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State-of-the-art imaging processing system
Greatly improved image quality, even in high-sensitivity photography
To reproduce lively colours and rich gradations close to memory colours in all sensitivity ranges, the PENTAX K-1 Mark II newly incorporates an original accelerator unit, which efficiently processes image signals output by the image sensor before sending them to the imaging engine. This process upgrades both image resolution and colour reproduction in a high-sensitivity range, while drastically reducing noise compared to the PENTAX K-1. It also helps bring the camera’s top sensitivity up to ISO 819200 (at standard output sensitivity) for high-grade, super-high-sensitivity photography.
High-performance imaging engine to assure high-resolution image reproduction
The PENTAX K-1 Mark II’s PRIME IV imaging engine is the culmination of PENTAX’s high-speed, high-quality image processing technologies. In addition to highly efficient noise processing, it features Fine Sharpness and Extra Sharpness functions to process the subject’s outlines more naturally and more delicately, and the PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System, which has adopted a breakthrough deep learning technology. It also effectively compensates for the distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration caused by specific lens properties, while efficiently correcting the fringe effect.
35mm full-frame image sensor
A large, high-performance image sensor to capture all lighting data
The PENTAX K-1 Mark II’s 35mm full-frame image sensor features a large imaging area and a wide pixel pitch to deliver lively, true-to-life images with rich gradation. It also assures superb noise reduction performance to capture the subject truthfully with fine details and subtle shades. Its shallow depth of field allows you to control the sense of depth and bokeh (defocus) effect at will.
A PENTAX technology to produce high-quality images beyond the power of total pixels
PENTAX’s Pixel Shift Resolution System II is the super-solution technology which realizes image resolving power and colour reproduction far better than that of the conventional Bayer system. By taking advantage of the camera’s SR mechanism, it captures four images of the same scene by slightly shifting the image sensor for each image, obtaining all RGB colour data and luminance data from each pixel, then synthesizing them into a single, super-high-resolution composite image. It not only improves image resolving power, but also prevents the generation of false colour, reduces high-sensitivity noise, and greatly improves image quality.
Innovative Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode Greater flexibility in handheld shooting
In addition to conventional shooting modes, the Pixel Shift Resolution System II features a new Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode, an innovative technology that takes advantage of slight fluctuations of the subject’s position during handheld shooting. The camera closely analyzes four captured images and detects camera shake during handheld shooting before synthesizing them into a super-high-resolution composite image. By combining this mode with the camera’s SR mechanism, you can use the advanced Pixel Shift Resolution System II more flexibility, even in difficult shooting conditions such as shooting at poorly lit locations or without using a tripod.
Five-axis, five-shutter-step camera shake compensation
The PENTAX-original sensor-shift-type shake reduction mechanism has been upgraded to provide optimum compensation for all lenses used in handheld shooting. The new-generation SR II (Shake Reduction II) features a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift (often generated in macro photography) and camera shake caused by roll, which is difficult to handle by lens-installed shake reduction mechanisms, in addition to more common camera shake caused by pitch and yaw. The SR II unit is controlled with great precision as soon as the camera’s power is turned on, and provides a wide compensation range – as much as five shutter steps – to expand the limits of handheld shooting.
Extra-accurate auto-exposure and autofocus control, even in the dark
An illumination level of -3EV makes it difficult to see a subject with the naked eye, and almost impossible to make accurate focus with manual focusing. Even under such low-illumination conditions, the K-1 Mark II assures high-precision auto-exposure and autofocus operations. Thanks to its upgraded algorithm, its autofocus response time for poorly illuminated subjects is greatly reduced. Coupled with its super-high-resolution imaging power, the K-1 Mark II delivers exceptional shooting performance in dark locations.
Easy, pushbutton control of monitor brightness
The camera’s outdoor-oriented monitor, which provides easy setting of the brightness level, has been upgraded. In addition to positive settings to assure the correct brightness level in bright locations, it now provides negative settings to improve visibility in dark locations. It also features a red-lit monitor display function to facilitate monitor viewing when your eyes have become accustomed to a dark location during astronomical or nighttime photography. By assigning this function to the Fx1 button, you can instantly switch the monitor display between the normal and red-lit modes.
