KP Picture Stabilization

The previous-generation SR program was already a excellent entertainer, and it seems that the addition of the SR II program does not generate large developments over past versions. At 50mm equiv. the KP is capable of approximately 3.3 prevents of backing, and about 3.7 at the long end. It is still a excellent entertainer, and provides levels of backing not often seen in other APS-C cameras. The new program helps stay perspective and film experience even more stable than before, although it still has the disadvantage of not backing the picture in the viewfinder, something mirrorless cameras and DSLRs with optically stable contacts benefit from.

Pixel Shift

The mostly amazing Pixel Move Top quality method is still same from past Pentax cameras. This takes four successive photos so that a Red, Blue and Green value has been taken for every outcome pixel  increasing along with resolution and reducing unwarranted shade styles. Taking four photos also creates a better image by successfully quadrupling the quantity of light taken.

Electronic Shutter

The regular shutter on the KP provides a good enough highest possible rate of 1/6000 sec. On top of that, in a DSLR first, it can also use a fully digital shutter of up to 1/24,000 sec through the visual viewfinder, getting two extra prevents of highest possible rate for situations like capturing in shiny sunlight with wide apertures. When used, the reflection and shutter still work like regular, just with a wait around the digital visibility. It can make a 1/100 sec visibility last about the same as a 1/10 sec visibility, so it does not invariably experience like an ‘exposure delay’ method, but more like the ‘Quiet’ shutter method on a Nikon.


Wi-Fi on the KP provides up a easy, yet effective way of shifting pictures or managing you slightly with a smart phone. Switching on Wi-Fi is as easy as having down the allocated key while examining pictures. You will beep (unless modest, which you can independently customize) and display a Wi-Fi symbol on the top of the screen when it is turned on. Then it is simply a matter of contacting you via Ricoh’s Picture Synchronize app, which allows you to surf information on you and select which to transfer, or control you in stay perspective through the app. It is one of the easier applications to originally set up, and the exchanges happen quickly without hassle.


Included with the KP is the capability to capture Complete HD 1080p at 24, 25, and 30 fps. For 50 and 60 fps, you is restricted to 1080i (which is very probably just the same as the 30p outcome, marked to be played-back as intertwined fields). Fortunately, the also functions ‘Movie SR’, removing the tremble from capturing film portable. We aren’t certain if the backing in film method is digital or if it uses the sensor’s backing or a mixture of the two, but the result is remarkably still portable video.

In our field we see keeps on a similar film quality from past Pentax cameras, which results in not much details in Complete HD with standard configurations. The KP isn’t the ideal Pentax for film with auto-focus, as it only has a CDAF program in Live View, compared to the (limited) on-sensor PDAF seen in the lower-level K-70. The Movie SR helps make the KP better suitable to portable film capturing than the Nikon, but cameras with top quality 1080 and the capability to focus consistently in film leave the Nikon and the Pentax as some of the last choices we would use for film manufacturing.

Powerful Range

Pentax cameras have always created Raw information that deal with excessive handling well, and the KP is no exemption. While there’s a small price to whitening photos taken at a low ISO in comparison to capturing at greater ISO’s, it still provides a ton of room to raise dark areas, competitive with the Nikon D7200 under excessive drives.


It is at high ISOs where the KP really stands out. Disturbance on the KP is extremely low for an APS-C digicam, besting both the K-3 II and D7200 at ISO 25,600. A leap up to ISO 51,200 broadens the gap, displaying the KP has a complete quit better efficiency than its Nikon competitors.

We’re a bit amazed by this efficiency, as there was little information given to us on how Pentax actually obtained this efficiency. Given this indicator does not function technology like BSI, we suspicious there’s some ‘baking’ done to the Raw information. There do understand symptoms and symptoms of noise decrease upon further research into the Raw (the natural route reveals lines of no details where other cameras do not). And this comes at a price – sometimes reduced details, and odd cross-hatch patterning throughout the picture.


At platform ISO, not much seems to have modified from the K-3 II. Traditionally we’ve discovered we much like the digital camera’s ‘Natural’ Customized Picture method to the standard ‘Bright’ establishing, so have taken using that. The standard improving can still be soft, especially when in comparison to the much better initiatives of competitors. Fortunately, there is the (sort of hard to find) capability to change to ‘Fine’ or ‘Extra’ improving in the ‘Custom Image’ selection for better information (we’d recommend Excellent +1).

Auto-focus and Performance

Similar to the Pentax K-3 II, the KP uses the SAFOX 11 27-point autofocus program. It functions 25 cross-type AF factors focused towards the middle, with two regular factors on the remaining and right extreme conditions.

Pantex KP Autofocus and Performance
Pantex KP Autofocus and Performance

AF-C and topic monitoring on the KP is definitely outpaced by competitors. The Pentax isn’t absolutely lacking of this capability, but the competition’s better protection and reviews creates it a much-less-frustrating encounter, as the Pentax can keep the customer thinking what topic you is monitoring, or where it has even placed concentrate, quite often. It seems that the KP is most effective for AF-S photographers.

Battery lifestyle is another low factor for the K-P, with a CIPA ranking just over 50 percent what the K-3 II can handle, which still was behind the D7200. The rush amount of 7 fps is a little fall comparative to the 8.4 the K-3 II as well.

Pantex KP Autofocus and Performance
Pantex KP Autofocus and Performance

Its cost places it in a strange identify, as it is the same as the 2-year-old K-3 II, and the same as the Nikon D7200 as well. It doesn’t provide upgrading in all aspects over the K-3 II. In fact, it requires an important hit on battery power and hold convenience with big contacts in comparison to competitors as the cost for its post-makeover svelteness. For APS-C activities photographers that want a DSLR, the K-3 II or D7200 will be the better choice.

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Pentax KP Specification

MSRP $1099 (body only)
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 6016 x 4000
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 3072 x 2048, 1920 x 1280
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor PRIME IV
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary Color Filter
ISO Auto, 100-819200
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes (3 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes 5-axis, up to 5 stops
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Best, better, good
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Pentax PEF or DNG)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 27
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.95×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/24000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Sensitivity priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter & aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Bulb
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual, wireless
Flash X sync speed 1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • AE bracketing
  • DoF bracketing
  • Motion bracketing
  • Mirror-up
  • Multi-exposure
  • Interval shooting
  • Interval composite
  • Interval movie record
  • Star stream
Continuous drive 7.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5 frames )
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI No (requires SlimPort adapter)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11 b/g/n
Remote control Yes (via remote cable or smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description D-LI109 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 390
Weight (inc. batteries) 703 g (1.55 lb / 24.80 oz)
Dimensions 132 x 101 x 76 mm (5.2 x 3.98 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes O-GPS1