Ricoh has just introduced the Pentax KP, a tiny titan of a DSLR camera with a maximum ISO of 819,200. The KP has big features like weather-sealing and high resolution in its sights – but its smaller-than-usual scale is its big sell. The Japanese DSLR camera manufacturer designed a completely new body for this camera to ensure a slimmer profile than existing DSLR cameras. However, Pentax did not unveil the exact dimensions in its press statement.
Pentax KP Design
The KP is slimmer than previous Pentax SLRs, measuring 4.0 × 5.2 × 3.0 inches (HWD) and tipping the scales at 1.5 pounds without a lens. The dimensions do not do the compact size of the body justice, as the max depth is determined by the protruding lens mount. If you simply prefer a deeper handgrip than the modest on-camera bump, you can add 1of 3 accessory grips, each along with a different depth, and each selling for $50.
Pentax KP Features
The Pentax KP is rated to shoot at up to 7fps. It features a 27-point AF system, along with all but two of those points cross-type, the same as the K-3 II. The real-world testing is required to see just how well the camera does at tracking subjects and keeping them in focus always. The mechanical shutter can fire at up to 1/6,000-sec, and there is an electronic shutter option that can capture images at a blistering 1/24,000-sec.
Its image sensor is a 24-megapixel APS-C chip with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF). An OLPF, also known an AA filter, blurs details in order to combat color moiré. If you are shooting a scene where the moiré is an issue, you can engage an AA simulation mode that utilizes the in-body stabilization system to add a very slight blur to photos, and simulating the effect of an OLPF.
There is no 4K movie capture, though, which continues to see Pentax sat a step behind in this department (it can shoot 1080p max).
Pentax KP Price
The Pentax KP will be available in silver or black finishes from the end of this month, priced £1,100 body-only. That is a cost difference more than a couple of bags of KP nuts higher than the likes of the now-around-£850 Canon 80D or Nikon D7200.