Pentax KP DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

Pentax KP DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

Pentax KP DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 24.3MP APS-C AA-Filterless CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME IV Engine with Accelerator Unit
  • Smart Function Exchangeable Grip
  • Full HD 1080p30 Video; 4K Interval Movie
  • SAFOX 11 27-Point AF Sensor
  • ISO 819200; 7 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 5-Axis In-Body Shake Reduction II
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Pixel Shift Resolution; Built-In Wi-Fi
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
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Pentax KP Overview

  • 1Description

Taking the stage as a modular and compact camera option in the Pentax lineup is the black KP DSLR with a unique smart function exchangeable grip that can be swapped as needed by the photographer. Beyond this, the KP was designed for outstanding low-light performance due to a newly developed 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor that eliminates its anti-aliasing filter and the PRIME IV Engine with an accelerator unit for processing. This enables it to reach sensitivities up to ISO 819200 with minimal noise as well as capture maximum sharpness at all times. A 5-axis in-body Shake Reduction II module further assists image quality by compensating for up to 5 stops of shutter speed during longer exposures as well as activating the Pixel Shift Resolution mode.

Still imaging benefits from the use of a SAFOX 11 27-point AF sensor, which will help photographers lock onto their subjects quickly and accurately. This is sure to come in handy when shooting at the max speed of 7 fps. Also, the camera is equipped with a mechanical shutter of 1/6000 second and an electronic shutter that is able to reach 1/24000 second. Along with stills, the KP is capable of recording Full HD 1080p video at up to 30 fps and it has interval shooting capable of creating a 4K movie. The weather-sealed magnesium alloy body also sports built-in Wi-Fi along with a tilting 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor and a 0.95x optical viewfinder with 100% coverage.

Smart Function Exchangeable Grip
Keep your camera as compact as possible or enhance the grip for working with large telephoto zooms with the exchangeable grip system of the KP DSLR. Three different grip sizes are available. The medium size is ideal for most standard lenses and situations while the small will shrink the camera down while using compact primes. The large grip provides a hefty, secure feeling that enhances control when using large, heavy lenses.
24.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor & PRIME IV Engine with Accelerator Unit
The KP delivers high-quality imagery through an advanced 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor that is designed to create detailed images with minimal noise at sensitivities up to ISO 819200. Guaranteeing maximum resolution, the sensor lacks an anti-aliasing, or optical low-pass, filter though this will cause a higher chance of aliasing and moire. For situations at risk of these artifacts, users can leverage an AA Filter Simulator function that slightly moves the sensor in order to mimic the effects of a physical filter.

This sensor combines with the power of the PRIME IV 14-bit image processing engine with accelerator unit to create large images with ease and speed. Improving upon the past generation, the PRIME IV can deliver photographs at up to 7 fps in raw format for up to 8 frames. This processor also helps control numerous advanced features, including Pixel Shift Resolution and more.
5-Axis In-Body Shake Reduction II
A staple of Pentax DSLRs, the KP is equipped with a 5-axis Shake Reduction II system that can counter the effects of camera shake by up to 5 stops. This larger system is optimized for the full-frame sensor and can account for yaw, pitch, and roll as well as vertical and horizontal motion of the camera. Also, due to the stabilization being incorporated into the KP's body, it functions with every K-mount lens.
Pentax takes advantage of the sensor's available movement in order to develop additional features, such as the Pixel Shift Resolution setting. This mode shifts the sensor in order to capture full color data on each pixel by compositing four shots. This grants exceptional clarity, lowers noise, and boosts the effective resolution. Additionally, the KP has a motion correction setting that allows this function to be used even when shooting handheld.

