Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 36.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME IV Image Processor
  • 3.2" Cross-Tilt LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p30 Video Recording
  • SAFOX 12 33-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 819200; 4.4 fps Shooting
  • Pixel Shift Resolution II
  • 5-Axis In-Body Shake Reduction
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & GPS; Dual SD Card Slots
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium-Alloy Body
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Pentax K-1 II Overview

  • 1Description

Distinguished by enhanced processing and improved imaging capabilities, the K-1 Mark II from Pentax is the follow-up to their first full-frame flagship DSLR. Revolving around a 36.4MP CMOS sensor and PRIME IV image processor, the camera is capable of producing high-resolution stills at up to 4.4 fps along with recording Full HD video. The 14-bit image processor has been updated with a Ricoh-developed Accelerator Unit, which helps to reduce noise and increase clarity and color accuracy, as well as boost the sensitivity range up to ISO 819200 for working in low-light conditions. Also contributing to improved image quality is the 5-axis Shake Reduction system, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. This image stabilization system also enables Pixel Shift Resolution II, which leverages the movement of the sensor to record four sequential frames and merge them together in order to acquire greater color detail and resolution. Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution also benefits from this technology, however lets you achieve similar results even when working handheld.

In addition to its distinct imaging assets, the K-1 Mark II is also characterized by its unique physical design. A stainless steel and magnesium-alloy body is especially robust and extensive weather-sealing makes this camera suitable for use in harsh climates and cold weather. The large pentaprism optical viewfinder affords 100% frame coverage and a high 0.7x magnification, and the rear 3.2" 1.04m-dot LCD sports a unique Cross-Tilt design for easy positioning to work at a variety of angles. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi is available for wireless remote control and image transfer and built-in GPS permits geotagging your imagery for tracking your shots on an interactive map.

36.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
The K-1 Mark II delivers high-quality imagery using an advanced 36.4MP CMOS sensor that is designed to create detailed images with minimal noise. 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, which slightly moves the sensor in order to mimic the effects of a physical filter.
PRIME IV with Accelerator Unit
Working in concert with the image sensor is an updated 14-bit PRIME IV processing engine, which makes use of a Ricoh-developed Accelerator Unit to effectively suppress noise and reproduce fine details with high accuracy, even with high sensitivity values. This image processor and Accelerator Unit also contribute to a notable boost in sensitivity, with a top setting of ISO 819200 available, along with quick 4.4 fps continuous shooting, Full HD 1080p video recording, and a variety of other processing-intensive tasks, such as Pixel Shift Resolution and AstroTracer.
5-Axis In-Body Shake Reduction
A staple of Pentax DSLRs, the K-1 Mark II is equipped with a 5-axis Shake Reduction system that can counter the effects of camera shake by up to 5 stops. This system has been 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 camera 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 updated Pixel Shift Resolution II 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 to 42MP. Additionally, the K-1 Mark II also has Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution, which 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 12 AF System
The SAFOX 12 AF system is optimized for the full-frame image sensor and has a total of 33 AF points, of which 25 are cross-type, and three f/2.8 luminance sensors to maximize performance in all lighting conditions. The system can operate down to -3 EV using the 25 center sensors and will benefit working in dark scenes as well as extreme back-lit conditions.
Full HD 1080p Video Recording
In addition to standard stills capture, the K-1 Mark II 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 headphone and microphone jacks for high-quality audio support.
Weather- and Dust-Resistant Body with Cross-Tilt LCD
Durability has always been one of Pentax's strong suits, and the K-1 Mark II is no exception with a stainless-steel chassis covered in a magnesium-alloy shell that is tough and lightweight. Also, the camera is sealed in 87 places 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.

The K-1 Mark II is equipped with two SDXC card slots. These can be configured for backup, splitting storage of JPEGs and raw files, or overflow when card 1 is filled. Also on the body users will find a variety of dials and buttons that will allow for quick and intuitive adjustment of settings. Along with this there are LED-illuminated body points on the lens mount, card slots, the backside of the LCD, and at the cable switch terminal that will help you operate the camera in low light.

