Pentax KP is the company’s newest DSLR camera that should be able to shoot some pretty incredible pictures in low light as it will reportedly have an 819,200 ISO.
Presently, Pentax is a brand name mainly used by the Ricoh Imaging Company. It is connected to cameras, CCTV and sport optics. The name is also used in connection to several other domains.
But Pentax is perhaps still best known for its cameras. Back in 1957, the company released the “Asahi Pentax” single-lens reflex camera. The Pentax series was quite a success. And it led to the appearance of the “Pentax Corporation”.
Things have changed quite a lot since then. Pentax cameras have to face a tougher competition nowadays. But the company will not accept defeat. And just this week, it announced the release of a new product.
The Pentax brand is currently controlled by Ricoh. And it is also partnered up with Samsung Techwin. But it also still releases cameras under its own brand name.
Pentax KP is such an example. The new product was revealed on January 25. It will be a compact DSLR camera. Pentax KP will come in both a silver and a black finish. And both color schemes will be weather sealed on the outside. The camera will be dustproof, and quite compact. It has a lighter and smaller design when compared to K-3.
But its inside features and additions are what make it most interesting. Pentax KP will reportedly have quite an impressive ISO scale. The company presented it as having a very high maximum of 819,200. In comparison, the Sony A7S II has twice as little.
This incredible feature is based on a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor. Photos shot with the camera are yet to be released. But if it meets its highest ISO, the resulting photos could be transformed into something amazing.
Pentax KP would hypothetically be able to shoot with almost no light. The resulting images will probably suffer quite badly from noise. And its image quality may be quite damaged.
But this remains to be actually seen. Usable shots should still be within reach. According to the company, users should get reliable night scenes even at this very high sensitivity. And also whilst just handholding the camera.
The APS-C camera will have a five-axis body stabilization. Similar to other models, it will also use the “pixel shift resolution”. This means that the user should be able to take quite accurate color and resolution photos. But only as long as their subjects do not move a lot.
Pentax KP will sport a vertical tilt screen, coming to 3-inches. It will offer an AA-filter-free design and customizable buttons. Its grip will be removable and replaceable. This is possible thanks to its Allen key base.
Still, the camera has some more common features. It will have 27 autofocus points. This will give it a top speed of 7 stills per second. Pentax KP will have a built-in Wi-Fi option. But it will not feature an HDMI port. Instead, it will have a USB 2.0 one. It will be able to shoot videos. But not in 4K. Its limit will not surpass the 1080p, 30p setting.
The Pentax KP should start being shipped on February 23. In the United States, the camera will cost about $1,099. It could turn out to be quite an interesting device. Especially for those looking for a very low-light capability.
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