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Mark Peters : April 8th 2016 - 09:30 CET

Pentax K-1 full-frame camera


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PentaxPentax 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera : What’s the best digital camera for a photographer? Throughout more than 50 years as a leading SLR camera manufacturer, Pentax has always thought very seriously about this question, and developed the original technologies to provide good answers. It’s a history of never-ending innovation and evolution. Based on its experiences and expertise accumulated over these years, Pentax now has the final answer: a new 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera named Pentax K-1. Proudly carrying the number “1” in its name, the K-1 reigns as the flagship of the acclaimed Pentax K series. True to its number-1 naming, the Pentax K-1 signifies the arrival of a new era in 35mm full-frame digital SLR cameras.
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Pentax K-1
While inheriting Pentax’s traditional compact, durable body design, the K-1 adds essential values to the 35mm full-frame format, including state-of-the-art high-resolution technologies drawn from Pentax’s development of medium-format models, an array of exclusive shooting features, and remarkable environmental adaptability in the field. The Pentax K-1 incorporates a newly developed 35mm full-frame CMOS image sensor, one that assures the highest image quality to be found in the K-mount SLR series. Thanks to its large imaging area and wide pixel pitch, this high-pixel sensor delivers lively, true-to-life images with rich gradation and minimal noise. Its shallow depth of field allows you to control the sense of depth and bokeh (defocused) effect at will.

Pentax full-frame camera

Pentax full frame cameras
Thanks to its approximately 36.4 effective megapixels, the K-1 delivers breathtaking, true-to-life images- the kind that will seize the viewer’s imagination. Its exceptional resolving power captures each leaf of a distant tree or every drop of a spray in the finest detail. Since it provides image data large enough to produce a brilliant A2-size print (at 300dpi), the photographer is assured of great flexibility in image composition, either by cropping the image during shooting, or trimming the captured image during processing. By processing large volumes of data with its 14-bit image-processing system, the full frame K-1 delivers beautiful, rich-gradation images. An optical AA (anti-aliasing) filter will affect the camera’s image resolving power, even though it will help reduce moiré and false color. The K-1 incorporates an AA-filter-free design to optimize the image resolving power of its high-pixel image sensor.

K-1

Noise-resistance performance
The Pentax K-1 full-frame camera features a newly designed PRIME IV imaging engine. Compared with the previous PRIME III version, it is fine-tuned to process higher-resolution images, while boosting the operating frequency by nearly 50%. Its noise-processing algorithm has also been upgraded to capture beautiful, fine-gradation images at higher sensitivities. A combination of an advanced scene analysis system and new image-processing functions helps improve the accuracy and reliability of image reproduction. By taking full advantage of the image sensor excelled in noise-resistance performance and the PRIME IV imaging engine, the K-1 provides a top sensitivity of ISO 204800 (at standard output sensitivity). This not only delivers high-resolution images free of tone jumps and graininess at high-sensitivity settings, but also improves image quality in the low-sensitivity range. Since the K-1 allows you to raise the sensitivity level to capture images equal in image quality to those taken at lower sensitivities, it expands the boundaries of photographic expression.

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Pentax Pixel Shift Resolution System
Reinforced with the SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, the K-1’s Pixel Shift Resolution System captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesizes them into a single, super-high-resolution composite image. Compared to the conventional Bayer system, this innovative system obtains all RGB color data in each pixel to deliver beautiful images with far more truthful colors and much finer details, without any hint of false color. This system also reduces high-sensitivity noise to a minimum. The difference in image quality is evident at a glance, even without magnifying the captured image on a computer screen or producing a large-size print. Images captured by the Pixel Shift Resolution System can be saved as RAW-format files. You can developed these files within the camera body while adjusting various parameters or turning the Pixel Shift Resolution effect on and off to create a new image.

Flexible LCD monitor

Flexible LCD monitor
Aiming at aligning the photographer’s line of sight precisely with the camera’s optical axis while providing a flexible angle adjustment, Pentax has designed an ideal LCD monitor for the K-1 by creating an innovative mechanism that supports the monitor with four stays. This monitor has reached two difficult goals that conventional monitors have failed to attain: no deviation from the optical axis; and unrestricted tilt in all directions, horizontally or vertically. You can even tilt it up to a nearly 90-degree angle for low-angle and waist-level photography. The K-1’s Air Gapless LCD monitor uses a special resin layer applied between the protective panel and the LCD screen to effectively cut down internal reflections. Coupled with the Outdoor View Setting function, it assures excellent visibility even under bright sunshine.

Pentax K-1 camera

Pentax K-1 technical specifications
• 36.4 megapixels, 35mm full-frame format CMOS sensor
• 5 axis, 5 shutter step built-in SR mechanism
• Pixels Shift Resolution technology
• ISO 204800 / AA Filter Simulator
• Newly developed image engine, PRIME IV
• Flexible Tilt Type LCD monitor
• Built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, AstroTracer
• Dustproof, weather-resistant, -10℃ cold-resistant
• New AF system, SAFOX 12




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