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Pentax K-1 release date review specs

pentax k1 release date price specs

New Pentax full frame camera

Pentax company (Ricoh) reached a new milestone. They will release a new Full frame camera the first full frame Pentax in this digital era. In an age when all photo websites most popular phrase is mirrorless it is a bold move from Pentax. The new camera has many interesting features, seems Pentax puts everything in this camera which he can.


First it has a state-of-the-art 36.2 MP Sony sensor. This is one of the best you can get in any camera. Some reviews compare it to Middle format sensors and conclude this sensor is very good even against middle format sensors.

In camera stabilizer

The camera has a 5 axis, 5 stops CIPA rated in camera stabilizer which means you can use it with any lenses attached to the camera. No other FF cameras has this in-camera stabilizer, other manufacturers like to charge extra for their stabilized lenses.

Tilting LCD panel

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The camera has an interesting looking back LCD panel which tilts in many directions. Four brackets holding the monitor. This also can be very useful in many situations.

Astro tracer and super resolution mode

The camera Astro tracer mode which uses the in built GPS modul to compensate star trails in long exposure. The camera also has a super resolution mode which combines multiple frames to have the best possible resolution of the final image.

The new Full frame Dslr also has an extensive waterproofing against dust and moisture. These are the basics but there are some interesting technologies as well in the camera.


The camera has built in Wifi and mic jack as well for videos.

Pentax K-1 specs

Release date

The release date of the camera is 2016. (expected in April)



The initial price of the Pentax K-1 is 1899 USD.


Lens mount

The camera has a Pentax K mount. Most Pentax lenses can be used with the camera, most of them in Dx mode, there are few new lenses, but in the future the goal I think to sell many lenses.


Sensor size

The camera has a 36 x 24 mm Fx format CMOS sensor.

Crop factor

The crop factor is 1.0x.

Crop mode

The cameras has a crop mode for DX lenses. The camera automatically select crop mode with Dx lenses, but can be used them in FX mode as well.


Image processing engine

The cameras has a Prime IV image processing engine.


ISO range

The Pentax K-1 iso range is from 100-204,800


Center-weighted, evaluative and spot metering.

Matrix or center-weighted metering: No more detailed information yet.


Exposure compensation

The camera has an exposure compensation of +-5EV, which is a wide range to play with.

Flash exposure compensation

From -2EV to +1 Ev

Flash synch speed

The camera has no built in flash. The fastest flash synch speed is 1/200s.

Exposure bracketing

No info yet.


Picture parameters

The camera highest resolution is 7360 x 4912 pixel

Other picture sizes

No info yet about the other picture sizes.

File format

The camera can make pictures in DNG, Jpg and Raw format. Videos can be recorded in MOV and mp4 format.

Picture qualities

There are no info yet about the different picture qualities.


Autofocus parameters

Pentax SAFOX 12 AF autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 33 focus points (including 25 cross-type sensors).

-3 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)

Autofocus type

Pentax SAFOX 12 AF

Autofocus points

The camera has 33 autofocus points totally, out of which 25 all cross-type autofocus sensors.

Autofocus sensitivity

There are three f/2.8 sensitive sensors and the af can be used from as dark as -3EV


Camera physical parameters

Camera weight: The camera weight is 32.6 oz / 924 g.

Camera dimensions : The camera size is 5.4 x 4.3 x 3.4″ / 136.5 x 110.0 x 85.5 mm.

Card slots: Dual Sd card slots


Camera appearance

The camera has a black color.

Used materials

The camera mostly made of metal and hard plastic.


The build quality of the camera is very good. Everything is tightly assembled, the grip is comfortable.


The buttons are properly placed, each function is easily accessed, the camera has a premium feel.


Viewfinder Type

As a Dslr camera, the camera has an optical viewfinder.

Viewfinder Magnification

The camera has a 0.7x sized bright optical viewfinder.

Viewfinder coverage

The viewfinder coverage is 100%.



The camera has No built in flash unit, but there is a possibility to connect external flashes as well.

Guide number
No built in flash

Flash modes

No info yet about the flash modes.

Flash hot shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts


Back LCD monitor

The camera has a 1040k pixel moving LCD monitor.

Monitor type

The camera has a 3.2″ sized tilt LCD monitor with many possible tilting directions, tilting upwards 90°, downwards 44°, each side 35°.


No info yet if the camera has a touchscreen.


Body construction

The camera made from Magnesium alloy shell, which makes the camera quite durable. The camera feels tightly assembled, and has a quality feel.

Camera dials

The camera has two control dials, which helps to quick settings of the camera. Most entry level cameras (like Nikon d3xxx and Nikon d3xxx cameras) only usually has one dial.

Memory cards

The camera has two memory card slots.

The camera accepts Sdhc, Sdxc memory cards.


Shutter lifespan

There is no information about the shutter lifespan, usually 150,000 actuations or more for such cameras are the designed level, but no warranty on that one.

Shutter sound

No info yet about the shutter sound.

Burst mode

The camera can make 4.5 frames per second in burst mode in Full resolution, in Dx mode 6 frames. The max number of frames are the following:

No info yet


The camera can make HDR images in camera.


Timelapse mode

The camera can make timelapse videos in camera.


Live view

The camera has a live view feature, which means a camera can be used with the back LCD in the same manner, as we would use a compact camera. In live view the viewfinder obviously not usable.

Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (M)

AF-area modes

No info yet about the af area modes



Matrix metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

File format: Mov, Mp4

1920 x 1080/ 59.94/50/30/24 fps


White balance modes

The camera has a following white balance modes: Auto, CTE, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (White), Manual, Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten

Kelvin white balance

No info yet.

Pre set white balance modes

No info yet.


Scene modes

The camera has plenty of scene modes to choose from: Night, landscape, portrait, snow, sport, beach high key, low key.
Auto (auto; auto [flash off]), scene (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait, night landscape, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, pet portrait, candlelight, blossom, autumn colors, food, silhouette, high key, low key), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M),


User defined settings

No info about user definied settings yet.


High iso performance


Supplied accessories

It may different in different countries.


Operating conditions

According to Pentax the camera can be used between -10 and 40 degree Celsius or (14 104 Fahrenheit).


No info yet about the humidity levels allowed.



No info about the languages yet.

Pentax K-1 release date

The camera will be released in 2016. Expected 5th of April 2016.

Pentax K-1 price

The price of the new Pentax K-1 is 1899 USD which is quite competitive, say only the 36.2 MP sensor in it.

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