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Innovative shooting-support features to capture eye-catching masterpieces

HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mmF3.5-5.6ED DC WR
Aperture: F11 ; Shutter speed: 1/500 sec. ; Exposure compensation: +0.7EV ; ISO sensitivity: 200 ; White balance: Daylight ; Custom image: Vibrant

Smart Function
Single-action function control

The K-1 Mark II's Smart Function is a brand-new camera operation system harmonizing an array of features with ease of operation. This functional camera operation system lets you swiftly choose and set the desired function using just two dials positioned on the camera's upper panel, without needing to refer to the menu screen on the LCD monitor.

Functions controllable by Smart Function

Function Dial Setting Dial
+/- Exposure compensation value shift
ISO ISO sensitivity shift
CH/CL Switching between Continuous Shooting (with a choice of three drive modes) and Single Frame Shooting modes
BKT Bracketing value shift in bracket shooting
HDR Change of HDR shooting mode
Grid Viewfinder shooting: ON/OFF
Live View shooting: change of grid pattern
SR Still-image shooting: ON/OFF of SR mechanism
Movie recording: ON/OFF of Movie SR mechanism
Crop Change of Crop setting

  • 1Function Dial
  • 2Setting Dial

Flexible Tilt-Type LCD monitor
Innovative mechanism to tilt the monitor to any desired angle along the optical axis

Aiming at aligning the photographer's line of sight precisely with the camera's optical axis while providing a flexible angle adjustment, PENTAX has designed an ideal LCD monitor for the K-1 series by creating an innovative mechanism that supports the monitor with four stays. This monitor has reached two difficult goals that conventional monitors have failed to attain: no deviation from the optical axis; and unrestricted tilt in all directions, horizontally or vertically. You can even tilt it up to a nearly 90-degree angle for low-angle and waist-level photography.

  • Vertical tilt: approx. 44°
    (Waist-level shooting: approx. 90°)
  • Horizontal tilt: approx. 35°

Air Gapless LCD monitor
The K-1 Mark II's Air Gapless LCD monitor uses a special resin layer applied between the protective panel and the LCD screen to effectively cut down internal reflections. Coupled with the Outdoor View Setting function, it assures excellent visibility even under bright sunshine.

Built-in GPS module and Electronic Compass
Automatic recording of shooting position data

The K-1 Mark II features a built-in GPS module and Electronic Compass, which together display the camera's direction on the LCD monitor. These features allow you to attach Exif data to recorded images, including the location, direction and time of shooting (using Universal Time Coordinated). This comes in particularly handy in situations where you must make meticulous preparations in advance for the direction of shooting, such as the shooting of sunrise scenes and celestial bodies.

Electronic Compass

  • 1Latitude
  • 2Longitude
  • 3Altitude
  • 4Universal Time Coordinated
  • 5GPS signal status
  • 6Camera's direction of shooting (Azimuth)

GPS Log to track the photographer's movement

The K-1 Mark II's GPS Log function automatically keeps track of the photographer's movement at fixed intervals. By loading a log file on your computer, you can trace the route you have traveled using a mapping application such as Google Earth™.

Effortless tracking and photographing of celestial bodies without an equatorial

By making full use of its GPS module, Electronic Compass and SR II mechanism, the K-1 Mark II simplifies the astronomical photography of celestial bodies, without the help for an equatorial. Based on the latitude data obtained from GPS satellites and other affecting factors (the camera's direction and horizontal/vertical tilt) obtained by its various sensors, the K-1 Mark II calculates the movement of celestial bodies, then synchronizes the movement of its image sensor with that of celestial bodies with great precision. Since it captures stars without a streaking effect even during extended exposures, you can record faint stars, which are difficult to detect with the naked eye, as point images.

  • The user is advised to use a tripod to stabilize the camera.
  • The user is advised to read the operating manual thoroughly before shooting.
  • ASTROTRACER cannot be used with some shooting modes, such as interval shooting and interval composite shooting.

HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mmF2.8ED SDM WR (F2.8/60sec./ISO3200)

Live View shooting, with an option of electronic shutter mode
An array of handy tools to assist creative photography

In the Live View mode, the PENTAX K-1 Mark II provides a wide range of picture-taking tools. The Flexible Tilt-type LCD monitor lets you clearly view the on-screen image from different angles to optimize shooting comfort. In addition to the conventional focal-plane shutter mode, it also offers the option of the electronic shutter mode, effective in macro and scenic photography in minimizing the vibrations caused by shutter release of the camera's mechanical shutter unit.