One unique feature of the K-1 Mark II's design is the use of a 3.2" 1.04m-dot Cross-Tilt LCD. This ensures the screen remains aligned with the optical center of the camera while allowing for tilt 44° down and 90° upward as well as 35° left and right. The camera also has settings for quickly adjusting the brightness of the display to account for a variety of shooting environments.
GPS, Compass, and AstroTracer
With built-in GPS, shooters can automatically track their movement and position as they work with data automatically written to the image file. It can record location, facing direction, and Coordinated Universal Time while also enabling using a digital compass feature. Along with this, it can work with the Shake Reduction mechanism to activate the AstroTracer function. This system obtains location data and camera position to calculate movement of stars in the sky. The sensor is then synced with the movement in order to minimize the capture of star trails with long exposures.
Other Camera Features
  • Real-time Scene Analysis system has been upgraded to look at exposure, color, faces, movement, and more in order to automatically select the proper exposure settings for optimal image capture.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows users to directly connect to the camera using a mobile device for image transfer and remote camera control.
  • Record images in DNG raw, Pentax raw, or JPEG with selectable quality and resolutions.
  • APS-C crop mode will allow full compatibility with existing APS-C format lenses.
  • Aperture and shutter speed priority mode (TAv) allows you to manually select aperture and shutter speed while leaving ISO selection to the camera.
  • Optional adapter enables users to mount 645 series medium-format lenses to the K-1.
  • Diffraction Correction function will account for diffraction at small apertures and improve image sharpness.
  • Focus peaking in video mode will assist with manual focusing.
  • Language support: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
UPC: 027075299870
In the Box
Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)
  • D-LI90(E) Lithium-Ion Battery (7.2V, 1860mAh)
  • D-BC90 Battery Charger
  • AC Cord for K7 Digital SLR Camera
  • Finder Cap ME
  • O-ST162 Strap
  • Eyecup FT
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cap
  • Synchro Terminal 2P Cap
  • Triangular Ring
  • Protective Cover
  • S-SW162 Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Pentax K-1 II Specs

    Lens Mount Pentax K
    Camera Format Full-Frame (1.0x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 36.77 Megapixel
    Effective: 36.4 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 36 MP: 7360 x 4912
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.9 x 24 mm
    File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MOV,
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SDXC
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 33 (25 Cross-Type)
    Viewfinder Type Optical
    Viewfinder Eye Point 20.6 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.7x
    Diopter Adjustment -3.5 to +1.2 m
    Display Screen 3.2"  Tilting LCD (1,037,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 819200
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 30 to 1/8000 Second 
    Remote Control O-RC1 (Optional)
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Evaluative Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Program, Scene Auto Selector, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Shutter/Aperture Priority
    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 4.4 fps at 36 MP for up to 17 Exposures (Raw Format)
    Up to 4.4 fps at 36 MP for up to 70 Exposures (JPEG Format)
    Up to 3 fps at 36 MP for up to 20 Exposures (Raw Format)
    Up to 3 fps at 36 MP for up to 100 Exposures (JPEG Format)
    Up to .7 fps at 36 MP for up to 100 Exposures (Raw Format)
    Up to .7 fps at 36 MP for up to 100 Exposures (JPEG Format)
    Up to 6.4 fps at 15 MP for up to 50 Exposures (Raw Format)
    Up to 6.4 fps at 15 MP for up to 100 Exposures (JPEG Format)
    Up to 3 fps at 15 MP for up to 70 Exposures (Raw Format)
    Up to 3 fps at 15 MP for up to 100 Exposures (JPEG Format)
    Up to 1 fps at 15 MP for up to 100 Exposures (Raw Format)
    Up to 1 fps at 15 MP for up to 100 Exposures (JPEG Format)
    White Balance Auto, CTE, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (White), Manual, Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten
    Flash Modes Auto
    Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
    Flash On
    Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction
    Hi-Speed Sync
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    TTL Auto
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed Mechanical Shutter:1 / 200 Second
    Flash Compensation -2 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (MOV via H.264)
    1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (MOV via H.264)
    1280 x 720p at 50/59.94 fps (MOV via H.264)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Focus Auto
    Max Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080: 25 Minutes 
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Optional External Mic: With Video
    Self Timer 12 Seconds
    Interval Recording Yes
    Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, DC Input, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, Wired Remote Port, X-Sync Socket
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Battery 1 x D-LI90 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh
    AC Power Adapter K-AC167 (Not Included)
    Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.4 x 4.3 x 3.4" / 136.5 x 110.0 x 85.5 mm
    Weight 2.04 lb / 925 g body only
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 6.7 x 4.5"

