Pentax Digital SLR & Mirrorless Cameras




Pentax Digital SLR & Mirrorless Cameras

Pentax was founded in 1919 as the Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. and in 1938, the name changed again to Asahi Optical Co. Ltd. For over two decades from the 1950s, cameras were imported into the US market by Honeywell Corporation under the name Honeywell Pentax. The name Asahi Pentax was used for the rest of the world. In 2002, the company became the Pentax Corporation. In August 2007, Pentax became a subsidiary of the Hoya Corporation. 

Pentax cameras, although not as famous as Canon or Nikon, have produced many classic cameras over the past few decades including many world firsts. Pentax is also famous for its lenses. Pentax offers a variety of digital slr cameras for all levels of photographers. Recent Pentax digital SLR cameras are listed below including the full frame Pentax K-1 DSLR. 

Pentax Digital SLR Cameras and Mirrorless Cameras 2010 - 2017

Pentax KP Digital SLR Camera

- Released January 2017. Selling for $999.99 body only.
- 24.3 MP APS-C AA filter less CMOS sensor.  KAF2 mount.
- Pixel shift for combining upto 4 images into one hd image.
- Five axis image stabilisation upto 5 stops. Prime IV.
- Tough dustproof weather sealed magnesium alloy body.
- Optical pentaprism viewfinder. 100% coverage. 0.95x mag.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/24000 sec. Flash X sync at 1/180 sec.
- ISO 100 to 819200. Raw & jpeg. Live view. Shoots at 7 fps.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. AE & WB bracketing.  Built in wifi.
- Tilting 3" LCD with 921,000 dots. USB2. Micro HDMI.
- Size 132 x 101 x 76mm. Weight 703g including batteries.
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Pentax K-70 Digital SLR Camera

- Available early July 2016 for £649.99. Pentax KAF2 lens mount
- 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. AA filter free optical design.
- Prime MII engine. Shake reduction with pixel shift resolution.
- Hybrid AF system. Safox X module. Compact body.
- Weather resistant body. Rain, dust & cold proof down to -10°C.
- Bright optical glass prism viewfinder with 100% field of view.
- Fully articulated 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots. 100% view.
- Raw & jpeg. Full manual controls. Built in flash. Scene modes.
- Shoots at 6 fps. Exposure & AE bracketing. Built in wifi.
- Full 1080p movies in mpeg-4 & H.264. 4k interval movie mode
- ISO 100 to 102400. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/6000 sec.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. USB2. Mini HDMI. 1/180 sec flash sync.
- Size 126 x 93 x 74mm. Weight 688g. D-LI109 battery.
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Pentax K-1 Full Frame Professional Digital SLR Camera.

- Available on 25th April 2016 for $1,799.95 body only.
- 36 MP full frame AA filter-less CMOS sensor. Pentax KAF2.
- Built in SRII shake reduction. Pixel shift resolution.
- Magnesium alloy weather sealed body for tough conditions.
- Cross tilt 3.2" LCD with 1,037,000 dots. Live view. Timelapse.
- Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder with 100% coverage.
- ISO 100 to 204800. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec.
- Shoots at 4.4 fps. Exposure & AE bracketing. Raw & jpeg.
- Hotshoe. Flash sync port. No built in flash. Many flash modes.
- Full HD video in MPEG-4 & H.264 with stereo sound.
- Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I). USB2. Micro HDMI. GPS.
- Built in wifi 802.11b/g/n. D-L190 li-on battery & charger.
- Size 137 x 110 x 86mm. Weight 1010g inc. batteries.
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Pentax K-3 II Digital SLR Camera

- Available in May 2016 for £1099. Pentax KAF2 lens mount.
- 24.35 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. Prime III engine.
- Shake reduction system. Upto 4.5 shutter steps compensation.
- Dustproof weather resistant magnesium alloy body.
- New Pixel Shift Resolution System for better color & details.
- Anti-aliasing filter simulator with on / off option. Live view.
- Glass prism optical viewfinder with almost 100% field of view.
- 3.2 inch LCD with 103,700 dots with anti-reflection glass.
- HD movies at 1080p in H.264. 60i/30p frame rate. Stereo mic.
- RAW and jpeg. Full manual controls. ISO 100 to 51200.
- Built in GPS module with GPS log and electronic compass.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec. Flash sync at 1/180 sec.
- HDR, mirror up, interval shooting, AE bracketing.
- Shoots at 8.3 fps. USB3. Mini HDMI. Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC.
- Size 131 x 100 x 77mm. Weight 720g. Li-on D-LI90 battery.
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Pentax K-S2 Digital SLR Camera

