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PENTAX K-1 Mark II
The new flagship of the acclaimed PENTAX K-series lineup
The PENTAX K-1 Mark II delivers outstanding image quality and improved operability in a broad range of shooting conditions. It features a full-frame Anti-aliasing (AA)-filterless CMOS sensor with 36.4 effective megapixel resolution. A new accelerator unit that-along with the camera's PRIME IV image processor-enables it to produce high-resolution images with minimal noise in even in the most challenging low-light conditions, up to ISO 819200.
- Full Frame 36.4 MP AA-Filter-less CMOS Sensor
- PRIME IV Imaging Engine + RICOH developed Accelerator Unit
- High sensitivity up to ISO 819200
- Pixel Shift Resolution System II w/ Motion Correction
- Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode
- SRII 5-Axis In-camera Shake Reduction
- Cross-tilt LCD Display
- Outdoor View Setting/Red Light Night Vision LCD Display
- GPS/Electronic Compass/ASTROTRACER
- Weather-Resistant Body
- Operation Assist LED Illumination
The K-1 Mark II incorporates Pixel Shift Resolution System II. This new PENTAX-developed technology uses the same in-camera shake-reduction (SR) mechanism and sensor-shift capabilities as the original Pixel Shift Resolution System, capturing four images of the same scene, and then synthesizes them into a single, super-high-resolution composite image. With the Pixel Shift Resolution System II, the camera also obtains RGB color data, resulting in images with significantly finer details and truer colors than those produced by typical full-frame sensors.
In addition, the new Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode allows photographers to produce crisp, ultra-high pixel shift resolution images without the need of a tripod. The PENTAX K-1 Mark II also comes equipped with many unique features and functions designed to facilitate creativity and ensure operational comfort, including a sturdy magnesium-alloy body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction; an optical viewfinder with a nearly 100-percent field of view for real-time subject confirmation; Astro Tracer, which simplifies the tracing and photographing of celestial bodies; and a flexible tilt-type LCD monitor to accommodate various shooting angles.
High ISO Sensitivity, ISO 819,200 (Still) / ISO 25,600 (Video)
As the combination of PRIME IV and the RICOH developed Accelerator Unit drastically reduces noise, allowing for high sensitivity up to ISO 819,200.
By exceeding the upper limit of sensitivity, the range of practical sensitivity will be widened with beautiful images with the wider selection of shutter speed and aperture combination.
This can be easily done using the TAv mode. The ISO for video has also been increased to ISO 25,600.
36.4 Effective Mega Pixel – Full Frame CMOS Sensor
The Full-Frame size CMOS sensor (35.9mm x 24.0mm) supported by approx. 36.4 Megapixels delivers high resolution while suppressing noise levels. The larger sized CMOS sensor which is 1.5x larger than that of APS-C also produces a shallower depth of field. With the increase in resolution and the larger size of the Full-Frame sensor, users can enjoy very high resolution images with a wide range of bokeh expression. The larger Full-Frame sensor also increases the individual pixel pitch ( individual pixel size) from 3.91µ with APS-C sized sensors to 4.88µ. This increase allows the sensor to collect more light, resulting in improved S/N ratio (signal to noise ratio) resulting in improved noise performance. The K-1 Mark II’s sensor is also AA (anti-aliasing) filter-less to fully utilize the image quality of the sensor
Prime IV With RICOH Developed Accelerator Unit
The PRIME IV with 14-bit imaging processing engine coupled with our original Accelerator Unit, (a RICOH developed processing device) effectively suppresses noise and reproduces fine-details with rich colors even at high ISO levels. The Accelerator Unit was first introduced in the PENTAX K-70, followed by the KP and is now being introduced in the K-1 Mark II, marking the 3rd generation. We have been able to achieve the highest results from this newly designed Accelerator Unit based on our increased knowledge and experience.
