First picture of the Pentax KP DSLR camera leaked online





The first picture of the Pentax KP leaked online and the camera looks very much like the Nikon Df. There will be also a new Pentax D-BG7 battery grip andAC adapter K-AC167J. The KP will be available in three different grip sizes (small, medium and large) - see more pictures at PentaxRumors. The rumored price of the Pentax KP in the UK is £1,099 (around $1,350$ or €1,270).

Update - here are the Pentax KP specifications:

  • New generation 24.33 Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ‘PRIME IV’ image processing engine with image accelerator unit
  • 5-axis ‘SR II’ in-body image stabilization (5-stop correction)
  • 27-point ‘SAFOX 11’ autofocus system (25 cross-type)
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-819,200
  • Continuous drive: 7 fps
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/24,000 s (electronic shutter)
  • Dust-proof and drip-proof casing with 67 seals; cold resistance up to minus 10℃
  • Pixel Shift
  • Optical viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • 3-inch tilting LCD screen
  • Video: Full HD
  • DR II
  • Dimensions: 131.5 x 101 x 76mm
  • Weight: 643g

Via PentaxRumorsXitekNokishita

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  • PHILIPPOS RAFTOPOULOS

    There is a better set of pictures here…
    https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59012399

  • Eric Calabros

    What a weird grip

    • Eric Calabros
      • ThePatriotMuckraker

        There is no point to the grip. The camera looks like a $100 back loading film camera from the 90s. The ultimate retro! “Look at us we are retro!” Super retro!

        • Jore Puusa

          There is no point to the grip.
          ———
          Really. I`ve been working as photojournalist for 40 yrs. The grip means that your hand won`t get tired after 90 minutes of football.
          Amateurs talking here 🙂

          • Zos Xavius

            I refuse to buy cameras without grips anymore.

      • Eric Calabros
        • ThePatriotMuckraker

          Are you being sarcastic? If not then who cares. Where is the performance? That is the only thing that matters. All pentaxians wanted was a K-3II style camera with better AF and video. Those bumps are just part of this “retro pretension.”

          • TinusVerdino

            nope aperture motor.

          • ThePatriotMuckraker

            Yeah, it’s the aperture motor. But, the body did not have to contour around it. That is my point. It is an aesthetic decision.

          • TinusVerdino

            It did because it is a very small body.

          • ThePatriotMuckraker

            I saw an overlay with the K-3II. The KP is a little larger. Making a DSLR smaller and smaller is pointless. At some point you have to just go mirrorless. The silly part is that all these nitwits that want a smaller camera also complain about the grip being too small. Idiocy!

          • TinusVerdino

            I made the overlay The KP is about as big as the K-s1: K-3 II is the white one:
            https://pageshot.net/images/f05295e7-3172-4588-b806-4b5aeb641573.png

  • ThePatriotMuckraker

    If this is the K-3II replacement it is a disaster on multiple levels. Whomever thought it was a good idea to replace a DSLR style grip with a retro one should be fired. This whole chase the “retro” look has gone too, too far. I’m coining a new phrase: “retro pretension.” If this camera sits below a K-3II replacement then I can understand the quirkiness. All pentaxians want is a better K-3II. Done.

    • Pirate_Bear

      not the K-3 II replacement, KP will be high level APS-C 24 MP
      and with popup flash 😉

    • Chris

      Anyone who thinks this is a K-3II replacement is not paying attention.

  • R Leung

    Doesn’t look retro. Looks ugly. Thought I bet those knobs on top would be usable with gloves on.

    • BP2012

      Doesn’t look ugly. Looks functional and yes those knobs are usable with gloves on. Same knobs as on K-1.

      • ThePatriotMuckraker

        You don’t need 5 dials. 5 dials means “look at me, I’m trying to be Fuji.” The flush dial in front of the shutter is ergonomically USELESS. The K-7/5/3 series was almost perfect. I hope this is not a K-3II replacement. Honestly, if this was a lower end camera and the ergos were okay then it would not be that bad.

