This review is devoted to KP that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Jan 26, 2017. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #32 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 48/100 and it takes a rank of #138 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax KP review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax KP. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.
Pentax KP has the following external dimensions 132 x 132 x 76 mm (51.97 x 39.76 x 29.92″) with the weight of 703 g.
The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Pentax KP, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax KP is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 76mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax KP with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax KP is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax KP compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Pentax KP comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Pentax KP comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Pentax KP comes with PRIME IV processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Pentax KP has the following ISO range 100 - 819200 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
In a huge database of models that we have collected, Pentax KP features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.
Pentax KP has a High-Resolution mode feature. It allows you to take multiple shots of a particular scene, at the same time, move its sensor with a special sensor-shift image stabilization system, and join all these shots into one MP picture automatically. To make the best use of this feature, we recommend capturing static scenes while using a tripod for more stability and less stitching artifacts.
Pentax KP is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Pentax KP with other standard sensor sizes.
Pentax KP is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.
The ViewFinder in KP has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.63x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.
Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.
Some of the other highlights of Pentax KP are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/6000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
KP features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, KP has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax KP, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax KP allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Pentax KP provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
KP comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.
In addition, Pentax KP is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.
One more advantage of Pentax KP is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, KP is equipped with USB 2.0 port. that make it possible to connect KP with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax KP provides a shooting life of 390, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Pentax KP is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax KP’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax KP’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the KP to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax KP performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax KP can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax KP performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax KP can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax KP performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax KP can be called a 95 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax KP performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax KP can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax KP performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax KP can be called a 94 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
|Announced||Jan 26, 2017|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR|
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF2|
|Number of Lenses||144|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/6000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual, wireless|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6016 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||819,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||27|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||25|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||132 x 101 x 76 mm|
|Battery Life||390 shots|
|Battery Type||390 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)|