To reproduce lively colors and rich gradations close to memory colors in all sensitivity ranges, the PENTAX K-1 Mark II newly incorporates an original accelerator unit, which efficiently processes image signals output by the image sensor before sending them to the imaging engine. This process upgrades both image resolution and color reproduction in a high-sensitivity range, while drastically reducing noise compared to the PENTAX K-1. It also helps bring the camera's top sensitivity up to ISO 819200 (at standard output sensitivity) for high-grade, super-high-sensitivity photography.
The PENTAX K-1 Mark II's PRIME IV imaging engine is the culmination of PENTAX's high-speed, high-quality image processing technologies. In addition to highly efficient noise processing, it features Fine Sharpness and Extra Sharpness functions to process the subject's outlines more naturally and more delicately, and the PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System, which has adopted a breakthrough deep learning technology. It also effectively compensates for the distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration caused by specific lens properties, while efficiently correcting the fringe effect.* * Available in combination with D FA-, DA-, DA L- and FA-series lenses. Some of these lenses may not be compatible with these functions.
The PENTAX K-1 Mark II's 35mm full-frame image sensor features a large imaging area and a wide pixel pitch to deliver lively, true-to-life images with rich gradation. It also assures superb noise reduction performance to capture the subject truthfully with fine details and subtle shades. Its shallow depth of field allows you to control the sense of depth and bokeh (defocus) effect at will.
The PENTAX K-1 Mark II features an AA (anti-aliasing)-filter-free design to optimize image resolving power. This design produces true-to-life images by faithfully depicting the fine details of the subject. It retains excellent resolution, even when the image is cropped during shooting, or the captured image is trimmed during processing. It allows you to capture the decisive moment in a sharp, clear image.
The PENTAX-original AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator* effectively minimizes moiré and false color by using the camera's SR mechanism to apply microscopic vibrations to the image sensor during exposure. It provides the option of choosing the AA-filter effect for well-balanced images or the AA-filter-free mode for greater resolving power. * This function works most effectively with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower. * This function may not be used in some shooting modes, or may not be combined with certain functions.
PENTAX's Pixel Shift Resolution System II* is the super-solution technology which realizes image resolving power and color reproduction far better than that of the conventional Bayer system. By taking advantage of the camera's SR II mechanism, it captures four images of the same scene by slightly shifting the image sensor for each image, obtaining all RGB color data and luminance data from each pixel, then synthesizing them into a single, super-high-resolution composite image. It not only improves image resolving power, but also prevents the generation of false color, reduces high-sensitivity noise, and greatly improves image quality.
The images captured by the Pixel Shift Resolution System can be saved as RAW-format files. You can develop these files within the camera body while adjusting various parameters or turning the Pixel Shift Resolution effect on and off to create the desired image.
In addition to conventional shooting modes, the Pixel Shift Resolution System II features a new Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode*, an innovative technology that takes advantage of slight fluctuations of the subject's position during handheld shooting. The camera closely analyzes four captured images and detects camera shake during handheld shooting before synthesizing them into a super-high-resolution composite image.** By combining this mode with the camera's SR II mechanism, you can use the advanced Pixel Shift Resolution System II more flexibility, even in difficult shooting conditions such as shooting at poorly lit locations or without using a tripod.
The PENTAX-original sensor-shift-type shake reduction mechanism has been upgraded to provide optimum compensation for all lenses used in handheld shooting. The new-generation SR II (Shake Reduction II) features a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift* (often generated in macro photography) and camera shake caused by roll, which is difficult to handle by lens-installed shake reduction mechanisms, in addition to more common camera shake caused by pitch and yaw. The SR II unit is controlled with great precision as soon as the camera's power is turned on, and provides a wide compensation range - as much as five shutter steps** - to expand the limits of handheld shooting.
When taking a panning shot, this mechanism efficiently controls the SR unit to detect only the direction of the camera’s movement, while compensating for all other affecting vectors. Because of this, the K-1 Mark II captures beautiful, high-resolution images both in normal shooting and panning photography, without requiring any switching operation.
An illumination level of -3EV makes it difficult to see a subject with the naked eye, and almost impossible to make accurate focus with manual focusing. Even under such low-illumination conditions, the K-1 Mark II assures high-precision auto-exposure and autofocus operations.* Thanks to its upgraded algorithm, its autofocus response time for poorly illuminated subjects is greatly reduced. Coupled with its super-high-resolution imaging power, the K-1 Mark II delivers exceptional shooting performance in dark locations.