- Available for $799.95 with 18-50mm WR lens.
- 20 MP AA filter less APS-C CMOS sensor. Pentax KAF2 mount.
- Weather-sealed body. Dust & water resistent. Cold proof.
- ISO 100 to 51200. Prime MII processor. Jpeg & RAW.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/6000 sec. Full manual controls.
- Articulated 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots. Live view.
- Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder with 100% coverage.
- Hotshoe. Built in flash. Shoots at 5.4 fps. AE bracketing.
- HD video in MPEG-4 and H.264 with stereo sound.
- USB2. Micro HDMI. Wi-fi with NFC support. D-LI109 battery.
- Size 123 x 91 x 73mm. Weight 678g inc. battery.
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Pentax K-S1 Digital SLR Camera

- Sells for $626 including 18-55mm lens. Pentax K mount.
- 20 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. In body shake reduction.
- ISO 100 to 51200. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/6000 sec.
- LED indicator lamps in grip and lighted camera controls.
- Shoots at 5.4 fps. Eye-Fi & FLU card compatibility.
- 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots. Optical pentaprism 100% view.
- Hotshoe. Built in flash. Full manual controls. Jpeg & RAW.
- Exposure compensation. WB & AE bracketing.
- 1080p video in H.264. Stereo sound. HDR shooting.
- Anti-aliasing filter simulator. Live view. Face detection.
- D-LII09 li-on battery. USB2. Micro HDMI. SD/SDHC/SDXC
- Size 121 x 93 x 70mm. Weight 558g inc. batteries.
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Pentax 645Z Medium Format Camera

- Available June 2014 for $8,499.95 body only.
- 51 MP CMOS sensor measuring 44 x 33mm.
- Weather sealed magnesium alloy body. Cold & dust resistant.
- Articulated 3.2" LCD - 1,037,000 dots. Pentax 645AF2 mount.
- Optical pentaprism viewfinder - 98% coverage. Shoots at 3fps.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. Full manual controls.
- 1080p video with stereo sound in MPEG-4 & H.264.
- ISO 100 to 204800. RAW, TIFF & Jpeg. Flash sync. 1/125 sec.
- USB3. Mini HDMI. D-LI90 battery. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.
- Size 156 x 117 x 123mm. Weight 1550g inc. batteries.
- Aimed primarily at enthusiasts, semi-professional & professional photographers. High end professional camera for a variety of subjects including portraiture, corporate photography, location & interiors, architecture, table top still life, advertising, fashion, nature, landscapes, black and white, travel photography in harsh environments and more.
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Pentax K-3 Digital SLR Camera

- Arrives mid November 2013. Body price $1,299.
- 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. Pentax KAF2 mount.
- Body sealed against elements. Weather and dust resistant.
- Selectable anti-alias filter. 100% optical viewfinder.
- Sensor shift image stabilization. FLU wireless SDHC card.
- ISO 80 to 51,200. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec.
- 3.2 inch LCD with million dots. Liveview. HDR capture.
- WB and AE bracketing. Mirror lockup. Shoots at 8.3 fps.
- Full HD 1920 x 1080 video. MPEG-4 and H.264.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. Flash sync. at 1/180 sec.
- HDMII. USB 3. Li-on D-LI90 battery. SD/SDXC/SDHC cards.
- Size 131 x 100 x 77mm. Weight 800g inc. batteries.
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Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera

- Available in July 2013 with 18-55mm lens for $780.
- 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. ISO up to 51200.
- In-body shake reduction system & dust reduction.
- Eye-Fi card compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless SD cards.
- Full HD video at 1080p with H.264 compression. HDR.
- Optical viewfinder with 100% field of view. 3" 921k LCD.
- Pentax KAF2 mount. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/6000 sec.
- Body is weather sealed against elements. Body in 3 colors.
- Shoots at 6 fps. Autobracketing. Hotshoe. Pop up flash.
- RAW & Jpeg. Full manual controls. USB2. SD/SDHC/SDXC.
- Size 130 x 97 x 71mm. Weight 650g inc. D-LI109 battery.
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Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera

- Due in July 2013 with 18-55mm lens for $600.
- Similar specification to the Pentax K-50 (see above) including 16mp sensor, built in shake reduction, ISO up to 51,200, optical viewfinder with 100% view and 3" LCD). Lower price than K-50.
- Body is not weather sealed.
- Size 130 x 97 x 71mm. Weight 646g inc. 4 x AA batteries.
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Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera

