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Pentax K-1

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Pentax K-1
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01net.com 5 Star DP Review Silver PhotographyBlog.com Essential photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
Our Verdict:
A multi award winning and top of the range 925g digital camera, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 7 further awards from other expert sites
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Pentax K-1 Review

With excellent features and outstanding reviews, we have ranked the Pentax K-1 number 119 in best selling cameras and number 141 across all digital cameras.
95
Reviews
183 Reviews + 9 Awards
53
Value for Money
Average
95
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Age
2 Years Old
88
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Why Has it Scored 82?

It has very good expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with an average overall rating of 91%, based on 183 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. Looking across the entire Canon digital camera range, the average reviews for all Canon digital 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.
Customers report product quality, it is robust and it is easy to use. However they also report unacceptable noise level.
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
Newly developed SAFOX 12 with 33 sensor points and full-frame-proportioned AF frame
Easy-to-focus optical viewfinder with nearly 100-percent field of view
High-speed continuous shooting with a top speed of approximately 4.4 images per second
Supportive shooting functions to improve picture-taking efficiency and operational comfort
Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction

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. It is also very good for portrait photography, ranking number 171 in portrait photography cameras as well being very good for everyday photography.
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Portrait Photography
Very Good
72
Landscape Photography
Very Good
72
Everyday Photography
Very Good
62
Sports Photography
Good
61
Wildlife Photography
Good

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Pentax K-1 Video Reviews

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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95
Reviews
183 Reviews + 9 Awards
53
Value for Money
Average
72
Features for Portrait...
Very Good
75
Age
2 Years Old
88
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
73
Overall Score for Port...
Very Good
98
Maximum Image Resolution
7360 X 4912 Pixels
100
Minimum Aperture Number
Depends On Lens
72
Features for Portrait...
Very Good

Pentax K-1 Video Reviews

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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95
Reviews
183 Reviews + 9 Awards
53
Value for Money
Average
72
Features for Landscape...
Very Good
75
Age
2 Years Old
88
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
73
Overall Score for Land...
Very Good
100
Optical Zoom
Depends On Lens
98
Maximum Image Resolution
7360 X 4912 Pixels
2
Weight
925g
94
Battery Life
760 Shots
GPS
Yes
Dustproof
Yes
72
Features for Landscape...
Very Good

Pentax K-1 Video Reviews

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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95
Reviews
183 Reviews + 9 Awards
53
Value for Money
Average
72
Features for Everyday...
Very Good
75
Age
2 Years Old
88
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
73
Overall Score for Ever...
Very Good
98
Maximum Image Resolution
7360 X 4912 Pixels
2
Weight
925g
94
Battery Life
760 Shots
Vari-Angle LCD Display
No
72
Features for Everyday...
Very Good

Pentax K-1 Video Reviews

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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95
Reviews
183 Reviews + 9 Awards
53
Value for Money
Average
62
Features for Sports Ph...
Good
75
Age
2 Years Old
88
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
70
Overall Score for Spor...
Good
100
Image Stabiliser
Depends On Lens
99
Maximum ISO Sensitivity
204,800
94
Battery Life
760 Shots
62
Features for Sports Ph...
Good

Pentax K-1 Video Reviews

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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95
Reviews
183 Reviews + 9 Awards
53
Value for Money
Average
61
Features for Wildlife...
Good
75
Age
2 Years Old
88
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
69
Overall Score for Wild...
Good
100
Optical Zoom
Depends On Lens
100
Image Stabiliser
Depends On Lens
99
Maximum ISO Sensitivity
204,800
61
Features for Wildlife...
Good

Pentax K-1 Video Reviews

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 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Nine industry awards

The experts at two expert review sites both concluded that this digital camera was very good. This was from Digifotopro.nl and DP Review who gave it an "Silver".

This Pentax camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both websites 3dnews.ru and Photoreview.com.au, both of which decided that this camera was extremely good.

The authors at two other expert review sites both thought that this camera was very good. This digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Dkamera.de, confirming their endorsement and it received a "Recommended" award from review website Altomdata.dk.

The editors of three more expert review sites all concluded that this camera was very good. Kamerabild.se gave this Pentax camera a "Top Class" award, it received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com and PhotographyBlog.com gave it an "Essential" award.

Good expert reviews

Based on 28 expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine this camera has an average expert rating of 85%. The digital camera expert review sites think this Pentax camera is one of the better digital cameras.

