The Pentax K-1 is the often rumored, long desired, oh my god it’s really actually for realsies really here Pentax full frame DSLR camera.
It’s got a 36.2 megapixel Sony sensor, with no AA filter.
It is the first ever full frame DSLR with 5 axis in body image stabilization, which is rated for 5 stops, and it uses that sensor stabilization system to do some cool things.
The first is the AA filter simulator.
Second is the ultra high color resolution images with Pentax’s multi shot pixel shift resolution mode.
And with the built in GPS you can also use the astrotracer function, which moves the sensor with the earth’s rotation to eliminate star trails when taking photos of the night sky.
Ricoh also finally increased the flash sync speed, going up from 1/180 to a sync speed of 1/200.
And the K-1 has built in wi-fi.
Being a K mount camera, you can use any and all existing K mount lenses including the new 15-30mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm f2.8 lenses, all legacy manual focus K mount lenses, and all of Pentax’s existing DA lenses for their APS-C DSLRs.
When using the DA lenses, the K-1 will shoot in crop mode with a resolution of 15 megapixels.
The ISO ranges from 100 to 204,800
It’s got a fully and uniquely articulating LCD screen that you can pull and twist out just about any which way you please, and as a Pentax it’s built like a tank with loads of weather sealing.
It shoots 4.4 frames per second for up to 17 RAW photos in full frame burst mode.
If you’re shooting in crop mode that jumps up to 6.5 frames per second for up to 50 RAW photos.,
It has 33 auto focus points, 25 of which are cross type, shoots 1080p video up to 30 frames per second, and sells for $1800.
As usual, Ricoh has created an incredibly capable camera and priced at an incredibly reasonable price.
Your camera is an amazing tool, but it’s no good to you if you don’t know how to use it!
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