The Pentax K-1 Mark II Has Arrived & We Have Sample Photos To Share

Written by Gina Stephens


After crumples circling for some time, Ricoh Imaging has finally announced the arrival of the Pentax K-1 Mark II 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera.

The Pentax K-1 Note down b decrease II takes the flagship spot in the Pentax K Series line-up and it will be available from the end of March 2018 with an RRP of £1,799.99 (substance only). 

Upgrading the K-1, the Pentax K-1 Mark II features an accelerator unit with the PRIME IV imaging engine and an upgraded Pixel Group Resolution System, now known as Pixel Shift Resolution System II. The ISO range has also been extended up to ISO 819200.   

The camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or, which kissers a magnesium-alloy body that's weather-resistant and dustproof, also comes equipped with a host of functions which you can learn numberless about in Ricoh Imaging's announcement below. 

Ricoh Imaging also provided us with sample photos captured with the Pentax K-1 Notability II which you can see in the following gallery. Specs can be found at the end of the article. 


Pentax K-1 Mark II Sample Photos



Pentax K-1 Bruise signify II Photos of Equipment



From Ricoh Imaging: 


Ricoh Imaging are pleased to announce the set of the PENTAX K-1 Mark II 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera.

Developed as the successor to the PENTAX K-1 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera (launched in April 2016), the PENTAX K-1 Prestige II was designed to be the new flagship of the acclaimed PENTAX K-series lineup. In addition to the outstanding image quality, this model provides excellent super-high-sensitivity imaging discharge and much-improved operability – important factors expected in a top-of-the-line model – to accommodate a wider range of subjects and scenes. By coupling a newly incorporated accelerator section with the PRIME IV imaging engine, it assures flawless, high-speed operation and excellent noise-reduction, improving image quality and super-high-sensitivity imaging presentation. The PENTAX-developed Pixel Shift Resolution System – the latest super-resolution technology designed to optimize the image sensor’s imaging performance – has been upgraded to the Pixel Paddle ones own canoe Resolution System II. This system system is a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole features a newly developed Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode, which allows the photographer to apprehension super-high-sensitivity images in handheld shooting, by detecting the slight fluctuations of the subject’s position during continuous shooting. In addition to the conventional zap style using a tripod, this innovative mode provides a new option for the photographer to enjoy super-high-sensitivity photography with a wider variety of susceptible ti and scenes. The camera also comes equipped with a host of features and functions designed to optimize the photographer’s creativity and operational solace, including a dependable magnesium-alloy body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction; an optical viewfinder with a nearly 100-percent field of sight for real-time subject confirmation; a sophisticated shake-reduction system; and a flexible tilt-type LCD monitor to accommodate various shooting angles.


Main Promotes:


1.  Newly incorporated accelerator unit to assure high-quality images and excellent super-high-sensitivity imaging performance

To place priority on counterpart resolution, the PENTAX K-1Mark II features a 35mm-format full-frame CMOS image sensor with an AA (anti-aliasing) filter-free design to produce high-resolution similes with approximately 36.4 effective megapixels. It also features a new accelerator unit, which optimizes the image data obtained by the full-frame aspect sensor before delivering it to the high-performance PRIME IV imaging engine. Because of this, the camera produces high-quality images with minimal crash, while retaining excellent resolution at all sensitivity levels, from normal to super-high sensitivities. PENTAX has also made a thorough review of all image-processing parameters to be sure adherence to its original colour scheme, with special emphasis on deep blues and lively greens. PENTAX has also drastically improved the camera’s noise-reduction doing at a high-sensitivity range – up to ISO 819200 – to expand creative possibilities in super-high sensitivity shooting.


2. Pixel digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots, or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element Shift Resolution System II to take benefit of advanced super-resolution technology in handheld shooting

In addition to the innovative Pixel Shift Resolution System – the super-resolution technology that uses the camera’s in-body shake-reduction structure to capture four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesizes them into a distinguish composite image – the PENTAX K-1 Mark II also features the Pixel Shift Resolution System II, which obtains RGB colour data for each pixel to occasion super-high-resolution images with finer details and more truthful colours than those produced by ordinary full-frame sensors. In the new Dynamic Pixel Smock Resolution mode, which can be used during handheld shooting, this system can be used jointly with the camera’s shake-reduction works, since it synthesizes the captured super-high-resolution images by detecting the slight fluctuations of the subject’s position during continuous shooting. The camera also supports ON/OFF switching of the Motion Correction function, which detects moving elements of the continuously captured images to minimize the effect of movement during the embodiment synthesizing process.