Supporting camera operations in the dark
Four Operation Assist Lights are strategically positioned around the camera body: at the upper side of the lens mount, behind the LCD monitor, at the memory card slot, and at the cable switch terminal. With a push of the illumination button, you can turn them on to facilitate lens and memory card changes, control button operations, and attachment and removal of a cable switch, for more efficient, comfortable shooting of nighttime outdoor scenes and poorly lit indoor subjects.
A completely environment-resistant imaging system, with a weather-resistant lens
A combination of the K-1 Mark II’s 87 sealing parts and the optional D-BG6 Battery Grip’s watertight body prevents the intrusion of water and dust into their interior. When an AW- or WR-series lens is mounted, the K-1 Mark II and its lens forms a remarkable digital imaging system totally resistant to demanding environmental factors.
Effective removal of foreign particles from the image sensor
Using its piezoelectric element, this innovative mechanism applies ultrasonic vibrations to the optical glass panel placed in front of the image sensor. This effectively removes all dust particles clinging to the image sensor surface, and prevents annoying dust spots from appearing on a captured image.
Unmatched reliability proven under vigorous testing conditions
Anticipating use in cold locations, PENTAX has subjected the K-1 Mark II to exacting environmental tests at temperatures as low as -10°C, and gathered a vast array of data on operational precision, response and stability of mechanisms and circuits, as well as fluctuations in battery voltage. As the result, the K-1 Mark II assures solid, trouble-free operation even at freezing temperatures.
A shell structure shielding a metallic chassis with a magnesium alloy casing
The K-1 Mark II’s exterior casing is made of highly rigid, lightweight magnesium alloy, which provides excellent shock-resistance and electromagnetic shielding performance. By coupling it with a high-rigidity metallic chassis housing the core components, the K-1 Mark II forms a compound structure to assure outstanding durability and exceptional reliability.
Withstanding 300,000 shutter releases for professional use
After a series of exacting performance tests, the K-1 Mark II’s shutter unit has proven its exceptional durability by withstanding a total of 300,000 shutter releases. It assures outstanding operational precision and exceptional durability required for exacting professional work
Large-volume image data filing on two SD memory cards
The K-1 Mark II’s card slot accepts two SD memory cards, with a choice of three data filing modes: “Serial” to store a large volume of data successively from one card to another; “Duplicate” (simultaneous filing) for simplified data backup, and “RAW/JPEG Division” to separate data files based on the recording format. It is also possible to copy an image stored on one card to another.
Innovative mechanism to tilt the monitor to any desired angle along the optical axis
Aiming at aligning the photographer’s line of sight precisely with the camera’s optical axis while providing a flexible angle adjustment, PENTAX has designed an ideal LCD monitor for the K-1 series by creating an innovative mechanism that supports the monitor with four stays. This monitor has reached two difficult goals that conventional monitors have failed to attain: no deviation from the optical axis; and unrestricted tilt in all directions, horizontally or vertically. You can even tilt it up to a nearly 90-degree angle for low-angle and waist-level photography.
Automatic recording of shooting position data
The K-1 Mark II features a built-in GPS module and Electronic Compass, which together display the camera’s direction on the LCD monitor. These features allow you to attach Exif data to recorded images, including the location, direction and time of shooting (using Universal Time Coordinated). This comes in particularly handy in situations where you must make meticulous preparations in advance for the direction of shooting, such as the shooting of sunrise scenes and celestial bodies.
- Universal Time Coordinated
- GPS signal status
- Camera’s direction of shooting (Azimuth)
GPS Log to track the photographer’s movement
The K-1 Mark II’s GPS Log function automatically keeps track of the photographer’s movement at fixed intervals. By loading a log file on your computer, you can trace the route you have travelled using a mapping application such as Google Earth™.
