Pentax K-1 Full Frame DSLR Camera Announced, Pre-order for $1,797

Today Pentax officially announced the new Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR camera and several other new products:

Sporting Pentax’s first full-frame digital image sensor, the K-1 DSLR Camera is a landmark release for the respected company, and makes sure to deliver on multiple fronts. Packing in a 36.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor and the advanced PRIME IV image processing engine, the K-mount camera will be able to capture detailed images with low noise at sensitivities up to an impressive 204800 ISO. In addition to stills, the K-1 is able to record Full HD 1080p video at up to 30 fps in either full-frame or APS-C crop modes as well as bolster audio quality by using the headphone and mic jacks. It also has advanced functions enabled by the Shake Reduction system, including a Super Resolution mode that composites multiple images together for maximum sharpness and resolution and an AstroTracer function that combines with the built-in GPS to minimize star trails during long exposures. The K-1 also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for image transfer and remote camera control.

The Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR camera is priced at $1,796.95 and according to Amazon, it will be released on on April 5, 2016.

Pre-order links:
Pentax K-1 Camera Body: $1,796.95 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

Pentax K-1 Features:

  • 36.4 effective MP, AA Filterless Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • Newly Designed Prime IV Engine
  • High Sensitivity 204,800 ISO
  • SRII five-axis Shake Reduction System
  • Pixel Shift Resolution System with motion correction function
  • Continuous shooting at 4.4fps
  • Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter Effect
  • 33 Point Auto-Focus System
  • SAFOX 12 Autofocus Module
  • Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder with 100% FOV
  • 4-point LED Illumination of critical camera functions
  • 3.2-inch Cross-Tilt LCD display
  • APS-C Crop Mode for maximum lens flexibility and compatibility
  • Built-in GPS and ASTRO TRACER Functions
  • Built-in Electronic Compass
  • Wi-Fi Camera Control and Image Transfer
  • Professional H.264 Full HD video
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Fully weather sealed
  • HDMI port

Specs:

Price
MSRP$1799/£1599 (body only)
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution7360 x 4912
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels36 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors37 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-204800
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes (3 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsBest, better, good
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (PEF/DNG)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points33
Lens mountPentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3.2
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture and shutter priority
  • Sensitivity priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash modesAuto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single Frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Remote Control, Bracketing, Mirror- up, Multi-Exposure, Interval Shooting, Interval Composite, Interval Movie Record, Star Stream
Continuous drive4.4 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionD-LI90 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)760
Weight (inc. batteries)1010 g (2.23 lb / 35.63 oz)
Dimensions137 x 110 x 86 mm (5.39 x 4.33 x 3.39)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (Still or video)
GPSBuiltIn

Pentax K-1 Images:

Press release:

Ricoh defines full-frame benchmark with new PENTAX full-frame DSLR offering

DENVER, Feb. 17, 2016 – Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the PENTAX K-1 full-frame digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. The K-1 combines the performance of a full-frame sensor with unique, user-friendly PENTAX technology and convenience features loved by professional and serious amateur photographers the world over.

The foundation of the PENTAX K-1 is its large, full-frame image sensor. This AA-filterless CMOS sensor with 36.4 effective megapixels sets the stage for ultimate creativity, facilitating super-high-resolution images rich in gradation and superb in high-sensitivity rendition.

Built around the full-frame sensor is a compact, high-performance weather-sealed and dustproof body with features only found in PENTAX cameras. “The K-1 is a blend of advanced, full-frame performance with the kind of features and advancements that PENTAX users have come to know and love,” said Jim Malcolm, president, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “As a result, the K-1 creates a solution for full-frame shooters that is unique in the industry.”

Within its compact body, the PENTAX K-1 features several advanced technologies that help the photographer to produce top results in a wide variety of challenging conditions. SR II Shake Reduction is a newly refined and highly sensitive five-axis shake-reduction system that is capable of reducing camera shake with a compensation range of up to five exposure steps, allowing photographers to freely move and compose – and to focus on their subjects, not the gear. SR II also facilitates other advanced PENTAX-unique features such as AA Filter Simulator, which effectively eliminates moiré effect without the need for an anti-aliasing filter, while increasing sharpness and overall image quality. Key to great autofocus performance on the K-1 is the new SAFOX 12 autofocus mechanism with 33 autofocus points, assuring fast and accurate autofocusing, even in the most demanding shooting situations. A newly-designed optical viewfinder equipped with the famous PENTAX Pentaprism boasts a bright, nearly 100-percent field of view.

In addition to a long list of technological advancements, the PENTAX K-1 also features a number of convenience features, making camera operation fast and easy. Designed to move in ways never before imagined is the new Flexible-tilt LCD monitor—a first for any DSLR camera. This rugged yet highly adjustable display can be positioned to the desired angle horizontally and vertically, making it easy to shoot at challenging angles. Other significant firsts include the K-1’s Operation Assist Lights – small, white LEDs that facilitate camera operation in low-light environments, making it easy to change lenses, swap memory cards and adjust back-of-camera controls, and a Smart Function dial that allows photographers to easy select frequently-used functions without going into the LCD menu.

Current PENTAX lens owners will appreciate that they can incorporate their APS-C lens collection into their new PENTAX K-1 full-frame camera kit by utilizing the K-1’s Crop Mode, which offers settings in-camera for either APS-C or Full-Frame sized shooting, regardless of the attached lens. There is also an “auto” mode that detects the lens type and sets the camera accordingly.

Upon launch, PENTAX is offering 12 full-frame compatible lenses, including two new models being announced concurrent with the K-1 camera: the HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm f.2.8 ultra-wide angle zoom lens and the HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 compact, lightweight zoom lens. (Note: separate news releases have been issued today to provide details on each lens).

Pricing and Availability

The PENTAX K-1 camera will be available April 2016 at www.ricohimaging.com and retail outlets nationwide for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,799.95.