Pentax K-1 Full Frame DSLR Camera

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Pentax K-1 Full Frame DSLR Camera

Featuring Pentax's very first full-frame digital image sensor, the Pentax K-1 DSLR is a monumental release, and plans to deliver on multiple fronts. Sporting a 36.4MP full-frame CMOS image sensor along with an advanced PRIME IV processing engine, the K-mount camera has the ability to capture detailed images with low noise up to an impressive 204800 ISO sensitivity. Clinching the sharpest images possible, the K-1's image sensor eliminates the anti-aliasing, or optical low-pass, filter, instead relying on an AA Filter Simulator mode to diminish moire when required. In addition, the K-1 has a built-in 5-axis Shake Reduction system measured for up to 5 stops of compensation.

Ensuring prompt capture, the K-1 provides a widened SAFOX 12 AF sensor optimized for the full-frame image size. It features 33 AF points, of which 25 are cross-type, while three f/2.8 luminance sensors along with the ability to function in low lighting situations down to -3 EV. Users can acquire images at up to 4.5 fps and with gratitude to a fully dust and weather resistant magnesium alloy body will have no worries if the weather quickly changes. Additionally, the K-1 has a unique 3.2" cross-tilt LCD screen, which can tilt upward 90°, down 44°, plus left and right 35° for diverse positions. In addition, dual SD card slots are also available for backup or additional storage as required.

In addition to still images, the K-1 also has the capability to record Full 1080p HD video at up to 30 frames per second in either full-frame or APS-C crop modes along with bolstering audio quality by making use of the headphone and mic input jacks. There are also advanced functions provided by the Shake Reduction system, which includes a Super Resolution function that composites multiple images together, to create maximum sharpness and resolution and an AstroTracer mode that combines with the built-in GPS to diminish star trails during lengthy exposures. The K-1 also features built-in Wi-Fi for transferring images and remote camera control.

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MSRP $1799 (body only)
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 7360 x 4912
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 36 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 37 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-204800
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes (3 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Best, better, good
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 33
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier 1
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,037,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash modes Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
Continuous drive 4.4 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing 5 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description D-LI90 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 760
Weight (inc. batteries) 1010 g (2.23 lb / 35.63 oz)
Dimensions 137 x 110 x 86 mm (5.39 x 4.33 x 3.39)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (Still or video)
GPS Built-in



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