        • Athanasius Kirchner

          Speak for yourself, I’ve used 5 dial cameras before and personally LOVE the interface. Nothing works as quickly and intuitively for *me*.

          • ThePatriotMuckraker

            How about 8 dials next time? That front dial U.S.E.L.E.S.S.

          • Chris

            No it is not.
            We get it, troll.
            There’s always a Canon Rebel with a green button for you to take snapshots. Or a D3300. We know you don’t need these stinky knobs and buttons. Auto mode does it all for you. Now go away, this camera is not for you. It is for us who actually like to change camera settings while we shoot.

  • Markus

    This cam is exactly what I want to see from Nikon as a FX cam.

  • silmasan

    Look at those U1-U5 custom modes though, I’m sure some Nikon users would be reeeeeally happy with that!

  • JGoodard

    This has to be a photoshop job of a Nikon df. Nothing in this design makes any sense.

    • Pirate_Bear

      and yet … it is the real KP !

      • JGoodard

        Ricoh has brought tears to my eyes…..but not of joy.

  • Daedbird

    Clearly not a replacement to the K3II
    • No headphone jack, no video toggles means this is a still-only? TOTAL FAIL
    • What is going on with the power switch? Its either going to get in the way of the front wheel, or +/- button
    • Am I missing the Liveview button?
    • Silver model looks cheap – first special edition I don’t want if price is no object – seriously, button layout and design looks like a Km had a baby with X500 bridge camera.

    Wake me when the K3III+ comes out

    • ThePatriotMuckraker

      Agreed.

  • Michael Sullivan

    Looks like it is meant to be a (smaller) companion to the K-1. Yay!

    • Spy Black

      I don’t see where people are branding a “retro” look to this camera. There’s nothing retro about it. It doesn’t look like a Df to me either. It looks like a Pentax.

      • The teaser looked retro, the actually pictures not so much – I updated my post multiple times today and it is a mess.

        • Spy Black

          Yeah, I see the “mess” here. People bent out of shape for absolutely nothing. In a way similar to what the Df experienced, but for different reasons. Definitely however there is nothing retro about this camera, and it doesn’t remotely resemble a Df. It looks every part a Pentax.

  • Kunzite

    Now, the people who never had any intention of buying will explain why this camera is sooo bad. Wait, it already started! 😉

    By the way, I find this camera intriguing… as it’s not a direct K-3 replacement. What’s its role in the Pentax line? Maybe Ricoh Imaging has a new product strategy?

    • ThePatriotMuckraker

      Unfortunately, there is too much rationalization among pentaxians to convince themselves this is a good K-3II replacement. It’s not and will never be.

      • Kunzite

        We might not even have a direct K-3II replacement. Note how other brands’ APS-C and smaller flagships are all more expensive than a K-3II…

        • ThePatriotMuckraker

          No they are not.

          • Kunzite

            They are not?
            Pentax K-3II MSRP: $1100.
            Canon 7D MkII MSRP: $1800.
            Nikon D500 MSRP: $2000.
            Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII MSRP: $2000.
            Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 MSRP: $2000.
            Fujifilm X-T2 MSRP: $1600.
            Sony Alpha A6500 MSRP: $1400.

          • ThePatriotMuckraker

            What do you get for the money. . .(crickets.) Oh, right “tweaked” K-3II guts. That’s worth $1100. My mistake. At least with the other brands you get real improvements.

          • Kunzite

            I see, you’re not here to discuss – you’re just trolling.

      • Athanasius Kirchner

        Isn’t it a bit early to say that?
        If Pentax decides to copy Fuji and Olympus by making a modular camera that looks undeniably retro, but which actually packs a lot of digital power under the hood, then I’ll be interested. Good 1080P (please, no half-baked 4K, even if the sensor’s capable of it), mechanical video SR, much more agile LV AF and better battery life would bring this camera back to 2016 and make a compelling case for Pentax again… which it’d better be, because at $1,350 it’s going to face the most difficult competition in all of photography’s history.

