Ricoh has officially announced the Pentax K-1, the first Pentax-branded full-frame DSLR that will be released on the market.
It should have been here ages ago, but it has been delayed for unknown reasons. Moreover, its development has been confirmed a long time ago, but it still did not make it on time. However, this time, there are no more hesitations and the Pentax K-1 is finally official and is coming soon.
Pentax DSLRs have a loyal fanbase thanks to their ruggedness as well as the DA Limited-series lenses among others. Now it is time to step it up a notch and to bridge the gap between the company’s APS-C and medium format shooters. Here are the most important features of the new K-1!
Pentax K-1 unveiled with 36.4MP sensor, 5-axis IS technology, super-resolution mode, and more
Ricoh has added a 36.4-megapixel full-frame sensor without an anti-aliasing filter in the Pentax K-1. The sensor has a maximum ISO sensitivity of 204800 and is capable of capturing 14-bit RAW files, thanks to the PRIME IV image processor.
The DSLR also comes packed with an in-body 5-axis Shake Reduction II technology. The mechanism is welcomed when using telephoto lenses and in low-light conditions. However, it can be used to mimic the presence of an anti-aliasing filter and it can be used to capture super-resolution photos.
The press release reads that the Pixel Shift Resolution System can capture four shots of an identical scene. This works by shifting the sensor by one pixel and then combines the shots into a single one for higher-resolution images.
Combined with the integrated GPS, the SR II system can tilt the sensor for several photography applications, including astrophotography.
Weathersealed Pentax K-1 helps you operate it in the dark with special LED system
The specs list of the Pentax K-1 continues with a tilting 3.2-inch LCD screen. This is not the only way to frame your shots, as the DSLR employs an optical viewfinder with a near-100% coverage.
The autofocus system consists of a SAFOX 12 unit with 33 focus points, 25 of which are cross-type. A continuous mode is present in the camera and it supports a mere 4.4fps shootout for a maximum of 17 RAW shots or 70 JPEGs.
As stated above, the K-1 is a rugged device that is resistant to dust, water droplets, and low temperatures. An interesting feature consists of an LED system that lights up several parts of the DSLR, so that photographers do not have to operate the device using external light sources, such as a flashlight.
According to Ricoh, the DSLR has a shutter speed range of 30 seconds – 1/8000th of a second and no built-in flash, but users can attach an external one via the hot-shoe.
DSLR to be released soon along with two new full-frame lenses
Pentax K-1 is capable of recording videos at full HD resolution at 30p. The files can then be transferred to a mobile device via WiFi. In-camera, the files are stored on dual SD cards.
This camera offers USB, microphone, headphone, and HDMI ports, as well as a battery life of 760 shots on a single charge. It weighs 1.010 grams / 35.63 ounces and measures 137 x 110 x 86mm / 5.39 x 4.33 x 3.39 inches.
Ricoh will release the K-1 in April with a price tag of $1,799. The DSLR will be joined by the HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8ED SDM WR and the HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR lenses, which will also become available in April for $1,499.99 and, respectively, $499.99.