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Pentax K-1 Digital Camera

£1,539.00
£1,429.00 £110.00 cheaper than 26 days ago
SLR 36MP CMOS SDXC Feb 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Nine industry awards
It's a bargain
Great fullframe image quality
223 Reviews + 9 Awards
01net.com 5 Star DP Review Silver PhotographyBlog.com Essential photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
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Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

This Pentax camera received a "Silver" award from both websites DP Review and Digifotopro.nl, both of which said that this high megapixel digital camera was great.

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both review websites Photoreview.com.au and 3dnews.ru, both of which thought that this digital camera was exceptional.

An additional two expert review sites liked this Pentax camera. The expert at website Altomdata.dk gave this Pentax digital camera a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and it received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Dkamera.de.

This Pentax camera received an "Essential" award from PhotographyBlog.com, 01net.com gave it a "5 Star" award and it received a "Top Class" award from Kamerabild.se.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this Pentax digital camera is 85% based on twenty-eight expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 296 owner reviews the average owner rating of this high megapixel digital camera is outstanding. Over 81% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 2,026 user and expert reviews (including 236 verified purchases) for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Pentax has excellent reviews specifically for its high megapixel cameras. 99% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Great Fullframe Image Quality

Eighty-seven people mentioned that it was able to produce good images. About.com wrote “Extremely good image quality in all conditions” . Expert review site Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “For photographers who want great photo quality for less than $2,000”. This month expert website Digitaltrends.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Cameras with full-frame sensors are about as good as it gets for pure photo quality—other than medium format rigs for pros”.

Twelve owners agreed that the product had a good picture resolution. Last year Dp Review said on DP Review “High resolution imaging capabilities (Pixel Shift Resolution” in their review of this digital camera. R. F. Stevens wrote four years ago “Immediately go back to shooting mode” in their review of this digital camera. Chippy Minton scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “The K-30 has a great set of still shooting features”.

Ten customers who purchased the product concluded that it had a good image sensor. Last year Shutterbug.com said “The Pentax K-1 has a 36.4-megapixel sensor that lacks an anti-aliasing filter to increase sharpness” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago Now Seriously mentioned in their review of this digital camera “An incredible sensor”. R. F. Stevens scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “They share the same excellent 16Mpixel sensor and automatic picture taking system.” in their review of this digital camera.

Ten owners considered that it was good in low light. Sinoyak said on Amazon “Very good in low light”. Sinoyak also mentioned “A tripod to take advantage of its excellent low-light capabilities” in their review. D. Mckie said five years ago “It is fantastic in low light situations and very quick with 6fps shooting” and scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars.

Six owners who bought it thought it had a good ISO range. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It takes a licking!+ Excellent dynamic range+ good shots at high ISOs+ Looks great, very sleek”. Archie said on Amazon four years ago “It has an excellent 16mpx sensor with good high ISO capability” and rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Neil Fraser mentioned in his review of this digital camera “High ISO was a massive surprise although the live view performance isnt great” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Good Exposure Control

One person who reviewed the Pentax K-1 reckoned that it had good exposure controls. Two years ago Graham M. said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The K-50 has a lot of new features such as time lapse functions and easily adjustable exposure controls”.

Flash Sulla Fotocamera Frontale

Seven customers who reviewed the product wrote that it had a good flash. Thunderbaylive.com said “Flash sulla fotocamera frontale”. Thunderbaylive.com also mentioned “Estetica e materiali, foto di giorno, flash frontale, slot SD, comparto audio” in their review. R. F. Stevens rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “I've only experimented with the flash enough to prove it works”.

Matte Screen

Eleven people concluded that the product had a good screen. Thunderbaylive.com wrote “Buon display”. Thunderbaylive.com also said “The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite has a touch screen, feels reasonably sleek” in their review. Tranran wrote on Amazon “Make sure you fit a screen protector from start as strap buckles will scratch screen which is not inset”.

Ten customers who bought it reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. About.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Maybe they want a fast performer or a model with an excellent viewfinder”. Now Seriously said on Amazon five years ago “The weather resistant properties and a fantastic viewfinder” and gave this digital camera a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. The Guardian wrote on Amazon “The viewfinder screen is excellent, ditto the built-in flash which has an intelligent pop-up design”.

