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Pentax K-1

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Pentax K-1
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321 Reviews + 9 Awards
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Lots of Positive Reviews
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Average
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2 Years Old
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Excellent
Our Verdict:
A top of the range and high image quality 925g camera, good for portrait photography.
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With excellent features and outstanding reviews, we have ranked the Pentax K-1 number 127 in best selling cameras and number 147 across all digital cameras.

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Why Has it Scored 82?

It has great expert reviews and brilliant user reviews with an average overall rating of 92%, based on 321 reviews. This digital camera has received 10 awards including a "Recommended" award from Pocket Lint plus one other site and a "Silver" award from Digifotopro.nl plus one other site. Looking across the entire Fujifilm digital camera range, the average reviews for all Fujifilm cameras are also excellent.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Pentax digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2018.
The K-1 has some great features:
Higher than average megapixels
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Higher than average maximum ISO sensitivity
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used
High-resolution, fine-gradation images supported by approximately 36.4 effective megapixels
In-body SRII mechanism assures optimal shake reduction performance
Pixel shift resolution system with a new motion correction function
Flexible tilt-type LCD monitor to accommodate various shooting angles

What is the Kagoo Score?

We calculate the Kagoo Score for each digital camera by looking at its reviews, features, popularity, age and value for money.

The Kagoo Score is an easy way to understand whether the digital camera is recommended.

The Kagoo Scores are constantly being updated. As newer, higher spec digital cameras come to market, the older digital cameras will gradually have their Kagoo Score reduced.

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is very good for landscape photography, ranking number 9999999 in landscape photography cameras. It is also very good for portrait photography, ranking number 186 in portrait photography cameras as well being very good for everyday photography, ranking number 236 in everyday photography cameras.
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4.6 stars (386 reviews).

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2 Silver Awards

It's received a Silver Award from expert review sites DP Review and digifotopro.nl.
Silver from DP Review Silver from digifotopro.nl

2 Recommended Awards

The Pentax K-1 has received a Recommended Award from expert review sites Pocket Lint and altomdata.dk.
Recommended from Pocket Lint Recommended from altomdata.dk

6 Further Awards

It's received six Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including photoreview.com.au, 3dnews.ru and PhotographyBlog.com.
Editor's Choice from photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice from 3dnews.ru Essential from PhotographyBlog.com 5 Star from 01net.com Top Class from kamerabild.se Highly Recommended from dkamera.de

What Are People Saying About the Pentax K-1?

Picture Quality
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Lens System
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Viewfinder / Screen
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Price
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31
Features
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Ease of Use
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2
Video Capability
24
9
Size and Weight
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49
Robustness
68
4
Camera Uses
19
7
Design
58
2
Flash
9
3
Noise Level
11
18
Battery
4
4
Exposure Controls
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Support
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Connectivity
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How Good Are Pentax Cameras?

We have checked 37,651 expert reviews and 221,289 user reviews for cameras written online and used these reviews to determine an average rating for Pentax cameras of 87%. This makes Pentax the 6th best camera brand according to customer reviews.

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Key Features

Higher Than Average Megapixels
7360 X 4912 Pixels Image Resolution
Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used
Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Video Resolution
Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity
Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used
Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses
Very Short Camera Shutter Speed
Heavier Than Average
Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used
Higher Than Average Megapixels

Digital cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The Pentax K-1's sensor megapixels of 36MP is in the highest 2% of all digital cameras when ranked 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 frequently found resolution. §.

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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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Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found resolution on digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as Full HD.

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Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The Pentax K-1's maximum ISO sensitivity of 205,000 is higher than 99% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The average maximum ISO sensitivity of all digital cameras is 15,000, with the lowest being 200 and the highest being 820,000.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

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

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Very Short Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the digital cameras the camera shutter speeds range from 0.000016s to 4s, and the average camera shutter speed is 0.0089s. The camera shutter speed of the Pentax K-1 of only 0.000125s is in the shortest 14% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Heavier Than Average

Cameras have weights of between 50g and 2.7kg, and the average weight is 310g. The Pentax K-1's weight of 925g is heavier than 97% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This digital 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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Only 1920 X 1280 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-1 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1920 x 1280. That's 83% lower still image resolution than the most common resolution of 4352 x 3264. In addition, this Pentax digital camera supports a still image resolution of 7360x4912, 5760x3840, 4224x2816 plus 1 more value. Across all cameras the best resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 6000 x 3368.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-1 features flash exposure compensation, which is unusual. 81% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Video Resolution

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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Higher Than Average Display Resolution

The display resolutions of digital cameras range from 23,000 pixels to 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 600,000 pixels. The display resolution of the Pentax K-1 of 1,040,000 pixels is in the highest 16% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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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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Has a GPS
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The Pentax K-1 has a GPS, which is unusual. 91% of cameras do not have a GPS.

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Has a Wind Filter

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

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Has a Microphone in

The Pentax K-1 has a microphone in. 89% of cameras do not have a microphone in.

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Has a USB Connectivity

The Pentax K-1 has a USB connectivity, unlike 89% of cameras which do not have a USB connectivity.

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Supports Wi-Fi
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The Pentax K-1 supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. 71% of digital cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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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. 94% of digital cameras also do not feature bluetooth.

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Larger Than Average Display Diagonal
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The Pentax K-1's display diagonal of 3.2" is larger than 97% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. The average display diagonal of all digital cameras is 2.9", with the smallest being 1" and the largest being 6.7".

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760 Battery Life

The Pentax K-1 is a digital camera that takes 760 shots battery life. Most of the other cameras take between 4 and 4,699 battery life.