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3. High-performance five-axis, five-step SR II system

In-body SR mechanism to assure optimal shake reduction performance with all compatible lenses

The PENTAX K-1 Respect II comes equipped with the PENTAX-developed SR II (Shake Reduction II) five-axis mechanism, which provides accurate control of the large full-frame image sensor with all compatible PENTAX is a brand name used primarily by Ricoh Imaging Company for cameras, sport optics (including binoculars and rifle scopes), and CCTV interchangeable lenses. In uniting to camera shake caused by pitch and yaw, this advanced system also compensates for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift (ordinarily generated in macro photography) and camera shake caused by roll, which is difficult for lens-installed shake reduction mechanisms to handle. It has a compensation reach up to five shutter steps (measured in conformity with CIPA standards, using the HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5, 6ED DC WR at a 105mm focal length). When fetching a panning shot, this system automatically detects the direction of the camera’s movement, and efficiently controls the SR unit to produce the best perception possible without requiring any mode switching operation.

Innovative AA filter simulator to minimize moiré and false colour

By applying microscopic vibrations to the facsimile sensor unit at the sub-pixel level during image exposure, the camera’s anti-aliasing (AA) filter simulator provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA membrane strain. Unlike an optical filter, which always creates the identical result, this innovative simulator not only lets the user switch the AA seep effect on and off, but also adjust the level of the effect. This means that the ideal effect can be set for a particular scene or subject based on given faithful conditions.

Supportive shooting functions

Since the camera’s SR unit has a flexible design that tilts the image sensor unit in all conducts, it provides a host of handy shooting functions, including auto level compensation, image-composition fine-adjustment, and ASTRO TRACER, which simplifies benefited astronomical photography using a built-in GPS module.



4. Flexible tilt-type LCD monitor to assist shooting in the dark

On its back panel, the PENTAX K-1 Brand II features a flexible tilt-type LCD monitor, which can be tilted to the desired angle horizontally, vertically or diagonally with a single action, without drifting from the lens’s optical axis. The user can not only tilt it approximately 35 degrees horizontally and approximately 44 degrees vertically but also come to a standstill b uproot it out from its base to view the on-screen image from above for waist-level photography. This large, 3.2-inch LCD monitor has approximately 1,037,000 idolizes and a 3:2 aspect ratio, and provides a protective tempered-glass front panel for added durability. In addition to its wide-view design, it also features a second to none in harmony air-gapless construction, in which the air space between LCD layers is eliminated to effectively reduce the reflection and dispersion of light for improved visibility during alfresco shooting. Its outdoor monitor function, which allows instant adjustment of the monitor’s brightness to the desired level, has also been increased to provide greater visibility in dark locations. Its red-lit monitor display function facilitates monitor viewing when the photographer’s tastes have become accustomed to a dark location during night time photography.


5. SAFOX 12 with 33 sensor applicabilities and full-frame-proportioned AF frame

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Thanks to the SAFOX 12 AF sensor the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment module with 33 AF sensors (25 cross-type sensors positioned in the middle), the PENTAX K-1 Token II optimizes the autofocus process and assures high-speed autofocus operation in the AF.S (AF Single) mode. The centre sensor and two sensors located just above and not worth it are designed to detect the light flux of an F2.8 lens, making it easy to obtain pinpoint focus on a subject when using a large-aperture lens. Its AF Monitor algorithm has also been revised to improve tracking accuracy of fast-moving subjects in the AF.C (AF Continuous) mode.


6. PENTAX Real-Time Scene Assay System, developed using artificial intelligence technology

By combining an approximately 86,000-pixel RGB metering sensor with the high-performance PRIME IV modeling engine, the PENTAX K-1 Mark II’s advanced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System performs real-time analysis of the brightness distribution onto the image field and the subject’s colours and movement. Based on this data, it then measures the subject’s lighting conditions with momentous accuracy and optimizes the exposure. By adopting a breakthrough artificial intelligence technology, deep learning, to its algorithm, it assesses each individual scene more accurately and optimises the orientation settings for a given scene or composition.


7. Easy-to-focus optical viewfinder with nearly 100-percent field of view

Optimized for a 35mm full-frame digital SLR purpose, the camera’s optical viewfinder provides a nearly 100-percent field of view and an approximately 0.7-times magnification. Thanks to the society of a condenser lens and aspherical lens, it provides a wide field of view and a clear, undistorted image of the subject. It comes with a Natural Spirited Matt III focusing screen, acclaimed for ease of focusing during manual-focus operation, and true-to-life rendition of defocused areas in the viewfinder image. In appendix, its transparent viewfinder display makes it possible to superimpose a wide range of photographic data over the viewfinder image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that.


