Pentax is a bit of an underdog these days. Often overlooked for Canon or Nikon and not nearly as popular as the Sony alternatives. While they might fly a bit under the radar those who have had the pleasure of using a Pentax camera know how rugged, ergonomic, and feature-rich their cameras are. On top of that they usually come in at the lowest price point. The Pentax K-1 is the company's first full-frame DSLR and not only does it follow the value-packed tradition, but DXOMark is claiming it to have the best sensor in its class and the third best sensor among all full-frame DSLRs on the market.
The K-1 seemed a bit of a myth. For years Pentax fans would talk about a possible full frame option from the company, and sure enough, year after year it never came. When it finally did arrive this year many speculated that it was too little too late for Pentax. What could they possibly do to attract users?
Well it appears they may have created quite a little gem. The Pentax K-1 boasts all the rugged weatherproof qualities that all Pentax cameras are known for and that counterparts from Canon or Nikon lack unless you step up to the upper echelon of bodies. Furthermore the K-1 adds a slew of features not present in many Canon or Nikon equivalents. On top of all that DXOMark now reports that their tests show the Pentax K-1 sensor leading the pack in its class, and coming in at third overall for best full-frame DSLR sensor. According to DXOMark, performance of the Pentax K-1 is nearly on par with the Nikon D810 and Sony a7R II, both of which cost nearly twice as much.
Have a look at the official DXOMark results and let us know your thoughts. Have you had a chance to use the K-1 yet? Would you consider it as your next purchase?