Effortless tracking and photographing of celestial bodies without an equatorial
By making full use of its GPS module, Electronic Compass and SR mechanism, the K-1 Mark II simplifies the astronomical photography of celestial bodies, without the help for an equatorial. Based on the latitude data obtained from GPS satellites and other affecting factors (the camera’s direction and horizontal/vertical tilt) obtained by its various sensors, the K-1 Mark II calculates the movement of celestial bodies, then synchronizes the movement of its image sensor with that of celestial bodies with great precision. Since it captures stars without a streaking effect even during extended exposures, you can record faint stars, which are difficult to detect with the naked eye, as point images.
Accurate detection of camera tilt without removing the eye from the subject
The K-1 Mark II’s Digital Level displays bar scales at the right side and bottom of the viewfinder to indicate the horizontal and vertical tilt of the camera, allowing you to confirm the horizontal and vertical alignment of the subject without taking the eye off the subject. You can also display the Digital Level on the LCD monitor during viewfinder shooting, Live View shooting and movie recording.
Automatic switching of an image area with attachment of a lens
When a DA★-, DA Limited- or DA-series lens is mounted on the K-1 Mark II, its Crop mode automatically switches an image area to the APS-C size covering the middle section of the image field, while displaying the cropping frame in the viewfinder. It not only assures high-resolution images with approximately 15.36 effective megapixels, but also provides an efficient AF sensor coverage of the image area for more flexible image composition during autofocus operation. When you select the FF (Full Frame) setting of the Crop mode, you can even capture a 35mm full-frame image with a DA-series lens.
Assuring a clear view of the field and ease of focus
The K-1 Mark II’s optical viewfinder provides a nearly 100-percent field of view and a 0.7-times magnification to deliver a sharp, crisp view of the subject and a large, well-defined image field, both of which are the benefits of the 35mm full-frame SLR camera. This viewfinder also provides a clear view of the image field free of aberrations, even at the edges. Its Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen makes it easy to identify the in-focus point, even during manual-focus operation.
At-a-glance confirmation of the camera’s operational status
The K-1 Mark II’s transparent LCD viewfinder display allows you to select desired data, such as a grid display, and monitor it in the viewfinder. It comes in handy when correcting the camera’s tilt using the digital level or rearranging the image composition using a grid pattern, without taking the eye off the subject.
Selection of data on viewfinder display
Transparent data to be displayed in the viewfinder (grid pattern, Digital Level, AF frame and spot-metering frame) can be turned on and off independently to accommodate varying shooting conditions and preferred shooting styles.
The Digital Level displays the K-1 Mark II’s horizontal and vertical tilt with two bar scales. Compared with the conventional type that utilizes an exposure bar scale, it not only makes it easier to identify the camera’s tilt, but also allows you to check the tilt and exposure status simultaneously. As the result, it greatly improves the camera’s operability during viewfinder shooting
Optimizing the performance of AE and AF systems and the ease of image composition
Supported by the approximately 86,000-pixel RGB light-metering sensor and the new PRIME IV imaging engine, the PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System analyzes such factors as brightness distribution in the image field, the subject’s primary colour and its motion with great accuracy and efficiency. In addition, by adopting a breakthrough artificial intelligence technology called deep learning to its image detection algorithm, this system assesses each individual scene more accurately, while optimizing the accuracy and performance of the light-metering, exposure-control and autofocus systems, and selecting the most appropriate finishing touch for a given scene or composition.
Advanced AF system, with an expanded AF detection area
In order to optimize the ease of image composition over the large 35mm full-frame image field, the PENTAX K-1 Mark II features the latest SAFOX 12, equipped with a light source sensor, to expand the AF detection area. To accommodate the longer optical path required for the expanded AF area, the camera features an innovative design in which incoming light is turned back within the AF module. Thanks to the optimization of the condenser lens, it also provides a total of 33 AF sensor points. This state-of-the-art module boasts both compact dimensions and exceptional image-forming performance.
