Pentax KP Detailed Review

Pentax KP

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In additional KP was introduced by Pentax in January 2017. It belongs to the Amateur DSLRs category.

Pentax is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Pentax.

Brand Pentax
Category DSLR
Date 01/2017
Sensor Properties

Also KP has a APS-C CMOS sensor with size of 24 x 16 mm² (0.93″ x 0.61″).

Picture of KP’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: KP comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The KP’s sensor has resolution of 24 megapixel.

The Pentax supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Pentax’s RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The KP features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

Format APS-C
Sensor area 23.50 x 15.60mm²
(0.93″ x 0.61″)
Resolution (physical) 24.90 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 24.30 megapixel
Pixel size 15.30 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 7 frames/second
Interchangeable lens
Mount Pentax KAF2
Viewfinder Properties

The KP has an optical viewfinder with a penta prism. Viewfinders with a penta prism are typical for enthusiast and professional DSLRs. The viewfinder covers 100% of the field of view and has a magnification of 0.59x, an average value for a viewfinder like this.

Type Optical (Penta prism)
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.59x
Dioptric correction

The KP’s shutter speed varies from 1/6000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed 1/6000s
Min. shutter speed 30s
Sensitivity Properties

The KP’s sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 819200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 819200 ISO
Exposure Modes

The KP supports all general exposure modes.

The Pentax allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The KP’s auto focus processor has 27 AF points. The main point is about that the more points the autofocus has then preferably. If AF has more points then you have a better opportunity to have a focus at the interesting area. In addition, It is a big advantage in a difficult condition. For example, when doing macross.

Manual focusing is available in the Pentax. Even in complicated location.

Type Phase Detection
AF points 27
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The KP has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 6m (20 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

Range 6.00m
(20 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
KP display

The KP features a monitor with a diagonal of 76.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That’s about average.

The camera’s display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The KP does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 76.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 0.92 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

KP video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Pentax KP Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The KP has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Eventually, if the wifi connection is disabled the wired connection may be used.

The Pentax supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Pentax KP has a D-LI109 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 420 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The KP’s battery battery parameters:

Type D-LI109 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 420 photos

The Pentax KP’s size is 131.5 x 101 x 76mm³. (5.2″ x 4.0″ x 3.0″). That dimensions are without lens. The weight of camera is 5.2″ x 4.0″ x 3.0″ grams (643 oz.) without lens weight.

Here is front and top view of the KP:

Pentax KP Dimensions (Width / Height)
Pentax KP Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Pentax KP size comparison

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