Pentax K-1 II and K-1 Firmware v2.00 Released

New JPEG custom image preset and Grad ND filter feature added

By PF Staff in Firmware Updates on Oct 19, 2022
Pentax K-1 II and K-1 Firmware v2.00 Released

Ricoh Imaging has released firmware updates for the Pentax K-1 and Pentax K-1 Mark II, and separately for the K-3 III.

This series of updates a new custom image preset called "Kyushu".  This preset delivers slightly muted colors designed for pleasing images of autumn landscapes.

In addition, a new premium feature called "Grad ND" has been added.  This currently costs 11,000 yen and is only available in Japan.  The feature is a type of multi-exposure that simulates a graduated neutral density filter; read more about it on the forum.

Interestingly, both the K-1 and K-1 II now share the same designation for the latest firmware, however different update files are needed for each camera:

Official Pentax K-1 and K-1 II v2.00 firmware notes:

  • Added limited function [Grad ND Shooting].

    A special activation key (release key) obtained from a website or other source is required to activate the limited functions.
    Note: The Grad ND Shooting activation key issuance is a service that will be launched first in Japan. The launch of this service outside of Japan has not yet been determined.

  • Added custom image Special Edition [KYUSHU].

    It can be used when attaching the following compatible lenses.
    HD PENTAX FA 43mmF1.9 Limited
    HD PENTAX-DA 70mmF2.4 Limited
    HD PENTAX-DA 40mmF2.8 Limited
    HD PENTAX-DA 21mmF3.2 AL Limited

  • Improved stability for general performance.

To discuss this update, please visit this forum thread.

See our in-depth K-1 review and in-depth K-1 II review for more information about either camera.

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Pentax firmware update instructions:

  1. Download the firmware ZIP file from the appropriate link above
  2. Extract the file to a folder of your choosing
  3. Locate the extracted .BIN file and copy it to the root (top level i.e. outside of any folder) of a formatted SD card
  4. Insert the card into your camera (slot 1) and ensure the battery is fully charged
  5. Turn the camera power on while pressing the MENU button
  6. Select "Start" at the firmware prompt
  7. Once the screen displays "Complete", turn off the camera
  8. Power the camera back on and resume normal use
  9. In order to verify that the firmware update was successful, go to the firmware option under the setup (wrench icon) menu tab, and confirm that the indicated firmware version matches that of the update.

Note that all updates are cumulative, so the latest firmware version includes the contents of all previous versions.  You only need to install the latest version.  Need help?  See our firmware update guide.

Firmware Update Tutorial Video

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