The First Pentax Full-Frame DSLR Is a Beauty

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Pentax has never made a full-frame DSLR before. But this new camera, the K-1, looks like it was worth the wait.

Pentax has actually been thinking about building a full-frame DSLR for a while now. Actually, it scrapped initial plans to enter the market a staggering fifteen years ago, then only showed off a prototype of this camera last year. But it certainly looks the part.

The new camera is built around a 36.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, tucked away inside a magnesium alloy body that’s claimed to be weather-resistant and dust-proof. The rear screen is interesting: The 3.2-inch display use a mechanism that allows it to be viewed at different angles while always sitting on the lens’ optical axis. There’s also five-axis in-body image stabilization, which both shifts the sensor and combines images to sharpen photographs.

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Illustration for article titled The First Pentax Full-Frame DSLR Is a Beauty

In terms of all-important numbers, the camera shoots with an ISO up to 204800, top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec, and at a continuous rate of up to 4.4 frames per second. Not too shabby.

Oh, and the most important number: Price. When it arrives in April, the camera will cost $1,800, which seems competitive compared to similar cameras offered by Canon and Nikon. We’ll have to wait and see how it performs alongside them.

[The Phoblographer, The Verge]

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AtomikSnowman
AtomicSnowman

The crazy rear screen is indeed pretty cool looking, but other than that, unless you’re a “pro” photographer all of these look the same. Lens, fat bulgy grip on one side, knobs on the top, and the rectangular back. Saying this DSLR is better looking than any other is like saying one of these glass beads is more visually appealing than the others. I suppose you could write some brand names on them..