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

Overall rating:

Pentax K-1

AWB Colour:8/10
Dynamic Range:9/10
Image quality:9/10
LCD viewfinder:8/10


  • - 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:

£1,599.00 (Body only)

Pentax K-1 review: Full specification


Sensor:36.4-million-pixel full-frame CMOS
Output size:7,360 x 4,912
Lens mount:Pentax K
Focal length magnification:1.0x
Shutter speeds:1/8000-30sec + bulb
Flash sync:1/200sec
ISO sensitivity:ISO 100-204,800
Exposure modes:P, Av, Tv, M, Sv, TAv
Metering:86,000-pixel RGB sensor
Exposure Compensation:±5EV
Continuous shooting:4.4fps
Focus system:33 point (25 cross-type)
Focus modes:Single, continuous
Viewfinder:0.7x magnification, 100% coverage
LCD monitor:3in 1.037-million-dot, flexible tilt
Movie recording:Full HD up to 60fps
External mic:3.5mm stereo
Memory card:2x SD, SDHC, SDXC
Power:D-Li90 Li-Ion
Battery life:Approx 760 shots
Dimensions:136.5 x 110 x 85.5mm
Weight:1,010g with battery + 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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