- Available now for $1349 including 18-55mm lens.
- 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. Pentax K mount.
- Magnesium body sealed against elements. Shoots at 7 fps.
- Sensor shift image stabilization. New SAFOX AF system.
- 3" LCD with 921k pixels. HDR. Various filters & effects.
- Optical viewfinder - 100% coverage. 0.92x magnification.
- Full HD video at 1080p with monaural sound. Mic input.
- Full manual controls. 14 bit RAW & jpeg.
- ISO 50 to 12800. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. PC flash sync socket.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. D-LI90 Li-on battery. USB2. HDMI.
- Size 131 x 97 x 73mm. Weight 760g including batteries.
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Pentax K-5 IIs Digital SLR Camera

- The Pentax K-5 IIs digital SLR camera has the same specification as the K-5 II ( see above) except the K-5 IIs does not have an anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor leading to sharper and more detailed images with the slight possibility of increased moire in some situations.
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Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera

- Pentax K-30 due July 2012 for $899 including 18-55mm lens.
- 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. Pentax KAF2 mount.
- Body available in black, crystal white and crystal blue.
- 3" LCD with 921k pixels. Optical viewfinder with 100% coverage & 0.92x magnification. Live view.
- Compact and lightweight weather sealed body with 81 seals.
- New SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module for fast autofocusing.
- Shoots at 6 fps. Sensor shift image stabilization.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/6000 sec. ISO from 100 to 25600.
- Full manual controls. RAW & jpeg. Scene modes inc. HDR.
- Full HD video at 1920 x 1080p. Mono sound. MPEG-4 & H.264.
- Built in flash can act as wireless controller. Hotshoe.
- USB2. Lithium-Ion D-LI09 battery. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.
- Size 130 x 97 x 71mm. Weight 650g including batteries.
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Pentax K-01 Interchangeable Lens Camera

- Pentax K-01 mirrorless system camera arrives March 2012 for $749 body only or $899 including new DA 40mm lens.
-16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. Shoots at 6 fps.
- Pentax K mount - gives access to thousands of older lenses.
- Designed by Marc Newson. Body in black, yellow or white.
- 3" LCD with 921k pixels. Sensor shift image stabilization.
- Live view, face detection, full manual controls, RAW & jpeg.
- ISO 100 to 12800 and 25600. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. X-sync. at 1/180 sec.
- Full high definition movies at 1080p with manual controls & stereo sound with stereo mic input. MPEG-4 & H.264.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. D-LI90 Li-on battery. GPS receiver.
- Size 122 x 79 x 58mm. Weight 561g inc. batteries.
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Pentax Q Interchangeable Lens Camera

- Pentax Q system camera ships Sept. 2011 for $800 inc. lens.
- Smallest interchangeable lens camera in the world.
- 12.4 megapixel 1/2.3" backlit CMOS sensor. Q lens mount.
- 3" widescreen LCD with 460k pixels. Jpeg and RAW support.
- Sensor shift dust reduction. Live view. Built in flash.
- Full manual controls. HDR setting. Shoots at 5 fps. Hotshoe.
- Full HD movies at 1080p at 30 fps in MPEG4 AVC/H.264.
- Numerous scene modes and digital filters built in.
- ISO 125 to 6400. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/2000 sec. plus bulb.
- Flash X-sync speed upto 1/2000.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. D-LI68 Li-on battery. HDMI.
- Size 98 x 57 x 31mm. Weight 200g inc. battery and card.
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Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera

- Pentax K-5 ships in October 2010 for $1749 inc 18-55 WR lens
- 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor.
- Lens mount Pentax KAF2, KAF3, KAF, KA and restricted K.
- Body sealed against elements. Sensor shift image stabilization
- HD video at 1920 x 1080 in motion jpeg AVI. Ext mic input.
- Optical viewfinder with 100% coverage & 0.92x magnification
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec. Flash X-sync at 1/180.
- 3" LCD with 921,000 pixels and live view. Shoots at 7 fps.
- HDR. Multiple exposure. RAW & jpeg. Full manual controls.
- HDMI. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. D-LI90 lithium battery.
- Size 131 x 97 x 73mm. Weight 750g inc. battery.
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Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera

- Pentax K-r DSLR available in October 2010 for $849 inc. lens.
- 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor. Pentax K mount.
- 3" 921k LCD. Sensor shift image stabilization. RAW & jpeg.
- Full manual controls. ISO 100 to 25,600. Shoots at 6 fps.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/6000 sec. HDR setting. Digital filters.
- HD AVI movies at 1280 x 720 with sound. Optical viewfinder.
- Built in wireless flash support. Flash sync speed 1/180 sec.
- Full manual controls. SD/SDHC cards. D-LI09 lithium battery.
- Size 125 x 97 x 68mm. Weight 598g with battery.
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