Ricoh enter the full-frame game with the Pentax K-1

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Pentax is finally in the full frame game. Ricoh today announced the new Pentax K-1, a camera that  “offers innovations not available in any other DSLR.”

At the heart of this beast is a 36.4-megapixel CMOS sensor that bins the anti-aliasing filter to offer maximum sharpness — an AA Filter Simulator eliminates moiré from photos instead.

ISO hits a very good 204800, and the new PRIME IV imaging engine allows for the capture of 14-bit RAW photos.

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A newly refined SR II Shake Reduction system offers 5-axis stabilisation giving an equivalent compensation of 5 exposure stops. A Pixel Shift Resolution System in the camera can capture super-resolution photos by capturing “four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesizes them into a single composite image.”

For auto focusing, the K-1 boasts a new SAFOX 12 AF system that has 33 autofocus points (25 of which are cross-type).

The camera body itself is TOUGH. It is both compact and rugged. It’s weather-sealed, dustproof, and cold-proof thanks to 87 sealing points, allowing you to take the camera into harsh environments and have it come out the otherside unscathed. This is something Pentax is very good at.

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On the back of the body is a Flexible-tilt 3.2-inch 1.04-million-dot LCD screen — the first of its kind on any DSLR. You can position the screen to angle you want, both horizontally and vertically.

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Another DSLR first is the special Operation Assist Lights on the body, which are small white LEDs that help you work the camera’s controls while shooting in low-light environments. The lights help you do things such as change lenses, swap memory cards, and use the interface on the back of the camera, all without having to use external illumination or the bright LCD menu.

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For photographers moving up to the K-1 from a crop sensor system, there’s a Crop Mode that lets you shoot APS-C-sized photos regardless of what lens you’re using. In other words, you’ll be able to keep your existing lens collection, as the camera will detect the lens type and configure its settings accordingly.

Other features and specs of the K-1 include a “nearly 100%” viewfinder, Wi-Fi, GPS, a Dust Removal feature, HDR mode, dual SD card slots, 1080p video at 30fps, and 4.4fps continuous shooting (23 RAW photos or 70 JPEG).

Launching alongside the Pentax K-1 are 12 full-frame lenses, including a 15-30mm f/2.8 and a 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6.

The Pentax K-1 is available to pre-order now and will retail for £1599.99

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