Pentax KP Brief Review



  • Autofocus Points : 27
  • Weight : 24.7 oz.
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 390 shots
  • Weather Sealing : Yes
  • Screen : Tilting 3" LCD screen, pentaprism viewfinder
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Flash : Pop-up and hot shoe
  • Video : 1080p HD 60 fps
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Sensor shift, with anti-alliasing filter simulation option
  • Autofocus System : Contrast detection
  • Burst Speed : 7 fps
  • Shutter Speed : 30 sec. - 1/6000 (1/24000 electronic)
  • ISO : 100 - 819200
  • Sensor : 24.32 megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor, no anti-alsiasing filter
  • Release Date: 2017-02-23
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax crams more into less with the compact KP DSLR
Less is more -- the Pentax KP is a small DSLR that offers big features.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/24/2017

Pentax is cramming more features into a smaller body with the KP, a compact, weather-sealed DSLR.

The KP uses an APS-C sensor, and like several of Pentax's earlier models, doesn't have an anti-aliasing filter but uses the sensor shift stabilization system to create a similar effect that can be turned on and off. The sensor boasts an impressive sensitivity range, reaching ISOs up to 819200. Pair the camera with a good lens and the ISO range plus the five-axis sensor shift stabilization system should translate into solid low light performance.

The KP maintains a respectable 7 fps burst speed that's slightly slower than earlier options like the K-3 II but within the typical range expected for DSLRs at this price point. The shutter speed is a nice 1/8000 that can be bumped up to 1/24000 using the electronic shutter instead. The contrast-detection autofocus uses 27 points.

While the sensor and stabilization system is upgraded, Pentax has managed to slim down the body even further, giving it a remarkably small body for a DSLR. The camera weighs less than two pounds. Despite the smaller body, the KP still has a decent set of controls, with dual control wheels and several shortcuts, along with both a tilting LCD screen and an optical viewfinder. The camera also keeps Pentax's characteristic weather-sealing for shooting in any weather (though not submerging).

The camera's $1,200 price point puts it in line with competitors like the Nikon D7200. Overall, the KP is a nice addition to Pentax's line-up, with features like a tilting LCD screen that are harder to find in high-end APS-C DSLRs along with a nice sensor upgrade. The camera's compact size is also likely to factor in, making it more portable than other cameras at this level.

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