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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pentax K-1 Review

Following quite a while of guarantees and months of teasing, Ricoh has at long last revealed the Pentax K-1, a 36.4MP full-outline DSLR worked around the K lens mount. It turns into the main customary DSLR to offer a full casing sensor with picture adjustment. 

The camera is widely fixed and includes magnesium compound development. However, in spite of its extent topping status and top of the line fabricate, it has a moderately low rundown cost of $1799. 

Pentax K-1 Key Specifications 

36.2MP full-outline CMOS sensor with no hostile to associating channel 

5-hub picture adjustment evaluated to 5 stops by CIPA standard testing 

100% pentaprism viewfinder with 0.7x amplification 

33-point AF framework (25 cross-sort) 

Broad climate fixing 

1/200 sec glimmer sync speed 

14-bit Raw recording (DNG or PEF) 

AA channel reenactment 

Multi-shot Pixel Shift Resolution mode 

Worked in GPS with electro-attractive compass and Astrotracer capacity 

4.4 fps nonstop shooting (6.5 fps in APS-C crop mode) 


1080/30p video 

Sensor-shift intelligence 

As this rundown of spec highlights ought to clarify, the K-1 takes advantage of its moveable sensor. And additionally the picture adjustment, which is appraised to a noteworthy 5 stops, the camera offers a large group of other sharp elements. These incorporate against associating channel recreation which vibrates the sensor amid introduction to purposefully obscure high recurrence subtle element over various pixels, to stay away from moirĂ©. At that point there's the Pixel Shift Resolution mode that expansions shading determination by shooting four sequential pictures with the sensor moved by one pixel - adequately wiping out the Bayer shading channel cluster and bringing down commotion by picture averaging. 

The other sensor-shift modes are likewise sharp: the K-1 incorporates Horizon Correction, which turns the sensor on the off chance that you hold the camera marginally off-level, and the Astrotracer framework that uses the sensor's development to counterbalance the impact of the Earth's pivot when taking pictures of stars (something it can ascertain utilizing its GPS). 

The camera gets another AF module (called SAFOX 12) which highlights 33 center focuses, 25 of which are cross sort. The focal three of these offer higher exactness when utilized with F2.8 or quicker lenses and the focal 25 keep on focusing down similarly as - 3EV. 

A 86,000-pixel RGB metering sensor acts to offer 77-fragment metering additionally helps the camera's self-adjust framework, empowering scene examination and subject identification to yield precise exposures and naturally select the right AF point to keep focused (subject following) when utilizing ceaseless AF. 

Center skill 

Generally, however, it's not the shrewd utilization of the sensor that most emerges about the K-1, it's Ricoh's undeniable spotlight on the center photographic capacities. There's a reason we recorded the viewfinder survey so far the rundown of determinations - this is on account of we believe it's something clients originating from existing Pentax cameras will generally appreciate. Indeed, there are different introduction modes and time slip alternatives, yet the things that most bounced out are the high determination sensor, the all around situated dials, the extensive viewfinder and picture adjustment - the center things that help you to show signs of improvement pictures. Talking about center things: some may weep over the exclusion of a devoted AF point control, however the four way controller can be re-purposed for this. 

Which isn't to say the K-1 is altogether without the intermittent prosper. Beside cunning sensor shift modes (that some - especially scene - picture takers will without a doubt come to love), the most clear of these is its 'Cross-Tilt' LCD. The Cross-Tilt instrument takes a tilting LCD support and mounts it on four legs that slide along a cross-molded arrangement of spaces, permitting the screen to augment outwards and move in a mind boggling way, before the screen itself is tilted up/down. 

Mounted to the back of the LCD are four white LEDs that can be utilized to reveal insight into the back controls. Another LED, whose conduct can be set autonomously, sparkles a light on the lens mount for less demanding arrangement while swapping lenses oblivious. The camera's card straight and remote discharge port are likewise lit up by LEDs. 

Generally, however, the camera's center is particularly toward a customary way to deal with still photography. Video catch tops-out at 1080/30p (which can likewise be encoded as 60i, on the off chance that you incline toward), which is far from forefront, however we especially question that Ricoh has would-be movie producers as a primary concern with this model. 

Still shooters are prone to welcome the camera's Smart Function framework, which adds a third summon dial to the upper right corner of the camera and a further control to characterize its capacity. The three dials give direct control more than three of the camera's parameters with the capacity to redo one of them without going anyplace close to a menu. 


