Pentax K-1 Mark II

Announced Feb 21, 2018 •
36 megapixels | 3.2 screen | Full frame sensor
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Announced Feb 21, 2018
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The Pentax K-1 Mark II updates Ricoh's full-frame DSLR with a new 'accelerator unit' preprocessor, which improves high ISO noise performance, boosting the top sensitivity to 819,200. As before, it features a 36.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor without an AA filter and is stabilized using Ricoh's SRII Shake Reduction system. This five-axis shake reduction system is capable of reducing camera shake with a compensation range of up to five shutter steps. SRII also allows the PENTAX K-1 to incorporate other features such as Pixel Shift Resolution, which effectively eliminates moiré without the need for an anti-aliasing filter, increasing sharpness and overall image quality. A new Dynamic Pixel Shift mode allows for handheld high-res photos by using the small movements of your hands to capture the four images that are combined.

The K-1 II continues to use the SAFOX 12 autofocus mechanism with 33 autofocus points, and a Flexible tilt LCD monitor which can be adjusted to the desired angle horizontally and vertically without deviating from the lens’s optical axis, making it easy to shoot at challenging angles. It also has the same Operation Assist Lights – compact 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.

Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 7360 x 4912
Effective pixels 36 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-819200
Lens mount Pentax KAF4
Focal length mult. 1×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,037,000
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 1010 g (2.23 lb / 35.63 oz)
Dimensions 137 x 110 x 86 mm (5.39 x 4.33 x 3.39)
GPS Built-in

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Our review

The Pentax K-1 II features a stabilized 36MP Full Frame sensor and one of the toughest-built bodies on the market. Jam-packed with unique features to aide those shooting under harsh conditions, we're big fans of its many control points and great ergonomics. However, its image quality offers no improvement over that of its predecessor. Its autofocus performance and video capabilities also lag greatly behind the competition.

Good for: Landscape and adventure shooters needing a camera as tough as they are. Still life and macro photographers.

Not so good for: Those wishing to photograph sports, action or active children. Video shooters. Those seeking an unobtrusive and/or light camera body.

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Pentax K-1 II sample gallery
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Pentax K-1 Mark II: Dynamic pixel shift samples
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