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Pentax K-1 Mark II Boasts Incredible ISO Range

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Pentax K-1 Mark II
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Pentax has just unveiled its latest addition to the full-frame market: meet the Pentax K-1 Mark II, the successor to Pentax’s K-1. While the differences between the two models aren’t all that much, there is one tweak on the Mark II that blows its predecessor out of the water: its incredible ISO range.

Pentax K-1 Mark II Boasts High ISO Capability

With the K1-Mark II’s enhanced noise reduction, shooting at up to 819,200 ISO is now possible. This is quite a jump from the original K-1’s maximum ISO of 204,800. When it comes to video, on the other hand, the K-1 Mark II can shoot at ISO 25,600. As Ricoh explains, this thus makes the K-1 Mark II “ideal for low-light photography where higher shutter speeds are required.”

The new camera still makes use of the same 36.4-megapixel CMOS. However, its accelerator unit — paired with the Prime IV image processor — help in producing higher-resolution images in low-light situations.

Other Features

Besides its impressive ISO range, the K-1 Mark II also has a new Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode. An addition to the Pixel Shift Resolution System II, this mode helps to further expel the need for a tripod. It works in tandem with the K-1 Mark II’s Shake Reduction II anti-shake system, which detects any inconsistencies with a subject’s position when shooting. This means that the mode allows you to capture Pixel Shift ultra-hi-res images whilst shooting handheld.

The camera body is dust-proof and water-resistant. It features a 3.2-inch, 1.037-million-dot LCD screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Like many current cameras in the market, the screen is capable of tilting to certain degrees.

Continuous shooting is still at 4.4fps. Other features of the K-1 Mark II include its AI-based real-time scene analysis, 33 autofocus sensors, 1080p 30fps video, dual SD card slots, as well as built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.

Upgrading from the Original K-1

Interestingly, owners of the current K-1 can opt to upgrade to the K-1 Mark II’s functions without having to shell out the full purchase of a brand new camera. Applicable in the UK, the upgrade involves replacing the K-1’s main circuit board in order to add the new functions from the K-1 Mark II. The upgrade will be available for a limited time only, running from May 21 to September 30 of this year.

Price and Availability

The Pentax K-1 Mark II is slated for a release in April. For the camera body alone, it will be available at a suggested list price of $1,999.95. On the other hand, the set that includes the camera body with the HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 DC WR zoom lens will be available for the suggested list price of $2,399.95. Pre-orders are now available on the Ricoh website.

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