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The Pentax K-1 Mark II is a unique DSLR to review. In many aspects we regard as crucial when testing, like autofocus performance and video capabilities, it lags behind the competition. But it's got a tried and true 36MP full-frame sensor, offers great ergonomics, is seriously weather-sealed and has a ton of cool features not found on other cameras.
Unfortunately, the K-1 II's image quality takes a hit compared to its predecessor due to forced noise reduction in Raw files resulting in less overall detail. At base ISO, there's no real difference, but as the ISO increases detail loss becomes increasingly noticeable. We've reached out to Pentax about the possibility that this might be remedied via firmware. For now, astrophotographers in particular may want to avoid this camera since the baked-in Raw noise reduction may affect the rendition of starry skies at higher ISOs.
The K-1 II's image quality takes a hit compared to its predecessor
Subject tracking during autofocus is improved though - the original K-1 utterly failed in this regard - but ultimately it's still too sluggish and unreliable for us to recommend. Similarly, the new hand-held Pixel Shift mode, which creates in-camera Super Resolution images by stacking four files, offers some image quality advantage over a standalone file, but it can also result in unwanted artifacts you can avoid by creating super-resolution files yourself.
|Thanks to in-body stablization - a feature rarely offered by DSLRs - this shot could be hand-held at 1/10 sec without any shake. Edited to taste in ACR.
ISO 800 | 1/10 sec | F2.8 | Pentax 55mm F1.4
We reviewed the K-1 two years ago and it scored an 84%. Since that time, our expectations of what a camera at this price point should be capable of have evolved. That fact, coupled with noise reduction's disappointing impact on Raw image quality has resulted in the K-1 II having a lower score than its predecessor. Ultimately, if you're interested in the K-1 II, the Pentax K-1 may actually be a better choice. The K-1 is still a good option for static-subject shooters wanting a high-resolution sensor wrapped in a supremely rugged body, but for those wishing to point their camera at moving subjects, or wanting to capture decent video, a lot of other cameras would serve you better.
We make sure that cameras change hands many times over the course of a review because, as a staff, we all have different photographic backgrounds and approach photography in different ways. Here's what some other members of the staff thought about the Pentax K-1 II.
|Edited to taste in ACR.
ISO 125 | 1/320 sec | F5.6 | Pentax 24-70mm F2.8 at 70mm
Earlier in the review we examined how the Pentax K-1 II stacks up in terms of specification, against some of its similar priced full-frame competitors. Below we've dug a little deeper and compared those same models to the K-1 II, based on our studio testing.
Pentax K-1 The K-1 II offers some small advantages over the original K-1, like slightly more reliable AF Tracking and a hand-held Pixel Shift mode that is mediocre at best. But the original K-1 has better image quality at higher ISO values, which is why we recommend it over the K-1 II. You'll still get all the most important camera features found in the K-1 II, like the original Pixel Shift mode, as well as a tough-built, weather-sealed body.
Sony a7 III In terms of image quality performance, the K-1 II has a higher-res sensor, giving its Raw files an advantage at base ISO, but Sony Raw files don't force noise reduction at higher ISO values. Sony also has much more detailed JPEGs. Performance-wise, the a7 III absolutely smokes the K-1 II, with far superior AF reliability and coverage, a faster burst rate and better battery life. The Sony also shoots excellent quality 4K video, compared to mediocre 1080p on the Pentax. Additionally, the Sony offers tons of movie making tools including reliable video AF. In terms of build, the K-1 II is bulkier than the a7 III but better weather-sealed. Taken as a whole though, the a7 III is a much more well-rounded camera.
Nikon D750 Again, due to its higher-res sensor, the K-1 II produces better base ISO Raw files, but Nikon Raw files look better at higher ISO sensitivity settings. And while the Nikon's AF points cover only a bit more of the frame, 3D Tracking on the D750 is solid as a rock. The Nikon also has a faster burst rate and better battery life. Video resolution is capped at 1080p on both cameras but the D750 can shoot decent-looking 1080/60p. And while both cameras offer exceptional build quality and great weather-sealing, the Nikon is 3/4's the weight of the Pentax. That said, the K-1 II does have sensor shift, giving it a stabilization and Pixel Shift advantage over the D750.
Nikon D850 The D850 has a higher-resolution sensor and is much pricier than the K-1 II, but the Pentax offers Raw detail nearly as good as the Nikon at base ISO. However, the detail similarities slip away as the ISO increases. In terms of JPEGs, AF, video, battery life... the D850's got the K-1 II beat, which is why it remains the high-res full-frame champ, for now. Still, the D850 lacks a stabilized sensor, and doesn't offer an equivalent to the K-1 II's Pixel Shift mode.
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category. Click here to learn about the changes to our scoring system and what these numbers mean.
Pentax K-1 Mark II
Category: Mid Range Full Frame Camera
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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.
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One of the most keenly-awaited lenses for a while, the new Pentax D FA* 50mm F1.4 is finally here, and we've been using it for a few days. In this article, we're updating our initial impressions on the basis of our recent shooting with the K-1 II.
After noting errors in our K-1 Mark II studio scene, we've re-shot both that camera and its predecessor. DPReview's Reviews Editor, Carey Rose, has the background on what happened.
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