Improved AF performance
Thanks to the incorporation of the latest AF algorithm, the PENTAX K-1 Mark II assures high-speed autofocus operation, from the activation of the AF system to the capture of the subject in focus. It captures the subject’s motion with great precision, even when the colours of the subject and the background are nearly identical. It also provides outstanding tracking performance with subjects which move laterally or vertically within the image field. The camera’s overall AF performance has been upgraded to a new level.
Assuring reliable, unfailing focus on the subject
The K-1 Mark II’s sophisticated 33-point AF system has a high-density distribution of AF sensors to effectively monitor crucial areas of the image field, while providing 25 cross-shaped sensors to assure extra-accurate focus on the subject.
Auto tracking with PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System
Supported by the PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System, the K-1 Mark II’s Auto Tracking function accurately detects the subject’s motion based on various factors including colour, then keeps pinpoint focus on the subject throughout the imaging process by automatically shifting the in-focus point.
High-precision scene analysis based on the subject’s colour, shape and motion
The K-1 Mark II’s approximately 86,000-pixel RGB light-metering sensor not only delivers outstanding resolving power, but also detects colours with great precision. After accurately measuring the subject’s shape, primary colour and motion, it feeds the obtained data to the PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System for extra-accurate scene analysis.
Much-improved accuracy, through the adoption of artificial intelligence technology
Supported by the PENTAX Real-time Scene Analysis System, the K-1 Mark II’s Scene Analyze AUTO mode automatically optimizes exposure settings, and selects the most appropriate finishing touch for your subject. When using the optical viewfinder, it is also assisted by an algorithm that adopts the deep learning artificial intelligence technology, and makes an extensive analysis of a given scene based on the enormous volume of data accumulated from previous scenes.
A choice of distinctive auto-exposure modes
In addition to the conventional Program (P), Aperture-Priority (A) and Shutter-Priority (Tv) modes, the K-1 Mark II also provides the PENTAX-original Sensitivity-Priority (Sv) and Shutter-speed/Aperture-Priority (TAv) modes, both of which assure proper exposure on the subject by factoring the ISO sensitivity more prominently into exposure-control operation. This multi-mode system assures more flexible control of exposure settings to express the subject’s motion or the depth of field. It also provides a wide exposure compensation range of ±5EV (in still-image shooting) to expand a range of exposure control.
Exceptional operational accuracy and remarkable durability
The K-1 Mark II features an electronically controlled, vertical-run shutter to optimize the performance of the 35mm full-frame image sensor. With a top speed of 1/8000 second, it allows you to open up the aperture, even in bright locations, and take full advantage of the bokeh (defocus) effect created by the large image sensor. It also provides a flash synchroniation speed of 1/200 second. Symbolizing the K-1 Mark II’s field camera concept, this unit is designed to be compact and lightweight, with a well-balanced combination of high-precision operation and outstanding durability.
Flawless continuous shooting at approximately 4.4 images per second
The K-1 Mark II provides high-speed continuous shooting at a top speed of approximately 4.4 images per second (at CH setting). You can also switch instantly to an optional speed setting of three images per second (CM) or 0.7 images per second (CL) using the main menu or Smart Function. In the APS-C Crop mode, the drive speed can be boosted to as high as approximately 6.4 images per second to assure quick response to fast-moving subjects.
A maximum of 100 images captured at a high-quality 36-megapixel level
Thanks to its large-capacity buffer memory, the K-1 Mark II lets you record a large number of images during continuous shooting: approximately 70 JPEG images (or approximately 17 RAW images) at CH setting; approximately 100 JPEG images (or approximately 20 RAW images) at CM setting, or approximately 100 JPEG images (or approximately 100 RAW images) at CL setting.
Remarkable maneuverability, despite a 35mm full-frame design
PENTAX’s development concept has been to design a compact body and optimize the ease of handling in the field. The PENTAX K-1 Mark II faithfully inherits this concept. In addition to optimizing the positioning of the finder unit to keep the camera’s height to a minimum, PENTAX has also designed an original mechanical unit containing the shutter charge and mirror driving mechanisms. PENTAX’s advanced high-density packaging technology has succeeded in creating a compact, maneuverable body for this new camera.
