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Pentax KP : Specifications and Opinions




Pentax KP, front

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Pentax KP, top



The Pentax KP is a reflex camera with APS-C (1.5x) sensor and 24 megapixels manufactured from 2017 to 2021 (discontinued). The range of sensitivities, including ISO extension, is 100 - 819200 ISO and it has a continuous shooting (burst mode) of 7 FPS x 8 RAW, 28 JPEG. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 990 €;
32 users have given it an average vote of 9.5 out of 10


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 Sensor
 Format   APS-C, 23.5 x 15.7 mm (image ratio 3:2, crop factor 1.5x in comparison with FF)
 Resolution   24 megapixel
 ISO sensitivities   100 - 819200
 File formats   JPEG, RAW

 Esposure
 Shutter speeds   30" - 1/24000
 Exp. compensation   +/- 5 stops at 1/3 steps
 Exp. modes   M, S, A, P
 Metering modes   Multi-Area, Semi-Spot, Spot

 Features
 Mount   Pentax K (click here to view all compatible lenses)
 Stabilization   Yes
 Autofocus (AF areas)   27
 Continuos shooting (with autofocus)   7 FPS x 8 RAW, 28 JPEG
 Continuos shooting (without autofocus)   7 FPS x 8 RAW, 28 JPEG
 Live View   Yes
 MLU/SS   Yes, Mirrok Lock Up
 Dust reduction   Yes
 Video mode   1920x1080p @ 30 FPS
 WiFi   Yes
 GPS   No
 USB   USB 2.0

 Built and notes
 Touchscreen   Yes
 LCD   3.0", 640 x 480 pixels, articulated
 Viewfinder   Optical, coverage 100%, 0.95x
 Flash   Yes, guide number 6 meters
 Storage   SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)
 Storage, Slot 2   not available
 Shutter   Mechanical and electronic
 Battery   Li-Ion (Pentax D-LI109, capacity 7.78 Wh)
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   703 g
 Dimensions   132 x 101 x 76 mm

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avatarjunior
sent on May 20, 2020

Pros: Iso hold, stabilization in the car, discreet silence snap, iso hold and dynamic range, tropicalization, price.

Cons: Batteries, es shot, lack of IR control, DC cable.

Opinion: Just taken, so mine is both a first impression on some points of interest and a comparison with my previous KS2. I switched to KP because I wanted a machine with a less noisy shot that would allow me to hunt for photos. Although attracted by certain Canon and Nikon who have much better focus systems, already having some goals, costing less and having a very good dynamic range, I stayed in Pentax. The KP promised a less noisy shot, more points for autofocus and a better stabilization system than the ks2: 3 things that finally convinced me to buy. I have to say that the noise of the mirror that rises is much less than the KS2 (I would say halved), but still for me still a little annoying. Shooting in live view mode the noise drops a lot and becomes optimal, too bad that the focus from this mode is much poorer and I assume it increases energy consumption. Energy consumption that must be greater than that of the KS2 since the battery, which is the same, lasts less. Then there's the electronic shot (ES) that promises very fast shots and no noise. On no noise I confirm, but on the shots under 1/6000 that can do only in this mode I would say that they are a mockery, the image of a moving object is totally distorted even with incredibly short, unusable time. The autofocus is faster and especially more accurate than the KS2. The stabilization, the dynamic range, the usability of the high iso are better than the KS2. The stabilization tried with a 500 mm freehand zoom surprised me for the effectiveness, really a big added value. There is the possibility to shoot with the mirror raised without using the timed shot. It lacks the IR remote that the KS2 had even if placed only frontally, however you can shoot with cable something you could not do on ks2. The flash is less powerful, but the chances of shooting with other flashes seem to me slightly improved in the proposed options that I have not yet tried. Interestingly, compared to the KS2 has a DC power outlet outside the batteries, too bad that the cable is not sold in Italy and is still ridiculously expensive. There are cheap Chinese alternatives that also worked on the ks2 using the battery compartment, only by keeping the battery compartment open maybe on the outside to make astrophotos I wonder what moisture can do to a machine that, as a lock, would be tropicalized. The control from the phone via wifi works better than that of ks2: the answer is much faster. The screen, okay you see better than the one on the ks2 and it is partially rotateable, however that of the ks2 you could rotate 180 degrees and you could close it towards the car which allowed you to take selfies, to shoot holding the car very high above you and to protect the screen from any scratches and fingers keeping it closed to the machine, so the articulatable system of ks2, maybe less modern was definitely better and really not understanding why it was not kept. The price, 700 euros is very competitive. The big problem with Pentax right now is the targets, especially the 400, 500, 600mm that are basically not there, there's a 300mm and a very expensive 550mm, really little compared to the competition. Other sore spots are focus, tracking and video. Where with soreness I mean that competitors with machines that cost double provide really exceptional performance that can be comfortable, but also with the KP I expect good margins of fun. On the video department, the biggest shortfall and the imposability of customizing without a stake any frame rates and exposure time that instead remain constrained to precise limits. OK, that's it.