    Pentax K-1 II Reviews

    K-1 Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from K1 II initial impressions Having now just used the K1 for over 1500 photos, my initial impression is that this camera just does what I ask of it. I have not used many of the auxiliary features yet ( HDR, astrophotography ) but for my landscape photography, it does an excellent job. My first impressions are with the DFA 24-70 lens and this seems to be an excellent combo for everyday use. Although others have noted that battery life is not exceptional, I have yet to recharge it and the battery life still shows as being almost full. In the past, I have been very satisfied with my K3 but since getting the K1 II, this is all I have used, While it is heavier than what I am used to, I have had no issues and use it with the grip for added control.
    Date published: 2018-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from K-1MKII was what I was waiting for I have been a lifetime Pentaxian? have film and now digital bodies from the ist D to the Pentax KP.? ?I wanted to go FF since I gave that up on film in 2001? ?This update takes the best advances of the Pentax KP and puts them into the FF resolution I need as a semi pro.? I have this paired with the DFA 150-450 and my imagery has gone to a new level.? Thank you Ricoh for investing in Pentax. the best abilities at a price all of us can afford
    Date published: 2018-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent The K-1 II does very well in all areas.? Structure, menu design, features, weather resistance, style, AF, detail in images, and overall image quality. I have tested with it shooting still objects, flying birds, sports (lacrosse, track, and softball) and it yields images with excellent color and detail, while the AF does very well with tracking moving subjects or shooting stills. When cropping images I have found that they retain a lot of detail. I am happy that I purchased the camera, and would recommend it.
    Date published: 2018-04-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fernando (from Chihuahua) Great Camera 1. I dedicate myself to photography 25 years ago, from the analogous cameras. 2. I have had two Olympus digital cameras, three fuji and five Pentax APS C digital cameras and I have sold 60 x 40 inch printed photographs. Now I have acquired the K1 Mark II. 3. My landscape, architecture and commercial photographs have been published in several books. 4. I think the K1 Mark II, is a PHOTOGRAPHIC camera and has a great personality. 5. I think the K1 Mark II is a camera for those who love the moment of each shot as well as the camera settings for each shot. 6. I had a Canon 5D Mark III for 45 days and I used it every day, the system for selecting the focus point is not precise, "almost always jumps" to the wrong place, instead the K1 Mark II system is always accurate. 7. If you want a camera to travel in time, the Mark II is not for you. For me, 4.4 fps is not a problem. 8. The elimination of noise seems fundamental to me and this function, until today, will always be against sharpness and this comment is appropriate, since I also do night photography. 9. I do not have the original K1, so it is impossible for me to do comparative image tests between both cameras, but I can review the tests carried out by Internet professionals who make this type of review and compare one image against the other and the conclusions This type of opinion is very subjective because there is no dispositive that measures mathematically that "X" camera is .001 sharper or .002 less sharp. Of course I recommend the K1 Mark II. I ask for an apology for my English. Greetings
    Date published: 2018-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great camera As any number of professional reviews will tell you, this is a pretty great camera for a a brand that has sadly fell into some level of obscurity. If I had to replace mine, I would buy another without hesitation.
    Date published: 2019-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I wanted to LOVE it... For a few years now, I had been wanting to get a third body, primarily for travel, landscape, and nighttime photography. Something cheaper than both my Pentax 645Z and my Canon 5DS. I wanted a Full-Frame with excellent image quality: a fairly high MegaPixel count and class-leading dynamic range. Given that I am heavily invested with my Canon system, I waited with anticipation for 6D Mark II. But in typical fashion, Canon released the most disappointing DSLR I’ve ever encountered. So I started searching for an alternative, which concluded in my purchase of the Pentax K-1 Mark II. The K-1 Mark II is a very good camera. Two years ago I tested the original K-1, and I was very disappointed by its Auto Focus system. Right off the bat it seemed very slow, and when I asked a B&H employee to walk straight towards me, not a single shot was in focus. While the focus of the K-1 Mark II is not as fast as the Canon 5DS, it seems faster than the original K-1, and it is also more accurate. The improved algorithm of the AF system seems to work, and focus is now definitely good enough for me. The Dynamic Range of the K-1 Mark II is fantastic. In my opinion, at ISO 100, it has about 12 EV of DR. By comparison, the Canon 6D Mark II only has about 9 EV. If you don’t believe me check out the Raw Dynamic in DPReview and you will see that K-1 at +6 EV produces cleaner files than the 6D at just +4 EV. The K-1 Mark II is also an ISO Beast. I shot the same nightscape from ISO 100 all the way to 819,200 (only full f-stops), while reducing the shutter speed to keep the exposure constant. All the way up to ISO 400, the K-1 Mark II produces impeccable images, whereas the 5DS begins to lose image quality at this point. Personally, I don’t like anything above ISO 800 with the 5DS. By contrast, the K-1 Mark II delivers similar results at ISO 1,600. That is a whole f-stop! At ISO 3,200 the K-1 Mark II begins to stumble; the night sky gets too blotchy for my liking, but other people may find it acceptable. At 25,600, the