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Pentax K-1

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A multi award winning and fully featured SLR digital camera, perfect for wildlife photography
SLR 36MP CMOS Black Feb 2016
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Pentax K-1 Review

With excellent reviews and features, we have ranked the Pentax K-1 number 184 across all digital cameras.
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323 Reviews + 9 Awards
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17 Months Old
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Why Has it Scored 66?

It has great expert reviews and exceptional user reviews with an average overall rating of 91%, based on 323 reviews. This digital camera has received nine awards including a "Silver" award from Digifotopro.nl plus one other site and an "Editor's Choice" award from 3dnews.ru plus one other site. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
At over a year old this digital camera is slightly out of date, and newer cameras with more up to date technology are available. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report product quality, is robust and is easy to use. However they also report unacceptable noise level.
It has some great features:
Fairly high megapixels sensor
7360 x 4912 pixels image resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution
Fairly high ISO sensitivity (max)

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared this Pentax digital camera with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for wildlife photography, ranking number 178 in wildlife photography cameras. It is also excellent for sports photography, ranking number 158 in sports photography cameras as well being excellent for portrait photography, ranking number 139 in portrait photography cameras.
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How Big is the Pentax K-1?

The Pentax K-1 is 136.5mm wide and 85.5mm tall. It is 110mm deep and weighs 925g.

Pentax K-1 front dimensions

Pentax K-1 size in context

Pentax K-1 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

Digital camera experts really like this camera and have given it nine awards.

This Pentax camera was given a "Silver" award by both websites Digifotopro.nl and DP Review, both of which decided that this camera was great.

This Pentax digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both review sites 3dnews.ru and Photoreview.com.au, both of which said that this camera was terrific.

An additional two expert review sites both thought that this digital camera was very good. This camera received a Dkamera.de "Highly Recommended" award and it received a "Recommended" award from review site Altomdata.dk.

Three other expert review sites all said that this Pentax camera was very good. This camera received a "Top Class" award from Kamerabild.se, it received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com and PhotographyBlog.com gave it an "Essential" award.

Good Expert Reviews

28 experts from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine have rated this Pentax digital camera on average 85%. This means that digital camera experts think this digital camera is one of the better cameras.

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Excellent User Reviews

K-1 owners on average rated this camera as brilliant. 116 reviewers (81% of all reviewers) gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars. If all the cameras are ranked by average user review score then this Pentax camera is in the top 18%.

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Users Report Excellent Product Quality

21 owners who bought it concluded that it was good quality.

  • For photographers who want great photo quality for less than $2,000…
    Cnet.com June 2016
  • Combining excellent build quality, fantastic image results…
  • They don't produce the same image quality as their super expensive counterparts.
    Richard (Amazon) - January 2016
  • It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range…
  • Very good quality of this product…
    Barbara (Amazon) - December 2014
  • + Two wheels for settings, this makes manual changes to the settings very comfortable + Very good build quality…
  • It was very good quality and delivered right in time…
  • The camera has a chunky & quality feel…
    The Guardian (Amazon) - February 2016
  • Weather sealed and great build quality…
    G. P. Dodds (Amazon) - November 2012
  • The lenses appear to be well made of a similar plastic with rubberised grip to allow easy zooming…
    Ash (Amazon) - May 2013

Customers Report it is Robust

17 people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was well made, eight owners who purchased this digital camera thought it was strong and durable and two customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was sealed.

  • Combining excellent build quality, fantastic image results…
  • Absolutely everything that a photographer is likely to need by way of camera control is built in…
  • The camera feels very comfortable to hold and sturdy too…
  • It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range…
  • + Two wheels for settings, this makes manual changes to the settings very comfortable + Very good build quality…
  • Solid feel and reassuring weight with excellent grip which should suit all…
    Tranran (Amazon) - September 2015
  • You can forgive it for those little quibbles as soon as you hold it in your hands and start shooting It's nicely weighted and it feels good and sturdy in the hands…
    Jono (Amazon) - July 2015
  • The menu and various control functions are sturdy and easy to master even by someone with large hands…
    The Guardian (Amazon) - February 2016
  • Robust, versatile, easy to use, excellent value –…
    The Guardian (Amazon) - February 2016
  • Feels very solid to use…

Users Report it is Easy to Use

18 people who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use, four people said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus and two owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold.

Users Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was noisy.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

27 people said in their reviews that the Pentax K-1 was able to produce good images, two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor and two people reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. two customers said in their reviews that it was good in low light.

