Compact, slim design
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. PENTAX has devoted much of its effort to the downsizing of the camera body. By optimizing the design of internal components and mechanisms, it has succeeded in packaging exceptional imaging power, supported by original technologies and a host of advanced functions, in the PENTAX KP’s compact, slim body. It assures casual, carefree shooting not only during daily outings, but also on trips and outdoor activities.
Super high sensitivity, high resolution imaging
The PENTAX KP couples a new generation CMOS image sensor with the PRIME IV imaging engine and an accelerator unit. Together these expand the upper limit of the sensitivity range without generating unwanted noise. With a top sensitivity of ISO 819200, it assures super high sensitivity photography to deliver high resolution, rich gradation images with faithful reproduction of the subject’s texture and a sense of depth, even at higher ISO settings. It also produces high quality images across the entire sensitivity range.
Shooting assist functions
The PENTAX KP features the SR II (Shake Reduction II*) where the five-axis mechanism allows effective compensation for camera shake caused by pitch and yaw, horizontal and vertical shift, and roll by as much as five shutter steps.
The highest sensitivity in PENTAX APS-C DSLR history
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.
High quality imaging supported by a new APS-C CMOS image sensor
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.
Pixel Shift Resolution
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.
Effective camera shake compensation of up to five shutter steps
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.
Highly accurate subject detection
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.
Advanced scene analysis mode developed from deep learning technology
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.
Advanced Automatic Exposure system
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.
Depth-of-field Bracketing and Motion Bracketing
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.
Electronically controlled shutter unit with quiet, high speed operation and top speed of 1/24000 second
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.
High-speed continuous shooting at approximately seven images per second
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.
Highly durable body
The PENTAX KP’s exterior casing is made of highly rigid, lightweight magnesium alloy with remarkable durability and outstanding electromagnetic shielding. Coupled with a high-rigidity, corrosion-resistant metallic chassis, it forms an extremely durable, dependable body structure.
Battle the elements for the perfect shot
To prevent the intrusion of water and dust into the interior, the PENTAX KP features 67 seal, applied to the control buttons and dials, covers and exterior joints. By mounting an AW- or WR-series lens* and the optional, weather-resistant D-BG7 battery grip, they form a highly airtight digital imaging system that assures dependable performance even in adverse weather conditions.
Another innovative PENTAX feature is the Smart Function. This allows you to select custom functions using the Function dial, then choose the desired setting using the setting dial. The two-dial operation make it a lot easier to control camera. In addition to four preset positions,* the Function dial also provides three custom positions (C1 to C3), to which you can assign the desired functions for instant, single-action switching.
5 User Modes
The PENTAX KP features a total of five USER Mode positions. You can assign a combination of frequently used functions to each of them based on your photographic theme or creative style. Four preset combinations are already assigned to U1 to U4 positions for specific purposes such as scenic and macro photography, allowing you to quickly choose the best combination for a given scene or subject.
Optical viewfinder with glass pentaprism
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 interchangeable 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.
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.