In the lineup Pentax until recently, there were a lot: miniature buttercake Q, and a broad range DSLRs APS-C format, and even medium format, but full frame was not, though fans of the brand were waiting for him long and hard. The first rumors about the impending camera began to run on the Network 2 years ago: at the same time on full frame hinted at and in the local office of the company, while not disclosing details. And finally, in 2016, Pentax introduced the K-1 that will compete with

cameras like Canon EOS 5DS R Nikon D810 and Sony Alpha A7R II, but the cost will traditionally lower.

In addition to more attractive price for the K-1 there are a number of interesting features. There is a built in camera stabilizer, and it is not easy, and patieny what competing DSLRs no; frame by panning and tilting the matrix, and an automatic correction of the horizon line. In addition, there is a very interesting feature to improve the sharpness Pixel Shift Resolution, which we explain in more detail below. Not without built-in GPS modules and Wi-Fi. At first glance, the proposal looks very interesting – look like in practice.


Pentax K-1
Image sensor CMOS sensor size of 35.9 × 24.0 mm, 36,77 MP
Effective number of pixels, MP 36,4
The format for saving images A photo frame: JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H. 264 (MOV), Motion JPEG (AVI) for interval movie mode
Frame size in pixels The photo: 35mm Full Frame: 7360 × 4912, 5760 × 3840, 4224 × 2816, 1920 × 1280;
APS-C: 4800 × 3200, 4224 × 2816, 3456 × 2304, 1920 × 1280;
Video : 1920 × 1080, 1280 × 720
Sensitivity, units in ISO-equivalent Auto, manual setting: ISO100—800 204 (with a step of 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV)
The shutter speed range, seconds 1/8000—30;
sync speed shutter for flash: 1/200
Metering modes TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with a resolution of 86,000 pixels;
multi-segment, center-weighted and spot
Compensation From -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 EV
Built-in flash No
Self-timer, 2, 12
The storage device Two memory card type SD (UHS-I)
LCD display 8.0 cm (3.2 inches), resolution 1037 thousand points, free tilt in all planes
Viewfinder On the basis of pentaprism with eyepiece and diopter correction;
frame coverage – 100%;
magnification 0.7 x
Interfaces USB 2.0 (micro-B), Mini-HDMI (type D) connector for power supply from the network adapter, a connector for the shutter release cable, connector X-sync to synchronize external flash, mini-jack (3.5 mm Jack) for external stereo microphone, a headphone Jack.
Additionally GPS, compass, Wi-Fi, the “astrovid”
Food Li-ion battery D-Li90, 14 WH
Dimensions, mm 136,5 × 110 × 85,5
Weight, g 1010 (with battery and memory card but without body cap and cap accessory Shoe)
Current price 160 000 rubles (version body without lens)

The package

Full boxed samples include Li-ion battery D-LI90, battery charger D-BC90, power cord, strap O-ST162, Eyecup FT (30128), the cover on the viewfinder, cover on the mounting hot Shoe, plugs into the mount, 2P sync and for contacts of the battery pack and software CD, Russian manual and warranty card.

Appearance and usability

In the design of the Pentax K-1 developers looked simultaneously in the direction of srednevasanta 645Z, and a top side of the crop SLR, the K-3. Dimensions by the standards of full-frame DSLRs, the K-1 is relatively small, a cross between Nikon D810 and Sony Alpha 7R. II. But full-frame Pentax weighs a lot – 1010 grams with battery. All competitors weigh less: Nikon D810 – 880 grams, the Canon 5DS R – 930 grams, the Sony Alpha 7R II – 625 grams. The design of the case, of course, the active use of magnesium, which is a mandatory component of the housing of any modern camera is more expensive than 1 000-1 500 USD. Except for the chassis from metal and magnesium body panels, the housing is provided with a mass of rubber gaskets and plugs, so not afraid to spray and rain. Of course, the last statement is true only if you use all-weather series lenses WR.


The build quality is high, without any obvious blunders, which, however, long been the norm for most DSLRs. By the way, the camera is assembled in the Philippines, but the kit lens in Japan.

It is worth to briefly run through the main unique features of the case: the display which can rotate in any direction; three control dial + extra disk array settings to be modified. And here is an additional segment display is extremely small and displays a small number of parameters.


Front is a lens mount, the front control dial, a lamp the AF-assist illuminator and receiver window signals the IR remote control. Most of the back surface there is a display, on which there are key transition mode LiveView and select the metering mode and the viewfinder. The right side is the second control dial, key lock auto focus and auto exposure, habitual users of cameras Pentah “green” key, which is responsible for the reset to standard button in playback mode, select focus point, change the display mode, display the main menu as well as 5 multifunctional navigation keys, forming a circle. Also here is the window of the back of the receiver signals from the remote control.


Left lateral surface is replete with a variety of keys and connectors. Closer to the front panel buttons mode selection auto focus mode RAW shooting, blocking, selector lever focus mode, and Singapore. Closer to the back panel under the rubber plugs are hidden ports headphones and microphone as well as USB, HDMI and connection of an external power source.

On the right side under a plastic cover is hidden a pair of connectors, memory cards, and under the rubber plug port, connect the wired remote control. It is worth noting that with an open cover, install memory card the camera will not turn on – apparently it is a preventive measure to protect from splash. But if you open the battery cover or any of the rubber plugs – the camera turns on without problems, therefore special sense in such a half-measure there.

Top center is the hot Shoe, which is mounted to the left dial to select a shooting mode, supplemented by the castle, to the right we see the key to activate GPS module, a tiny segment display, complemented by a button activated backlight, the keys are the introduction of exposure compensation, level of sensitivity, drive select key parameters and the shutter button with the lever of inclusion. Also upstairs there is a lever to switch between modes of shooting photos and videos with more drive settings of these parameters. On the segment display the modifiable parameters are displayed, so we have to focus on the main display that affects the usability, and power consumption.

The bottom is a compartment of a battery lid equipped with two-stage lock, tripod socket and the connector of the battery pack.


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