Officially Announced: the Pentax KP DSLR!

Drawing inspiration from K-1, Pentax’s newly announced 24MP KP DSLR replaces the K3 II at the premium end of their APS-C lineup.

The most notable feature is its impressive and industry-leading low-light ability to shoot at an ISO of 819,000. The 5 axis body stabilization (Shake Reduction II), available before in the full frame K1, has now been included for the first time in a Pentax crop sensor camera. The 3 inch vertical tilt LCD features an “air-gapless construction” which, according to Ricoh, allows for better viewing outdoors. The electronic shutter can fire at 1/24,000-second.


An added Outdoor Viewing Mode adjusts the LCD brightness to ambient light conditions and a red-lighted monitor setting reduces the strain on the photographer’s eyes in low-light conditions.

It is clear that the camera has been designed with outdoor photographers in mind: the mostly magnesium body is dust and weather resistant, smaller and lighter than the K3 and can operate in temperatures as low as -10°C. The total dimensions are 131.5mm/5.1 inches (W) x 101.0mm/ 4 inches (H) x 76.0mm/3 inches (D).

A few other features worth mentioning:
– PRIME IV imaging engine
– No AA filter
– Interchangeable Grips
– Wireless LAN
– near 100% field of view optical viewfinder
– 1080p HD video recording
– 4K Interval Movie mode
– 27-point autofocus system with the SAFOX 11 module

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