EDICATED PENTAX USERS have been crying out for a full- frame body and, with the Pentax K- 1 ( 1), the wait is fi nally over – it looks to be a beauty, too! Boasting a 36.4- megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 35.9x24mm, the K- 1 allows 35mm fi lm SLR users to make the most of their old lenses, while a crop- function allows the more recent D FA- series optics to be used too. The Pentax K- 1 boasts an extensive range of modes and features aimed at enthusiasts and professionals and is robust for use in all weather thanks to its dustproof, weather- resistant magnesium- alloy construction.
The image sensor uses an AA ( anti- aliasing) fi lter- free design for ultimate sharpness and works with a newly- designed PRIME IV imaging engine to allow images to be captured at up to ISO 204800. The built- in Shake Reduction system use a fi ve- axis mechanism to combat shake with up to a fi ve- stop benefi t. It also o ers a Pixel Shift Resolution System that captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each exposure, then synthesises them into a composite image. It claims to give truer colours and fi ner detail than conventional full- frame sensors.
The AF system uses 33 AF points, of which 25 are cross- type while metering is handled by an 86,000- pixel sensor. Other features include a 3.2in LCD vari- angle with 1,037,000- dot screen, 4.4fps continuous shooting, Wi- Fi, GPS and Full HD movie recording. Available in April, the K- 1 is expected to cost around £ 1,600, body- only.
With previous digital lenses being suitable for APS- C sensors, Pentax will need to release a range of lenses capable of handling the K- 1’ s bigger sensor. Announced with the K- 1 is two such lenses, the £ 1,500 FA 15- 30mm f/ 2.8ED SDM WR ultra wide- angle zoom ( 2) and the £ 500 FA 28- 105mm f/ 3.5- 5.6ED DC WR standard zoom ( 3). www. pentax. co. uk