Another capability is an Image Composition Assist function, which allows you to shift the sensor up/down and left/right as well as slightly rotate it. This lets users easily adjust their composition without needing to move their camera and can be useful for delicately balanced tripod work.
SAFOX 11 AF System
Making sure you can lock on to subjects quickly and accurately is the SAFOX 11 AF system. This phase-detection TTL autofocus method offers 27 points, with 25 cross-type points in the center for improved accuracy. It is also able to work in low-light conditions as dim as -3 EV and the camera offers a dedicated LED AF assist light.
Full HD 1080p Video Recording & 4K Interval Movie
In addition to standard stills capture, the KP is capable of Full HD video at up to 30p or 60i using H.264 compression. This enables photographers to add high-resolution motion capture to their arsenal without needing to carry another camera. Also, when shooting in HD 720p, users can shoot at up to 60p. Additionally, the camera is NTSC/PAL switchable and it is equipped with a microphone jack for high-quality audio support. Interval shooting is available with a movie mode to automatically create time-lapse videos at up to 4K resolution.
Weather- and Dust-Resistant Body
Durability has always been one of Pentax's strong suits, and the KP is no exception with a magnesium alloy body that is tough and lightweight. Also, the KP is sealed to ensure no rain or dust will take your camera out of commission. The camera is designed to handle freezing temperatures as well, with a rating down to 14°F. This durability is maintained when the optional battery grip is in use, as the grip is also sealed in numerous places.
Other Camera Features
  • Mechanical shutter with a max speed of 1/6000 second along with an electronic shutter mode capable of reaching 1/24000 second.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows users to directly connect to the camera using a mobile device for image transfer and remote camera control.
  • Aperture and shutter speed priority mode (TAv) allows you to manually select aperture and shutter speed while leaving ISO selection to the camera.
  • Interval shooting is available in multiple modes for up to 2000 shots in intervals of 2 seconds to 24 hours.
  • Built-in flash with guide number of 19.7' at ISO 100 with coverage for 28mm lens.
  • Optical viewfinder with 0.95x magnification and 100% coverage.
UPC: 027075298804
In the Box
Pentax KP DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)
  • O-GP167 Grip Kit (Small)
  • O-GP1671 Grip Kit (Medium)
  • O-GP1672 Grip Kit (Large)
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-Li109 for The KR Digital SLR Camera
  • D-BC109 Battery Charger
  • AC Cord for K7 Digital SLR Camera
  • O-ST162 Camera Strap
  • Eyecup FR for K7 Digital SLR Camera (replacement)
  • Hotshoe Cover FK uxccbytzrxzuruc
  • KII Body Mount Cap
  • 2 x Triangular Ring
  • Protective Cover
  • Battery Grip Terminal Cover
  • S-SW167 Software (CD-ROM)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Pentax KP Specs

    Lens Mount Pentax K
    Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 24.96 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.32 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 24.32 MP: 6016 x 4000
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MOV,
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 27 (25 Cross-Type)
    Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
    Viewfinder Eye Point 20.5 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.95x
    Diopter Adjustment -2.5 to +1.5 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting LCD (921,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 819200
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 1/24000 to 30 Seconds 
    Remote Control CS-310 Cable Switch (Optional)
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Shutter/Aperture Priority, User
    Metering Range: EV -3.0 to EV 20.0
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
    Continuous Shooting Up to 7 fps at 24 MP for up to 28 Exposures (JPEG Format)
    Up to 7 fps at 24 MP for up to 8 Exposures
    Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 70 Exposures (JPEG Format)
    Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 15 Exposures
    Up to .8 fps at 24 MP for up to 100 Exposures (JPEG Format)
    Up to .8 fps at 24 MP for up to 100 Exposures
    White Balance Auto, CTE, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten
    Flash Modes Auto
    Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
    Flash On
    Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction
    Second-Curtain Sync
    Slow Sync
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Guide No. 19.69'  / 6 m ISO100 at 28 mm Position
    Max Sync Speed Mechanical Shutter:1 / 180 Second
    Flash Compensation -2 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System P-TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    File Size 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    1280 x 720 (HD)
    Video Format 1920 x 1080i at 50/60 fps (H.264)
    1920 x 1080p at 25/30 fps (H.264)
    1280 x 720p at 50/60 fps (H.264)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Exposure Control Auto
    Focus Auto
    Continuous Auto
    Max Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080: 25 Minutes 
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Self Timer 12 Seconds
    Interval Recording Yes
    Connectivity 1/8" Microphone, USB 2.0 Micro-B
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Battery 1 x D-LI190 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    AC Power Adapter K-AC167U (Not Included)
    Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity 0 to 85%
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0" / 13.2 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm
    Weight 1.41 lb / 639.56 g body only
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.2 x 6.5 x 5.1"