Pixel Shift Resolution II
Pentax Pixel Shift Resolution has been very well accepted with the PENTAX K-3 II, K-70, and KP. We have adopted an upgraded version of the Pixel Shift Resolution to PENTAX K-1 Mark II. The system is apart from the conventional Bayer system, which only captures single unit of color data in each pixel. Pixel Shift Resolution captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel, using the SRII mechanism. With this, each pixel captures all colors, resulting in super-high-resolution images, true to life colors with much finer details, while significantly lowering the level of high-sensitivity noise.
Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution
During the Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution, as the image is not captured using sensor movement like traditional Pixel Shift Resolution, the SR II system can be used to correct for camera shake. By coupling both features, Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution can be effectively used during low light situations even without tripod.
From the technology point of view, when you are using tripod, the Pixel Shift Resolution II images will produce higher resolution.
Built-in Shake Reduction Mechanism, SR II
Just like the PENTAX K-1 the K-1 Mark II is equipped with a 5-Axis, SR II system. To achieve this technology an acceleration sensor is used.
The 5-axis SR II covers the shake of yaw, pitch, roll, vertical, and horizontal. Additionally, the shake reduction performance system offers 5 shutter steps compensation. With the SR II mechanism, camera shake can be prevented even with a high resolution images.
As always, as the SR II is built-in, SR II is effective with every K-mount lenses. Shift (vertical and horizontal) camera shake reduction is effective with macro shooting while Roll reduction is effective with extra-wide lenses as the edge of the image will not flow.
AA Filter Selector
Thanks to the built-in SR system, by using the microscopic vibration of the image sensor unit during image exposure, generates the same level of moiré-reduction effect as optical AA (anti-aliasing) filter. Unlike fixed optical AA filters which always creates the identical result, this innovative simulator allows the user to adjust the level of the moiré-reduction effect from OFF, Type1 and Type2. Bracketing of all those settings is also possible. Depending on your subject, you can chose high resolution shooting or AA filtered shooting.
Dust Proof and Weather-resistant
87 different places including buttons, dials and covers are carefully sealed for durable usage under hard conditions. Battery Grip is also carefully sealed with 47places.
CMOS Sensor Glass
On the front of CMOS sensor glass parts, piezoelectric element is adopted. With a very fast ultrasonic vibration highly adherent dust is strongly removed by preventing dust to be captured in the image. The ultrasonic vibration mechanism is based on the SR function.
Tough and Durable Body
By covering the metal framework with magnesium alloy, lightweight, highly tough, highly durable and electromagnetic shielded is possible. With the composite construction with metal chassis, which is maintaining the main function, giving a high durability and reliability with punishing circumstances.
Flexible Tilt Type LCD Monitor
The 3.2-inch flexible tilt type LCD monitor’s movement was especially designed without deviating from the lens’s optical axis. With vari-angle LCD, when you take photo using live view, the composition adjustment was stressful with an uncomfortable feeling as the adjustment is not smooth. This happens as the center of the monitor is misaligned from lens’s optical axis. Uncomfortableness is significant especially with macro shooting. With this unique LCD, we cleared the uncomfortableness for further stress free composition. The monitor will move approx. 44°up and down and approx. 35°left and right. When you use it with west level, it can be moved approx. 90 °upward.
The LCD’s angle can be changed instantly with a stress free single action.
Built-in GPS Function
K-1 Mark II features a built-in GPS function. With K-1 Mark II itself, shooting location, facing direction, and the shooting date and time (Coordinated Universal Time) can be recorded in image data. As the GPS button is placed near the pentaprism, it can be easily activated. GPS log function is also adopted which let’s you load the log to PC . K-1 Mark II also features the digital compass for easy direction checking.
Cold Weather Environment
As usual, environment test has been carried under minus 10 degrees. The electronic circuit and mechanical mechanism operation and responsiveness work perfectly well under this circumstances.
Coupled with in-body SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism and GPS, this function easily tracks and photographs astronomical body such as stars. The latitude obtained by the GPS function, and camera position (horizontal/vertical tilt and facing direction) detected by the magnetic and acceleration sensors are used to calculate the movement of astronomical body. The CMOS sensor is synchronized with the movement of astronomical body, making it possible to capture stars as points of light not as trails of light even during long exposures.
