Pentax has released a new DSLR to its line-up - the KP, which will cost £1,099 body-only! You can read this breakdown of the camera's top features or check out the video instead!
1．Super-high-resolution images delivered by approximately 24.32 effective megapixels and super-high-sensitivity photography at a top sensitivity of ISO 819200
The PENTAX KP features a new-generation APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.32 effective megapixels to produce super-high-resolution images. By coupling this sensor with an AA-filter-free optical design, it optimises the image sensor’s imaging power to deliver well-defined images with true-to-life reproduction of gradation and texture. The combination of the PRIME IV imaging engine and a state-of-the-art accelerator unit, assures dependable, high-speed operation and highly effective noise reduction optimising image resolution and super-high-sensitivity performance. This allows the photographer to handhold it in snapshot photography of night scenes at the super-high sensitivity of ISO 819200.
2．Compact, portable body perfect for snapshots, with a weather-resistant structure for harsh outdoor shooting
After a thorough review of the camera’s internal structure, PENTAX designed a completely new body that was far more compact and slim than existing models to optimise the PENTAX KP’s performance, operability and portability. When combined with a compact, lightweight PENTAX-DA-series lens, it can be carried comfortably and effortlessly in a wide range of shooting situations, from casual snapshots to serious outdoor photography, for instance, while mountain climbing or trekking. Its front, back and bottom exterior panels are all made of durable, lightweight magnesium alloy. With 67 seals across the body, it provides a dustproof, weather-resistant structure, with outstanding cold-proof performance at temperatures down to -10°C. Thanks to these features, the PENTAX KP performs superbly and dependably in a range of adverse weather conditions or shooting locations, where rain , dust and freezing temperatures may be an issue.
3．A range of customisation features, including a replacement grip
The PENTAX KP provides a grip replacement system for an easy, quick change of grip to accommodate the photographer’s shooting style or when using a mounted lens. In addition to the standard Grip S, it offers a choice of two replacement grips (Grip M and Grip L). It also provides a variety of customisation functions to simplify and enhance camera operation, including Smart Function for speedy selection; easy setting of desired camera functions using the Fx (Function) and setting dials; and control panel customisation to change the panel’s layout to suit the photographer’s personal requirements.
4．PENTAX-original SR II five-axis shake-reduction system featuring the Pixel Shift Resolution System
Thanks to the built-in SR II shake reduction mechanism, the PENTAX KP effectively minimises camera shake and delivers sharp, blur-free images, even in situations where this could be an issue, including using a telephoto lens, shooting low-light scenes without flash illumination, or photographing scenes at sunset. In addition to more common camera shake caused by pitch and yaw, this five-axis mechanism also compensates for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift (often generated in macro photography) and camera shake caused by roll. It delivers a compensation effect of approximately five shutter steps (CIPA standard compliant, smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mmF3.5-5.6ED AL [IF] DC WR f=135mm） — a level equivalent to that of PENTAX’ flagship model — to expand the limits of hand-held photography. When taking a panning shot, this mechanism efficiently controls the SR unit to compensate for all external factors without requiring any switching action.
5．Electronically controlled shutter unit for super-high-speed shooting at 1/24000 sec.
The PENTAX KP’s shutter unit combines a reliable mechanical shutter mechanism (with a top speed of 1/6000 second) with an electronically controlled shutter mechanism.* The electronic shutter mode provides a super-high shutter speed of 1/24000 second with reduced noise and vibration at shutter release, making it ideal for low-noise, low-vibration shooting in Live-view and mirror-up applications. The camera also provides a high-speed continuous shooting function with a top speed of seven images per second.
6．Optical viewfinder with nearly 100% field of view
Within its compact body, the PENTAX KP incorporates a glass prism finder featuring the same optics and coatings as those used in higher-end models. With a nearly 100-percent field of view and magnification of approximately 0.95 times, it provides a wide, bright image field for easy focusing and framing.
7．High-speed 27-point autofocus system with the SAFOX 11 module
The PENTAX KP features the high-speed SAFOX 11 phase-matching AF sensor module to deliver dependable, responsive autofocus operation. Of its 27 focus sensors, 25 are cross-type sensors positioned in the middle to assure pinpoint focusing on the subject at a minimum brightness level as low as -3 EV. A completely new, much improved algorithm assures better autofocusing accuracy and speed than models equipped with the conventional SAFOX 11 module. The camera also provides useful customisation features to assist in autofocus operation, such as a choice of operation modes — focus-priority, release-priority or advance-speed-priority — and the Selected-area Expansion function to automatically refocus on a subject when it moves away from the initial point.
8．Full HD movie recording with a range of functional settings
The PENTAX KP captures flawless, high-resolution Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30p frame rate) in the H-264 recording format. It also provides external microphone terminal for manual setting of the audio recording level and monitoring of the sound pressure level for microphone input. In addition to various visual effect modes available during movie recording,* it features a range of movie recording functions, including a 4K Interval Movie mode that connects a series of 4K-resolution still images (3840 x 2160 pixels) at a fixed interval to create a single movie file, and the Star Stream mode to record the traces of stars in the Interval Movie mode.