Floating Mirror Structure
In order to accommodate the 35mm full-frame image sensor and cover the light flux of the large viewfinder with a nearly 100-percent field of view, it was necessary to increase the size of the main mirror and mirror box. To minimize the size of the mirror box, PENTAX has developed a new mechanism that retracts the main mirror as it swings upwards.
Effortless expression of the ideal tone and shade for each subject
The K-1 Mark II’s Custom Image function allows you to apply the preferred finishing touch to your image, based on your subject or creative intentions. With the addition of Auto Select, in which the camera automatically detects the type of scene or subject and selects the best finishing touch for you, and Flat, which produces a base image most tolerant to retouching, the K-1 Mark II provides a total of 13 Custom Image modes. Each mode provides minute adjustment of parameters such as saturation, shade, key, contrast and sharpness.
Compensation of the subject’s texture, while retaining the image’s overall sharpness
The Clarity control function is an image-processing technology effective in reproducing the glossy texture of metals and the clearness of the sky or splashing water. By adjusting the smoothness of a silky or shiny surface, it lets you control the quality of texture and the degree of clarity. The Skin Tone correction function restores a tender texture and a healthy tone of the subject’s skin, while keeping the high-resolution rendition in its hair and clothing and in the background. It depicts your subject with smooth texture and healthy skin tones.
Faithful reproduction of highlights and shadows
The K-1 Mark II’s HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode delivers an image similar to that detected by the naked eye, by minimizing white-washed highlights and pitch-black shadows, even with extreme high-contrast scenes. It also allows you to set a range of exposure shifts or use the Automatic Position Adjustment function. Since this mode can save original image files in the RAW format, you can develop them by changing HDR settings or turning the HDR mode off. By using a PC and the included software, you can also divide a single RAW-format file into three separate RAW-format images, and save them as independent files.
Three ways to synthesize highly creative images
The K-1 Mark II lets you capture the desired number of images – from two to 2,000 – to synthesize a single composite image, with three synthesis modes: average, additive and comparative brightness. In Live View shooting, the K-1 Mark II displays a translucent image of the already captured image on its LCD monitor, allowing you to make precise alignment of the images.
For expressing the colours of the mind, rather than truthful colour reproduction
In contrast to the standard auto white balance mode, which is designed to suppress the effect of a light source colour on the image’s colour reproduction, the CTE (Colour Temperature Enhancement) mode emphasizes the image’s dominant colour based on the colour temperature. It is useful in dramatizing sunrise and sunset scenes or snow-covered landscapes under the cloudy sky. It is also effective in preventing colour fading or the loss of colours such as dark greens and faint pinks.
Documenting a constantly changing subject in high resolution
The K-1 Mark II’s Interval Movie mode allows you to record still images of a slowly changing subject at a fixed interval, and link them into a single movie file. You can play back the 4K-resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) movie file, as if fast-forwarding the time on the screen. The K-1 Mark II also provides the Star Stream function, which lets you draw the magical traces of stars in a movie.
Full HD movies with a beautiful bokeh effect
The K-1 Mark II records lively, true-to-life movies. Thanks to a shallow depth of field provided by its 35mm full-frame design, it effectively produces a beautiful bokeh effect. You can also record sound in stereo using a stereo microphone (commercial product, not included with the K-1 Mark II), or monitor it during recording using headphones (commercial product, not included with the K-1 Mark II). Moreover, the K-1 Mark II increased movie recording capability in the dark up to ISO25600.
|Sensor Size/Type:||35mm Full-Frame CMOS Sensor|
|Lens Mount:||Pentax KAF4, KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA mount|
|Movie Mode:||Yes (1080 HD)|
|Continuous Shooting:||Up to 4.4fps|
|Screen:||3.2″ 1,037K Pixel Flexible-Tilt Display|
|ISO Sensitivity:||100-819200 (Auto)|
|Weight:||1010g (with battery & card)|
|Battery Life:||670 pictures approx.|