Today, Pentax has announced their entry into the full-frame market, the K-1. Slotting in-between the company's APS-C and medium format offerings, the K-1 aims to be the do-it-all solution for working photographers. In addition, the company has also announced two lenses to complement the new system.
We've been eagerly awaiting the announcement of Pentax's full-frame offering and happily, we are not disappointed. The camera follows Pentax's tradition of offering its unique take on features, incorporating some highly useful and intriguing capabilities that are sure to please photographers of all types. These features include:
- 36.4 MP CMOS sensor with no AA filter, but with an AA filter simulation effect to eliminate moire
- ISO sensitivity up to 204,800
- Five-axis in-camera shake reduction, offering up to five stops of compensation
- Pixel-shifting technology that shifts the sensor to create high-resolution images, complete with motion correction
- Continuous shooting of up to 4.4 fps (17-shot raw buffer) in full-frame mode, or up to 6.5 fps (50-shot raw buffer) in APS-C mode
- Dual SD slots
- 33 AF points (25 cross-type), sensitive to EV -3, including an LED AF assist lamp
- 100% coverage viewfinder with 0.70x magnification
- Illuminated controls and lens mount
- A 3.2-inch LCD display that can be tilted along multiple axes: 44° down, 90° up, 35° left and right
- Weather and dust resistance
- Built-in GPS and electronic compass
- AstroTracer function that shifts the sensor to follow the motion of stars, enabling blur-free long exposures
- Wi-Fi control and file transfer
- Ability to capture files in Pentax raw, DNG format, or JPEG
- Diffraction correction
- Focus peaking in video mode
- Optional adaptor to use 645-series lenses
- 1080p video at 30 fps in both full-frame and APS-C modes
Pentax has also announced the PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR, with 11" close focus distance, 18 elements in 13 groups, nine rounded apertures blades, and full weather and dust resistance. Its companion, the PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR, features similar weather and dust resistance, 15 elements in 11 groups, and nine rounded aperture blades.
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