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Excellent owner reviews

K-1 owners on average rated this digital camera as excellent. 102 reviewers (79% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Users report excellent product quality

21 customers who reviewed it thought 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…
  • Very good quality of this product…
    Barbara - December 2014
  • It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range…
    Bruno Pereira - January 2013
  • + Two wheels for settings, this makes manual changes to the settings very comfortable + Very good build quality…
    Amazon Customer - September 2012
  • It was very good quality and delivered right in time…
    Amazon Customer - December 2015
  • They don't produce the same image quality as their super expensive counterparts.
    Richard - January 2016
  • The camera has a chunky & quality feel…
    The Guardian - February 2016
  • Weather sealed and great build quality…
    G. P. Dodds - November 2012
  • The lenses appear to be well made of a similar plastic with rubberised grip to allow easy zooming…
    Ash - May 2013

Users report that it is robust

17 people who reviewed the Pentax K-1 concluded that it was well made, eight customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was strong and durable and two customers who purchased the product concluded 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…
  • It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range…
    Bruno Pereira - January 2013
  • The camera feels very comfortable to hold and sturdy too…
    Wizard Technology - August 2015
  • Solid feel and reassuring weight with excellent grip which should suit all…
    Tranran - September 2015
  • + Two wheels for settings, this makes manual changes to the settings very comfortable + Very good build quality…
    Amazon Customer - September 2012
  • Feels very solid to use…
    C. Pickering - August 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 - July 2015
  • Robust, versatile, easy to use, excellent value –…
    The Guardian - February 2016
  • The menu and various control functions are sturdy and easy to master even by someone with large hands…
    The Guardian - February 2016

Users report that it is easy to use

19 customers who purchased the product thought it was easy to use, four owners reckoned that it was easy to use the menus and two owners said in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

  • Absolutely everything that a photographer is likely to need by way of camera control is built in…
  • The functionality is mostly intuitive and the 16 MP are definitely worth the price…
  • The camera feels very comfortable to hold and sturdy too…
    Wizard Technology - August 2015
  • Its so easy to use that the kids are always nicking it…
    Brian - October 2015
  • Went out to take some great night shots! Everything is in working order and it is really easy to use…
    Shane - February 2013
  • You can shoot in full auto or scene modes, or switch over to have full manual control…
  • The controls are very intuitive…
  • + Two wheels for settings, this makes manual changes to the settings very comfortable + Very good build quality…
    Amazon Customer - September 2012
  • Feels very solid to use…
    C. Pickering - August 2015
  • Very handy…
    C. Pickering - August 2015

Customers report unacceptable noise level

Two customers who bought it reckoned that it was noisy.

Customers report good picture quality

27 owners who purchased the product considered that it was able to produce good images, two owners who bought the product wrote that it had a good picture resolution and two customers who reviewed it wrote that it had a good image sensor. two owners who reviewed the Pentax K-1 agreed 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…
  • It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range…
    Bruno Pereira - January 2013
  • The photos are superb and the camera is solidly made…
    Surfin68 - June 2016
  • 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 - July 2015
  • If you want to take a great photo the right lens is important…
    Richard - January 2016
  • They don't produce the same image quality as their super expensive counterparts.
    Richard - January 2016
  • 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 - July 2015
  • You can save your photos in various file formats…
    The Guardian - February 2016
  • It is an ideal camera for still photography…
    Archie - June 2013

Users report that it is reasonably priced

18 customers wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money.

  • Combining excellent build quality, fantastic image results and amazing value for money…
  • Is very EXPENSIVE to repair…
    L. Topp - August 2016
  • 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 - October 2015
  • A great camera for the price…
    C. Pickering - August 2015
  • A great camera for the price point…
  • Great camera and good value…
    C. Pickering - August 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 - January 2016
  • They don't produce the same image quality as their super expensive counterparts.
    Richard - January 2016
  • This camera lets you buy a range of lenses on the cheap so you can have options when you're shooting…
    Richard - January 2016

Pentax has very good digital camera reviews

We checked 2,424 user and expert reviews (including 480 verified purchases) for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has very good ratings compared to other manufacturers. 98% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers report good technical features

Four owners who reviewed it thought it had good features.

  • The ‘recording movies’ features are also very good…
    The Guardian - February 2016
  • It has some fun features…
    Sera B - January 2013
  • It has many features only found on high end cameras…
    Craig - December 2013
  • Lots of useful features and easy to understand software…
    I MACKENZIE - March 2013

Customers report a good screen / viewfinder

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good viewfinder.

  • Maybe they want a fast performer or a model with an excellent viewfinder…
    About.com November 2016
  • Make sure you fit a screen protector from start as strap buckles will scratch screen which is not inset…
    Tranran - September 2015
  • It is weather sealed and has a large bright viewfinder giving 100% coverage…
    Archie - June 2013
  • The weather resistant properties and a fantastic viewfinder…
    Now Seriously - December 2012
  • The viewfinder still isn't right…
    Neil Fraser - January 2013
  • My only complaint is that the viewfinder is a little bit dull…
    Neil Fraser - January 2013
  • The viewfinder was much superior…
    Mr. Anthony Butler - August 2014

Customers report that it is a good size

Two customers reckoned that the product was compact.

  • It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range…
    Bruno Pereira - January 2013
  • It is heavy, bulky and does not hang well around the neck when sitting on your chest…
    Tim Hoddell - March 2014
  • The camera has a chunky & quality feel…
    The Guardian - February 2016
  • A couple of days with a compact system camera…
    Ash - May 2013
  • Please be aware that this camera, even with the 18-55 kit, is not a travel compact camera…
    Split-Pea Soup - September 2012
  • Changed from a digital compact camera difference is night…

Users report good lens quality

Six customers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens.

