Pentax KP Key Features:
Super-high-resolution images delivered by approximately 24.32 effective megapixels and super-high-sensitivity photography at a top sensitivity of ISO 819200
The PENTAX KP features a new-generation APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.32 effective megapixels to produce super-high-resolution images. By coupling this sensor with an AA-filter-free optical design, it optimises the image sensor’s imaging power to deliver well-defined images with true-to-life reproduction of gradation and texture. The combination of the PRIME IV imaging engine and a state-of-the-art accelerator unit, assures dependable, high-speed operation and highly effective noise reduction optimising image resolution and super-high-sensitivity performance. This allows the photographer to handhold it in snapshot photography of night scenes at the super-high sensitivity of ISO 819200.
Compact, portable body perfect for snapshots, with a weather-resistant structure for harsh outdoor shooting
After a thorough review of the camera’s internal structure, PENTAX designed a completely new body that was far more compact and slim than existing models to optimise the PENTAX KP’s performance, operability and portability. When combined with a compact, lightweight PENTAX-DA-series lens, it can be carried comfortably and effortlessly in a wide range of shooting situations, from casual snapshots to serious outdoor photography, for instance, while mountain climbing or trekking. Its front, back and bottom exterior panels are all made of durable, lightweight magnesium alloy. With 67 seals across the body, it provides a dustproof, weather-resistant structure, with outstanding cold-proof performance at temperatures down to -10°C. Thanks to these features, the PENTAX KP performs superbly and dependably in a range of adverse weather conditions or shooting locations, where rain , dust and freezing temperatures may be an issue.
A range of customisation features, including a replacement grip
The PENTAX KP provides a grip replacement system for an easy, quick change of grip to accommodate the photographer’s shooting style or when using a mounted lens. In addition to the standard Grip S, it offers a choice of two replacement grips (Grip M and Grip L). It also provides a variety of customisation functions to simplify and enhance camera operation, including Smart Function for speedy selection; easy setting of desired camera functions using the Fx (Function) and setting dials; and control panel customisation to change the panel’s layout to suit the photographer’s personal requirements.
PENTAX-original SR II five-axis shake-reduction system featuring the Pixel Shift Resolution System
(1) Built-in SR mechanism
Thanks to the built-in SR II shake reduction mechanism, the PENTAX KP effectively minimises camera shake and delivers sharp, blur-free images, even in situations where this could be an issue, including using a telephoto lens, shooting low-light scenes without flash illumination, or photographing scenes at sunset. In addition to more common camera shake caused by pitch and yaw, this five-axis mechanism also compensates for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift (often generated in macro photography) and camera shake caused by roll. It delivers a compensation effect of approximately five shutter steps CIPA standard compliant, smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mmF3.5-5.6ED AL [IF] DC WR f=135mm – a level equivalent to that of PENTAX’ flagship model – to expand the limits of hand-held photography. When taking a panning shot, this mechanism efficiently controls the SR unit to compensate for all external factors without requiring any switching action.
(2) Pixel Shift Resolution System
The PENTAX KP features the Pixel Shift Resolution System, the latest super-resolution technology, which captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesising them into a single composite image. Compared to the conventional Bayer system in which each pixel has only a single colour data unit, this innovative system obtains all colour data in each pixel to deliver super-high-resolution images with far more truthful colours and much finer details than those produced by conventional APS-C-sized image sensors. To make this system more usable with a wider range of scenes and subjects, the PENTAX KP also provides ON/OFF switching of the motion correction function, which automatically detects a moving object during continuous shooting and minimizes negative effects during the synthesising process.
(3) PENTAX-original AA filter simulator
By applying microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the sub-pixel level during image exposure, the PENTAX KP’s AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter. Unlike an optical AA filter, which always creates the identical result, this innovative simulator lets the user switch the AA filter effect on and off and adjust the level of the effect, making it possible to set the ideal effect for a particular scene or subject based on the prevailing photographic conditions.
Electronically controlled shutter unit for super-high-speed shooting at 1/24000 sec.
The PENTAX KP’s shutter unit combines a reliable mechanical shutter mechanism (with a top speed of 1/6000 second) with an electronically controlled shutter mechanism*. The electronic shutter mode provides a super-high shutter speed of 1/24000 second with reduced noise and vibration at shutter release, making it ideal for low-noise, low-vibration shooting in Live-view and mirror-up applications. The camera also provides a high-speed continuous shooting function with a top speed of seven images per second.
* In the electronic shutter mode, the camera’s SR II mechanism and AA filter simulator are inoperable. During high-speed continuous shooting, the subject may suffer some deformation.
Optical viewfinder with nearly 100% field of view
Within its compact body, the PENTAX KP incorporates a glass prism finder featuring the same optics and coatings as those used in higher-end models. With a nearly 100-percent field of view and magnification of approximately 0.95 times, it provides a wide, bright image field for easy focusing and framing.