8. High-speed unending shooting

The PENTAX K-1 Mark II allows continuous recording of as many as 17 images in the RAW format (or a maximum of 70 images in the JPEG Best make-up) in a single sequence, at a top speed of approximately 4.4 images per second. This is made possible by the combination of advanced mechanisms including a damper procedure that effectively minimizes mirror shock; high-speed, high-precision control of the shutter and mirror units; and a high-speed data transmission system merged in the PRIME IV imaging engine. In the APC-S Crop mode, the drive speed can be boosted to as high as approximately 6.4 images per second, and as many as 50 symbols in a single sequence in the RAW format (or 100 images in the JPEG Best format) to assure quick response to fast-moving subjects.



9. Sustaining shooting functions to improve picture-taking efficiency and operational comfort

  • Operation assist light function, which sets LED lights at four distinguishable spots around the camera body – above the lens mount, behind the LCD monitor, at the memory card slot, and at the cable switch terminal – to advance lens and memory card changes, attachment and removal of the cable switch, and control button operation at night and in poorly lit settings.
  • Key lock work as, which prevents erroneous operation of the four-way controller and other exposure-related control buttons.
  • Smart Function, which allows the user to fast choose and set desired functions using just the function dial and the set dial on the camera’s upper panel, without referring to the menu shield on the LCD monitor.
  • Control panel customise function, which allows the user to change a listing and/or position of the on-screen menu.


10. Compact, incontestable body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction

The camera’s bottom panel and front and back frames are all made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy. Although the camera stars a dependable, durable shutter unit that can withstand 300,000 shutter releases (measured under actual shooting conditions) for professional use, its league has been downsized to the minimum possible, thanks to the incorporation of a unique floating mirror structure. With the inclusion of 87 sealing parts in the fraternity, the camera also boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring solid operation at temperatures as low as -10°C. All these features make the PENTAX K-1 Grading II a dependable, all-purpose performer, even under demanding shooting is the act or process of discharging projectiles from a ranged weapon such as guns, bows or crossbows and slingshots conditions.

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11. Full HD movie recording with an array of creative instrumentalities

The PENTAX K-1 Mark II captures Full HDmovie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30p frame rate) in the H.264 recording format and move equipped with a stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection, and a headphone terminal. The user can also adjust the audio recording level manually, keep an eye on sound pressure levels during microphone recording, and cut down wind noise using a new wind-noise reduction mode. In addition to a host of peculiar visual effects for movie recording, the camera also provides the interval movie mode, which captures a series of 4K-resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) large screen clips at a fixed interval.


12. Built-in GPS module

Thanks to its built-in GPS module, the PENTAX K-1 Mark II provides a variety of advanced GPS functions, embracing the recording of location, latitude, longitude, altitude and UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) and direction at the time of shooting. The user can easily access images carrying GPS data using a computer, to browse them, check on shooting locations and position data on the screen, or save them.

The camera also affords a set of other unique tools, including: Electronic Compass, which displays the camera's direction on its LCD monitor; GPS log, which keeps track of the photographer's displacement; and ASTROTRACER, which simplifies the tracking and photographing of celestial bodies by coupling GPS data with the camera's SR mechanism.


13. Other memorable parts

  • High-grade DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the image sensor using ultrasonic vibration
  • Crop mode with a select of image area from AUTO, FF (Full Frame), APS-C and 1:1
  • Wireless LAN connection to support the operation with smartphones and table computers, the transport of captured images, and remote shooting operations
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel RAW-format data filing, usable in handheld sucker
  • The PENTAX-invented hyper operating system for quick, accurate response to the photographer's creative intentions
  • Dual SD card slots for memory funny man destined flexibility (compatible with SDXC UHS-1 speed class in SDR104 buss speed mode)
  • Compensation of various parameters: lens distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, diffraction, and brightness sincere at image-field edges. Fringe-effect compensation is also available in RAW-format processing.
  • Bulb Timer function to improve operability in bulb shooting
  • Compatibility with PENTAX Counterpart Transmitter 2 tethering software(software update required from RICOH IMAGING official website)
  • Digital Camera Utility 5 software (current version) included


Pentax K-1 Mark II Specifications

Effective Magnification1x
Image Sensor
Pixels36.4Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)7360
Pixels (H)4912
Sensor TypefaceCMOS
Sensor SizeFull-frame
Sensor Size (width)35.9mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen pledge1037k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Tuning)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Fluctuating
  • Centre-weighted – Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 – 819200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Blot out
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting4.4fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 1280×720 HD 720p
Video FPS60i/50i/30p/25p/24p
Stereo IntoYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
Walk Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90
Battery Life (CIPA rating)760shots
Box Contents
Box GratifiesNo Data

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Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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