  • The twin lens kit seems a great package…
    Wizard Technology - August 2015
  • Auto focus isn't the fastest…
    Richard - January 2016
  • Firstly and probably most importantly is the lens options…
    Richard - January 2016
  • If you want to take a great photo the right lens is important…
    Richard - January 2016
  • The camera's focusing system is excellent, fast…
    Dr. Peter Davies - April 2013
  • The lens isn't weatherproof…
    Tim - May 2013
  • Unfortunately the lens cap isn't attached in any way which, for me at least, means that it will could be easily lost…
    Ash - May 2013
  • The limited pancake lens is stunningly amazing.
    Split-Pea Soup - September 2012
  • The build quality is excellent and the kit lens is also very good…
    Mr. Anthony Butler - August 2014
  • Picture quality is excellent though nowadays you are more often than not limited by the lens you use rather than the camera (not to mention your own skill…
    Neoguri - August 2013

Features

Higher than average megapixels

The megapixels of the Pentax K-1 of 36MP is in the highest 2% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The megapixels of cameras range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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7360 x 4912 pixels image resolution

The highest image resolution of the Pentax K-1 is 7360 x 4912 pixels. That's over two times the resolution of the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. §.

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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 digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920x1080 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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Higher than average maximum ISO sensitivity

Cameras have ISO sensitivities (max) of between 200 and 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 15,000. The Pentax K-1's maximum ISO sensitivity of 205,000 is higher than 99% of all cameras when sorted 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 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

The camera shutter speed of the Pentax K-1 of only 0.000125s is shorter than average when compared to most other cameras. It is shorter than 86% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. Digital cameras have camera shutter speeds of between 0.000016s and 4s, and the average camera shutter speed is 0.008s.

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Heavier than average

Cameras have weights of between 50g and 2.7kg, and the average weight is 310g. The weight of the Pentax K-1 of 925g is very heavy compared to most other cameras. It is in the heaviest 3% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide range of aspherical lenses depending on lens used

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

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Wide range of closest focusing distances depending on lens used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Features noise reduction

The Pentax K-1 features noise reduction, unlike 88% of digital cameras which do not feature noise reduction.

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Wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) depending on lens used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Wide range of minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) depending on lens used

This Pentax camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Dustproof

The Pentax K-1 is dustproof, which is unusual. 90% of cameras are not dustproof.

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Features brightness adjustment

The Pentax K-1 features brightness adjustment, which is unusual. 77% of digital cameras do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Only 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution

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Features flash exposure compensation

The Pentax K-1 features flash exposure compensation. 78% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-1 supports Wi-Fi. 70% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Has a USB connectivity

The Pentax K-1 has a USB connectivity, which is unusual. 86% of cameras do not have a USB connectivity.

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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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Does not feature bluetooth

Like most other cameras, the Pentax K-1 does not feature bluetooth. 94% of cameras do not feature bluetooth.

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Has a microphone in

The Pentax K-1 has a microphone in. 85% of cameras do not have a microphone in.

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Larger than average display diagonal

The display diagonal of the Pentax K-1 of 3.2" is larger than average when compared to most other cameras. It is larger than 95% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. The smallest display diagonal of digital cameras is 1", the largest is 7.7", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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Has a wind filter

The Pentax K-1 has a wind filter, unlike 93% of cameras which do not have a wind filter.

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760 battery life

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

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Higher than average display resolution

The display resolution of the Pentax K-1 of 1,040,000 pixels is higher than average when compared to most other digital cameras. It is higher than 83% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The lowest display resolution of digital cameras is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 600,000 pixels.

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Has a GPS

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

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Age

Released over two years ago

This camera has been on the market since February 2016.

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Popularity

Widely available

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Value for Money

Price has gone up by £599 (43%)

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Maximum Image Resolution

7360 x 4912 pixels image resolution

Minimum Aperture Number

Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used

Pre-Flash

pre-flash

Smile Detection

smile detection

Handheld Remote Control

handheld remote control

Self-Timer

self-timer

Optical Zoom

Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used

Maximum Image Resolution

7360 x 4912 pixels image resolution

Weight

heavier than average

Battery Life

760 battery life

GPS

has a GPS

Dustproof

dustproof

Waterproof

waterproof

Electronic Compass

electronic compass

Anti-Dust Function

anti-dust function

Maximum Image Resolution

7360 x 4912 pixels image resolution

Weight

heavier than average

Battery Life

760 battery life

Vari-Angle LCD Display

vari-angle LCD display

Face Detection

face detection

Maximum ISO Sensitivity

higher than average maximum ISO sensitivity

Image Stabiliser

optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses

Battery Life

760 battery life

Multi Burst Mode

multi burst mode

Waterproof

waterproof

Optical Zoom

Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used

Image Stabiliser

optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses

Maximum ISO Sensitivity

higher than average maximum ISO sensitivity

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

pentax k1blackbodykit, pentax manufacurer, pentax af540fgzii, pentax 15993, pentax dbg6

Barcodes:

00000019560702, 00027075294974, 00027075299863, 00027075400771, 07434013102551

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