This is an ultra-compact and highly portable DSLR packing many of the capabilities of the K-3 series into a modern, slim body. The KP also adds a highly sensitive APS-C CMOS sensor and is the first Pentax APS-C camera to incorporate Shake Reduction II (SR II), which features a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake up to 5 steps.
The new 24-megapixel CMOS sensor offers sensitivity to ISO 819200 and the camera features an electronic shutter option in live-view to enable high-speed shooting up to 1/24,000-second.
The company says the compact body is the result of a complete internal redesign. The KP’s rugged exterior is dustproof and weather-sealed, and the camera will perform in temperatures as low as -10 C (14 F).
The new generation SR II system uses a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift, roll, as well as pitch and yaw.
Pixel Shift Resolution enables producing colour-accurate still-life subjects with the highest resolving power. The technology uses the KP’s in-body Shake Reduction System to move the image sensor in single-pixel increments, to capture four separate images that are subsequently combined into a single, high-definition image.
A vertical tilt LCD monitor facilitates high- and low-angle shooting.
A grip replacement system lets photographers choose their preference of grip based on shooting style or lens choice. In addition to the standard grip that comes with the camera, accessory grips medium (M) and large (L) will come packaged with KP bodies sold in North America. There’s also an optional D-BG7 Battery Grip.
Control panels, button settings and dial controls can all be customized, based on a user’s preference.
The PENTAX KP will be available in late February.