The world is full of wonders. The beautiful, breath taking scenes and exciting moments you experience. The Pentax KP captures these once-in-a-lifetime moments in all their beauty.
The KP's compact body is packed with state-of-the-art technologies including a high-performance optical viewfinder with a user friendly interface. It is also extremely resistant to adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow and even freezing temperatures. Above all, it boasts overwhelming imaging power, supported by approximately 24.3 effective megapixels and a top sensitivity of ISO 819200.
Regardless of when or where you're shooting, the Pentax KP is a new-generation digital SLR that will capture beautiful fascinating moments wherever in the world you may be. It delivers the true beauty of the world in high quality digital imagery.
Pentax has devoted a lot of time to reduce the size and weight of their camera bodies. This is based on the belief that portability is an important factor in the camera’s overall performance. The new Pentax KP features an array of advanced functions in a compact, slim body to ensure great photographic results whether shooting outdoors or in.
The Pentax KP couples a new generation CMOS image sensor with the Prime IV imaging engine and an accelerator unit to greatly expand the upper limit of its sensitivity range without generating unwanted noise. With a top sensitivity of ISO 819200 (standard output sensitivity), it ensures super high sensitivity photography to deliver high resolution, rich gradation images. This allows for remarkable reproduction of the subject’s texture and a true-to-life sense of depth, even at higher sensitivities. It also produces high quality images across its entire sensitivity range.
The Pentax KP incorporates a new-generation, APS-C CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.32 effective megapixels to produce high resolution images. It has been engineered to remove the optical AA (anti-aliasing) filter to optimise the image sensor’s outstanding imaging power. The result is sharp, fine detailed images with an accurate sense of depth. By processing image data at a high read-out speed of 14bit, it produces beautiful, rich gradation images.
Driven by the camera’s built in Shake-Reduction, this innovative system captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, which it then combines into a single composite image. Because it obtains full colour information in each pixel, it delivers super high resolution images which are far more accurate than those captured during the normal shooting process. It assures true-to-life colour reproduction without false colours, while effectively reducing unwanted noise. When the Motion Correction function is activated, it automatically detects the subject’s movement during exposure, and then works to minimise negative effects during the composition process.
The Pentax KP comes equipped with the innovative sensor shift Shake Reduction II, which ensures optimum performance with any lens. In addition to common camera shake caused by pitch and yaw, this five-axis mechanism also compensates for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift (often generated in macro photography). Any camera shake caused by roll, which is difficult to handle by in-lens shake reduction systems is also compensated for. Thanks to a wide compensation range of five shutter steps, it benefits a number of handheld applications, such as when using a telephoto lens or shooting in poorly lit locations, to capture sharp, blur-free images. When taking a panning shot, the Pentax KP detects the direction of the panning action. It then controls the SR II mechanism to compensate for unintentional camera movement. It automatically captures beautiful, high resolution images both in normal shooting and panning photography, without the need to change settings.
Featuring 27 sensor points across the image field, the Pentax KP’s sophisticated AF system not only captures the subject in sharp focus, but also automatically refocuses on a moving subject as it moves away from the initial point; it does this with the help of neighbouring points. Of the 27 points, 25 cross-type sensors are positioned in the middle to ensure high precision autofocus operation for all types of subjects.
Three centre sensors — one in the middle and two others positioned above and below it — are designed to detect the luminance flux of an F2.8 lens for high precision autofocusing. When using a very fast lens with a maximum aperture of larger than F2.8, these sensors ensure improved focusing accuracy compared to sensors designed for a F5.6 luminance flux.
Supported by the Pentax Real-time Scene Analysis System, this mode automatically optimizes exposure settings, then selects the most appropriate finishing touch for each subject. When using the optical viewfinder, the system is assisted by an algorithm developed through the use of deep learning artificial intelligence technology to perform more complete scene assessment. Simply by setting the camera’s mode dial to AUTO (Scene Analyze AUTO), you are assured of the best finishing touch for each image.
In addition to the conventional Av (Aperture-priority) and Tv (Shutter-priority) modes, the Pentax KP provides Pentax original auto-exposure modes that let you express the subject’s motion and the depth of field in the way you want. By setting the Smart Function to the ISO mode, you can flexibly control three primary exposure parameters — aperture, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity – using the front and rear e-dials and the setting dial.
