Ricoh announced the Pentax KP SLR camera. The newly designed camera body and measures 132 x 101 x 76 mm with a weight of 703 grams (battery included). The camera body build with lightweight magnesium alloy along with 67 sealing parts applied across the body, which provides a dustproof, weather-resistant structure, cold-proof performance at temperatures down to -10°C. Pentax KP price is $1,099 USD for Silver and Black color body only.
The heart of the KP is a new high sensitivity 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with no anti-aliasing filter. The image processor is the Prime IV, which guarantees continuous shots at 7 frames per second. Sensitivity extends from ISO 100 to ISO 819200. The mechanical shutter can be pushed up to 1/6000s and is also available with the an electronic shutter option in live-view to enable high-speed shooting up to 1/24000s.
The AF system uses SAFOX 11 module with 27 focus points, 25 of which are cross-type. Image stabilization is managed by the 5-Axis Shake Reduction System. The system uses a 5-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift (often generated in macro photography), roll (difficult to handle by lens-installed shake reduction mechanisms), as well as pitch and yaw. It comes with an AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter.
The second function is the Pixel Shift Resolution System. This system captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesizes them into a single composite image. Compared to the conventional Bayer system, in which each pixel has only a single color-data unit, this innovative system obtains all color data in each pixel to deliver super-high-resolution images with far more truthful colors and much finer details than those produced by conventional APS-C-sized image sensors.
Additionally, an optional accessory GPS module (O-GPS1 GPS unit), the PENTAX KP, simplifies astro-photography, making it possible to record stars as points of light rather than star trails during extremely long exposures.
The optical viewfinder offers 100 percent field of view and 0.95x magnification. On the back there is an LCD swivel display of 3.0-inches. The screen has a resolution of 921000 points. As for video recording, Pentax KP allows you to record in Full HD video at 60i or 30p format H.264. It also provides an external microphone, Micro USB 2.0 port and built-in Wi-Fi.
Pentax KP Price and Availability
Pentax KP will be shipped after 23rd February, 2017, it can be pre-ordered through Amazon store in Black and Silver color variants. The price is set at 1,099 USD for the camera body only.
Pentax KP Specifications
- Dimensions of 32 x 101 x 76 mm
- Weight of 703g
- Touch Screen TFT-LCD Tilt Display of 3 inches
- 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS Sensor
- Maximum resolution of 6000×4000 pixels
- PRIME IV Processor
- Auto ISO 100-819200
- Full HD recording 1920×1080 pixels @ 60 fps.
- SAFOX 11 27-Point AF Sensor
- Viewfinder coverage of 100%
- Shutter speed – Min. 30 sec. Max. 1/6000 sec
- Continuous Shooting Speed – 7.0 fps
- Connectivity of Wi-Fi, Micro-USB 2.0, Microphone port, mini HDMI port
- D-LI109 Battery up to 390 shots