The KP is a surprisingly succesful, excessive-high quality digital camera at its worth and proves that Canon and Nikon aren’t the one DSLR recreation on the town.
Ricoh is trying to tackle the fanatic photographer market with the $1,one hundred Pentax KP, introduced on Wednesday. Out there in each black and silver end, the compact DSLR is climate sealed on the surface and loaded with superior tech on the within, together with a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor able to capturing at a really excessive most ISO of 819,200.
“We designed the Pentax KP to attraction to the world’s most discerning outside photographers, who will respect its wealthy and highly effective function set and rugged, compact design, whether or not they’re capturing a panorama on a trek in Patagonia or capturing an eclipse,” Kaz Eguchi, president of Ricoh Imaging Americas, stated in a press release.
The design of the KP is exclusive. It’s compact — extra alongside the strains of a mirrorless digital camera than a DSLR — however the optical viewfinder seems to be large because it dominates the highest of the digital camera. Regardless of the small measurement, it includes a tilting LCD display and a very good quantity of direct-entry management, together with a mode dial, two management dials, and a devoted dial for publicity bracketing modes.
For photographers with bigger palms, the grip is interchangeable. North American cameras will embrace further medium and enormous grips within the field, and an optionally available vertical battery grip will even be out there.
The KP additionally receives one key function of Pentax’s bigger, full-body Okay-1: The 5-axis Shake Discount System with Pixel Shift Decision. This offers for sharp handheld pictures at shutter speeds as little as 5 stops under what can be required with out picture stabilization. Identical to on the Okay-1, the Pixel Shift mode strikes the sensor in a sq. sample by a single pixel’s width, taking a photograph at every place. The ensuing 4 exposures are mixed to supply full-shade knowledge at every pixel location, growing the obvious decision of the ultimate picture.
With the optionally available O-GPS1 GPS accent, a particular mode for astrophotography even makes use of the Shake Discount System to trace stars, enabling longer exposures at night time that may seize stars as factors of sunshine slightly than streaks.
As normal, Pentax seems to offer some critical bang for the buck with the KP, nevertheless it doesn’t beat the competitors on each metric. The quickest shutter velocity is 1/6,000 second (though a brand new digital shutter takes this as much as 1/24,000), the autofocus system options 27 factors, and video mode is restricted to 1080p at 30 frames per second. This compares to the equally priced Nikon D7200 with a 1/eight,000-second most shutter, fifty one-level AF system, and 1080p 60 FPS video.
Nonetheless, the KP crams lots of tech and a pair novel options into a comparatively small physique. The excessive ISO capabilities seem notably spectacular, though it stays to be seen how this new sensor will carry out in the actual world. We gained’t have to attend lengthy, although. The KP will start delivery on February 25 from approved retailers and from Ricoh directly.