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Pentax KP

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User ratings:
35
3.9 out of 5
35 user ratings
5 stars
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4 stars
37 %
3 stars
31 %
2 stars
2 %
1 stars
0 %
Consumer ratings:
4.2 / 5
Editorial reviews:
21
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3.9 out of 5
9 user ratings
5 stars
22 %
4 stars
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3 stars
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2 stars
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Pros

  • JPEGs are quite good
  • distinctive looks and improved image quality
  • a good improvement in the camera products

Cons

  • they are not cameras marketed for the same type of user
  • it lacks in C-AF and not being weather sealed
  • Your digital negative knowledge is disappointing

Key specs

  • CMOS
  • Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
  • 23.5x15.6 mm
  • 24 Mpx
  • 6016, 4000 px
  • Pentax KAF2
  • Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Selective, Single Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus
  • 3 in
  • no

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Pentax KP - Pros & Cons

Pentax KP

Pros

  • JPEGs are quite good
  • distinctive looks and improved image quality
  • a good improvement in the camera products
  • awesome looking
  • very well designed system
  • the review is overall nicely done and a pleasure to read
  • IQ is truly stunning
  • This camera is very well thought of and executed
  • it looks great
  • almost as good as the K1
  • the menus clear and easy to understand

Cons

  • they are not cameras marketed for the same type of user
  • it lacks in C-AF and not being weather sealed
  • Your digital negative knowledge is disappointing
  • meager battery life would be solved
  • tilting screen and weak built in flash
  • The screen is not a touchscreen
  • viewfinder doesn't protrude very far from the back of the camera
  • Battery life is poor
  • The camera is also heavier than all of these cameras
  • directly customisable like a function button
  • a histogram is still conspicuous by its absence

Pentax KP - Technical Overview

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IconScreen size
3 in
Best:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710
Screen size: 6.7 in
IconISO maximum
819200
Best:
Pentax KP
ISO maximum: 819200
IconEffective pixels
24 Mpx
Best:
Hasselblad H6D-100c
Effective pixels: 100 Mpx
IconMax resolution
6016 x 4000 px
Best:
Leica M11
Max resolution: 9528 x 6328 px

Pentax - Video Reviews (9)

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Pentax KP - Full Specifications

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Sensor
Sensor typeCMOS
Image sensor format
Advanced Photo System type-C
Sensor size0.93 in
Sensor photo detectors25.0 Mpx
Effective pixels24.0 Mpx
Image ratio w:h3:2
Max resolution6016 x 4000 px
Other resolutions
  • 4608x3072
  • 3072x2048
  • 1920x1280
ProcessorPRIME IV
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Optics and focus
Lens mountPentax KAF2
Magnification (Crop factor)1.5 x
Minimum aperture32
AF assist (auto-focus assist light)Lamp
Focus adjustmentAuto
Contrast autofocusyes
Contrast adjustmentyes
Saturation adjustmentyes
Brightness adjustmentyes
Autofocus in recording modeyes
Focal length multiplier1.5x
Autofocus
  • Centre weighted Auto Focus
  • Continuous Auto Focus
  • Contrast Detection Auto Focus
  • Multi Point Auto Focus
  • Selective
  • Single Auto Focus
  • Spot Auto Focus
Manual focusyes
Number of focus points27
Max number of AF points (incl. assistant)27
Image stabiliserBuilt-in
Filter diameter2.28 in
Phase detection autofocusyes
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Photography features
Shooting modes
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Shutter priority
Camera shutter type
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical
Minimum shutter speed30.0 s
Maximum shutter speed1.0 s
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/24000 sec
Shutter priorityyes
Aperture priorityyes
Manual exposure modeyes
Number of exposures2
Exposure compensation plus5
Exposure compensation minus-5
Expousure compensation steps
  • 1/3
  • 1/2
Continuous shootingyes
Self-timer delay
  • 2
  • 12
AE frames
  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
WB BracketingYes
Flash sync speed1/180s
Built-in flashyes
Flash range6
Flash modes
  • Auto
  • Flash ON
  • Manual
  • Redeye Reduction
  • Slow Sync
External flash connectionHot shoe
Flash metering systemP-TTL
External flashyes
Continuous drive7.0 fps
Scene modes
  • Beach
  • Landscape
  • Portrait
Self-timeryes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Manual settingsyes
Self-timer options
  • 2
  • 12
Speed (JPEG)7.0 fps
Speed (RAW)7.0 fps
Exposure bracketing0.3 - 0.5±EV
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Audio features
Built-in microphoneyes
Microphone typeStereo
Speaker typeMono
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Dimensions
Weight22.68 oz
Width5.18 in
Height3.98 in
Depth2.99 in
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Power
Power source typeBattery
Battery life (CIPA)420
Battery technology
Lithium-Ion
Number of batteries supported1
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Other features
Timelapse recordingyes
GPSno
Orientation sensoryes
Languages supportMulti
Image editing modes
  • Crop
  • Resizing
  • Rotating
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Image
ISO
  • 100
  • 200
  • 400
  • 800
  • 1600
  • 3200
  • 6400
  • 12800
  • 25600
  • 51200
  • 102400
  • 409600
  • 819200
  • Auto
ISO minimum100
ISO maximum819200
Maximum image resolution6016 x 4000 px
White balance presets9
White balance modes
  • Auto
  • Cloudy
  • Daylight
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Tungsten
Custom white balanceyes
Supported image file formats
  • DNG
  • JPEG
  • JPG
  • RAW
Photo effectsBlack&White
Image stabilizeryes
Image stabilization typeSensor-shift
Image stabilization axis5-axis
Uncompressed formatRAW
HDRyes
AEB/HDR supportyes
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Screen and viewfinder
Screen size3.0 in
Articulated LCDyes
Screen technologyLCD
Display aspect ratio3:2
Screen dots921000
Touch screenno
Field of view100.0 %
Live viewyes
ViewfinderOptical
Viewfinder coverage100.0 %
Viewfinder magnification0.95 x
Dioptre correctionyes
Diopter adjustment (D-D)-2.5 - 1.5
Separate info displayno
Flip-out screenyes
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Videography features
Maximum resolution1920 x 1080 px
Video recordingyes
Recording resolutions
  • 1280 x 720
  • 1920 x 1080
HD typeFull HD
Supported video file formats
  • AVC
  • H.264
  • MOV
  • MPEG-4
Max resolution (highest frame rate)1280 x 720
Max frame rate (highest resolution)30.0 fps
Max frame rate (regardless of res.)60.0 fps
Motion JPEG frame rate60.0 fps
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Design
Body typeSLR
Body materialAluminum-magnesium
Colour of product
  • Black
  • Black,Silver
Anti-dust systemyes
Environmentally sealedyes
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Storage
Compatible memory cards
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
Memory slots1
Storage types
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
Camera file system
  • DCF 2.0
  • Exif 2.3
  • RAW
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Connectivity
HDMIno
USB portyes
USB connector typeMini-USB B
USB version2.0
Headphone portno
Microphone portyes
WirelessBuilt-In
Supported WiFi types
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n
Remote controlyes
NFCno
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)yes
Bluetoothno
Firewireno