These new functions allow you to capture three different images of the same scene or subject with a single shutter release, without affecting the overall exposure level. Since they don’t require time-consuming manual operation to shift exposure settings, you can concentrate on a shutter chance and image composition.
The Pentax KP provides a choice of mechanical and electronic shutter modes. In the electronic shutter mode, the shutter unit produces very little noise and vibration during shutter-curtain operation, making it ideal for shooting in locations where silence is required. This mode also provides a top shutter speed of 1/24000 second, making it handy when you want to use an open aperture in bright, sunny locations. In Live View or mirror lock-up shooting, it provides even quieter, lower-vibration operation.
The Pentax KP provides high-speed continuous shooting at a top speed of approximately seven images per second. It also lets you choose a speed of approximately 0.8 or three images per second, allowing you to select the speed that best suits the movement of your subject.
Thanks to a nearly 100% field of view, the Pentax KP’s viewfinder provides an image field almost identical in size to that of the captured image. The optical design provides a real time view of the subject, while its glass pentaprism delivers a large, well defined image field at approximately 0.95-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens set at infinity). The Natural Bright Matte III focusing screen makes it easy to identify the focus points even when using manual. This standard focusing screen can be replace with optional screens to accommodate specialised applications.
The Pentax KP’s LCD screen features a versatile tilt mechanism, which you can position at any desired angle for effortless shooting in both high and low angle situations. In addition to the PENTAX Air Gapless structure, used to minimise reflection, its tempered glass cover assures excellent visibility even in sunny outdoor locations, while effectively protecting it from scratches.
The Pentax KP captures high resolution Full HD movie clips by taking full advantage of intergangeable lens system and large image sensor. During movie recording, you can also use the Continuous AF (AF.C) mode, or take advantage of advanced features such as aperture control, built-in Shake Reduction, and digital filters. You can even record stereo sound with the built-in mic or opt for an external microphone, adjusting the audio level accordingly. A useful feature in Movie mode is that you can activate recording from standby.
The Pentax KP provides Wi-Fi functionality for operation using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. By installing the dedicated Image Sync application on your mobile device, you can also browse images and remotely control camera operations from a distance.
ISO Range (Maximum), ISO Range (Minimum)
ISO Sensitivity Options (AUTO, Tv)
Minimum Shutter Speed (AUTO: SLOW/MIDDLE/FAST, TV: 1/6000 to 30 sec.)
JPEG: L(24M:6016x4000), M(14M:4608x3072), S(6M:3072x2048), XS(2M:1920x1280)
RAW (14bit): PEF, DNG
JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good), RAW + JPEG simultaneous capturing available
File Name: "IMGP****" or User assigned file name
File name numbering: Sequential, Reset
AF Method: Contrast detection
AF Mode: Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C) *Continuous AF (AF.C) is available with the dedicated lens.
AF Active Area: Face detection, Tracking, Multiple AF points, Select, Spot
Focus Peaking: Highlight Edge/Extract Edge/OFF
Mechanical shutter: Auto:1/6000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb (Timed exposure setting possible from 10 sec. to 20min.)
Electronic shutter: Auto:1/24000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/24000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps)
[Still Image] Single Frame, Continuous (H, M, L), Self-timer (12s, 2s, Continuous), Bracketing (2, 3 or 5 frames), Depth of Field Bracketing (3frames), Motion Bracketing (3frames), Mirror-up, Multi-Exposure, Interval Shooting, Interval Composite, Interval Movie Record, Star Stream
* Bracketing, Interval Shooting, Interval Composite, Interval Movie Record and Star Stream are possible to use with Self-timer
* Depth of Field Bracketing is available in Av mode. Depth of Field Bracketing is possible to use with Self-timer
* Motion Bracketing is available in Tv mode. Motion Bracketing is possible to use with Self-timer
* Multi-Exposure is possible to use with Continuous Shooting or Self-timer
Max. approx. 7.0 fps, JPEG (L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to approx. 28 frames, RAW: up to approx. 8 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 7 frames
Max. approx. 3.0 fps, JPEG (L: ★★★ at Continuous M): up to approx. 70 frames, RAW: up to approx. 15 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 10 frames
Max. approx. 0.8 fps, JPEG (L: ★★★ at Continuous L): up to approx. 100 frames, RAW: up to approx. 100 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 25 frames
*Continuous shooting speed slows down with Electoronic shutter or High sensitivity
Number of Shots (2 to 2000 times)
[Interval Shooting] Interval: 2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min.･1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 2 to 2000 times, Start Interval: Now/Self-timer/Set Time
[Interval Composite] Interval: 2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min.･1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 2 to 2000 times, Start Interval: Now/Self-timer/Set Time, Composite Mode: Additive/Average/Bright, Save Process: ON/OFF
[Interval Movie] Recorded Pixels: 4K/FullHD/HD, File Format: Motion JPEG (AVI), Interval:2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min･1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 8 to 2000 times (8 to 500 times at 4K), Start Interval:Now/Self-timer/Set Time
[Star Stream] Recorded Pixels: 4K/FullHD/HD, File Format: Motion JPEG (AVI), Interval:2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min･1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 8 to 2000 times (8 to 500 times at 4K), Start Interval: Now/Self-timer/Set Time, Fade-out: OFF/Low/Medium/High
P-TTL, Leading Curtain Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
* Contrast-control-sync and High-speed sync requires two or more dedicated external flash
*Motion Correction ON/OFF
Full HD(1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p）
HD (1280x720, 60p/50p)
AF mode: Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C) * Continuous AF (AF.C) is available with the dedicated lens.