  • For photographers who want great photo quality for less than $2,000…
    Cnet.com June 2016
  • Combining excellent build quality, fantastic image results and amazing value for money…
  • If you want to take a great photo the right lens is important…
    Richard (Amazon) - January 2016
  • They don't produce the same image quality as their super expensive counterparts.
    Richard (Amazon) - January 2016
  • It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range…
  • It wouldn't be my first choice as a studio camera because it has no dedicated flash sync input and it also has a cropped sensor rather than full frame one…
    Jono (Amazon) - July 2015
  • You can forgive it for those little quibbles as soon as you hold it in your hands and start shooting It's nicely weighted…
    Jono (Amazon) - July 2015
  • The photos are superb and the camera is solidly made…
  • You can save your photos in various file formats…
    The Guardian (Amazon) - February 2016
  • It is an ideal camera for still photography…
    Archie (Amazon) - June 2013

Excellent Brand

Based on 2,542 expert and owner reviews (including 474 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically within its digital cameras range. 98% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

20 owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good value for money.

  • Combining excellent build quality, fantastic image results and amazing value for money…
  • The functionality is mostly intuitive and the 16 MP are definitely worth the price…
  • This camera and two lenses set is pretty much all you need and is great value for money…
    Brian (Amazon) - October 2015
  • If, like me photography is a hobby for you and you are on a budget this camera particularly stands out for a number of reasons…
    Richard (Amazon) - January 2016
  • They don't produce the same image quality as their super expensive counterparts.
    Richard (Amazon) - January 2016
  • This camera lets you buy a range of lenses on the cheap so you can have options when you're shooting…
    Richard (Amazon) - January 2016
  • A great camera for the price point…
  • Is very EXPENSIVE to repair…
    L. Topp (Amazon) - August 2016
  • Bloody brilliant camera for the price…
  • Robust, versatile, easy to use, excellent value – and stunning in red…
    The Guardian (Amazon) - February 2016

Customers Report Good Technical Features

Five owners said in their reviews that it had good features.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five owners concluded that this digital camera had a good viewfinder.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Two people wrote in their reviews that the Pentax K-1 was compact.

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

Six customers considered that it had a good lens.


Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and features, and is less than 18 months old, however at £1,323.38 it is more expensive than 91% of cameras.

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Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Pentax K-1 and the United Kingdom price of £1,323.38 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $1,839.99 (£2,391.07).

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Features

Fairly High Megapixels Sensor

The lowest megapixels of digital cameras is 0.3MP, the highest is 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The megapixels of the Pentax K-1 of 36MP is very high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 2% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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7360 X 4912 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-1 has a maximum image resolution of 7360 x 4912 pixels. That's over two times the resolution of a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most common resolution. Across all digital cameras the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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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 resolution on cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of cameras is 200, the highest is 820,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 14,000. The ISO sensitivity (max) of the Pentax K-1 of 205,000 is in the highest 1% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This Pentax digital camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Very Heavy

The weights of digital cameras range from 50g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g. The weight of the Pentax K-1 of 925g is very heavy compared to most other cameras. It is in the heaviest 2% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-1 has a GPS (satellite). 90% of cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720 pixels, which is the most frequently supported resolution on digital cameras. 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.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-1 supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. 72% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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760 Battery Life

The Pentax K-1 is a digital camera that takes 760 shots battery life.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-1 features brightness adjustment. 79% of digital cameras do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Pentax K-1 does not feature bluetooth, although this is within the context that 96% of digital cameras also do not feature bluetooth.

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Has a Microphone in

The Pentax K-1 has a microphone in. 88% of cameras do not have a microphone in.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-1 features flash exposure compensation, unlike 80% of digital cameras which do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Has a Wind Filter

The Pentax K-1 has a wind filter. 96% of digital cameras do not have a wind filter.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax K-1 features noise reduction, unlike 92% of digital cameras which do not feature noise reduction.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The Pentax K-1's display diagonal of 3.2" is in the largest 4% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The average display diagonal of all digital cameras is 2.9", with the smallest being 0.5" and the largest being 9".

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Dustproof

The Pentax K-1 is dustproof, which is unusual. 93% of cameras are not dustproof.

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Has a USB Connectivity

The Pentax K-1 has a USB connectivity, which is unusual. 87% of digital cameras do not have a USB connectivity.

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Age

Released 17 Months Ago

This camera has been on the market since February 2016.


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