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This function plug-in firmware has been designed to further enhance the performance and operability of your PENTAX K-1 digital SLR camera, by adding the latest functions and new settings to the camera.

Changes in Version 1.70 Download

By upgrading PENTAX K-1 (ver. 1.70), the following function is added.

KATEN (summer sky): a new special-edition Custom Image mode

In a new approach to SLR photography, PENTAX will release a series of new special-edition Custom Images, designed to create subject- or scene-specific finishing touches in combination with specific PENTAX Limited-series lenses — lenses popular for their distinctive image rendition. As a lens is mounted, the camera automatically detects compatibility with the firmware. Once compatibility is confirmed, the user can then select special-edition Custom Images.

The new special-edition Custom Images cover the seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The Custom Image mode specially designed for each season will be available in combination with specific Limited-series lenses. PENTAX will release four season-specific Custom Image modes over the year.

The first season-specific Custom Image mode is KATEN (summer sky). This mode is designed to emphasize the rich blues of summer skies and depict the fine details of dazzling white clouds.

Compatible lenses:
HD PENTAX-D FA 21mmF2.4ED Limited DC WR
HD PENTAX-DA 15mmF4ED AL Limited

KATEN Full size
Bright Full size

■ Menu screen
When a lens is mounted, the camera automatically checks for compatibility, then displays the KATEN-specific menu screen.

Standard menu screen
KATEN-specific menu screen

Update History

Function Expand Information (Version 1.60)

By upgrading PENTAX K-1 (ver.1.60), the following functions is added.

New Custom Image “SATOBI”

The Custom Image “SATOBI” has been newly added to the camera.
This Custom Image provides a finishing tone similar to color photos from the 60 and 70s with colors such as cyan blue, dull yellow, and faded red. The unique red expression is suitable for such as portrait photography.
Click here for more information Distinctive color expression

Function Expand Information (Version 1.40)

Several functions which are suitable for astronomical photography have been added.

1. Night Vision Red Lighted LCD Display

Night Vision Red Lighted LCD Display has been added. When using together with outdoor LCD monitor, it works friendly to the photographer’s eye when it has become accustomed to a dark location during astronomical photography.

2. Bulb Timer Function

In addition to Bulb exposure mode, bulb timer function is added. It allows the user to start bulb timer function with Green button, and adjust exposure time from 10 seconds to as long as 20 minutes. This function is useful for astronomical photography.

3. Noise Reduction Function

White Dot Noise Reduction Function has been added. It is applied when Slow-shutter-speed Noise Reduction Function setting is OFF and saved in JPEG file. This is also effective when taking astronomical photography.

Function Expand Information (Version 1.30)

1. Addition of electronic LV shutter release

In addition to the standard focal-plane shutter release, LV electronic shutter release has been added for shutter release operation during Live-View shooting. Unlike mechanical focal-plane shutter release, it generates very little camera shake. This makes it ideal for macro photography of subjects such as flowers.

2. Addition of 1:1 Crop size setting

In addition to the original AUTO, FF and APS-C settings, a 1:1 format has been added as a cropping size option. Since the PENTAX K-1’s viewfinder also provides a 1:1-format cropping frame, this helps in composing the image more precisely.

Note: All viewfinder indications are displayed simultaneously for explanatory purposes.

3. Addition of two-mode setting to the AA filter simulator bracketing

In addition to the original three-frames bracketing (OFF, TYPE1 and TYPE2), a two-frames bracketing (OFF and TYPE2) option has been added to the camera’s AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator bracketing.

4. Cancellation of the Smart Function’s bracketing mode

You can quickly cancel bracketing operations by turning the Function Dial to the BKT (bracketing) position, then shifting the bracketing value to “0” (zero) using the Setting Dial. This eliminates the need to recall the menu screen when you want the same effect.

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