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Pentax K-1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews of Pentax K-1. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the price and screen are generally positive. The durability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but reviews about the focus and size are different. There are some critical views about the battery and shutter.

performance, image quality, durability, screen, price

portability, stabilizer , flash, shutter, battery

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 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Pentax K-1 review: Full-frame underdog can teach the competition some new tricks

 

It's been long, long overdue. But the time has come: Pentax has finally created a full-frame DSLR, the K-1. And at £1,600 this 36-megapixel monster is one competitively priced camera, certain to help Pentax make its mark in an already fiercely...

Great full-frame image quality, an abundance of clever modes (5-axis stabilisation sensor, used for Horizon Correction, Pixel Shift Resolution, Astrotracer), flex-tilt monitor leads the way in its field, it’s a bargain

Lens selection more limited than Canon/Nikon (or just harder to source), autofocus system not as on point as the competition, 4.8fps isn’t as fast as competition either, no touchscreen

The Pentax K-1 is one of the more interesting DLSR cameras we've seen in recent years. One, because it's the first digital full-frame camera from the company - and about time too. Second, because it crams in so many features - many of which its...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: (techradar.com)

Pentax K-1 review

 

The Pentax K-1 boasts a new sensor, processing engine and AF system, along with a robust tilting screen, at a competitive price

The Pentax K-1 has an excellent collection of features that will appeal to serious photographers, and it feels good in your hand. It makes a great choice for landscape and still life photographers, but sports shooters should look elsewhere for a fast...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Pentax K-1 review

 

Full-frame doesn't have to mean an empty wallet. Pentax packs in more for less with the K-1

Full frame fanciness ; Superb stills in the studio ; Small and tough - won't give up in wet weather

Not fast enough for action snaps ; Needs light to look its best

Full-frame on a budget, but with plenty of caveats stopping it being a full-framer for the masses.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Andy Vandervell (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax K-1

 

Yes, it's true. The new Pentax K-1 is the first time Pentax has ever made a 35mm full-frame digital camera. That's amazing considering Canon and Nikon have been at it for years, but also explains why Pentax has lagged behind for so long. Where did...

Feb, 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

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Expert review by: Joshua Waller (ephotozine.com)

Pentax K-1 Expert Review

 

Read our full review of the new full-frame 36 megapixel Pentax K-1 Digital SLR, with a weather sealed body and unique tilting screen.

Pixel shift resolution for sharper more detailed images with better colour ; Capable of taking excellent images ; Very good noise performance ; Customisable ISO controls for noise reduction ; 5-axis image stabilisation sensor ; One of the more compact...

Auto white balance could be better ; No built in flash-unit ; USB 2 / UHS-I (not 3 and II respectively) ; Slow live view shutter response and focus

Offered at a lower price than competitors with a high resolution full-frame sensor (36mp +), the K-1 offers a number of features that are unique to Pentax Digital SLRs, in the form of Pixel Shift Resolution, and in camera image stabilisation. Unique to...

Apr, 2016

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: (dpreview.com)

Pentax K-1 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.

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
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Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y
Noise Reduction:Y
Voice Recording:Y
Wind filter:Y

Battery

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

Camera

Brightness adjustment:Y
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

Colour of product:Black
Dustproof:Y
Splash proof:Y

Display

Display:LCD
Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display diagonal:8.13
Flip-out screen:Y
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display:N

Flash

Flash exposure compensation:Y
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:N
Near Field Communication (NFC):N
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

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

Other features

USB Connectivity:Y

Packaging Content

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

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body
Image formats supported:DNG,EXIF,JPG,PEF,RAW
Image stabilizer:Y
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:Y
Microphone in:Y
PictBridge:N
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 formats supported:AVC,H.264,MOV,MPEG4
Video recording:Y
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Magnification:0.7

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:85.5
Height :110
Weight:925
Weight (including battery):1.01
Width:136.5