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Good Video Capture

Seven customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com mentioned “Full HD video captur” in their review of the Pentax K-1. Chippy Minton wrote on Amazon “Is passable for movies.”. Archie he said in his review of this digital camera “Although it has competent video facilities it is not really designed for the keen videographer as it lacks a dedicated video button”.

5-Axis In-Camera Stabilization

Sixteen customers who bought the Pentax K-1 thought it had a good lens. Richard he wrote last year “Firstly and probably most importantly is the lens options” in his review of this digital camera. Richard also wrote “If you want to take a great photo the right lens is important” in his review. P. Horrex gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I bought the K50 in red with the 18-135 lens and am very impressed”.

Fifteen customers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good autofocus. Four years ago Pete89 gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “It never seems, so far to falter in its exposure, focus and ease of use”. In the same month Tim mentioned “When composing a shot using the LCD screen (rather than the viewfinder), this feature highlights, in real-time, any edges in the scene that are in focus” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Tim also said “A better LCD screen, quicker focusing, focus-point indicators in the viewfinder” in his review.

Three customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Digitaltrends.com mentioned “5-axis in-camera stabilization” in their review of this digital camera. Pocket Lint mentioned in their review of this digital camera “An abundance of clever modes 5axis stabilisation sensor, used for Horizon Correction” and gave this digital camera a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One person thought it had a good zoom. Nicholas Vassallo wrote two years ago “Buying a lense with a little more zoom can be helpful” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

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Design

Intuitive Setup

Fourty-two people agreed that this digital camera was easy to use. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Advanced yet easy to use software” in their Pentax K-1 review. Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Intuitive setup” in their review. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Absolutely everything that a photographer is likely to need by way of camera control is built in”.

Sixteen customers reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Dp Review wrote last year “Extensive control over JPEG settings”. Four years ago Thunderbaylive.com said in their review of this digital camera “Niskie szumy na zdjciach RAW w szerokim zakresie czuoci, funkcjonalne i bardzo rozbudowane menu, gniazda mikrofonu, suchawek i HDMI, solidny i uszczelniony korpus, bardzo dobra ergonomia elementw ster”. Nicholas Vassallo mentioned on Amazon “The menus are easy to use” in his review of this digital camera.

Six people who bought this digital camera thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Two years ago Wizard Technology mentioned on Amazon “The camera feels very comfortable to hold and sturdy too”. In the same month Timothy Sharpe wrote in his review of this digital camera “Arrived on time and packed well, once battery was charged I found the camera very comfortable to handle, photos taken were sharp”. Chippy Minton scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “The sculpted K-30 is comfortable to hold and shoot with” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people agreed that it had a good interface. Imaging Resource.com said last year “User friendly user interface” in their review of this digital camera. Thunderbaylive.com wrote four years ago “Interface Android trs peu modifie”.

Two customers mentioned that it was easy to handle. Thunderbaylive.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Handles everyday tasks reasonably well” . One person who reviewed the product mentioned that it was easy to setup.

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Solid Feature Set

Twenty-eight owners who bought it agreed that it was well made. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Solid feature set”. Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Wellbuilt parental controls” in their review. Last year expert review site Practicalphotography.com said “Combining excellent build quality, fantastic image results” in their review of this digital camera.

Eighteen owners wrote in their reviews that the Pentax K-1 was strong and durable. Stuff.tv said “Small and tough won't give up in wet weather”. Cnet.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera in April last year “The Pentax 1 delivers excellent photo quality and a ton of features in a sturdy, welldesigned body” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Rixtonman mentioned four years ago “Easy to use and feels really sturdy” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that it was sealed. Dpreview.com wrote “The Pentax K-1 is a 36MP fully weather sealed, image stabilized full-frame DSLR that offers an enormous amount of features at a bargain price” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Bwfc77 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon five years ago “I bought this for travelling, as it is weather sealed and is described as light” although they only rated the product 40 out of 100. Four years ago Craig gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “One strange thing that the camera is weather sealed”.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was reliable. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Covers a huge area with reliable networking”. Vivstop scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Takes reliably better photos”.