Easy-to-focus optical viewfinder with nearly 100-percent field of view
The K-1 Mark II's optical viewfinder provides a nearly 100-percent field of view and an approximately 0.7-times magnification. A Natural Bright Matte III focusing screen allows ease of focusing and a true-to-life rendition of defocused areas in the viewfinder image.
Supportive shooting functions to improve picture-taking efficiency and operational comfort
Operation assist light function provides LED lights above the lens mount, behind the LCD monitor, at the memory card slot, and at the cable switch terminal to help facilitate fast and easy operation in poorly lit settings. The key lock function prevents erroneous operation of the four-way controller and other exposure-related control buttons. The Smart Function allows users to swiftly choose and set desired functions using just the function dial and the set dial on the camera's upper panel, without referring to the menu screen on the LCD monitor.
K-1 Mark II Body
ME Viewfinder Cap
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90E
Battery Charger D-BC90
AC plug cord
Hot shoe cover FK
Sync socket 2p cap
Body mount cap KII
Battery Grip terminal cover
PENTAX K-1 Mark II
|Type||TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera|
|Lens Mount||PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts,K-mount
with power contacts)
|Compatible Lens||KAF4, KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible), KAF, KA mount lens|
Image Capture Unit
|Image Sensor||Primary colour filter, CMOS. Size: 35.9 x 24.0 (mm)|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 36.40 megapixels|
|Total Pixels||Approx. 36.77 megapixels|
|Dust Removal||Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II"|
|Sensitivity (Standard output)||ISO AUTO/100 to 819200 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV)|
|Image Stabilizer||Sensor-shift shake reduction (SR II: Shake Reduction)(5-axis)|
|AA Filter Simulator||Moiré reduction using SR unit. OFF/Type1/Type2/ Bracketing(2 images)/Bracketing (3 images)|
|File format||RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant|
|Recorded Pixels||[35mm Full Frame]
JPEG: L(36M:7360x4912), M(22M:5760x3840), S(12M:4224x2816),
JPEG: L(15M:4800x3200), M(12M:4224x2816), S(8M:3456x2304),
|Quality Level||RAW (14bit): PEF, DNG
JPEG: ??? (Best), ?? (Better), ? (Good), RAW + JPEG simultaneous
|Colour Space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Storage Medium||SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Card (Conforms to USH-I standards)|
|Dual SD slot||Sequential Use, Save to Both, Separate RAW/JPEG, Image copy between slots possible|
|Storage Folder||Folder Name: Date (100_1018,101_1019...) or User assigned folder name (Default "PENTX")|
|Recording File||File Name: "IMGP****" or User assigned file name File name numbering: Sequential, Reset|
|Coverage (FOV)||Approx. 100%|
|Magnification||Approx. 0.70x (50mmF1.4 at infinity)|
|Eye-Relief Length||Approx. 20.6mm (from the view window), Approx. 21.7mm (from the center of lens)|
|Diopter adjustment||Approx. -3.5m to + 1.2m-1|
|Focusing Screen||Fixed Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen|
|Viewfinder Overlay||AF Points, Grid Display, Electronic Level, AF Frame, Spot Metering Frame, Crop|
|Type||TTL method using image sensor|
|Focusing Mechanism||Contrast detection (Face detection, Tracking, Multiple AF points, Select, Spot) Focus Peaking: ON/OFF|
|Display||Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (up to 16x),
Grid Display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display, Square 1, Square 2, Grid
Colour: Black/White ), Histogram, Bright area warning, Composition Adjustment
|Type||Wide viewing angle TFT colour LCD, Air-gapless glass. Flexible-tilt.|
|Size||3.2 inch (aspect ratio 3:2)|
|Dots||Approx. 1037K dots|
|Adjustment||Brightness, Saturation and Colours adjustable|
|Outdoor View Setting||Adjustable ±2 step|
|Night Vision LCD Display||ON/OFF|
|Type||Method using a combination of the image sensor and the light source detection sensor|
|White Balance||AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB,
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Colour, N:Daylight White,
W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, CTE,
Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Colour Temperature Configuration (up to 3
settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
|Fine Adjustment||Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis|
|Type||TTL: Phase-matching autofocus|
|Focus Sensor||SAFOX 12, 33 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)|