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Pentax KP Pentax - Editorial Reviews (21)

3.9
Based on 21 reviews
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Pentax KP Pentax KP DSLR coming
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Photo Review
Published: 30.01.2017
Pentax KP DSLR coming

Ricoh Imaging's recently-announced Pentax KP DSLR camera will be available for pre-ordering in Australia today.

Pentax KP Sizing up Pentax's latest DSLR
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The Straits Times
Published: 08.03.2017
Sizing up Pentax's latest DSLR

One of the advantages of mirrorless cameras is their compact size. But what if a DSLR camera is about the size of a mirrorless camera? Enter the Pentax KP.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Pentax KP Pentax KP review
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digitalcameraworld
Published: 23.11.2019
Pentax KP review
3.0

It’s another interesting 24-megapixel SLR from Pentax, but what does the Pentax KP have that the cheaper K-70 doesn’t?

Pentax KP Photo Gear of the Year: We Team Up with TIPA to Pick the Best Photo Products of 2017
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Shutterbug
Published: 24.01.2018
Photo Gear of the Year: We Team Up with TIPA to Pick the Best Photo Products of 2017

Shutterbug, a member of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), once again joined forces with 30 other member magazines from around the world to choose the winners of the annual TIPA Awards for the best photo/imaging products in 40 different categories. The award process began in early 2017 with an initial selection of a wide range of products conducted by TIPA’s Technical Committee, on which Shutterbug’s Editor-at-Large George Schaub serves.

Pentax KP Best cameras under $1500
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DPReview
Published: 20.10.2020
Best cameras under $1500

What’s the best camera for under $1500? These midrange cameras should have capable autofocus systems, lots of direct controls and the latest sensors offering great image quality. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing less than $1500 and recommended the best.

Pentax KP 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200
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DPReview
Published: 02.06.2017
2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200

In the $900-$1200 price range you'll find both mirrorless and DSLR cameras that are highly capable, offer built-in high-spec viewfinders and a bevy of external controls. Find out which models we like best in our updated roundup.

Pentax KP Pentax KP Review
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Imaging Resource
Published: 25.01.2017
Pentax KP Review

The compact Pentax KP APS-C DSLR sports changeable grips and a jaw-dropping max ISO of 819200! See our Pentax KP review for all the details.

Pentax KP Pentax KP DSLR Review
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Published: 20.09.2017
Pentax KP DSLR Review

The Pentax KP is a DSLR system with a 24MP APS-C-sized sensor. The camera offers many unusual, advanced features and very good handling. (Editor’s Note: Lab Review lab tests and comments are supplied by BetterNet, Shutterbug’s TIPA-affiliated testing lab and edited by George Schaub. TIPA is a worldwide association of photo and imaging magazines.)

Pentax KP Pentax KP Review | Photography Blog
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Published: 16.03.2017
Pentax KP Review | Photography Blog
4.5

The Pentax KP is a new prosumer DSLR camera that inherits a lot of pro-level features from the flagship K-1 camera. The 24 megapixel KP is fully weatherproof, offers a tilting LCD screen, 5-axis image stabilisation, 7fps continuous shooting, a 27-point AF system, an optical viewfinder with nearly 100% frame coverage and a staggering ISO range of 100-819,200. Read the World's first in-depth Pentax KP review now...

Pentax KP Pentax KP
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Published: 17.06.2017
Pentax KP
4.0

Is Pentax's low-light loving contender a DSLR dark horse?

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Published: 16.06.2017
Pentax KP
4.0

Is Pentax's low-light loving contender a DSLR dark horse?

Pentax KP Camera Review: Hands-On With Pentax's KP DSLR | PDN Online
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PDN Online
Published: 13.09.2017
Camera Review: Hands-On With Pentax's KP DSLR | PDN Online

This weatherproof DSLR is compact, yet packs a high resolution mode, excellent image stabilization and more.

Pentax KP Pentax KP Review | Photography Blog
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Published: 16.03.2017
Pentax KP Review | Photography Blog
4.5

Expert review of the Pentax KP camera with sample photos, test shots, videos and more.

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Is Pentax's low-light loving contender a DSLR dark horse?

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