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Pentax KP : Specifications and Opinions




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The Pentax KP is a reflex camera with APS-C (1.5x) sensor and 24 megapixels manufactured from 2017. The range of sensitivities, including ISO extension, is 100 - 819200 ISO and it has a continuous shooting (burst mode) of 7 FPS x 8 RAW, 28 JPEG. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 759 €;
25 users have given it an average vote of 9.6 out of 10


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 Sensor
 Format   APS-C, 23.5 x 15.7 mm (image ratio 3:2, crop factor 1.5x in comparison with FF)
 Resolution   24 megapixel
 ISO sensitivities   100 - 819200
 File formats   JPEG, RAW

 Esposure
 Shutter speeds   30" - 1/24000
 Exp. compensation   +/- 5 stops at 1/3 steps
 Exp. modes   M, S, A, P
 Metering modes   Multi-Area, Semi-Spot, Spot

 Features
 Mount   Pentax K (click here to view al compatible lenses)
 Stabilization   Yes
 Autofocus (AF areas)   27
 Continuos shooting (with autofocus)   7 FPS x 8 RAW, 28 JPEG
 Continuos shooting (without autofocus)   7 FPS x 8 RAW, 28 JPEG
 Live View   Yes
 MLU/SS   Yes, Mirrok Lock Up
 Dust reduction   Yes
 Video mode   1920x1080p @ 30 FPS
 WiFi   Yes
 GPS   No
 USB   USB 2.0

 Built and notes
 Touchscreen   Yes
 LCD   3.0", 640 x 480 pixels, articulated
 Viewfinder   Optical, coverage 100%, 0.95x
 Flash   Yes, guide number 6 meters
 Storage   SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)
 Storage, Slot 2   not available
 Shutter   Mechanical and electronic
 Battery   Li-Ion (Pentax D-LI109, capacity 7.78 Wh)
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   703 g
 Dimensions   132 x 101 x 76 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on August 23, 2019

Pros: Construction, tropicalization, high quality files, high ISO hold, dynamic range, replaceable grips, vintage look.

Cons: AF improveable, battery life.

Opinion: This machine is crazy when combined with quality lenses, such as the FF Pentax and Limited. Sony's 24-megapixel sensor (not backlit, a boon for high ISOs), is really a bomb paired with the Pentax processor. Overall I can only say that this reflex has been and is really underrated, thanks Pentax for this product. I have owned this machine for about 2 years, I also made some comparisons with other machines like the Sony A7III of a friend of mine... what to say, up to 3200 ISO there are no discernible differences, besides I don't know, we haven't tried. I have used it in many fields and, apart from the add-on AF and battery, I am fully convinced that this medium is a great choice (considering the current price) for many people looking for compactness and performance without giving up the mirror. Today's market has changed a lot but I am sure that Pentax will keep its philosophy while keeping up with the times.

avatarjunior
sent on August 05, 2019

Pros: Low noise level, good white balance, wide dynamic range, good ergonomics, reduced weight and footprint

Cons: Small, low-resolution display, ineffective automatic white balance for artificial light, short battery life, shutter with reduced life cycle, strong built-in flash limitation

Opinion: I have been moving from Pentax k-3 to KP for a few months now and have seen sharp improvements in image quality in terms of a wider dynamic range and medium iso noise level (640). Generally, compared to the K-3, I receive a gain, in terms of lower noise level, of 1.5/2 stop. Commendable!!! With the K-3 I just shot no more than Iso 800 (receiving, however, a considerable level of noise) while, instead, with the KP I push myself up to Iso 1600 getting good results. The noise level content, for example, at Iso 1600 results in a slight loss of detail operated by the co-processor or as Ricoh defines acceleration unit that also allows to extend the sensitivity field up to ISO 819200. It seems, however, that the noise reduction operated by the co-processor is not deactivated and also has an effect on the RAW. That's why some photographers aren't very happy with that. I have not found reliable the automatic white-balance system so I recommend manually setting the artificial light if the relevant condition occurs as the system itself always fails to automatically individually adjust the correct start. If set well the white balance yield is good though a little warmer than the K-3. Good presence of an electronic shutter that, unfortunately, is of type "Rolling shutter" and not "global" thus creating distortions for objects/subjects in rapid motion. Unlike the K-3, this new camera uses a shutter with a life cycle reduced to 100,000 cycles. In my opinion, a high number of shutter cycles is synonymous with greater robustness/reliability of the hardware component. The orientable display is comfortable but smaller and at a lower resolution than the K-3. The camera is full of customizable controls and is really very compact and lightweight. The battery lasts almost half as long as the K-3 but there are some upgraded specimens on the market or at least you can opt for the battery grip which, however, renders the compactness/weight of the camera in vain. The built-in flash has 2 strong limitations in occasional use: 1. has a very limited driving number (half of the K-3); 2. The light is concentrated in the center so the background of the photos is purely dark. In fact looking at the size of the lamp, the latter is tiny and very short. Unfortunately, Dxomark no longer tests Pentax cameras, so KP's performance is not on its website. Those who wish to investigate further can, however, find the performance measurements on the following independent website: http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/RN_ADU.htm#Pentax%20K-3_14,Pentax%20KP_14

