Pentax K-1 Review


The table below presents the key specifications for the Pentax K-1.

Sensor Resolution 36.40 MP
7360 x 4912 effective pixels
Other Resolutions Full frame: 22M (5760x3840), 12M (4224x2816), 2M (1920x1280)
APS-C crop: 15M (4800x3200), 12M, 8M (3456x2304), 2M
Sensor Size 35.9 x 24.0 mm (35mm full frame)

AA Filter

The AA filter can be simulated
via ultrasonic sensor vibrations

Super Resolution

Yes, via Pixel Shift Resolution (requires still scene)
Output pixel count unchanged
Dust Removal DR II ultrasonic
ISO Range
100-204,800 (1/3, 1/2 or full stops)
RAW Bit Depth 14
Image Capture
Shooting Modes Auto, P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, M, B, X, five user modes on mode dial
Shutter Speeds 30s-1/8000s (up to 300s in Astrotracer mode)
Shutter Life 300,000 actuations
Stabilization 5-axis sensor shift
(up to 5 stops, works with any lens)
Light Meter 86K pixel RGB sensor
Meter Range -3 to 20 EV
Metering Modes * Multi-segment
* Center weight
* Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 EV (1/2 or 1/3 stops)
Exposure Bracketing +/- 5 EV, 2, 3 or 5 steps
Max Frame Rate (buffer) Full frame:
H: 4.4 fps (70 JPG, 17 RAW)

M: 3.0 fps (100 JPG, 20 RAW)
L: 0.7 fps (100 JPG, 100 RAW)

APS-C crop:
H: 6.5 fps (100 JPG, 50 RAW)
M: 3.0 fps (100 JPG, 70 RAW)
L: 1.0 fps (100 JPG, 100 RAW)
File Formats Stills: JPG, PEF (RAW), DNG (RAW), TIFF (in-camera development only)
Videos: MOV
AF System and Modes * SAFOX 12: 33-point phase detect (25 cross-type)
   w/ AF.S, AF.C
* Spot, select, expanded area AF, zone select, auto

* Live View: contrast detect
* Green AF assist LED
AF Sensitivity -3 to 18 EV
Focus Peaking Yes (during live view and prior to movie recording)
Movie Mode
Video Mode

1080i: 60/50 fps
1080p: 30/25/24 fps
720p: 60/50 fps
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MOV)

Clips up to 4GB / 25 minutes

Video Sound

* Built-in stereo microphone
* External stereo microphone input
* Headphone jack (3.5mm)
* Manual and Automatic volume control with VU meter

Manual Video Controls ISO/Shutter Speed/Aperture (P, Tv, Av, TAv, M)
AF During Video Yes, on demand
Built-in Flash No
Flash Sync. 1/200 s
Hot Shoe Yes
Flash Modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless, High-speed sync (external flash)
Flash Exposure Compensation -2 to +1 EV
Viewfinder Pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.70x magnification
LCD overlay

-3.5 to +1.2 diopter built-in
LCD 3.2-inch, 1,037,000 dot
3:2 aspect ratio

Tilt/pivot support
Processing Engine PRIME IV
Weather Sealed Yes
Battery D-LI90 rechargeable in body and grip, 
optionally 6 x AA in battery grip
Battery Grip Support Yes, BG-6
Media Slot(s) 2 SDXC / SDHC / SD (UHS-I compatible)
Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in GPS Yes
Tethering Support Wired USB tethering
w/ Image Transmitter 2 or Adobe Lightroom

Wireless tethering
w/ Image Sync (Android & iOS)
Connectivity USB 2.0 (micro E), DC in, x-sync socket, HDMI output (type D),
IR port (front and rear), stereo microphone and headphones
Dimensions (WxHxD) 136.5 x 110 x 85.5 mm
925g (~1010g with battery and SD card)
US Launch Price $1799
Worldwide Pricing £1599 / €1999 / $2499 CAD / $2899 AUD / ¥257,500
Origin Made in Philippines

Full specifications for the K-1 can be found in our camera database.  You can also compare the K-1 to other Pentax models using our DSLR comparison tool.  For the manufacturer's highlights, see the press release.

On May 19th, 2016, Pentax released the first firmware update for the Pentax K-1 (v1.10) to enable USB tethering with Lightroom.  Our review was conducted with both the original and upgraded firmware.

Of course, technical specifications only tell part of the story.  Read on for the K-1's highlights. PentaxForums @PentaxForums News | Reviews | Forum

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