|Brightness Range||EV-3 to 18 (ISO 100 / at normal temperature)|
|AF mode||Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C)|
|AF Point Selection||Spot, Select, Expanded Area (S, M, L), Zone select, Auto (33 AF points)|
|AF Assist Light||Dedicated LED AF assist light|
|Type||TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor, Multi-segment, Center weighted and Spot metering|
|Metering Range||EV-3 to 20 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)|
|Exposure Mode||Scene Analyze Auto, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture
Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync Speed, USER1,
USER2, USER3, USER4, USER5
|EV Compensation||±5EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps can be selected)|
|AE Lock||Button type (timer type: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting); Continuous as long as the shutter button is halfway pressed|
|Type||Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter * Electronic shutter when using Pixel Shift Resolution|
|Shutter Speed||Auto:1/8000 to 30 sec., Manual:1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb (Timed exposure setting possible from 10 sec. to 20min.)|
|LV Electronic Shutter||ON/OFF|
|Multi-Exposure||Composite Mode(Additive/Average/Bright) Number of Shots(2 to 2000 images)|
[Interval Shooting] Interval: 2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min.-1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 2 to 2000 images, Start Interval: Now/Self-timer/Remote Control/Set Time
[Interval Composite] Interval: 2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min.-1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 2 to 2000 images, Start Interval: Now/Self-timer/Remote Control/Set Time, Composite Mode: Additive/Average/Bright, Save Process: On/Off
[Interval Movie] Recorded Pixels: 4K/FullHD/HD, File Format: Motion JPEG (AVI), Interval:2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min-1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 8 to 2000 images (8 to 500 images at 4K), Start Interval:Now/Self-timer/Remote Control/Set Time
[Star Stream] Recorded Pixels: 4K/FullHD/HD, File Format: Motion JPEG (AVI), Interval: Min-1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 8 to 2000 images (8 to 500 images at 4K), Start Interval:Now/Self-timer/Remote Control/Set Time, Fade-out:
|Flash Modes||Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
* Contrast-control-sync and High-speed sync requires 2 or more dedicated external flash
|Flash Exposure Compensation||-2.0~+1.0EV|
|Custom Image||Auto Select, Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Flat, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing|
|Cross Process||Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3|
|Digital Filter||Extract Colour, Replace Colour, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Colour, Unicolour Bold, Bold Monochrome|
|HDR||Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Advanced HDR, Exposure bracket value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function|
|Pixel Shift Resolution||Available, Motion Correction ON/OFF , Image Stabilization On|
|Lens Correction||Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumin. Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction|
|D-RANGE Compensation||Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction|
|Noise Reduction||Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR|
|GPS||GPS Logging (Logging Interval, Logging Duration, Memory Card Options), GPS Time Sync|
|Horizon Correction||SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 2 degrees|
|Composition Adjustment||Adjustment range of ±1.5mm up, down, left or right (1mm when rotated); Rotating range of 1 degree|
|Electronic Level||Displayed in viewfinder (Horizontal and vertical); Displayed on LCD monitor (Horizontal and vertical)|
|File Format||MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(MOV)|
|Recorded Pixels||Full HD(1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p)
HD (1280x720, 60p/50p)
|Sound||Built-in stereo microphone, external microphone (Stereo recording compatible)
Recording Sound Level adjustable, Wind Noise Reduction
|Recording Time||Up to 25 minutes or 4GB ; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.|
|Custom Images||Auto Select, Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Flat, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing|
|Cross Processing||Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3.|
