Pentax K-1 in the Spotlight at the Ricoh Booth

Full-frame attracts plenty of attention

By PF Staff in CP+ 2016 on Feb 26, 2016

The Pentax camera exhibit at this year's CP+ show took an entirely different form than in prior years thanks to the debut of the Pentax K-1 full frame.  Ricoh Imaging transformed the booth to focus primarily on this camera, as it turns out that the majority of the company's recent efforts had been dedicated to K-1 development.  This is not surprising given the fact that the camera represents the start of a brand new product line.

Show visitors testing the K-1 hands-on

Throughout the Ricoh booth, it was evident that this year's show was all about the Pentaxians who had for years been pleading for a full-frame launch.  In fact, the Pentax K-1 completely took the spotlight away from the Pentax APS-C, 645, and Q lineups.  The other products didn't have their own dedicated displays; instead, show visitors were able to get a distraction-free hands-on look at the K-1 at the "Touch and Try" lens bar.

Of course, this does not mean that the other product lines are being abandoned.  Rather, CP+ 2016 is simply meant to celebrate the K-1. 

Among the more interesting exhibits was a sealed case featuring the K-1's various innards.  The components on display include the shutter mechanism, sensor, PRIME IV processor, SR II shake reduction system, metering sensor, and AF sensor.

K-1 technology display - Click to enlarge

Pentax's 6-megapixel full frame prototype from the early 2000's is shown alongside the new K-1.  Interestingly, we were told that the prototype is a fully functioning camera— but it can't be powered on because of the battery has failed (and no replacement is available).  The K-1 in its current form had been in development for around four years, but it clearly isn't based on the MZ-S derived prototype.  It's amazing how far technology and user interface design has come!

Actual K-1 vs 2000's prototype - Click to enlarge

Finally, the obligatory transparent and bisected bodies body made an appearance in a separate case.

Transparent K-1 -  Click to enlarge

Bisected K-1 - Click to enlarge

The body sliced in half allows us to appreciate just how much larger a full-frame prism and mirror is compared to an APS-C counterpart.

See below for additional photos from the K-1 display, and stay tuned for more from CP+ 2016!

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