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Dustproof

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

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Popularity

The Pentax K-1 is currently ranked number 147 across all digital cameras.
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Release Date

This digital camera was released in February 2016.

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How Fast Do Pentax Digital Camera Prices Drop After Release?

Most digital cameras drop in price by 0% in the first 6 months after release, however Pentax digital cameras tend to depreciate faster. In the first 6 months after release, Pentax cameras drop in price by 8% on average. That means that on a typical Pentax digital camera costing £807 you could save on average £66 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Manufacturer's Description

High-resolution, fine-gradation images supported by approximately 36.4 effective megapixels.

The K-1 features an AA filter-less design that prioritizes image resolution and a new PRIME IV imaging engine that's capable of 14-bit RAW file output. The K-1's unique full frame sensor and imaging engine design allows for super-high-sensitivity shooting up to ISO 204,800.

In-body SRII mechanism assures optimal shake reduction performance.

The PENTAX-developed SR II (Shake Reduction) five-axis mechanism enables accurate control of the large full-frame image sensor with all compatible PENTAX interchangeable lenses* at a compensation range of up to 5 shutter steps. In addition to camera shake caused by pitch and yaw, it effectively compensates for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift, as well as camera shake caused by roll, which is difficult to control with lens-installed shake reduction mechanisms. Even when taking a panning shot, this system automatically detects the direction of the camera's movement, and efficiently controls the SR unit to always produce the best image possible.The K-1's SR unit's flexible design tilts the image sensor in all directions, offering a host of handy shooting functions including: Automatic Horizon Correction which automatically levels the horizon; Selectable AA Filter Simulator which replicates the effect of an optical low-pass filter by removing moir; Composition Fine Adjustment which allows you to fine tune your composition without having to re-adjust your tripod; and ASTROTRACER which simplifies advanced astronomical photography using the built-in GPS module.

Pixel Shift Resolution System with a new motion correction function.

The K-1's Pixel Shift Resolution System captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, and then synthesizes them into a single composite image. It delivers super-high-resolution images with more truthful colours and much finer details than those produced by conventional full-frame image sensors. The motion correction function * automatically detects and corrects for moving objects during the capture process, in order to accommodate a wider range of scenes and subjects.

Flexible tilt-type LCD monitor to accommodate various shooting angles.

The K-1 features a newly designed, flexible tilt-type 3.2-inch LCD monitor, which tilts horizontally, vertically or diagonally with a single action, without deviating from the lens's optical axis. It features a tempered-glass front panel for added durability and a unique air-gapless construction to effectively reduce reflections. A new Outdoor View Setting mode allows the user to instantly choose the desired monitor brightness level with a single push of a button.

Newly developed SAFOX 12 with 33 sensor points and full-frame-proportioned AF frame.

The SAFOX 12 AF sensor module features 33 AF sensors (25 cross-type sensors positioned throughout the frame). The center sensor and the two sensors located just above and below it are designed to detect the light flux of an F2.8 lens, making it easy to obtain pinpoint focus on a subject when using large-aperture F2.8 lenses.

Upgraded PENTAX Real.

Time Scene Analysis System, with application of artificial intelligence technology.

The K-1's advanced PENTAX Real.

Time Scene Analysis System performs near instant analysis of exposure, colour, movement and other factors. Combining with a breakthrough artificial intelligence technology called deep learning, the K-1 instantly optimizes settings for even the most difficult shooting situations.

Easy-to-focus optical viewfinder with nearly 100-percent field of view.

Newly developed for it's 35mm full-frame design, the K-1's optical viewfinder provides a nearly 100-percent field of view and an approximately 0.7-times magnification. A Natural Bright Matte III focusing screen allows ease of focusing and a true-to-life rendition of defocused areas in the viewfinder image.

High-speed continuous shooting with a top speed of approximately 4.4 images per second.

The K-1 has a larger shutter unit that easily accommodates the camera's full-frame image sensor and provides high-speed, high-accuracy control of the mirror unit. A high-speed data transmission system incorporated in the PRIME IV imaging engine allows the user to continuously record as many as 17 images in the RAW format (or a maximum of 70 images in the JPEG) in a single sequence, at a top speed of approximately 4.4 images per second.

Supportive shooting functions to improve picture-taking efficiency and operational comfort.

Operation assist light function provides LED lights above the lens mount, behind the LCD monitor, at the memory car slot, and at the cable switch terminal to help facilitate fast and easy operation in poorly lit settings. The key lock function prevents erroneous operation of the four-way controller and other exposure-related control buttons. The Smart Function allows users to swiftly choose and set desired functions using just the function dial and the set dial on the camera's upper panel, without referring to the menu screen on the LCD monitor.

Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction.

Constructed of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy with the inclusion of 87 sealing parts in the body, the K-1 also boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction.

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.

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Pentax K-1 Specification

Key Features
Weight
Camera Type
Megapixels
Picture Quality
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Sensor Type
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Design
Dustproof
Colour
Splashproof
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
Light Exposure Modes
Maximum ISO Sensitivity
Minimum ISO Sensitivity
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording
Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Resolution At Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Built-in Microphone
Wind Filter
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Card
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution
Flip-Out Screen
Display Aspect Ratio
Display
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
Microphone in
USB Version
USB Connector
USB Port
Camera
GPS
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Brightness Adjustment
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (Including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Life
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Other Features
USB Connectivity

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers

pentax k1blackbodykit, pentax af540fgzii, pentax 15993, pentax 364mp, pentax dbg6

Barcodes

00000019560702, 00027075294974, 00027075299863, 00027075400771, 07434013102551

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