24.32 Effective Megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor
The PENTAX KP features a new-generation 24.32 effective megapixel AA Filter-less APS-C CMOS sensor for outstanding image quality. It delivers well-defined images with true-to-life reproduction of gradation and texture. This new sensor enables shooting in extremely low-light conditions, with super-high-sensitivity to ISO 819200, making the camera ideal for low-light photography.
PRIME IV Imaging Engine with RICOH-Developed Accelerator Unit
Coupled with the state-of-the-art accelerator unit, the PRIME IV imaging engine assures dependable, high-speed operation and highly effective noise reduction to optimize both image resolution and super-high-sensitivity performance. Photographers can confidentially increase the ISO when photographing handheld in low-light scenes.
Compact, dustproof, weather-resistant body perfect for outdoor photography
The PENTAX KP’s compact and slim design optimizes its performance, operability and portability. It boasts a fully weather and cold proof design to resist water, fog, snow, sand and dust, for top performance in extreme field conditions.
A range of customization features, including an exchangeable grip
The PENTAX KP provides a grip replacement system for easy, quick change of the grip to accommodate the photographer’s shooting style or a mounted lens. It offers a variety of customization functions to simplify and enhance camera operation, including Smart Function for speedy selection and easy setting of desired camera functions using the Fx (Function) and setting dials; and control panel customization to change the panel’s layout to suit the photographer’s preference.
PENTAX-original SR II five-axis shake reduction system featuring the Pixel Shift Resolution System
In-body SR mechanism
The PENTAX KP’s SR II Shake Reduction system uses a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift (often generated in macro photography), roll (difficult to handle by lens-installed shake reduction mechanisms), as well as pitch and yaw. The SR II unit is controlled with great precision as soon as the camera’s power is turned on, providing a wide compensation range—as much as five shutter steps—to further expand the limits of handheld shooting. With the addition of an optional accessory GPS module (O-GPS1 GPS unit), the PENTAX KP simplifies astro-photography, making it possible to record stars as points of light rather than star trails during extremely long exposures.
Pixel Shift Resolution System with motion correction function
The Pixel Shift Resolution System* is a system apart from the conventional Bayer system, which captures single unit of colour data in one pixel. Pixel Shift Resolution captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by single pixel, using the SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. With this, each pixel captures all colours to give you a super-high-resolution image with much finer detail, while significantly lowering the level of high-sensitivity noise. The PENTAX KP Pixel Shift Resolution also offers a Motion Correction function** which detects moving objects and subtracts the moving pixels from the final composite image. * When using this system, the user is advised to stabilize the camera firmly on a tripod. When a moving subject is captured in the camera’s image field, its image may not be reproduced clearly, either in part or as a whole.
** The movement may not be sufficiently corrected when the object is moving in a certain direction and/or pattern. This function does not guarantee that the movement is properly corrected with all subjects
PENTAX-original AA filter simulator to minimize moiré
By applying microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the sub-pixel level during image exposure, the PENTAX K-P’s AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator*provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter. This innovative simulator lets the user switch the AA filter effect on and off, and adjust the level of the effect. *This function works more effectively with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower. This function may not be compatible with some shooting modes, including the Pixel Shift Resolution System.
Electronically controlled shutter unit for super-high-speed shooting at 1/24000 second
The PENTAX KP’s shutter unit combines a reliable mechanical shutter mechanism (with a top speed of 1/6000 second) with an electronically controlled shutter mechanism.* The electronic shutter mode provides a super-high shutter speed of 1/24000 second with reduced noise and vibration at shutter release, making it ideal for low-noise, low-vibration shooting in Live-view and mirror-up applications. The camera also provides a high-speed continuous shooting function with a top speed of seven images per second. * In the electronic shutter mode, the camera’s SR II mechanism and AA filter simulator are inoperable. During high-speed continuous shooting, the subject may suffer some deformation.
Optical viewfinder with nearly 100-percent field of view
The PENTAX KP incorporates a glass prism finder featuring the same optics and coatings as those used in higher-level models. With a nearly 100-percent field of view and a magnification of approximately 0.95 times, it provides a wide, bright image field for easy focusing and framing.
Vertical-tilt-type LCD monitor
The PENTAX KP’s 3.0-inch wide-view LCD monitor has approximately 921,000 dots, and provides a vertical tilt function to facilitate high- and low-angle shooting. Its air-gapless construction effectively reduces the reflection and dispersion of light for improved visibility during outdoor shooting. It comes equipped with such convenient features as: the Outdoor View Setting mode, which instantly sets the optimum monitor brightness level for a given lighting condition; and a red-lighted monitor display function, which facilitates monitor viewing when the photographer’s eyes have become accustomed to a dark location during nighttime photography.
High-speed 27-point autofocus system with the SAFOX 11 module
The PENTAX KP features the high-speed SAFOX 11 phase-matching AF sensor module to deliver dependable, responsive autofocus operation. Of its 27 focus sensors, 25 are cross-type sensors positioned in the middle to assure pinpoint focus on the subject at a minimum brightness level as low as -3 EV. It also provides useful customization features to assist in autofocus operation including a choice of operation modes and the Selected-area Expansion function to automatically refocus on a subject when it moves away from the initial point.
Full HD movie recording with a range of functional settings
The PENTAX KP captures flawless, high-resolution Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30p frame rate) in the H-264 recording format. In addition to various visual effect modes available during movie recording,* it features a range of movie recording functions, including a 4K Interval Movie mode that connects a series of 4K-resolution still images (3840 x 2160 pixels) at a fixed interval to create a single movie file, and the Star Stream mode to record the traces of stars in the Interval Movie mode. * When a special visual effect is applied, the frame rate may differ depending on the selected effect mode.
- New Motion Bracketing and Depth-of-field Bracketing functions to capture three images of same scene by automatically shifting aperture and/or shutter-speed settings in user-selected steps.
- Wireless LAN connection to support operation with smartphones and tablet computers
- DR II（Dust Removal II） mechanism to shake dust off from the image sensor surface using ultrasonic vibrations
- Clarity control and Skin Tone correction functions, two of the latest image processing technologies developed by RICOH Central Laboratory
- Compatibility with the optional IMAGE Transmitter 2 tethering software