The camera's outdoor-oriented monitor, which provides easy setting of the brightness level, has been upgraded. In addition to positive settings to assure the correct brightness level in bright locations, it now provides negative settings to improve visibility in dark locations. It also features a red-lit monitor display function to facilitate monitor viewing when your eyes have become accustomed to a dark location during astronomical or nighttime photography. By assigning this function to the Fx1 button, you can instantly switch the monitor display between the normal and red-lit modes.
Four Operation Assist Lights are strategically positioned around the camera body: at the upper side of the lens mount, behind the LCD monitor, at the memory card slot, and at the cable switch terminal. With a push of the illumination button, you can turn them on* to facilitate lens and memory card changes, control button operations, and attachment and removal of a cable switch, for more efficient, comfortable shooting of nighttime outdoor scenes and poorly lit indoor subjects.
A combination of the K-1 Mark II's 87 sealing parts and the optional D-BG6 Battery Grip's watertight body prevents the intrusion of water and dust into their interior. When an AW- or WR-series lens is mounted,* the K-1 Mark II and its lens forms a remarkable digital imaging system totally resistant to demanding environmental factors.
Using its piezoelectric element, this innovative mechanism applies ultrasonic vibrations to the optical glass panel placed in front of the image sensor. This effectively removes all dust particles clinging to the image sensor surface, and prevents annoying dust spots from appearing on a captured image.
Anticipating use in cold locations, PENTAX has subjected the K-1 Mark II to exacting environmental tests at temperatures as low as -10°C, and gathered a vast array of data on operational precision, response and stability of mechanisms and circuits, as well as fluctuations in battery voltage.* As the result, the K-1 Mark II assures solid, trouble-free operation even at freezing temperatures.
* Battery performance declines as the temperature goes down. When shooting in cold environments, the user is advised to carry spare batteries and keep them warm by storing them in an inside pocket.
The K-1 Mark II's exterior casing is made of highly rigid, lightweight magnesium alloy, which provides excellent shock-resistance and electromagnetic shielding performance. By coupling it with a high-rigidity metallic chassis housing the core components, the K-1 Mark II forms a compound structure to assure outstanding durability and exceptional reliability.
After a series of exacting performance tests, the K-1 Mark II's shutter unit has proven its exceptional durability by withstanding a total of 300,000 shutter releases. It assures outstanding operational precision and exceptional durability required for exacting professional work.
The K-1 Mark II's card slot accepts two SD memory cards, with a choice of three data filing modes: "Serial" to store a large volume of data successively from one card to another; "Duplicate" (simultaneous filing) for simplified data backup, and "RAW/JPEG Division" to separate data files based on the recording format. It is also possible to copy an image stored on one card to another.
The K-1 Mark II's Smart Function is a brand-new camera operation system harmonizing an array of features with ease of operation. This functional camera operation system lets you swiftly choose and set the desired function using just two dials positioned on the camera's upper panel, without needing to refer to the menu screen on the LCD monitor.
Aiming at aligning the photographer's line of sight precisely with the camera's optical axis while providing a flexible angle adjustment, PENTAX has designed an ideal LCD monitor for the K-1 series by creating an innovative mechanism that supports the monitor with four stays. This monitor has reached two difficult goals that conventional monitors have failed to attain: no deviation from the optical axis; and unrestricted tilt in all directions, horizontally or vertically. You can even tilt it up to a nearly 90-degree angle for low-angle and waist-level photography.
The K-1 Mark II features a built-in GPS module and Electronic Compass, which together display the camera's direction on the LCD monitor. These features allow you to attach Exif data to recorded images, including the location, direction and time of shooting (using Universal Time Coordinated). This comes in particularly handy in situations where you must make meticulous preparations in advance for the direction of shooting, such as the shooting of sunrise scenes and celestial bodies.
The K-1 Mark II's GPS Log function automatically keeps track of the photographer's movement at fixed intervals. By loading a log file on your computer, you can trace the route you have traveled using a mapping application such as Google Earth™.
By making full use of its GPS module, Electronic Compass and SR II mechanism, the K-1 Mark II simplifies the astronomical photography of celestial bodies, without the help for an equatorial. Based on the latitude data obtained from GPS satellites and other affecting factors (the camera's direction and horizontal/vertical tilt) obtained by its various sensors, the K-1 Mark II calculates the movement of celestial bodies, then synchronizes the movement of its image sensor with that of celestial bodies with great precision. Since it captures stars without a streaking effect even during extended exposures, you can record faint stars, which are difficult to detect with the naked eye, as point images.
