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February 26, 2016 08:54 ET

Unveiled: Pentax Makes Its First Foray Into Full-Frame Cameras, the K-1 DSLR; More Info at B&H

The Pentax K-1 DSLR Camera Is a Landmark Release for the Respected Company, and Makes Sure to Deliver on Multiple Fronts; Packing in a 36.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor and the Advanced PRIME IV Image Processing Engine, the K-Mount Camera Will Be Able to Capture Detailed Images With Low Noise at Sensitivities Up to an Impressive 204800 ISO

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 26, 2016) - Loyal Pentax users can finally celebrate, as the widely hyped and much talked about full-frame K-1 DSLR Camera has officially arrived along with two new optics, the HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR and HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR. Pentax made sure to deliver with their first full-frame K-mount digital camera, packing in a 36.4MP CMOS sensor along with the latest and greatest of their camera technology. This includes a Pixel Shift resolution mode that can dramatically boost image quality and built-in 5-axis Shake Reduction stabilization rated to five stops that can do more than just combat camera shake. And, as is Pentax's way, the camera is completely weather sealed, and even rated to operate in freezing temperatures down to 14°F.

Pentax K1 DSLR Full-Frame Camera

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  • 36.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME IV Image Processor
  • 3.2" Cross-Tilt LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p30 Video Recording
  • SAFOX 12 33-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 204800; 4.5 fps Shooting
  • 5-Axis In-Body Shake Reduction
  • Super Resolution & AstroTracer Modes
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & GPS; Dual SD Card Slots
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body

In terms of pure features, the K-1 is absolutely loaded. The 36.4MP CMOS sensor omits an optical low-pass filter for maximum sharpness and, together with the new PRIME IV image processor, delivers Pentax's best images yet at sensitivities up to ISO 204800. It can also shoot continuously at up to 4.5 fps and is equipped with the SAFOX 12 autofocus system, which uses 33 points, including 25 cross-type points, for rapid focusing in lighting conditions down to -3 EV. Combined with the real-time Scene Analysis System, the K-1 can evaluate and create high-quality images in no time at all. Users will also have access to a 15.3MP APS-C setting for use with existing DA-series K-mount lenses or simply narrowing your field of view.

Specialized Capabilities

Moving on to more specialized capabilities, the K-1 is equipped with an in-body, five-axis Shake Reduction system that can compensate for five stops of camera shake with any lens in use. This also combines with the built-in GPS to enable the AstroTracer function to help eliminate star trails during long exposures of the nighttime sky, and there is a Composition Adjustment setting, which lets users move the sensor up/down, left/right, and rotationally to correct for small errors in their composition without having to move the camera physically. On top of all this, users can access an AA Filter Simulator, which mimics the effects of a physical optical low-pass filter by moving the sensor ever so slightly to minimize moiré and aliasing.

Getting into the body design, the camera has a unique 3.2" cross-tilt LCD screen, which can tilt upward 90°, downward 44°, and left and right 35°. The body is completely weather sealed at 87 different points to ensure rain or dust won't damage your camera. An interesting feature of the K-1 is a series of strategically placed lights around the body's perimeter -- one above the lens mount, four on the rear of the screen, and one in the remote socket -- to aid in low-light handling and settings adjustment and, of course, the top LCD lights up for settings confirmation in the darkest conditions.

Buttons and Dials

The Pentax K1 body also has a variety of dials and buttons for quick access to any of your most common settings, including two dedicated dials for aperture and shutter speed, as well as a third command dial that is configured by a settings-selection dial for assigning specific functions to be adjusted, such as exposure compensation, ISO, bracketing, and more. Flash is another considered aspect of the camera, with a hot shoe available with TTL support and a PC sync terminal. Users looking for tactile control over their camera will definitely be satisfied. Along with the built-in GPS and eCompass, the K-1 does have integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows photographers to connect to their smartphone and tablet easily for immediate image transfer or wireless camera control.

Beyond stills, the K-1 can record Full HD 1080 video at up to 30p or 60i. This is possible using either the full-frame sensor or an APS-C crop setting, and H.264 compression keeps file sizes manageable. Also, when shooting HD 720p, the K-1 can boost the frame rate to 60 fps.

Read more about the Pentax K-1 Full-Frame Camera

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Audio is well supported with headphone and microphone jacks on the side of the camera and the ability to monitor levels on screen. Additionally, the camera is NTSC/PAL switchable and has focus peaking for accurate manual focusing.

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