The Pentax K-1 Features And Specification Review

The Pentax K-1, a 36.4MP full-frame DSLR designed around the K lens install. It becomes the only traditional DSLR use a complete structure indicator with picture stabilizing. The camera is substantially enclosed boasting mineral magnesium metal development.

Pentax K-1 Review
Pentax K-1 Review

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Pentax K-1 Key Features

  • 36.2MP full-frame CMOS indicator with no anti-aliasing filter
  • 5-axis picture stabilizing ranked to 5 prevents by CIPA conventional testing
  • 100% pentaprism viewfinder with 0.7x magnification
  • 33-point AF program (25 cross-type)
  • Extensive weather-sealing
  • 1/200 sec display synchronize speed
  • 14-bit Raw documenting (DNG or PEF)
  • AA narrow simulation
  • Multi-shot Pixel Move Quality mode
  • Built-in GPS with electro-magnetic compass and Astrotracer function
  • 4.4 fps ongoing capturing (6.5 fps in APS-C plants mode)
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1080/30p video

Pentax K-1 Body And Handling

One’s body itself seems much like a K-7/K-5/K-5 II/K-3/K-3 II: absolutely strong without being extremely large. The hold form seems similar to those systems, making it one of the best in the business – it’s substantial and relaxed, with the calls placed well for quick accessibility. The magnesium-alloy spend has comprehensive climate closing at all the joint parts, gates and control buttons (87 in all).

Pentax K-1 Body And Handling
Pentax K-1 Body And Handling

Lens Selection: Using Mature K-Mount Lenses

Pentaxians will absolutely appreciate the capability to implement all of their old K-mount connections. The query is will using these old K-mount connections allow you to get the most out of the K-1’s features? In short, no, not surprisingly there will be restrictions. Pentax DA and DA-L connections are useful on the K-1 but keep in mind that they are made for plants body cameras, although some central measures covers the full structure indicator better than others as specific on The first page of the evaluation. The K-1 also facilitates several types of auto-focus techniques such as screw-drive, SDM, DC as well as FA connections that have power zoom capability connections. M37, M42 and 645 install connections can be installed to the K-1 with the appropriate plugs.

Pentax K-1 Images Quality

Our newest test field is made to imitate both sunlight and low-light capturing. Pushing the ‘lighting’ control buttons at the top of the gadget allows you to change between the two. The sunlight field is taken with personally set white stability targeted at accomplishing fairly neutral grays, but you is remaining in its Auto establishing for the low-light assessments (except Raw, which is personally fixed during conversion). We also offer three different watching sizes: ‘Full’, ‘Print’, and ‘Comp’, with the latter two providing ‘normalized’ evaluations to more pretty evaluate cameras of varying solutions by using printed watching dimensions. The ‘Comp’ option selects the largest-available quality common to the cameras being compared


At high-ISOs the K-1 works on par or better than its colleagues, such as the Nikon D810, with outcomes much like the Sony models a7r II. It even out works the D810 in ISO’s that surpass 6400 which is breathtaking for a digicam at this cost. The low mild efficiency performance of the K-1 is amazingly nearly on par with 645Z. When evaluating the K-1 to complete structure cameras at its cost such as the Sony models a7 ii, you out works its competitors in nearly all aspects. The K-1 does experience some aliasing, but that can be reduced by using the anti-aliasing establishing or capturing in the Pixel Move capturing ways.

Pentax K-1 Images Quality
Pentax K-1, HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR, 28mm, F6.3, 1/50, ISO 100 Photo By Azis Photography


The out of digicam JPEGs don’t reasonable nearly as well as the RAWs. The disturbance decrease at great ISOs seems to be quite restrained- so facts are maintained but the disturbance is still very obvious. The standard JPEG improving is pretty little as well, so the pictures can appear a bit smooth. It should be observed that this can be modified and excellent updated using the different improving configurations available on the K-1 and that switching the standard disturbance decrease configurations off can boost the JPEG quality as well (thanks to Pentax community customer remaining eye for the recommended settings). The shades are attractive and the skin tone are quite awesome, but can appear a little bit modest and look very much like the is caused by the D810. It’s also important to note that veggies and whites seem to trim toward an iridescent shade customer profile. With the Pixel Move ways and the excellent Raw efficiency, the K-1 asks to be taken in Raw to really make use of the digital camera’s 36MP full-frame indicator.

Pentax K-1 Images Quality
Pentax K-1 Images Quality Slow Speed HD Pentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR, 70mm, F16, 1/4, ISO 100 Photo By Azis Photography

Powerful Variety Benefits

There’s another benefits of Pixel Move we temporarily referred to: since information from four Raw information are basically mixed, disturbance is reduced. It’s not that supports are averaged, but that 4x as much complete light is gathered and used in producing the ultimate picture, which reduces comparative taken disturbance. This indicates a nearly 2 EV theoretical increase in dynamic range (ignoring read noise), and indeed a important enhancement is obvious in the +4 EV forced photos below. The non-pixel shift computer file still reveals decent disturbance efficiency in the dark areas thanks to the very high dynamic range indicator, and the Pixel Move computer file is even better. While it’s not quite a 2EV advantage, the Pixel Move information in our studio room dynamic range assessments look better than the common photos despite a 1EV comparative underexposure. Hence, we’d calculate a advantage of somewhere between 1 and 2 EV.

Pentax K-1 Images Quality
Pentax K-1 Images Quality Pentax K-1, HD Pentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR 70mm, F20, 0.3 sec, ISO 100. Photo By Azis Photography

Pentax K-1 Specifications

MSRP $1799/£1599 (body only)
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 7360 x 4912
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 36 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 37 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100-204800
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes (3 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Best, better, good
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (PEF/DNG)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 33
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,037,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture and shutter priority
  • Sensitivity priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash modes Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single Frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Remote Control, Bracketing, Mirror- up, Multi-Exposure, Interval Shooting, Interval Composite, Interval Movie Record, Star Stream
Continuous drive 4.4 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description D-LI90 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 760
Weight (inc. batteries) 1010 g (2.23 lb / 35.63 oz)
Dimensions 137 x 110 x 86 mm (5.39 x 4.33 x 3.39)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (Still or video)
GPS Built-in