        • ThePatriotMuckraker

          When a Pentaxian says: “maybe they went with a smaller battery to save weight.” THAT is embarrassing rationalization. Trying the camera out does not change this. Ricoh is becoming a “pseudo-sony” brand of consumer trash. Good job ricoh.

          “. . .but which actually packs a lot of digital power under the hood.” Right, until more rationalization is needed to justify why it has the same auto focus from the K-3II. This is already happening.

          • Athanasius Kirchner

            Which has nothing to do with my comment. First, I’m an Olympus user. Second, I still think the camera is interesting, I like the design ethos. Third, I hate the small battery, but oh well.

  • Alex Moor

    good to crack nuts

  • Licheus

    What a mess. Compared to a K-1 which is a tight fit, this one is disorganized as a Nikon Df.

    • ThePatriotMuckraker

      I feel the same. All that effort was better spent in AF and video improvements, which is what Pentax uses really wanted. Sadly, there is so much rationalization going on now that shooters will accept the same garbage at a higher price point. Hopefully, we will get confirmation that a true K-3II replacement is on the way.

  • ThePatriotMuckraker

    I stand corrected on that point. However, your picture is not clear.

  • David

    I’m not terribly familiar with Pentax, so can someone explain what the rightmost dial on the top plate does, and the one directly to the right of the prism (looking at the camera from the back) does? VERY confused/overwhelmed.

  • Mistral75

    Japanese MSRP: ¥137,700 (8% VAT included). This is roughly equivalent to €/$1,150.

  • Mistral75

    Nokishita Camera completed their set of specifications this morning:

    – Low-pass-filter-free sensor
    – Low-pass selector
    – High resolution RGB sensor of about 86,000 pixels
    – Continuous drive: 7 fps (JPEG: up to 8 frames; RAW: up to 8 frames; RAW +: up to 7 frames)
    – Maximum shutter speed: 1/6,000s (mechanical shutter), 1/24,000s (electronic shutter)
    – Optical viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage and approx. 0,95x magnification
    – 3-inch 921,000 dots vertical tilting LCD screen
    – Full HD video, 4K interval video
    – Motion bracket, depth-of-field bracketing function
    – Built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
    – Compatible with ‘O-GPS-1’ GPS unit (sold separately)
    – Storage media: SD / SDHC / SDXC cards (compatible with UHS-I standard)
    – Battery: D-LI109
    – D-LI109 and D-LI90P useable with battery grip D-BG7
    – Weight: 643g (body only), 703g (including battery and memory card)
    – Expected release date: February 23rd, 2017
    – Color: Black / Silver
    – Lens Kit: none
    – MSRP: ¥137,700 (tax included).

    • updated my post, thanks

  • jagigen

    Gosh what a badly looking camera.

    Kind of those ugly Italian designed Hasselblad branded Sonys a few years back but this have received some influences from the late eighties and early nineties – but not the good ones.

    There are absolutely no harmony in it at all. It might be a wickedly good camera somewhere inside but not many will dare to even touch it.

  • Mistral75

    European MSRP: €1,299. No kits available, same as Japan.

  • Zos Xavius

    Love it or hate it, you have to give credit to Pentax for making something different and thinking outside of the box once again. Pentax loves to make completely polarizing designs. Witness the K-30, K-01 K-S1, K-S2, etc. I love it and wish they would have gone the whole way and made this the K-3 successor with proper buttons and a top plate lcd. It’s like a baby K-1, K-70, and K-3 all mixed together.

    • Chris

      I think that is what will come out next… the K-3 successor will probably be an APS-C version of the K-1.
      I love the concept. People who don’t want the dials can go buy their favorite soccer mom Canon model, set it on green mode and snap away like the rest of the mommies out there. This is obviously a camera made with the photographer in mind. I like the compact size, all the dials, and the fact that you can get the grip and also use it in a pro setting if you wish. I do hope the pricing is a bit more affordable than what has been posted so far, though…

  • Originaru

    Pentax, why?
    Who is this camera for?

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