• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 204,800
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Pentax K-1 advantages over Pentax K-1 II

  • Less expensive
    $1697* vs $2397
    Save money for lenses or accessories

Pentax K-1 II advantages over Pentax K-1

  • Newer
    Brand new vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 204800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Unlocks the full potential of full-frame Pentax lenses; Excellent image quality; Great ergonomics and build; Very compact for full-frame; Decent performance; Fast autofocus with great low-light capabilities; Very wide sensitivity range; Bright, accurate viewfinder; Articulated LCD; Stabilization, Wi-Fi and GPS in-camera

  • No built-in flash strobe; Quite heavy compared to APS-C flagships; Somewhat soft images and blown highlights by default in JPEG mode; Warm Auto white balance indoors; Slow startup and buffer clearing; Small top-deck status display; Weak viewfinder illumination; Below-average battery life for DSLR

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D610

Pentax K-1
Nikon D610
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-1 II
Nikon D610
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 5DS

Pentax K-1
Canon 5DS
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
Pentax K-1 II
Canon 5DS
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Pentax K-1
Canon 5DS R
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
Pentax K-1 II
Canon 5DS R
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Pentax K-1
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-1 II
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sony A99 II

Pentax K-1
Sony A99 II
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Pentax K-1 II
Sony A99 II
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
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