AF area: Multiple AF points, Select, Spot
Built-in stereo microphone, external microphone (Stereo recording compatible)
Recording Sound Level adjustable
Select Single Image, Select Multiple Images, Select a folder
White Balance, Custom Image, Sensitivity, Clarity, Skin Tone, Digital filter, HDR, Pixel Shift Resolution, Shadow Correction, High-ISO NR, Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Corr., Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction, Color Fringe Correction, File Format (JPEG/TIFF), Aspect Ratio, JPEG Recorded Pixels, JPEG Quality, Color Space
Image Rotation, Color Moiré Correction, Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available),
Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving RAW data in buffer memory, Image Copy
C1, C2, C3
(ISO Sensitivity, EV Compensation, Bracket Value, Custom Image, AF Mode, AF Active Area, Focus Peaking, Program Line, Shutter Mode Selection, Recorded Pixels, AA Filter Simulator, Grid Display, LCD Display Options, Image Magnification, Outdoor View Setting)
* Recroded Pixles: [Still Image] L, M, S or XS selectable [Movie] Full HD or HD selectable
Fx1 Button (EV Compensation, ISO Sensitivity, Preview, AE Lock, Change AF Area, One Push File Format, Electronic Level, Wi-Fi, Night Vision LCD Display, Operation Control Lock)
Fx2 Button (EV Compensation, ISO Sensitivity, Preview, AE Lock, Change AF Area, One Push File Format, Electronic Level, Operation Control Lock)
Fx3 Button (EV Compensation, ISO Sensitivity, Preview, AE Lock, Change AF Area, One Push File Format, Electronic Level, Operation Control Lock)
AF/AE-L button (AF1, AF2, Cancel AF, AE Lock)
Various settings for the action of the e-dials in each exposure mode can also be saved.
AF.S: Focus-priority/ Release-priority
1st Frame Action in AF.C: Release-priority/Auto/Focus-priority
Action in AF.C Continuous: Focus-priority, Auto, FPS-priority
Hold AF Status: OFF, Low, Medium, High
AF in Interval Shooting: Locks focus at 1st exposure, Adjusts focus for each shot
Type1:Disables exposure control operations in standby mode
Type2:Disables the control functions of OK button, MENU button and Four-way controller in standby mode
Names of "Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file.
Revision history can be checked using the provided software.
Number of recordable images:
(with 50% flash usage): approx. 390 images, (without flash usage): approx.: 420 images
Playback time: Approx. 270 minutes
* With a fully-charged Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery under the temperature at 23°C. Tested in compliance with CIPA standard.
Actual results may vary depending on the shooting condition.
* SlimPort-HDMI adapter required
Approx. 703g (Including dedicated battery and SD Memory Card)
Approx. 643g (body only)
Strap O-ST162, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109, Battery Charger D-BC109, AC plug cord, Software (CD-ROM) S-SW167
<Mounted on the camera>
Eye-cup FR, Hot shoe cover FK , Body mount cap KII, Triangular ring and protective cover, Grip S O-GP167
Program installation and start-up: 100 MB or more of available space
Image file saving: Approximately 10 MB per file (JPEG) / approximately 30MB (RAW)
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