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Great Fullframe Image Quality

Fifty-four people who purchased it agreed that it was good quality. Last year Pocket Lint rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “Great fullframe image quality” in their review of this digital camera. Dp Review rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Well designed ergonomics, handling”. Dp Review also said “Excellent image quality and dynamic range” in their review.

Dustproof

The Pentax K-1 is dustproof. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also are dustproof.

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Great Design

Nine owners considered that it was well designed. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Decent design and performance”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Design som tler st fremme” in their review. Imaging Resource.com also said “Schickes Design” in their review.

Eight owners who bought this digital camera said that it was good looking. Expert review site Stuff.tv mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The K-1 packs a full-frame sensor at a pretty bargain price, so there's no major surprise that it's not the perfect all-rounder” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. R. F. Stevens wrote on Amazon four years ago “Excellent DSLR, beautiful pictures, nicely ergonomic”. Tim said “This camera is pretty easy to use, even for beginners” in his review of this digital camera.

Three people who reviewed the product wrote that it was smooth. Emma Clarke gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and she mentioned on Amazon “Hope this lasts longer! The 18-135WR lens is fabulous, very smooth and good quality” in her review of this digital camera.

One owner concluded that this digital camera was neat. Tikka gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “For small neat camera it is very easy to handle even with my big paws”. One person who bought it thought it was ergonomic. Archie wrote “It has two control wheels and good ergonomics”.

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Price

It's a Bargain

Fourty-eight owners said in their reviews that it was good value for money. Imaging Resource.com wrote in April last year “Reasonably priced” in their review of the Pentax K-1. About.com wrote “Good price point versus other full frame imag”. Pocket Lint gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “It's a bargain”.

Eleven customers who purchased the product wrote that it was expensive. Richard mentioned on Amazon “They don't produce the same image quality as their super expensive counterparts.”. Richard also said “This is an amazing camera, both for the price and as a first dslr, easily matching up to more expensive nikon and canon competitors” in his review. Chippy Minton gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Out of the box it's is a really great photographic tool and it performs much the same as the more expensive K-5”.

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Pricey

We checked 53 digital cameras of a similar age and spec and they range in price from £62 to £4,517. We think that this camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and spec.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax K-1 supports video recording. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax K-1 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this camera. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail. Similar spec cameras that were released one year ago video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 2160 pixels (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Seven customers who bought the product said that it was noisy. Stefan 22 wrote on Amazon “Unless 100's of pounds is spent) clunky and noisy when focusing”. Stefan 22 also said “Living with its noisy mechanics is NOT easy” in their review. Four years ago Sinoyak gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “The auto-focus is noisy”.

Four people who bought the Pentax K-1 considered that it was quiet. Four years ago R. F. Stevens said on Amazon “I've used this to review the shots, or for monitoring the video while using the tripod, or for silent shooting with no mirror flip, or th” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product a maximum of 5 stars. Richard mentioned in his review of this digital camera “It makes it seem solid somehow, you can always flip to manual focus and twist the focus ring on the lens yourself if you want silent focussing”. Stefan 22 rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote three years ago “A third party (relatively inexpensive) lens by sigma is considerably quieter and makes you wonder why they can get it SO RIGHT” in their review of this digital camera.

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Has a Wind Filter

The Pentax K-1 has a wind filter. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also have a wind filter.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax K-1 features noise reduction, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Features Voice Recording

The Pentax K-1 features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Support

Good Support

Eighteen people who purchased it thought it had good technical guidance. In April last year Pocket-Lint.com said on expert website Pocket Lint “And at £1,600 this 36-megapixel monster is one competitively priced camera, certain to help Pentax make its mark in an already fiercely contested m” in their Pentax K-1 review. Richard said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “I recommend switching to manual mode and playing with different white balances, you can really make pictures 'pop' with a few tweaks to the settings”. Sinoyak wrote four years ago “The interface is very intuitive and I am happily using manual / bulb modes most of the time” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100.


Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-1 has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-1 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also feature brightness adjustment.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

At 3.2 inches, the Pentax K-1 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera. Across all the high megapixel cameras that were released one year ago the display diagonals range from 2.7" to 3.2".