    Pentax KP Reviews

    KP DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from the camera I didn't even know I was waiting for Love it. It's going to be the perfect hiking camera. The high ISO is a big improvement over my K-5, and I really like having an on-board flash. I don't want to carry a mounted flash while hiking--I have weight constraints due to surgery--so having a little pop of flash if I need it is very nice. I thought I would miss the top LCD, but that proved not to be a factor at all. It's sooooo light when I carry it, and pairs marvelously with the DA 20-40. It really gives that lens a purpose. I already changed one button to switch to the night-time LCD mode, since I have never in 10 years changed file formats while shooting. It would probably be fun for street shooting, too, if I did that kind of thing.
    Date published: 2017-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love at first sight I wasn't really paying attention, as I continued to vacillate on the K-1, and the announcement took me as a surprise, but as soon as I read it I was very interested. I am almost never an early adopter, but I pre-ordered this camera. I don't miss the top LCD, my old eyes like the nice big letters on the LCD screen better anyway. It's a fantastic hiking camera, especially paired with the DA 20-40. I use the medium grip and it just feels right. It handles high ISO really well. I would recommend getting a couple of extra batteries, as part of why it weighs less is a smaller battery. I am very happy with this and glad I ended up waiting so long to upgrade, because they went and made the camera I didn't even know I was pining for.
    Date published: 2017-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Right Balance I've been using the KP for about two months and have to say I'm very happy. The right balance of compactness and advanced features. ?I got it as a back for my K-1, but find myself using it more and more. especially for my street photos and travel camera. ?I recently took it to a local music venue in DC, the lighting was difficult at best. But, I got some great images at 3200 and 6400 and very usable. Super quiet shutter and fast accurate focus. ?I don't find the lack of a top display an issue. Love using the DA 20-40 Limited on the KP. ?Only downside for me is no IR.
    Date published: 2017-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from May be my favorite Pentax. I've owned the K10, K20, K7, and K3. I got the K-1 before the KP. The K-1 is a stunning camera, but I decided I needed something smaller for grabbing on the way out the door, and the KP is a brilliant go-everywhere camera.? Its features are perfect for my requirements. I only have two complaints (and they aren't much). Pentax should have stuck with the batteries used by the rest of the line, and included a second card slot.? Also: if you have particularly big hands, the grips included may not do it for you.
    Date published: 2018-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little gem Was looking for a camera and lenses smaller and more portable than my Nikons and this is it. The relatively slow AF not a problem I'm mostly a slow purposeful shooter. Superb image quality and features not found elsewhere such as pixel shift and in body stabilization, combined with the small, beautifully crafted limited lenses with outstanding rendering, this is definitely what I was looking for. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2017-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a delightful little camera Great high-iso performance, improved autofocus, lots of nice UI improvements over the k-3 series. It's a no-brainer upgrade over the k-3 I used (and still own) previously. The interchangeable grips are a nice feature as well. It satisfies all of those people asking for a smaller camera, while improving over the previous flagship k-3 in almost every meaningful way.
    Date published: 2018-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best cameras I've ever had. I have had cameras around the same price from Nikon D7000, Canon (can't remember the model), Olympus EM5 Mark II and Fujifilm XT-10, all were great cameras in their own way. This Pentax KP, for me at least, has been fantastic. The build is rugged and fits great in the hand, it has three different handles you can change, depending on what works for you. The image quality when shooting in Raw is fantastic, zero complaints. Very easy to extract details out of underexposed images. The autofocus is the best I've used on a pentax, better then the fuji and canon, probably not quite as good as the nikon and it isn't as good as the olympus. The viewfinder is gorgeous big and bright. All the external controls and customization is top notch. Lots of ability to customize it. I also love the pentax lenses, third party support is obviously not as good as the other guys. The Shake Reduction works extremely well, i have zero complaints here personally. The low light ability of this lens is better then any of the other cameras I have had, I use it all the way up to ISO 12,800 and it works perfectly for me. Overall I would say the only negative is that the autofocus is not quite as good as the nikon and olympus but compared to other Pentax I have owned (K7, KS1, KS2) it is far superior. Every other part of this camera for me personally has been absolutely perfect, I can not recommend this enough for an alternative to the other companies.
