Pentax KP Review

Overall 48
Imaging 24
Features 57
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 819200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 132 x 101 x 76 mm
  • Weight: 703 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Pentax KP Summary

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.

Pentax KP Compared to other DSLR 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.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/6000
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 25
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Number Of Focus Points: 27
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Headphone Port: No
  • Battery Life: 390 shots
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Pentax KP With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax KP

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Pentax KP — 390 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Pentax KP — 76 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Pentax KP — 703 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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.

High-Resolution Mode

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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax KP

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

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.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

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.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Pentax KP for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Pentax KP for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Pentax KP for Street Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (132 x 101 x 76 mm)

Pentax KP for Sports 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.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big Number of CrossFocus Points (25)
  • Nice Max Native ISO (819200)
  • Big size (132 x 101 x 76 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/6000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (27)
  • Small battery life (390 shots)

Pentax KP for Daily 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (703 g)
  • Big size (132 x 101 x 76 mm)

Pentax KP for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Max Native ISO (819200)

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages

Pentax KP Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model KP
Announced Jan 26, 2017
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Pentax KAF2
Number of Lenses 144
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.63
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/6000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6
Flash Modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual, wireless
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 27
Number of Cross Focus Points 25
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 703 g
Physical Dimensions 132 x 101 x 76 mm
Battery Life 390 shots
Battery Type 390 shots
Battery Model D-LI109
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage Slots 1

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