The Pen­tax K-1 is the Com­pany’s First Full-frame DSLR

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE -

Pen­tax is a name that may not be that pop­u­lar here in Malaysia, but for those who have tried the APS-C Pen­tax cam­eras, namely the K-5, they would know that Pen­tax can hold its own against the com­pe­ti­tion. Re­cently, the cam­era man­u­fac­turer fi­nally an­nounced its first full-frame DSLR, and it’s known as the K-1.

The K-1’s body is con­structed from mag­ne­sium al­loy, com­plete with 87 seals around the body. Th­ese seals ef­fec­tively make the K-1 dust-proof, and both weather- and cold-re­sis­tant. In­side, there’s a 36.4MP full­frame sen­sor that doesn’t come with an AA fil­ter, so it should be able to cap­ture plenty of de­tails.

Other fea­tures in­clude a 5-axis sen­sor-shift im­age sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tem, a 33-point AF sys­tem with 25 of them be­ing crosstypes. There’s also a 3.2-inch LCD screen that can be tilted hor­i­zon­tally, ver­ti­cally, and di­ag­o­nally.

For those who do a lot of pho­tog­ra­phy in low-light sit­u­a­tions, there are four LEDs mounted at the rear of the LCD screen, which al­lows you to il­lu­mi­nate the rear con­trols. In front, there’s one more that il­lu­mi­nates the lens mount. The card bay and re­mote re­lease port are also lit by LEDs.

If that doesn’t im­press you, then maybe the fact that this cam­era comes equipped with a built-in GPS sys­tem with an elec­tro-magnetic com­pass and the Astro­tracer func­tion likely will. For those un­fa­mil­iar with the Astro­tracer fea­ture, it ba­si­cally al­lows the cam­era to track the lo­ca­tion of stars. This fea­ture ac­tu­ally moves the im­age sen­sor to cap­ture nightscapes, with­out the stars turn­ing into light trails.

Sadly, there’s no news of whether or not this cam­era will be mak­ing its way into Malaysia, or of its pric­ing.

Launched along­side the Canon EOS 80D is the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, which can be pur­chased sep­a­rately for US$599.99 (ap­prox. RM2,517).

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