What's more, what amount does Ricoh need for this twin-dial, climate fixed, magnesium compound, picture balanced out full casing camera? The rundown cost is a savagely aggressive $1799, body as it were. To place that in context, that is $200 lower than the dispatch cost of Nikon's more fundamental D610 and $300 not as much as what Canon initially expected for the EOS 6D, which means there's just a $100 premium over the rundown cost of Sony's picture balanced out a7 II. 

This is a fundamentally the same as example we've seen from Ricoh some time recently, with the organization's models regularly including higher-end highlights (twin control dials, crystal viewfinders and climate fixing) at a lower cost than you'd have to spend to get them from one of the other DSLR producers. 

Lens lineup 

At present, Pentax offers a blend of full-edge perfect lenses, including a modest bunch of screw-drive FA prime lenses from the film-period and the greatly adored 31, 43 and 77mm FA Limiteds from the late '90s/mid 2000s. Be that as it may, the organization is as of now fleshing out a scope of more cutting edge 'D FA' zooms, including a 15-30mm F2.8, a 24-70mm F2.8 (both suspiciously reminiscent of certain current Tamron-marked zooms) a 70-200mm F2.8 and a 150-400mm F4.5-5.6. For the present, however, those searching for cutting edge, quick centering primes will be frustrated. 

Be that as it may, that isn't the entire story, obviously. Part of the explanation behind all the enthusiasm for a full-outline Pentax is the tremendous accumulation of K-mount lenses that exist far and wide. The K-1 gives you a chance to utilize the opening rings on these lenses and can give a center affirmation beep with the focal AF point, even with manual center lenses. When you mount a more seasoned, manual lens the K-1 prompts you to physically determine the central length so that the picture adjustment can be tuned fittingly. 

The K-1 can, obviously, still utilize the Pentax DA lenses intended for the organization's APS-C cameras. As a matter of course the camera will utilize a 15MP APS-C-sized product of the sensor if a DA lens is mounted yet can be made to utilize its full sensor district, on the off chance that you'd lean toward. Ricoh has distributed a rundown of those lenses that will deliver moderately useable results in full edge mode, if the opening is halted down. 

The K-1's body takes a large number of its most evident outline components (not slightest its grasp) straightforwardly from the current top of the line APS-C DSLRs yet the proclaimed crystal molded protuberance insights at a provenance that stretches out back to cameras, for example, the MX, furthermore the medium configuration 67. To us it demonstrates only the right level of yielding without just in an exposed fashion aping the organization's more established cameras. 

The body itself feels much like a K-7/K-5/K-5 II/K-3/K-3 II: totally strong without being excessively overwhelming. The hold shape feels indistinguishable to those bodies, making it one of the best in the business - it's sizeable and agreeable, with the dials situated well for simple access. The magnesium-composite shell has broad climate fixing at all the joints, entryways and catches (87 taking all things together). 


Proceeding with the feeling of coherence, the K-1's menus will be instantly natural to colored in-the-fleece Pentaxians. Settings are sensibly isolated into five tabs, covering stills, motion pictures, playback alternatives, setup and custom settings. The Custom settings segment hasn't extended excessively, so stays entirely sensible. 

The camera likewise propagates Pentax's current "Data" board that shows all the key camera settings on a solitary intelligent screen. 

AF point determination 

One of only a handful couple of clear oversights from the K-1 is a devoted AF point controller. This isn't, maybe, very as pushing on a camera with just 33 AF focuses to pick between (as opposed to, say, the 61 offered by some Canon models or the 153 accessible on the latest Nikons), yet is still recognizable. 

Rather, the camera's 4-way controller serves twofold obligation, giving direct access to four shooting settings then changing to AF point choice at the press of a catch. Wonderfully, however, there's a menu setting that progressions this default state, so you can set the four approach to control AF until you press the AF point catch. It's a little detail however one that implies the camera can be made to act in the way you, actually, lean toward. 

Multi-capacity dial 

The greatest deviation from Pentax's settled control framework is the K-1's multi-capacity control dial framework. This adds an additional order dial to one side hand shoulder of the camera and a dial that chooses its capacity. The outcome is splendid: you basically pick up a third, adjustable dial, notwithstanding the two primary order dials, however you don't need to menu jump on the off chance that you need to rapidly reconfigure it. It's an extraordinary method for increasing snappy access to a third parameter without removing your eye from the viewfinder with the alternative to rapidly choose an alternate parameter. 

We're not absolutely beyond any doubt Pentax has chosen the right capacities to put on the dial (access to Pixel Shift mode or the camera's highlight development modes may be decent), yet we would prefer not to condemn until we've gone through somewhat more with the camera. 

Catch and Dial Customization 

The K-1 doesn't offer gigantic measures of customization be that as it may, with regards to its concentrated on-photography ethos, it shows up