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-1 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Pentax K-1 does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other digital cameras that came out more than a year ago also do not feature bluetooth.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have an image stabilizer.

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7360 X 4912 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-1 has a 7360 x 4912 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 3008 x 2000 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all cameras of this type and age the worst image resolution is 2560 х 1280 pixels and the best is 7952 x 5304 pixels.

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Only 1920 X 1280 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-1 has a 1920 x 1280 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 2560 x 1920 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera also have still image resolution(s) of JPEG: L (36M): 7360x4912, M (22M): 5760x3840, S (12M): 4224x2816 and XS (2M): 1920x1280 and RAW: (36M): 7360x4912. The worst still image resolution of all cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax K-1 has a hand strap. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than a year also have a hand strap.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax K-1 has a battery charger included. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Pentax K-1 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax K-1 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a batteries included.

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Other Features

Has a USB Connectivity

The Pentax K-1 has a USB connectivity, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Microphone in

The Pentax K-1 has a microphone in. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also have a microphone in.

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Has an HDMI

The Pentax K-1 has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also have an HDMI.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-1 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Battery

760 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Pentax K-1 is a digital camera that takes 760 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera take between 150 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Eleven ISO Sensitivities

The Pentax K-1 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera. The ISO sensitivities "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800", "25600", "51200" and "102400" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Features

Solid Feature Set

Twenty-three customers thought this digital camera had good features. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Installable apps extend feature set” in their review of the Pentax K-1. Imaging Resource.com also said “The Synology R 1900ac delivers excellent WiFi performance, has lots of features and can work as a capable NAS server when hosting an external hard drive” in their review. Imaging Resource.com also said “Plethora of features” in their review.


Power

Good Battery Life

Eight owners who bought the Pentax K-1 mentioned that it had a good battery life. Thunderbaylive.com mentioned four years ago “Good battery life” . The Guardian mentioned in their review of this digital camera “A built-in battery (which I have found lasts for several days of shooting”. Three years ago Badger gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The battery arrangements seem rather ad hoc”.


Weight & Dimensions

The Body Alone Weighs Almost a Kilo

Eleven owners who reviewed the product considered that it was a good body shape. Last year About.com said in their review of this digital camera “Image stabilization within camera body allows for removal of camera shake problems”. Dpexpert.com.au wrote in their review of the Pentax K-1 also last year “The body alone weighs almost a kilo” . About.com also mentioned “Works well in all kinds of weather, thanks to weather sealing on camera body” in their review.

Eleven people mentioned in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The camera is large and heavy”. Sera B mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Very loud shutter and very heavy”. Nickrs wrote on Amazon “A good case is essential as I think it is quite heavy”.

Nine customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was compact. Wojciech said four years ago “I could consider the Canon 600D, although I know that in Poland they have a good warranty service (I fixed compact camera” in their review of this digital camera. Davver99 said “Changed from a digital compact camera difference is night” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Ash mentioned four years ago “A couple of days with a compact system camera” in their review of this digital camera.

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it was thin. Thunderbaylive.com said four years ago “Thin, lightweight”.

One person thought this digital camera was good structurally. Bruno Pereira rated it a maximum of 5 stars and he said “It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range”.

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The Camera is Large and Heavy

Eleven people mentioned in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The camera is large and heavy”.

Sera B mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Very loud shutter and very heavy”. Nickrs wrote on Amazon “A good case is essential as I think it is quite heavy”.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera, the weight of the Pentax K-1 of 925 grams is one of the heaviest. Across all the cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera the weights range from 110g to 1.3kg.

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Smart TV

Fiddly Connectivity

One owner who purchased it considered that it was not good in terms of connectivity. Thunderbaylive.com said in their review of this digital camera “Fiddly connectivity”.


Viewfinder

Very Low Magnification

At only 0.7 times zoom factor, the Pentax K-1 has a quite low magnification compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera. The lowest magnification of high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 0.24x, the highest is 17x, and the average magnification is 1.4x.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when Pentax released the K-1.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax k1blackbodykit, pentax manufacurer, pentax af540fgzii, pentax 19567
Barcodes 00027075294974

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