avatarjunior
sent on April 20, 2019

Pros: Build Quality, RAW file quality, AF, very customizable

Cons: Battery in some cases

Opinion: I Have the KP for a few months but I'm using it almost every day. Once you have made the habit of all the commands that it makes available (one wheel per ISO, one for diaphragms and one for the times for example) is practically perfect. Outstanding RAW Quality. The shadows are recovered very easily and the noise is practically never excessive. It becomes more than 12 thousand ISO (difficult to ask for better at the moment). The pixel shift function returns files from over 100 MB (huge chance of being machined). Only downside the battery. The duration is not great. It Allows you to arrive quietly until the evening in normal conditions, but if you have some extraordinary session it is advisable to get a spare battery (or to equip the KP of battery grip).

avatarjunior
sent on April 08, 2019

Pros: The file quality at high ISO, the workability of files in postproduction especially with regard to light and shadow recovery.

Cons: The menu, the orientable screen, the Live View function, usability in general.

Opinion: I'm a negotia and I've been coming from Fujifilm for three years (X-T1 and X-T2); I enjoy taking mostly people on the street or in any case I shoot mainly photos where the person, as a main or secondary subject, should never miss. My judgment is influenced by an instinctive comparison between the two brands and a general incompinence in the field of photography. I've also owned this machine for about a month, which means I'm going to integrate my observations as I have something relevant to report. The following are the very first impressions on KP. Personally and at least for now, I think the usability of this reflex is more complex and laborious than I felt when I used mirrorless. The menu is too articulate, several functions are redundant and several others do not change the quality of the files (in Fuji instead, at least small diffrenze I always noticed). KP washers don't make usability easier. The orientable screen does not return as sharp and bright images as in Fuji and, compared to this, is not even suitable for "uncomfortable" photography or from alternative points of view. The Live View feature, at least as far as I'm concerned, is a drama. Whereas in Fujifilm this option not only did not give the feeling of general slowdown of the machine, but allowed both screen and viewfinder to have "the wrist" of the image that would be taken with the parameters set, in the KP happens exactly otherwise. In the Pentax to get an immediate feedback on the photo of the parameters set (extremely useful activity for us amateurs), there is no electronic viewfinder, you have to select that function and look on the screen, but put into account an unpleasant (and real) feeling of "impact" and slowing down the digital. It is a function that I do not have the pleasure of using, in short, and this I do not think is a positive factor if this judgment is shared with other KP owners. Where Pentax not only regains credibility, but dominates Fujifilm (I can't say the same for other brands, but the context may not be different) is the workability of the files and their recovery. It seems that Lightroom enjoys working those files and knows how to pull out everything that is hidden inside without appreciable alterations. For now I have accidentally taken some photos up to 12800 ISO: vivid resurrected lights and total absence of distortions that made Fuji's files hate in the light and shadow recovery. The Luminance slider barely touches, but with photos up to 6400 it may not be touched at all. I do not enter any votes because I do not yet have objective elements to judge the machine as a whole, always from beginner level of course; in a few months I will. For now I can say that switching from a mirrorless to a reflex, the differences seem important to me. At least for now I do not regret this passage, in reference to the type of photography I like to do, although I regret the usability of Fujifilm.

avatarjunior
sent on January 23, 2019

Pros: Almost everything

Cons: What is the point of the K3?

Opinion: Without prejudice to the excellent quality and definition of the images that gives a twist even to full format, I do not understand this type of operation, since compared to the K3 second series there is only the viewer partially orientable and few other differences that However they could have been easily studied on the K3, without those evolutions on the video side that perhaps were expected. In short, as for Nikon with the D3500 (however, a toy compared to Kp) it is a facelift, while the quality of the sensor and the computer hardware that accompanies it, would perhaps have deserved much more, for example the transformation of the machine into a Mirrorless (technically it is quite simple, not to say trivial, even if it is presented by the builders as a revolutionary thing to increase prices). She would have been the absolute best in her segment.




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HI RES 24.1 MP

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HI RES 24.1 MP

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