avatarjunior
sent on April 12, 2020

Pros: iso seal, dimesion and weight (compared to K5, K3), extra control ring; tropicalization, stabilization

Cons: Batteries

Opinion: I would like to say that I am passionate about landscape and naturalistic photography and my impressions refer to use in these areas. Bought again in December 2018 and paired with the K1 I already owned. Used in different situations both "humid" and "snowy" without ever having had problems. Stabilization in the car is great. Despite the small size (compared to the other pentax home APSC I had) it grips well also thanks to the interchangeable grips. Good dynamic range and raw files from about 30-35 MB work well. When coupled with quality goals, it gives excellent photos. Particularly fond of pairing with the 300 DA* with which you can get good photos even at 2500 ISO. Used is located on 650/700 euros. At this price it is a machine with truly exceptional characteristics. Batteries are the most sore point, you need to have at least 2 for an out-of-port trip and at least 3 for a challenging trip.

avatarjunior
sent on August 23, 2019

Pros: Construction, tropicalization, high quality files, high ISO hold, dynamic range, replaceable grips, vintage look.

Cons: AF improveable, battery life.

Opinion: This machine is crazy when combined with quality lenses, such as the FF Pentax and Limited. Sony's 24-megapixel sensor (not backlit, a boon for high ISOs), is really a bomb paired with the Pentax processor. Overall I can only say that this reflex has been and is really underrated, thanks Pentax for this product. I have owned this machine for about 2 years, I also made some comparisons with other machines like the Sony A7III of a friend of mine... what to say, up to 3200 ISO there are no discernible differences, besides I don't know, we haven't tried. I have used it in many fields and, apart from the add-on AF and battery, I am fully convinced that this medium is a great choice (considering the current price) for many people looking for compactness and performance without giving up the mirror. Today's market has changed a lot but I am sure that Pentax will keep its philosophy while keeping up with the times.

avatarjunior
sent on August 05, 2019

Pros: Low noise level, good white balance, wide dynamic range, good ergonomics, reduced weight and footprint

Cons: Small, low-resolution display, ineffective automatic white balance for artificial light, short battery life, shutter with reduced life cycle, strong built-in flash limitation

Opinion: I have been moving from Pentax k-3 to KP for a few months now and have seen sharp improvements in image quality in terms of a wider dynamic range and medium iso noise level (640). Generally, compared to the K-3, I receive a gain, in terms of lower noise level, of 1.5/2 stop. Commendable!!! With the K-3 I just shot no more than Iso 800 (receiving, however, a considerable level of noise) while, instead, with the KP I push myself up to Iso 1600 getting good results. The noise level content, for example, at Iso 1600 results in a slight loss of detail operated by the co-processor or as Ricoh defines acceleration unit that also allows to extend the sensitivity field up to ISO 819200. It seems, however, that the noise reduction operated by the co-processor is not deactivated and also has an effect on the RAW. That's why some photographers aren't very happy with that. I have not found reliable the automatic white-balance system so I recommend manually setting the artificial light if the relevant condition occurs as the system itself always fails to automatically individually adjust the correct start. If set well the white balance yield is good though a little warmer than the K-3. Good presence of an electronic shutter that, unfortunately, is of type "Rolling shutter" and not "global" thus creating distortions for objects/subjects in rapid motion. Unlike the K-3, this new camera uses a shutter with a life cycle reduced to 100,000 cycles. In my opinion, a high number of shutter cycles is synonymous with greater robustness/reliability of the hardware component. The orientable display is comfortable but smaller and at a lower resolution than the K-3. The camera is full of customizable controls and is really very compact and lightweight. The battery lasts almost half as long as the K-3 but there are some upgraded specimens on the market or at least you can opt for the battery grip which, however, renders the compactness/weight of the camera in vain. The built-in flash has 2 strong limitations in occasional use: 1. has a very limited driving number (half of the K-3); 2. The light is concentrated in the center so the background of the photos is purely dark. In fact looking at the size of the lamp, the latter is tiny and very short. Unfortunately, Dxomark no longer tests Pentax cameras, so KP's performance is not on its website. Those who wish to investigate further can, however, find the performance measurements on the following independent website: http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/RN_ADU.htm#Pentax%20K-3_14,Pentax%20KP_14

avatarjunior
sent on April 20, 2019

Pros: Build Quality, RAW file quality, AF, very customizable

Cons: Battery in some cases

Opinion: I Have the KP for a few months but I'm using it almost every day. Once you have made the habit of all the commands that it makes available (one wheel per ISO, one for diaphragms and one for the times for example) is practically perfect. Outstanding RAW Quality. The shadows are recovered very easily and the noise is practically never excessive. It becomes more than 12 thousand ISO (difficult to ask for better at the moment). The pixel shift function returns files from over 100 MB (huge chance of being machined). Only downside the battery. The duration is not great. It Allows you to arrive quietly until the evening in normal conditions, but if you have some extraordinary session it is advisable to get a spare battery (or to equip the KP of battery grip).




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