- 36.4 effective MP, AA Filterless Full Frame CMOS sensor
- Prime IV Engine
- SRII five-axis Shake Reduction System
- Max ISO – 204,800
- 33 Point Auto-Focus System
- Optical Viewfinder with 100% FOV
- 3.2-inch Cross-Tilt LCD
- APS-C Crop Mode for maximum lens flexibility and compatibility
- Built-in GPS and ASTRO TRACER Functions
- Built-in Electronic Compass
- Wi-Fi Camera Control and Image Transfer
- Professional H.264 Full HD video
- Dual SD card slots
- Fully weather sealed
The Pentax K-1 is Pentax’s first full frame camera with a 36.4MP CMOS sensor that can shoot at a spectacular 204800 ISO for detailed photos in any light. The camera does not sacrifice image quality and captures super high resolution images with excellent gradation even at high ISOs. The camera has a 5-axis movable sensor for in-camera image stabilization that works with modern or vintage lenses and an innovative pixel-shift mode for taking super-high resolution pictures. Photographers who will be shooting sports or wildlife were not neglected in the search for better image quality – the K-1 shoots at a respectable 4.4fps with focus tracking.
36.4MP DSLR CMOS and PRIME IV Image Processing Engine
The K-1 features a 36.4MP full frame CMOS sensor with a Prime IV Image processor allowing 14 bit RAW format image recording as well as high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 204800. The high sensitivity delivers astonishingly detailed images even in low light with minimal noise. The camera isn’t just a landscape camera and can handle 4.4 fps continuous shooting or 6.5 fps in APS-C crop mode with the AF speed to match and satisfy action shooters.
The K-1 also has a few brand new features that utilize the moveable sensor. The Pixel shift resolution function takes four sequential shots all shifted by one pixel in each direction and combines them to improve color resolution and reduce noise by image averaging in camera with no post processing necessary. The movable sensor is capable of horizon correction, which automatically rotates the sensor to make the horizon level in your photos. The movable sensor is even capable of acting like an anti-aliasing filter by vibrating the sensor during exposure to prevent moire. Built-in 5-axis shake reduction helps to cancel out camera shake by up to five stops with any lens in use – even vintage lenses. The moveable sensor even allows you to manually shift the sensor up/down, left/right and slightly rotate it for delicate composition when using a tripod.
The compact K-1 comes extensively weather sealed and rated for freezing temperatures down to 14°F. The magnesium alloy camera body features a 3.2 inch (8.1cm) LCD with a unique cross tilt system that is capable of tilting upward 90°, down 44°, left and right 35° all the while staying in line with the lens. The K-1 is well suited for use in the dark with easy to use brightness controls and has LEDs mounted near the controls, lens release and access points to offer another level of functionality. The K-1 has an SLR optical viewfinder with 100% image coverage and 0.7x magnification.
A smart function dial has been fitted to the K-1 to change frequently used functions without going into the LCD menus.
Dual SD card slots are available, either for backup or additional storage so you can choose to save 2 copies of your photos on separate cards for redundancy OR to have double the storage for long photo sessions.
The K-1 is compatible with almost all Pentax 35mm lenses. Photographers with older Pentax lenses can use their favorite glass with this camera. Vintage mechanical lenses work fine, and APS-C lenses work with the K-1 by employing its crop mode that is clearly shown in the viewfinder.
SAFOX 12 AF System
The K-1 utilizes a 33 point autofocus system, with 25 cross type sensors and 3 center sensors with the precision necessary to use with a F2.8 or faster lens wide open. The 25 cross type sensors focus down as far as -3EV for use in very dim light. The 86,000 pixel RGB metering sensor offers 77 segment metering and supports the AF system with scene analysis and subject detection.
Built in WiFi allows you to wirelessly connect your phone or tablet to the K-1 for transferring images or use as a wireless controller. When using your phone for remote control the phone shows what the camera sees to take the guesswork out of group shots or make extremely low or high angle shots convenient.
The K-1 captures Full HD video at 1080/30p or 60i frame rates and features focus peaking for accurate focus when shooting video. Video can filmed at HD 720p at 60fps or shot using an APS-C lens/setting. The camera has a built in stereo microphone and users looking for more control can add an external microphone or adjust it manually using the built in mic-in and headphone jacks for monitoring.
The built-in GPS allows you geotag your files so you can keep track of where photos were taken. In addition to GPS location the system is also able to record which direction the camera was pointed and the time of capture as part of the EXIF information for extremely detailed information for astrophotography and other scientific applications. For dedicated astrophotographers, an Astro tracer function calculates camera position along with the movement of stars in the sky to eliminate star trails during long exposures.
Primary color filter, CMOS, Size: 35.9 x 24.0mm, Effective pixels: 36.40 MP, Total pixels: 36.77 MP
|LENS MOUNT|| |
Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens info contacts, K-mount w/ power contacts). Usable lens series: KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible), KAF, KA mount lens
|FOCUS SYSTEM|| |
Type: TTL: Phase-matching autofocus
Type: Pentaprism finder
|LCD MONITOR|| |
Type: wide viewing angle TFT color LCD, Air-gapless glass, Flexible tilt
|LIVE VIEW|| |
Type: TTL method using image sensor
|BUILT-IN GPS|| |
Satellites: GPS, QZSS, SBAS (WAAS/EGNOS/GAGAN/MSAS)
|EXTERNAL FLASH|| |
Flash modes: auto flash discharge, auto flash + red-eye reduction, flash on, flash on
|STORAGE MEDIA|| |
Internal memory: n/a
Connection port: USB 2.0 (Micro B), external power supply terminal, external cable switch
|WIRELESS LAN|| |
Standard: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
|POWER SUPPLY|| |
Battery type: rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI90
|PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS|| |
Body dimensions approx. 5.37” (W) x 4.33”(H) x 3.37”(D) (excluding protrusions)
|LANGUAGE SUPPORT|| |
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish,
|IMAGE STABILIZATION|| |
Type: sensor-shift shake reduction (SRII), 5-axis electronic level function: displayed in VF/LCD (Horizontal and vertical)
|METERING SYSTEM|| |
Type: TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor, multi-segment, center weighted and spot metering
|ISO SENSITIVITY|| |
ISO AUTO/100 to 204800 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV)
|WHITE BALANCE|| |
AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten Light, CTE, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter (electronic w/ Pixel Shift Resolution)
|CAPTURE MODES|| |
Custom image: Auto Select, Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant,
|DRIVE MODES|| |
|PLAYBACK MODES|| |
Single frame, multi-image display (6,12, 20, 35, 80 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16, 100% display and quick magnification available), grid display (4x4 grid, golden section, scale display, square 1, square 2, grid color: black/white ), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright area warning, auto image rotation, detailed information, copyright information (photographer, copyright holder), GPS information (latitude, longitude, altitude, coordinated universal time) , orientation, folder display, calendar filmstrip display, slide show
|FILE FORMATS|| |
Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.30), DCF 2.0 compliant
K-1 36.4MP cameraD-LI90E Battery
D-BC90 Battery Charger
AC Plug Cord
Body Mount Cap
Synchro Terminal cap