PENTAX K-1 II (with HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR) Review review the new 36mp Pentax K-1 Mark II – the update to the full-frame K-1 – is the new model worth the upgrade?

“The Pentax K-1 Mark II, is Pentax’s update to the Pentax K-1, making it Pentax’ second full-frame Digital SLR. There are a small number of updates that have been made to the K-1, and at first glance, they are fairly minor. However, there is also an increased ISO range, and Pentax say the camera will give better image quality, improved AF performance, and improved Pixel Shift Resolution. All other DSLR features remain the same, with the same camera body which includes weather-sealing, shake-reduction sensor, a unique multi-angle screen, and compatibility with all Pentax K-mount lenses since the mid-1970s. The K-1 Mark II has a 36-megapixel full-frame sensor and to get the best results from this camera Pentax FA and other full-frame lenses are recommended.

Here’s a quick run-down of the differences between the Mark I and Mark II:

Pentax K-1 Mark II Pentax K-1 (Mark I)
New Handheld Pixel Shift mode
Upgraded Improved AF speed / performance
ISO Range ISO100 – 819200 ISO100 – 204800
APS-C fps 6.4fps 6.5fps
New Night LCD mode Added with firmware update
Battery Life 670 760



Hi-res Pixel Shift Resolution samples

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Sample Photos

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Posted in Cameras, D FA Lenses, D FA Zoom Lenses, DSLR, Full Frame, HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR, K-mount Lenses, Lenses, PENTAX K-1 II, Reviews.

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