Pentax K-1 MkII

Here’s our concise review of the Pentax K-1 MkII enthusiast DSLR…

Pentax K-1 MkII

Pentax K-1 MkII

The Pentax K-1 has an ardent fan base. The second generation, albeit a very able camera, failed to add much with the upgrade. It retains a 36.4MP 35mm sensor, 3.2in 1037k-dot tilting screen, which lacks touch functionality, and a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system. One notable new feature is the best-in-test native ISO range of 100-819,200. All other changes are rather minimal. You lose a bit of battery life, with the Mark II managing 670 shots, compared to the original 760. The shooting speed remains at 4.4fps, or 6.4fps in APS-C mode, and the two share a 33-point phase detection AF system, which is far from class leading.

Despite the lack of headline features, the image quality is impressive, and the Astrotracer feature is great for those who want to explore the night sky. It’s also one of the few cameras to still pack in a GPS system. It won’t set the world ablaze, and the lens range isn’t as varied as others in test, but this is ideal if you’re looking for your next Pentax.

Find out more at the Pentax website.

Pros
ISO range
High resolution
Image stabilisation

Cons
Limited AF points
Slow shooting
No touch

Spec
Weight: 1010g
WxHxD: 137x110x86mm
Battery: 670 shots
Card type: SD, SDXC, SDHC
AF: 33 points
Speed: 4.4fps
Video: 1080p