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Pentax K-1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Pentax K-1. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the durability and screen. The price and performance are also appreciated. Comments about the focus and lens are different. Many are negative about the memory and shutter.

image quality, performance, price, screen, durability

stabilizer , flash, battery, shutter, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : David Elrich (digitaltrends.com)

Pentax K-1 review

 

Pixel-peeping Pentax fans are eager for the K-1 (though it already feels outdated).

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax K-1

 

The long-awaited full-frame Pentax K-1 camera delivers superb image quality, but its frame rate and autofocus system will disappoint action photographers.

36-megapixel full-frame image sensor. Innovative controls and features. Bright optical viewfinder. Articulated rear display. 5-axis in-body image stabilization. GPS with Astrotracer. Pixel Shift high-resolution mode. Wi-Fi. Weather-sealed design....

Autofocus struggles with fast-moving subjects. Limited Raw shooting buffer. Modest 4.4fps shooting rate. So-so video quality. Omits in-camera flash.

Conclusions Loyal Pentaxians have been waiting a long, long time for a full-frame digital SLR. The K-1 is here, and on the whole it's a solid performer. For an entry-level price you get a high-resolution 36MP image sensor, a tough, weather-resistant...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Chris M Williams (dpreview.com)

Pentax K-1 Review

 

To say that a full-frame Pentax DSLR is one of the most anticipated cameras of all-time is probably an understatement. With the arrival of the K-1, Pentaxians have finally had their wish granted, with an impressively spec'd camera at a relatively low...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Pentax K-1

 

The K-1 costs $1,800 (£1,600, AU$2,900) for the body. Pentax recently released two lenses optimized for the camera: the company's K mount works for both APS-C and full frame, but the older lenses aren't designed for the K-1's high-resolution,...

The Pentax K-1 delivers excellent photo quality and a ton of features in a sturdy, well-designed body.

The autofocus is inconsistent and the image stabilization isn't as good as competitors'.

For photographers who want great photo quality for less than $2,000, the Pentax K-1 hits the bullseye.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by (dpreview.com)

Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift Resolution: Updated Field Test

 

Metlako Falls in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon State offered a unique setting to push the limits of the K-1's pixel shift technology. This is a conventional single exposure utilizing no Pixel Shift. Pentax K-1, HD Pentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by (dpreview.com)

Waterfails: We test Pentax K-1's Pixel Shift

 

Punch Bowl Falls in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon State offered a unique setting to push the limits of the K-1's pixel shift technology. This is a conventional single exposure utilizing no Pixel Shift. Pentax K-1, HD Pentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Pentax K-1 digital SLR camera

 

Pentax K-1 advanced camera features : By using the camera's SR mechanism to apply microscopic vibrations to the image sensor, the Pentax-original AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator effectively minimizes moiré and false color along the image's edges,...

Transparent data to be displayed in the viewfinder (grid pattern, Digital Level, AF frame and spot-metering frame) can be turned on and off independently to accommodate varying shooting conditions and preferred shooting styles. The optical viewfinder...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by (dpreview.com)

Pentax K-1 First impressions review

 

After years of promises and months of teasing, Ricoh has finally unveiled the Pentax K-1, a 36.4MP full-frame DSLR built around the K lens mount. It becomes the only conventional DSLR to offer a full frame sensor with image stabilization.

Feb, 2016

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Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Pentax K-1 Review

 

The Pentax K-1 is a new professional full-frame DSLR camera. Key features of the K-1 include a 36 megapixel 35mm sensor with an anti-aliasing simulator rather than an optical anti-aliasing filter, Pixel Shift Resolution technology which delivers...

Pentax DSLR owners have had to wait what seems like a lifetime for a full-frame camera, but thankfully the new K-1 doesn't disappoint. Building on its well-established APS-C and medium-format models, Pentax have delivered an amazing first-generation...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Mike Tomkins (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax K-1 Review

 

For its first-ever full-frame DSLR, Ricoh offers up the Pentax K-1 -- and what a beauty it is! With a superb design, features aplenty, great image quality and a solid, comfortable all-weather body, the K-1 is a no-brainer upgrade for Pentaxians looking...

Unlocks the full potential of full-frame Pentax lenses; Excellent image quality; Great ergonomics and build; Very compact for full-frame; Decent performance; Fast autofocus with great low-light capabilities; Very wide sensitivity range; Bright,...

No built-in flash strobe; Quite heavy compared to APS-C flagships; Somewhat soft images and blown highlights by default in JPEG mode; Warm Auto white balance indoors; Slow startup and buffer clearing; Small top-deck status display; Weak viewfinder...

For its first-ever full-frame DSLR, Ricoh offers up the Pentax K-1 -- and what a beauty it is! With a superb design, features aplenty, great image quality and a solid, comfortable all-weather body, the K-1 is a no-brainer upgrade for Pentaxians looking...

Jan, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):760
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Brightness adjustment: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DAN, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, FIN, French, GRE, HUN, Italian, POL, Portuguese, RUS, SWE, TUR
Self-timer delay:2,12
White Balance:Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black
Dust-resistant: Yes
Dustproof:Y
Splash proof: Yes

Display

Display:LCD
Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:3.2
Display resolution (numeric):1037000
Flip-out screen:Y
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display: No

Flash

Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:-2EV - +1EV (1/2 EV step)
Flash modes:Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:1/200

Focusing

Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, 51200, 102400
ISO sensitivity (max):204800
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure correction:± 1EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD,SDHC,SDXC

Networking

Bluetooth: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):-10 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):-10 - 40

Other Features

USB connectivity: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body
Image formats supported:DNG,EXIF,JPG,PEF,RAW
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:7360 x 4912
Megapixel:36
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):JPEG: L (36M): 7360x4912, M (22M): 5760x3840, S (12M): 4224x2816, XS (2M): 1920x1280\nRAW: (36M): 7360x4912
Total megapixels:36.4

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
USB connector:Micro-USB B
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic, Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:60
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@50fps,1280x720@60fps,1920x1080@30fps
Video compression format:AVC,H.264,MOV,MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,H.264,MOV,MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:60
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Magnification:0.7

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.37
Height:4.33
Weight:32.6
Weight (including battery):2.23
Width:5.37