KP On Duty For Pen­tax

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Pen­tax is quickly be­com­ing the D-SLRs most ac­tive sup­porter as it launches yet an­other new model. The KP con­tin­ues the Pen­tax tra­di­tion of pack­ing a lot of fea­tures into a com­pact and af­ford­able body. The KP em­ploys mag­ne­sium al­loy cov­ers, is fully weather-proofed and also in­su­lated to al­low shooting in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures. The styling is a mix­ture of retro with mod­ern and a largely dial-based con­trol lay­out with in­ter­change­able hand­grips (there’s a choice of three). The pen­taprism-type op­ti­cal viewfinder pro­vides 100 per­cent sub­ject cov­er­age and a 0.95x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion plus it has in­ter­change­able fo­cus­ing screens. The 7.62 cm mon­i­tor screen is ad­justable for tilt.

On the in­side is a new 25 megapix­els ‘APS-C’ for­mat CMOS sen­sor – which goes with­out an op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter – mated with the lat­est ‘PRIME IV’ pro­ces­sor. The ef­fec­tive pixel count is 24.3 mil­lion and the na­tive sen­si­tiv­ity range is equiv­a­lent to ISO 100 to a stag­ger­ing ISO 819,200. In-cam­era sen­sor-shift im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion pro­vides correction for cam­era shake over five axes and for up to five stops, plus the KP has the ‘Pixel Shift Res­o­lu­tion Sys­tem’ for en­hanced colour re­pro­duc­tion and de­tail­ing. It also has the ‘AA Fil­ter Sim­u­la­tor’ to help cor­rect for moiré pat­terns and which also works by shift­ing the sen­sor.

Con­tin­u­ous shooting is pos­si­ble at up to 7.0 fps for a burst of 28 max­i­mum-qual­ity JPEGs or eight RAW files. There’s a sin­gle mem­ory card slot for the SD for­mat with UHS-I speed sup­port. The KP has the ‘SAFOX 11’ aut­o­fo­cus­ing which uses 27 mea­sur­ing points, 25 of them cross-type ar­rays. Op­er­at­ing sen­si­tiv­ity is down to EV -3.0 at ISO 100 and area modes are avail­able with em­ploy 3x3 or 5x5 point clus­ters when shooting with the con­tin­u­ous AF mode. Track­ing can be set to one of four sub­ject/sce­nario modes. Ex­po­sure con­trol is based on an 86,000-pix­els RGB me­ter­ing sen­sor with the choice of multi-zone, cen­tre-weighted av­er­age and spot mea­sure­ments. The stan­dard ‘PASM’ ex­po­sure con­trol modes are sup­ple­mented with Pen­tax’s sen­si­tiv­ity-pri­or­ity and shut­ter-and-aper­ture pri­or­ity op­tions. There’s a built-in pop-up flash which can act as an op­ti­cal con­troller for a wire­less TTL flash set-up. The cam­era’s fo­cal plane shut­ter has a speed range of 30-1/6000 sec­ond, but there’s now also the choice of a sen­sor-based shut­ter which has a top speed of 1/24,000 sec­ond (and also en­ables silent shooting). Other no­table fea­tures in­clude multi-shot HDR cap­ture, a mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure fa­cil­ity, an in­ter­val­ome­ter (for time-lapse se­quences of up to 2000 frames), hori­zon correction and a dual-axis level in­di­ca­tor, com­po­si­tion correction, and built-in WiFi.

The KP records Full HD video at 50 fps with in­ter­laced scan or 25 fps with pro­gres­sive scan plus there’s a 24 fps speed mode. Time-lapse movies can be recorded in the 4K res­o­lu­tion of 3840x2160 pix­els and us­ing Mo­tion JPEG/AVI com­pres­sion. The new Pen­tax D-SLR has built-in stereo mi­cro­phones plus a 3.5 mm stereo au­dio in­put. The Pen­tax KP is avail­able in Aus­tralia now priced at $1499 for the body only, and with a choice of black or sil­ver fin­ishes.

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