    Date published: 2017-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely the right Pentax for me My Pentax KP Use Case(s) Back in 2012 I owned a Pentax K-5 along with the FA 43LTD, the 15 LTD and the 60-250* and loved using it, but got G.A.S. and sold my Pentax kit to finance the Sony RX1. After about four years of mostly using mirrorless cameras (starting with the original Fuji X100 but including the Sony RX1, Fuji X-Pro1, the Ricoh GR and the Fuji X100T) I purchased a Pentax K-S2 bundle from Costco (the one with the 18-55 and 55-200 combo) in Fall of 2015. I was immediately back in love with SLRs, even if the K-S2 was a humbler SLR offering than I had used in the past (which has included the Canon 7D and 5D Mk II and L Glass). As I grew with the K-S2 I picked up the 20-40 to replace the kit lens and a Zeiss 50 1.4 that was amazing. Fell on some hard times last year so I had to sell the Zeiss and my Fuji X100T), but life got back to normal around New Year's and I was looking to upgrade my K-S2. I looked at both the K-70 and K-3ii, but felt both fell short of what I wanted. I loved the idea of the K-70, but felt the AF system was not a big upgrade for me, while the K-3ii's sensor seemed to have very mixed reviews. When the K-P was announced I was immediately intrigued. After a few weeks of research, I ordered the KP the day it was released and I have been using it heavily since that time (about 4000 actuations). My use case for the KP was mostly two-fold. First and foremost, to chase after my three-year-old daughter and give her lots of memories to look back upon. Second was to get back to doing more Portraiture with models for art work and commercial work. I also intend to update my landscape portfolio later in the year once I can travel. Ergonomics/Handling The gimmick if you will of the KP was the three included grips, and I quickly favored the largest grip, even though I have small hands. The battery grip was not immediately available for purchase, and so for the first 2-3 months of use, I did feel it was not always comfortable. However, I have been using the battery grip for about 6 weeks or so and I love it, it is not going to come off. Not only does it give that extra battery, but it makes the camera much more balanced with my lenses, especially the Sigma 50-150 and the Sigma 10-20. The Vertical shutter release is a feature I have missed. I find the general layout of controls to be very intuitive coming from the K-S2. It really all clicked for me though once I started customizing the buttons. One thing Pentax always frustrated me with is that I often mixed up whether the 4-way controller for changing focus points was set to AF point change, or ISO/Flash/WB/Drive control and over the years I have missed shots because I was hitting buttons that were sending me into menus instead of changing the focus points. This mostly happened when changing ISO settings. So, what I have done is assign ISO to Fn 2 and pretty much leave the 4-way controller always on AF point selection. That has sped up my workflow considerably and made life less confusing. The only real gripe I have is the LV button is hard to get to. Second would be if there was a 4-way controller on the battery grip to make it easier to change AF points while holding it vertically. Customizability/Personal Settings of Note The only other settings I have messed with at length is the AF-C settings, which I have set to: focus priority at times in the past, but now leave to the auto setting when in AF-C mode. I leave the metering at full mostly, unless I have strong backlighting, then I set it to match the AF point selection. I also do have it set for horizon correction as well. Image Quality (Raw) Image quality is hand's down the best of any camera I have used. I am not saying it is the best in the current offerings, but I can find no complaints about image quality of my Raw files. I shoot DNG and regularly use up to ISO 1600 and feel any noise or grain is minimal up to 1600. I have tested and posted to this forum examples at higher ISO's, but I don't get into low light photography myself. Autofocus Autofocus is the best of any Pentax camera I have owned and probably on par with the Canon 70D I used back in 2014. I don't notice much change in AF reliability or speed between lenses, but I have not used the KP in conjunction with the 55-300PLM lens that is out. AF-S is quick enough for most situations, and as I have posted previously on here, I find AF-C to be reliable for chasing my daughter around. I don't shoot sports, and I haven't had the chance to shoot wildlife with it yet, but I imagine anything using the center focus point will be better than any other Pentax SLR to date. Just in the past few days I went in and had to tweak the settings for two of my lenses to -8 for the Sigma 50-150, and -5 for the FA 43, and that has made a big difference. Lenses I have used with the Pentax KP HD/DA 20-40 LTD HD/DA 40 LTD HD/DA 70 LTD FA 43 LTD Sigma EX 50-150 2.8 Sigma EX 10-20 3.5 Flash/Strobist hot-take As I have posted, I did pick up two Yongnuo YN585EX P-TTL flash guns to do studio portraiture with. Using the main flash as a wireless transmitter I have had great results in studio and really enjoy doing strobist work again, which previously I always thought was a weakness of the Pentax SLR and flash line. My Final Thoughts I had a strong gut feeling that I was going to like the KP the moment I saw it, it seems the perfect blend of the things I considered good about the K-70, while taking a similar AF system from the K-3 line and the promise of better sensor than any current APS-C offerings from Pentax. So far, I am in love with using this camera. I cannot recall a time when I have shot as much as I have this spring. I find the KP reliable and flexible and just a joy to use. I have nothing negative to critique about this camera. I just get it, and it fits my needs remarkably well. I think the work I am doing with it speaks volumes.
    Date published: 2017-06-19
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