|Digital Filter||Extract Colour, Replace Colour, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Colour, Unicolour Bold, Bold Monochrome|
|Playback View||Single frame, Multi-image display (6,12, 20, 35, 80 segmentation), Display magnification (up to 16, 100% display and quick magnification available), Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display, Square 1, Square 2, Grid Colour: Black/White ), Rotating, Histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), Bright area warning, Auto Image Rotation, Detailed information, Copyright Information (Photographer, Copyright holder), GPS information (latitude, longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time) , Orientation, Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display, Slide Show|
|Delete||Delete single image, delete all, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image|
|Digital Filter||Base Parameter Adj, Extract Colour, Replace Colour, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Colour, Unicolour Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Colour, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Monochrome|
RAW file select:
RAW Development Parameter:
|Edit||Image Rotation, Colour Moiré Correction, Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and
Slant adjustment available),
Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from
a movie, Saving RAW data in buffer memory, Image Copy
|USER Mode||Up to 5 settings can be saved|
|Custom Functions||26 items|
|Mode Memory||17 items|
|Button Customization||Fx1 Button, Fx2 Button (One Push File Format, Outdoor View Setting, Flash Mode, Pixel Shift Resolution, Shake Reduction, Horizon Correction, Electronic Level)
AF Button (AF1/ AF2/ Cancel AF)
Preview Dial (Optical Preview/Digital Preview)
Various settings for the action of the e-dials in each exposure mode can also be saved.
|AF Customization||AF.S: Focus-priority/ Release-priority
1st Frame Action in AF.C: Release-priority/Auto/Focus-priority
Action in AF.C Continuous: Focus-priority, Auto, FPS-priority
Hold AF Status: OFF, Low, Medium, High
AF in Interval Shooting: Locks focus at 1st exposure, Adjusts focus for each shot
AF with Remote Control: Off/On
|Operation Control Lock||Type1: E-Dial, EV Compensation, ISO, Green Button, AE Lock
Type2: 4-way controller, AF point change button, Change AF Point, OK Button, Menu Button
|Text Size||Standard, Large|
|World Time||World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)|
|Language||English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish,
Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional
Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
|AF Fine Adjustment||±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)|
|Illumination Settings||LCD Panel (High/Low/Off), Backside Controls (High/Low/Off), Lens Mount (On/Off), Card Slot/Connector (On/Off)|
|Indicator Lamps||Wi-Fi (High/Low/Off), GPS (High/Low/Off), Self-timer (On/Off), Remote Control (On/Off)|
|Copyright Information||Names of "Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file.
Revision history can be checked using the provided software.
GPS / Electronic Compass
|Satellites||GPS, QZSS, SBAS(WAAS/EGNOS/GAGAN/MSAS)|
|Reception Frequency||L1 1575.42MHz|
|Recorded Information||Latitude, Longitude, Altitude, Time (UTC), Direction|
|Geodesics||World Geodetic System (WGS84)|
|GPS Logging||KML format, Logging Interval: 5/10/15/30sec. /1min., Logging Duration: 1-24hr. (Up to 9hours at Logging Interval 5sec. Up to 18hrs. at Logging Interval 10sec.)|
|Electronic Compass||Azimuth calculation using triaxial geomagnetic sensor and triaxial acceleration sensor, True north standard|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90|
|AC Adapter||AC Adapter Kit K-AC167 (Optional)|
|Battery Life||Number of recordable images: Approx.: 670 images
Playback time: Approx. 340 minutes
* With a fully-recharged Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery. Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting condition.
|Connection Port||USB2.0 (micro B), External power supply terminal, External cable switch terminal, X-sync socket, HDMI output terminal (Type D) , Stereo microphone input terminal, Headphone terminal|
|Security||Authentication: WPA2, Encryption: AES|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Approx. 136.5 x 110 x 85.5 mm (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||Approx. 1010 g (Including dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), Approx. 925 g (body only)|
|Humidity||85% or less (no condensation)|
|Software||Digital Camera Utility 5|
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