overall color of the image remains faithful to the actual scene, and if you only print a 6”x9”, or you just view your photo on a smartphone, you might get away with it, maybe even at 51,200. But after that it is a bit of a disaster, although you will still recognize, more or less what you were intending to photograph. However, at ISO 819,200 you might not even recognize the Empire State Building… One thing that everybody seems to know about the Pentax K-1 is that it is a tank, and it sure feels like a tank. It is very heavy, but has good ergonomics. It is also incredibly well weather sealed (what other DSLR can you put under the shower, and expect it to work afterwards?). I think the overall image quality of the K-1 Mark II is outstanding. I did most of my tests with the Pentax 24-70 f/2.8. For comparison I used my Canon 5DS with the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II. At first I wasn’t sure about the Pentax lens because it is not very widely reviewed, and Pentax Forums only gives it an 8/10. Testing the whole system, I think that is a fair assessment. I would give the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II a 10/10, which means that the Canon 5DS combo was expected to win hands down. What was unexpected was how well the Pentax K-1 Mark II held its own. I enlarged the K-1 image to be same size as the 5DS, and the two are very comparable, especially in the mid-tones of the image. My biggest complain of the 5DS is its slightly inadequate Dynamic Range, and you could see that in the tests. The very dark areas of the image don’t look great, whereas they are perfectly clean and sharp with the K-1 Mark II, and that was the main reason why I bought the Mark II. However, it came as a big disappointment that in the highlights, the Pentax K-1 did not really shine. A tree in front of some very bright lights looks very messy, and all the traffic lights turned magenta instead of red. I was surprised, but the 5DS handles them much better… However, the Pentax K-1 Mark II has a secret weapon: Pixel Shift. Some people say, incorrectly, that by shifting the sensor 4 times, one pixel at a time, the K-1 gives you 4 times the image resolution. For starters, they should be multiplying it by 3, since you only have 3 colors in the sensor. You need to move it four times to ensure that the green pixels get exposed to all three colors. And secondly, this “just” gives you a more accurate color/luminosity rendition of every pixel, which is no bad thing. However, when shooting nighttime photography, the exposures need to be fairly long. Doing a 2-minute exposure, I was surprised that the merged images were less sharp than the No Pixel-Shift images. The same was true of a 15 second exposure. At first I thought I had got my notes confused, so I repeated that test a number of times, and every single time, the single long exposure was sharper than the Pixel-Shift equivalent. I suspect the slight breeze that we had that night might have been a factor. Having said that, the magenta traffic lights went back to being (mostly) red, and the highlights seemed cleaner. Cleaner but blurrier, and still not as clean as those from the 5DS. I am pretty sure Pixel Shift of the K-1 Mark II works great in studio situations, but for that I have my Pentax 645Z. If the K-1 Mark II had produced cleaner highlights and an accurate color rendition of the very bright red traffic lights I would have fallen in love with the camera, and I would have recommended it without hesitation. But at least for this user, it was not a perfect match… A few other things bothered me, but they were not a deal breaker. The Pentax K-1 has in my opinion way too many buttons (do you really need a switch for Manual or AF focus? I would expect that in the lens only), but it doesn’t have a joystick. The menus also seem overly complicated, and unnecessarily so. It bothered me that every time you hit the Menu button it brought you right to the beginning (and not where you had left off). Sure, there is a Custom Function where you can change that, but still… If you press the forward arrow, it does not take you to the next menu screen, but instead goes inside the function you are in. Maybe there is a Custom Function for that too… But the defaults should be the more user-friendly, like the ISO should not increase by full f/stops by default, but by 1/3 like in most cameras. Which reminds me, if you do decide to get the K-1 Mark II, you should read the entire manual, pay attention, and take notes. There is a lot you can do with this camera, but you have to know that it can do it in the first place. The electronic level is not very accurate. The one on the 5DS is a lot more accurate. Lastly, the remote release socket is in an awkward place. You can’t handhold the camera properly if a remote is attached. Like I said, this is a great camera. You can shoot great images with it, but it might not be the best camera for city nightscapes. The Nikon D850 might be better than both the Canon 5DS and the Pentax K-1 Mark II in that regard… I am attaching the full image and full size details showing the amazing quality of the file, the clean shadows and the messy highlights and the magenta traffic lights...
    Date published: 2018-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love this camera I had been using the Pentax K-1 and really liked it Now I have the PentaxK-1 Mark ll and Love it.  It has everything the K-1 has plus faster sharper and all the controls are in the same location.
    Date published: 2018-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of improvements from istD Still testing and adjusting settings. My first few photos are very clean. Having fun once again taking photos. Having to upgrade software to edit the large photos. One item I miss is the quick flash pop up, having to use my big flash mounted on the camera. Over all I am very impressed with the new K-1 Mark II. Even all my older lens works good, and my 135-600 one touch by Pentax in manual mode works.
    Date published: 2018-07-23
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