In the Live View mode, the PENTAX K-1 Mark II provides a wide range of picture-taking tools. The Flexible Tilt-type LCD monitor lets you clearly view the on-screen image from different angles to optimize shooting comfort. In addition to the conventional focal-plane shutter mode, it also offers the option of the electronic shutter mode, effective in macro and scenic photography in minimizing the vibrations caused by shutter release of the camera's mechanical shutter unit.
A choice of AF modes: Face Detection, Auto Tracking, Multi-segment Auto, Select and Spot
Focus Assist to emphasize the outline of the in-focus area
A choice of grid display from five patterns and two colors (white and black)
Zoom display with a maximum magnification of 16 times for easy confirmation of focus condition
By taking advantage of its SR II mechanism, the K-1 Mark II helps you compose well-balanced, flawless images. The Auto Horizon Correction function* rotates the image sensor to compensate for the camera's horizontal tilt, making it useful in handheld shooting. The Composition Adjustment function** allows you to make minute adjustment of image composition with a shift of the image sensor. It comes in handy for Live View shooting using a tripod.
The K-1 Mark II's Digital Level displays bar scales at the right side and bottom of the viewfinder to indicate the horizontal and vertical tilt of the camera, allowing you to confirm the horizontal and vertical alignment of the subject without taking the eye off the subject. You can also display the Digital Level on the LCD monitor during viewfinder shooting, Live View shooting and movie recording.
This function lets you set the bulb timer for exposure durations from 10 seconds to 20 minutes, improving operability in bulb shooting.
In addition to the three cropping modes (Auto, FF and APS-C), the camera also provides a 1:1 cropping mode. The viewfinder also displays a 1:1 picture frame to facilitate image composition.
From ultra-wide angle to super telephoto, an entire selection of high-performance DA-series lenses can be used on the K-1 Mark II without any modification. They deliver exceptional image quality, despite their compact, lightweight design.
When a DA★-, DA Limited- or DA-series lens is mounted on the K-1 Mark II, its Crop mode automatically switches an image area to the APS-C size covering the middle section of the image field, while displaying the cropping frame in the viewfinder. It not only assures high-resolution images with approximately 15.36 effective megapixels, but also provides an efficient AF sensor coverage of the image area for more flexible image composition during autofocus operation. When you select the FF (Full Frame) setting of the Crop mode, you can even capture a 35mm full-frame image with a DA-series lens.*
* With certain lenses and/or under certain photographic conditions, a captured image may suffer a drastic drop in brightness and/or resolution in the areas outside the APS-C image area. This setting does not provide compensation of various lens aberrations
Rich colors and subtle shades, and a beautiful bokeh and a well-defined sense of depth. When the photographer's inspiration is truly reflected in all these elements, photographs will become more than mere records - they will evolve into truly impressive works of art.
The PENTAX K-1 Mark II has been created as the flagship model that will fulfill this goal. It features a new, advanced image-processing system to deliver the beautiful image quality which all photographers demand. It produces images that are rich in color and gradation, high in resolution, and superb in bokeh rendition.
The Pixel Shift Resolution System II - the PENTAX-original super-solution technology - now accommodates handheld photography. The AF system featuring a new algorithm assures high-precision focusing even with moving subjects.
While inheriting the PENTAX K-1's development concept, the PENTAX K-1 Mark II has advanced technologies to near perfection. When your creativity is in complete harmony with the camera, your photography will truly come alive.
State-of-the-art imaging processing system
Greatly improved image quality, even in high-sensitivity photography
A PENTAX technology to produce high-quality images beyond the power of total pixels
Five-axis, five-shutter-step camera shake compensation
Dependable dustproof, weather-resistant construction
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* You can record up to 25 min. or 4GB movie for one shooting. * ‘Testing your camera’ refers to confirmed operation by RICOH IMAGING, and is intended for customer convenience but is not a guarantee by RICOH IMAGING to the customer. * Use a high-speed SD memory card when recording movies. If the writing speed cannot keep up with the recording speed, writing may be interrupted during recording.
* The operating system must be pre-installed in the computer, and updated to the latest version. The system requirements above do not necessarily gurantee proper operation with all computers.
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