Pentax KP Review: Another Great Outdoor Camera From Pentax

This thing is built to withstand the harshest of shooting conditions.

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The Pentax KP is an APS-C sensor powered digital SLR camera. The newly designed sensor comes with a resolution of 24.3 megapixels. The sensor does not have an anti-aliasing filter. And that means two things. First, you would be able to capture an incredible amount of detail. And second there is likely going to be some false coloring and moiré. But let’s not be judgmental right at the very beginning. Let’s find out more about the camera.

Sensor

As already detailed above, the Pentax KP sports a new 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. This sensor produces images of the size 6016 x 4000 pixels. Additionally, the sensor does not have an AA filter.

Image Processing

Image processing on the Pentax KP is powered by a PRIME IV image processing engine.

Auto-focusing

Auto-focusing on the Pentax KP is powered by a SAFOX 11 27-point AF sensor. 25 out of these are cross-type. The AF mechanism is able to work even in – 3 EV light value and also has a dedicated LED focus assist light to be able to focus in such low light situations.

ISO Sensitivity

The Pentax KP is capable of shooting at an ISO range of 100 – 819200. Would you be able to use the images shot at ISO 819200? Well, that’s a completely different discussion. It is safe to assume that you can use ISO 3200 or ISO 6400 images easily. Even then it is an incredible advantage shooting low light images or Milky Way photos.

Still Shooting

One of the stand out features of the Pentax KP is the new 5-axis in-body image stabilization system. In body image stabilization ensures all lenses are automatically stabilized when you mount them to the camera body.

The image stabilization system is rated to provide up to 5 stops of image stabilization. That means you can shoot at a shutter speed of up to 5 stops slower than what the camera’s metering system tells you when image stabilization is engaged. This will come in handy when shooting low light portraits, backlit subjects, indoor images and so on.

The Pentax KP sports an electronic (& mechanical) shutter that is capable of firing off an exposure at 1/24000 seconds. It is incredibly fast, capable of freezing movements of a bird or a football player especially when used in combination with a fast wide prime.

The Pentax KP comes with a bright pentaprism powered viewfinder with 100% coverage of the view coming through the lens.

Video Shooting

The Pentax KP captures full HD (1080p) videos at a frame rate of 30 fps.

Rear LCD Screen

A 3” LCD screen with a reasonable screen resolution of 921,000 dots. The screen tilts which means it is easier to shoot those difficult to get shots from low or high angles. Screen coverage is 100%.

Build Quality and Weather Sealing

Look wise the Pentax KP resembles the design of the older K-1. It has a similar hump that houses the pentaprism viewfinder as the older camera. Pentax cameras are like old American cars. They are designed not to turn heads but to be functional and durable. They would not appeal to users who love the streamlined looks of Canon or for that matter Nikon. But then, looks are not everything.

Pentax cameras are known for their incredible weather sealing. Even at the lower end of the DSLR segment Pentax produces a lot of cameras for the discerning action, sports and outdoor photographer. These are cameras that a photographer heading outdoors and into inclement weather would love to use. Pentax rates the Pentax KP to be dustproof and weather sealed. It can operate at a temperature of -10 ˚ C.

The Verdict

The Pentax KP is a fantastic outdoor camera. It is the perfect companion when you want to work outdoors in bad weather and for a long duration. It has got good weather sealing, goof auto-focusing, a 27 point AF system with 25 cross-type AF points and 4K internal movie recording. It also shoots full HD videos at a 30 fps. All in all a complete digital camera for the price point.

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