Main Live View shooting functions

  • ● A choice of AF modes: Face Detection, Auto Tracking, Multi-segment Auto, Select and Spot
  • ● Focus Assist to emphasize the outline of the in-focus area
  • ● A choice of grid display from five patterns and two colors (white and black)
  • ● Zoom display with a maximum magnification of 16 times for easy confirmation of focus condition

Auto Horizon Correction and Composition Adjustment
Convenient tools to compose well-balanced images

By taking advantage of its SR II mechanism, the K-1 Mark II helps you compose well-balanced, flawless images. The Auto Horizon Correction function* rotates the image sensor to compensate for the camera's horizontal tilt, making it useful in handheld shooting. The Composition Adjustment function** allows you to make minute adjustment of image composition with a shift of the image sensor. It comes in handy for Live View shooting using a tripod.

  • Maximum compensation angle: approx. ±2° (approx. ±1° with SR mechanism activated)
  • ** Maximum compensation range: ±1.5mm (±1mm along the axis of rotation) or ±1°

Digital level
Accurate detection of camera tilt without removing the eye from the subject

The K-1 Mark II's Digital Level displays bar scales at the right side and bottom of the viewfinder to indicate the horizontal and vertical tilt of the camera, allowing you to confirm the horizontal and vertical alignment of the subject without taking the eye off the subject. You can also display the Digital Level on the LCD monitor during viewfinder shooting, Live View shooting and movie recording.

Sample of Digital Level display (during Live View shooting)

Other features
An array of tools for creative visual expression

● Bulb-timer function

This function lets you set the bulb timer for exposure durations from 10 seconds to 20 minutes, improving operability in bulb shooting.

● 1:1 cropping mode

In addition to the three cropping modes (Auto, FF and APS-C), the camera also provides a 1:1 cropping mode. The viewfinder also displays a 1:1 picture frame to facilitate image composition.

All APS-C-format, K-mount interchangeable lenses are usable on the K-1 Mark II

From ultra-wide angle to super telephoto, an entire selection of high-performance DA-series lenses can be used on the K-1 Mark II without any modification. They deliver exceptional image quality, despite their compact, lightweight design.

Crop mode
Automatic switching of an image area with attachment of a lens

When a DA-, DA Limited- or DA-series lens is mounted on the K-1 Mark II, its Crop mode automatically switches an image area to the APS-C size covering the middle section of the image field, while displaying the cropping frame in the viewfinder. It not only assures high-resolution images with approximately 15.36 effective megapixels, but also provides an efficient AF sensor coverage of the image area for more flexible image composition during autofocus operation. When you select the FF (Full Frame) setting of the Crop mode, you can even capture a 35mm full-frame image with a DA-series lens.*

  • With certain lenses and/or under certain photographic conditions, a captured image may suffer a drastic drop in brightness and/or resolution in the areas outside the APS-C image area. This setting does not provide compensation of various lens aberrations.

1Cropping frame

Viewfinder display in the Crop mode (APS-C image area)

  • This image displays all AF sensors for an explanatory purpose.

DA / DA Limited / DA Lenses

Fish-eye zoom smc PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE10-17mmF3.5-4.5ED[IF]
Ultra-wide-angle zoom HD PENTAX-DA11-18mmF2.8ED DC AW
Standard zoom smc PENTAX-DA16-50mm F2.8ED AL[IF] SDM
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mmF3.5-5.6ED DC WR
HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mmF4-5.6 DC WR RE
smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mmF3.5-5.6AL WR 
HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mmF2.8-4ED Limited DC WR
Telephoto zoom smc PENTAX-DA50-135mmF2.8ED[IF] SDM
smc PENTAX-DA 50-200mmF4-5.6ED WR
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4-5.8ED WR
smc PENTAX-DA60-250mmF4ED[IF] SDM
High-magnification zoom smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mmF3.5-5.6ED AL[IF] DC WR
smc PENTAX-DA 18-270mmF3.5-6.3ED SDM
Ultra-wide-angle HD PENTAX-DA 15mmF4ED AL Limited
Wide-angle HD PENTAX-DA 21mmF3.2AL Limited
Standard smc PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.4AL
Medium telephoto HD PENTAX-DA 40mmF2.8 Limited
smc PENTAX-DA 40mmF2.8 XS
Telephoto smc PENTAX-DA 50mmF1.8
smc PENTAX-DA55mmF1.4 SDM
HD PENTAX-DA 70mmF2.4 Limited
Standard/Macro HD PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.8 Macro Limited

*The lens categories are classified in the Crop mode.

Lens aberration-compensated DA-series lenses usable in the 35mm full-frame frame

The following DA-series lenses cover the 35mm full-frame image area. When the Crop mode is set to FF (Full Frame), the K-1 Mark II's lens aberration compensation function is extended to cover certain aberrations, such as diffraction, in the 35mm full-frame image area.*

  • Please note that this function does not guarantee the quality of image outside the APS-C image area.
  • ■ smc PENTAX-DA 200mmF2.8ED [IF] SDM(Discontinued)
  • ■ smc PENTAX-DA 300mmF4ED [IF] SDM
  • ■ HD PENTAX-DA 560mmF5.6ED AW(Discontinued)

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