Ricoh will announce the Pentax KP DSLR camera on January 26, 2017, whose specifications and images have been leaked online.
January 26, 2017 update: Pentax KP is now official. Check out the announcement on Camyx!
Recently, the rumor mill pointed out the fact that Ricoh will launch a new DSLR called Pentax KP. The camera was registered on Postel’s website, the Indonesian agency which has been featured many times in Camyx’ articles.
Once it became clear that the device would be unveiled in the near future, the leaks started piling up. As a result, we now have a clear idea of how the DSLR will look like and what it will offer. Without much further ado, here the Pentax KP specs, photos, and announcement date details!
Pentax KP specs list begins with a new 24MP sensor
The upcoming KP will feature a new 24.33-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor. It will be powered by a PRIME IV processor with an image accelerator unit. Additionally, there will be a 5-axis built-in image stabilization system, called SR II, providing 5 stops of stabilization.
Trusted sources have confirmed that the Pentax KP specs list will include a 27-point autofocus technology. It will be called SAFOX 11 and will feature 25 cross-type points. When the 5-axis IBIS is not enough in low-light conditions, photographers will be able to capture images with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 819,200.
As for speed fans, the KP will have an electronic shutter with a top speed of 1/24000th of a second, while the burst mode will offer up to 7fps. Once you capture all the shots, you will be able to send them to a computer via integrated WiFi connectivity.
Pentax does it again: the KP is a weathersealed DSLR
Pentax fans are used with their cameras being weathersealed. Sources say that the KP will not be an exception. It will be dustproof, coldproof, and drip-proof thanks to its 67 seals spread across the casing.
The built-in optical viewfinder will provide a coverage of 100%, albeit users who prefer the Live View mode will be able to frame their images using the 3-inch LCD. There will be no 4K video recording capabilities in the DSLR, as the maximum supported video resolution will be full HD.
Fans of gimmicks will also appreciate to see the Pixel Shift and DR II tools on the Pentax KP specs sheet. The former allows the pixel to by shifted by one pixel in order to capture four different images to be put together in a higher-resolution shot, while the latter can be used for tilting the sensor, which comes in handy for astrophotographers.
Although it is not mentioned, we believe that the KP will come packed with built-in GPS. This sensor is usually used along with the DR II system in astrophotography, so it would be weird not seeing it there. If the GPS is not there, then a GPS unit will likely be sold separately.
The DSLR will measure about 131.5 x 101 x 76 millimeters, while weighing 643 grams. We will find out if this is true on January 26, as this is the expected announcement date of the KP. As for the release date, it is set for February 23. Stay tuned for the official news!