The K-1 has the honour of being the first full-frame Pentax DSLR. Matt Golowczynski takes a closer look at this impressively specified camera in this Pentax K-1 review

Product Overview

Pentax K-1

AWB colour:80%
Dynamic Range:90%
Image Quality:90%
LCD Viewfinder:80%


  • - Excellent image quality; superb resolution and dynamic range
  • - High features-to-price ratio
  • - Excellent handling with many physical controls
  • - One of the most flexible LCD displays around


  • - Occasional auto white balance inconsistencies
  • - Video options not as comprehensive as those on other cameras
  • - Artefacts visible in certain Pixel Shift Resolution images
  • - Continuous focus doesn’t track quite as well as other systems


Pentax K-1 review


Price as reviewed:

£1,599.99 (Body only)

Pentax K-1 review: Full specification


Sensor:36.4-million-pixel full frame, no AA
Output size:7360 x 4912
Lens mount:Pentax KAF2
Focal length magnification:1.0x
Shutter speeds:1/8,000sec to 30 sec, bulb
Exposure modes:PASM, sensitivity priority, Av and TV priority, auto
Metering:Multi-segment, centreweighted, spot
Exposure comp:±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Movie:Full HD at 60fps, stereo mic
LCD:3.2in, 1.037-million-dot, flexible-tilt LCD
Viewfinder:Pentaprism, 0.70x magnification, approx 100% coverage
Stabilisation:Five-axis in-body Shake Reduction
AF points:33 phase-detect AF points (25 cross-type)
Memory card:SD, SDHC, SDXC (inc UHS-I)
Power:D-LI90 rechargeable Li-ion
Battery life:Approx 760 images
Weight:1,010g (with battery and memory card)
  1. 1. Pentax K-1 review: Introduction
  2. 2. Pentax K-1 review: Features
  3. 3. Pentax K-1 review: Pixel Shift Resolution system
  4. 4. Pentax K-1 review: Viewfinder and screen
  5. 5. Pentax K-1 review: Build and handling
  6. 6. Pentax K-1 review: Focusing
  7. 7. Pentax K-1 review: Performance
  8. 8. Pentax K-1 review: Dynamic range, resolution and noise
  9. 9. Pentax K-1 review: Verdict
  10. 10. Pentax K-1 review: (Original hands-on first look)
  11. 11. Pentax K-1 review: Full specification
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