Breaking News: The Pentax K-1 Full-Frame Digital


The K-1 full frame digital camera, the new “King Of Pentax.” Pictured with the HD Pentax-D 24-70mm f/2.8 SDM WR lens. Pure Pentax heaven! Picture courtesy of Ricoh/Pentax Corporation.

Ho! I thought I was on a week long sabbatical but this one is a must! Ricoh/Pentax has finally introduced their full-frame digital called, appropriately the K-1.

Just from looking at the specs, key features: 36.4mp CMOS sensor, no AA filter (better sharpness), built in 5-axis stabilization, ISO 204,800, 1080p 24/30fps HD video, rugged build and tilting screen. Of course, there’s a lot more to it.

All the cameras we have today are like super computers in many ways. They have like gazillion features and you know I’m not the kind of guy who wants to repeat all the technical specs. If you’re interest in the technicalities you can read them HERE.

I’m sure there will be a lot of Pentax fanatics who will be picking this thing up. In fact, I KNOW some fanatics who will be looking hard at this one 🙂


Everything seems right with this camera. Specs are great, however things seem familiar. 36.4 megapixels? Hmm, probably that Sony sensor we saw in the Nikon D800/D800E and Sony A7R. No AA filter? Cool, seems like everyone is doing away with that “wicked” AA filter that used to be so important for the first fifteen years of digital. ISO 204,800? Cool, but I never go anywhere near that ISO so I wouldn’t know.

I guess what I’m saying is…the specs are great, awesome even, but many of these things we have seen since 2012 so it’s not mind-blowing anymore (to me anyway). Nothing against Pentax, as I’ve said a few times before, it’s really hard for me to get excited about the latest and greatest these days. But I love the build and handling of the top Pentax cameras and this one looks to be the best of the best.


“Pentax Camera Art.” Before the K-1, we had a funky little thang called the K-01! Wow, what a close call with the names 🙂

Despite what I said about the specs, the main thing that we should remember is that while the rest of the world have seen these high specs before elsewhere, Pentax users have not had these specs till now so this is enough reason for Pentaxians to rejoice.

And heck, based the fact that all your Pentax lenses in the 35mm format can now be used as they were intended and even based on the specs as they are, this could probably be the only Pentax digital anyone could ever want or need! Here’s a cool and interesting video on the new K-1:

As I said in an article not too long ago, many have waited for this day since we heard about the Pentax MZ-D in 2000. The first full-frame Pentax digital that never was. Today, nearly sixteen years later they have officially announced the K-1. Whether it succeeds or fails this camera is bound to be a Camera Legend. All I can say is…Pentax, thank you.

Note: The Pentax K-1 was introduced with three new lenses. You can check out all the specs to the K-1 and see the new lenses HERE.


I didn’t put this in the headlines because I didn’t want to take anything away from the Pentax K-1, which many have waited so long for and is in a different league of cameras, but I’m sure many Canon fans will be happy to hear that there’s a new “enthusiast-class” body out, the EOS 80D.

Just quickly off the specs: new 24mp sensor, 45 point AF, updated dual-pixel AF, mirror vibration control.

I don’t really want to get too much into it, but I’m sure it’s going to be a killer little camera.

You can check out the specs HERE.


4 thoughts on “Breaking News: The Pentax K-1 Full-Frame Digital

  1. Couldn’t help reading everything about this camera…but I first saw it here! (I always check “Legends” with my morning joe). I’m really torn Bro…..will it be my fourth love affair with Pentax digital…that lasts a month and then the camera sits on the shelf in favor of my Pz1-p or MZ-S? At 1800 bucks, I have to be sure…..and I’m not. This thing may have come a day late and a dollar short for me…….

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    1. Thanks Bro, always glad to see you here, appreciate you checking it out. I can’t blame you man, because like some people are saying about the Nikon D500 (D300 replacement) it’s a little too little, a little too late! I think they should’ve priced it at $1299. And you know yourself better than anyone, you are a diehard film man, and hey there’s no shame in that! You’re awesome at it and digital bores you. I can’t blame you. If however, you do get it, please be sure to let the world know!! 🙂


      1. Yo Bro! Two things on this camera. First, availability keeps slipping. From early spring, they are now saying July! I wonder if it could have to do with the recent earthquake damage at the Sony sensor plant? Or maybe it’s just working out bugs. The Nikon D5 seems to be late in coming as well. Second, DPreview got their hands on a K-1 and you can compare it to other cameras…and unless I am reading the results wrong, it’s a groundbreaker! It blows away a number of let’s just say highly desired DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. I suppose I will have to acquire one when (and if) it ever can be obtained.
        Hope all is well with you.

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      2. Hey Bro! Yes, I checked out dpreview and this camera looks killer! The delays could possibly have something to do the the earthquake or as you said, maybe they’re ironing things out. But nonetheless, I think you should be getting one man, this would be the ultimate camera for those fine Pentax lenses of yours! I’m good, I hope you and your family are ok too!! 🙂


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