Pentax K-1

Released February, 2016
  • 36.2 MP
  • Full frame 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
Perhaps more than anything else in a camera, what we want most is great image quality, especially as ISO rises.
by Dave-Pardue (Feb, 2017)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax K-1

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K-1
4.4 fps
Nikon D500
10 fps
7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Pentax K-1
760 photos
Nikon D500
1,240 photos
Nikon D750
1,230 photos

In The News From around the web

Perhaps more than anything else in a camera, what we want most is great image quality, especially as ISO rises.
It's even reported to come "very close" to the image quality of the popular flagship full-frame Pentax K1.
Astrotracer Dpreview writes: The other sensor-shift modes are also clever: the K-1 includes Horizon Correction, which rotates the sensor if you hold the camera slightly off-level, and the Astrotracer system that uses the sensor’s movement to cancel-out the effect of the Earth’s rotation when taking images of stars (something it can calculate using its GPS).
So I am happy to see Pentax joining the Full Frame crowd today with the new K-1 (full specs at BHphoto).
Pentax will soon announce their new K-1 camera.
It’s their first digital Full Frame camera and we can also confirm it uses the same Sony A7r 36MP FF sensor.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 36.2 MP
Resolution 7360 x 4912
Size Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 23.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 204,800 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 33
Supports continuous Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.7x


Max continuous shooting 4.4 fps
Battery life 760 photos
Continuous shooting 4.4 fps


Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm


Type LCD
Size 3.2"
Resolution 1,037 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes


Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 137 x 110 x 86 mm
Thickness 86 mm
Weight 1,010 g
Is weather sealed Yes


Includes a GPS Yes
WiFi 802.11n
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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