Pentax KP

Pentax KP

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The 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.

CategoryAmateur DSLR

The KP features a CMOS sensor in APS-C size that has an area of approximately 24 x 16 mm² (0.93" x 0.61").

This infographic compares the KP's sensor to other common formats:

Infographic: KP comparing sensor sizes

(The 1-Euro coin used for scale has a diameter of 23.25mm, slightly smaller than a US quarter.)

The KP's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 24 megapixel. The resolution is above average and will be sufficient for the foreseeable future. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.

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.

Sensor area23.50 x 15.60mm²
(0.93" x 0.61")
Resolution (physical)24.90 megapixel
Resolution (effective)24.30 megapixel
Pixel size15.30 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 7 frames/second

All compatible KAF2 lenses can be mounted to the KP.

Currently, approximately more than 40 KAF2 lenses are available, not counting lenses by third-party manufacturers. Further lenses can be connected via suitable adapters.

Interchangeable lens
MountPentax KAF2

The KP uses 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.

Simulated viewfinder KP

The infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnification of the KP. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size. The red frame indicates the largest viewfinder magnification in any digital camera on the market today (0.85x).

Tip: If the viewfinder image of the KP is fuzzy, us the little wheel next to the viewfinder to adjust the sharpness.

TypeOptical (Penta prism)
Dioptric correction

The KP's shutter speeds range from 1/6000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed1/6000s
Min. shutter speed30s

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

Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity819200 ISO

The KP supports all common metering modes.

The Pentax will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.

Center weight

The KP's auto focus processor uses 27 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when doing macross).

Manual focus is also possible with the Pentax, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypePhase Detection
AF points27
Manual focus

The KP features a built-in flash with a range of up to 6m (20 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Pentax's hotshoe. Very useful for indirect flashes or for trigggering remote flashes.

(20 ft.)
Hot shoe
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:

Size76.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution0.92 megapixel
Touch screen

When recording videos with the KP, the highest supported resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixel, in other words Full HD Video. 4K videos are not supported by the Pentax.

The camera features a connector for an external microphone, a neccessity for good video sound. A built-in mike will record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is mostly not desired. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.

Videos with the Pentax KP at a glance:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone

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.

In situations where wireless won't work reliably, a wired connection can be used.

The Pentax connects to your PC over USB 2.0.

The Pentax's connectivity at a glance:

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

What memory cards can be used with the Pentax KP?

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards.

With an average image size of 12 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 2670 images.

Supported memory cards at a glance:

Memory cardsSD

Let's have a look at some other features of the Pentax KP:

The KP doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom. However, with Wifi built-in, location data can also be added via a connected smartphone.

The KP features a built-in stabilizer. A plus when using legacy zooms or tele lenses without stabilizer.

The camera can create HDRs automatically. That saves you from manually creating sequences of images with variying exposure values.

The KP is environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; a very useful feature when you take the camera places.

The Pentax's features in a handy table:

Image stabilizer
Level indicator
Environmentally sealed

The Pentax KP works with a D-LI109 LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 420 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The battery can not be charged while in camera. Instead you have to take it out of the camera and put it into the supplied dedicated charger.

The KP's battery at a glance:

TypeD-LI109 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life420 photos

The Pentax KP's dimensions are 131.5 x 101 x 76mm³. (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.0"). That's the body only, without lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 643 grams (20.7 oz.). Add to this the weight of the lens.

Front and top view of the KP with dimensions:

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

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The KP is clearly bigger:

Pentax KP size comparison
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