The ultra-compact PENTAX KP is loaded with features and controls that facilitate capturing outstanding images, even in the most demanding conditions. Its sleek, weather-resistant design houses a powerful new-generation 24.3 MP APS-C AA filter-less CMOS sensor and high-performance imaging engine that offer outstanding image quality and super-high-sensitivity night scene photography capabilities. The PENTAX KP incorporates advanced technologies and ease-of-use features, including the PENTAX-original SRII 5-Axis Shake Reduction System and Pixel Shift Resolution. It features an electronic shutter option in live-view to enable high-speed shooting up to 1/24000-second, which greatly broadens shooting capabilities when using large aperture lenses to achieve a shallow depth of field on a bright sunny day. For ultimate versatility, the PENTAX KP offers an assortment of customization features, including a grip replacement system that lets photographers choose their preference of grip based on shooting style or lens choice.

Colour Choices:

24.32 Effective Megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor

The PENTAX KP features a new-generation 24.32 effective megapixel AA Filter-less APS-C CMOS sensor for outstanding image quality. It delivers well-defined images with true-to-life reproduction of gradation and texture. This new sensor enables shooting in extremely low-light conditions, with super-high-sensitivity to ISO 819200, making the camera ideal for low-light photography.

PRIME IV Imaging Engine with RICOH-Developed Accelerator Unit

Coupled with the state-of-the-art accelerator unit, the PRIME IV imaging engine assures dependable, high-speed operation and highly effective noise reduction to optimize both image resolution and super-high-sensitivity performance. Photographers can confidentially increase the ISO when photographing handheld in low-light scenes.

Compact, dustproof, weather-resistant body perfect for outdoor photography

The PENTAX KP’s compact and slim design optimizes its performance, operability and portability. It boasts a fully weather and cold proof design to resist water, fog, snow, sand and dust, for top performance in extreme field conditions.

A range of customization features, including an exchangeable grip

The PENTAX KP provides a grip replacement system for easy, quick change of the grip to accommodate the photographer’s shooting style or a mounted lens. It offers a variety of customization functions to simplify and enhance camera operation, including Smart Function for speedy selection and easy setting of desired camera functions using the Fx (Function) and setting dials; and control panel customization to change the panel’s layout to suit the photographer’s preference.


PENTAX-original SR II five-axis shake reduction system featuring the Pixel Shift Resolution System

In-body SR mechanism
The PENTAX KP’s SR II Shake Reduction system uses a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift (often generated in macro photography), roll (difficult to handle by lens-installed shake reduction mechanisms), as well as pitch and yaw. The SR II unit is controlled with great precision as soon as the camera’s power is turned on, providing a wide compensation range—as much as five shutter steps—to further expand the limits of handheld shooting. With the addition of an optional accessory GPS module (O-GPS1 GPS unit), the PENTAX KP simplifies astro-photography, making it possible to record stars as points of light rather than star trails during extremely long exposures.

Pixel Shift Resolution System with motion correction function
The Pixel Shift Resolution System* is a system apart from the conventional Bayer system, which captures single unit of colour data in one pixel. Pixel Shift Resolution captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by single pixel, using the SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. With this, each pixel captures all colours to give you a super-high-resolution image with much finer detail, while significantly lowering the level of high-sensitivity noise. The PENTAX KP Pixel Shift Resolution also offers a Motion Correction function** which detects moving objects and subtracts the moving pixels from the final composite image.* When using this system, the user is advised to stabilize the camera firmly on a tripod. When a moving subject is captured in the camera’s image field, its image may not be reproduced clearly, either in part or as a whole.
** The movement may not be sufficiently corrected when the object is moving in a certain direction and/or pattern. This function does not guarantee that the movement is properly corrected with all subjects

Electronically controlled shutter unit for super-high-speed shooting at 1/24000 second

The PENTAX KP’s shutter unit combines a reliable mechanical shutter mechanism (with a top speed of 1/6000 second) with an electronically controlled shutter mechanism.* The electronic shutter mode provides a super-high shutter speed of 1/24000 second with reduced noise and vibration at shutter release, making it ideal for low-noise, low-vibration shooting in Live-view and mirror-up applications. The camera also provides a high-speed continuous shooting function with a top speed of seven images per second.* In the electronic shutter mode, the camera’s SR II mechanism and AA filter simulator are inoperable. During high-speed continuous shooting, the subject may suffer some deformation.

Optical viewfinder with nearly 100-percent field of view

The PENTAX KP incorporates a glass prism finder featuring the same optics and coatings as those used in higher-level models. With a nearly 100-percent field of view and a magnification of approximately 0.95 times, it provides a wide, bright image field for easy focusing and framing.

Vertical-tilt-type LCD monitor

The PENTAX KP’s 3.0-inch wide-view LCD monitor has approximately 921,000 dots, and provides a vertical tilt function to facilitate high- and low-angle shooting. Its air-gapless construction effectively reduces the reflection and dispersion of light for improved visibility during outdoor shooting. It comes equipped with such convenient features as: the Outdoor View Setting mode, which instantly sets the optimum monitor brightness level for a given lighting condition; and a red-lighted monitor display function, which facilitates monitor viewing when the photographer’s eyes have become accustomed to a dark location during nighttime photography.

High-speed 27-point autofocus system with the SAFOX 11 module

The PENTAX KP features the high-speed SAFOX 11 phase-matching AF sensor module to deliver dependable, responsive autofocus operation. Of its 27 focus sensors, 25 are cross-type sensors positioned in the middle to assure pinpoint focus on the subject at a minimum brightness level as low as -3 EV. It also provides useful customization features to assist in autofocus operation including a choice of operation modes and the Selected-area Expansion function to automatically refocus on a subject when it moves away from the initial point.

Full HD movie recording with a range of functional settings

The PENTAX KP captures flawless, high-resolution Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30p frame rate) in the H-264 recording format. In addition to various visual effect modes available during movie recording,* it features a range of movie recording functions, including a 4K Interval Movie mode that connects a series of 4K-resolution still images (3840 x 2160 pixels) at a fixed interval to create a single movie file, and the Star Stream mode to record the traces of stars in the Interval Movie mode.* When a special visual effect is applied, the frame rate may differ depending on the selected effect mode.

Other Features

  • New Motion Bracketing and Depth-of-field Bracketing functions to capture three images of same scene by automatically shifting aperture and/or shutter-speed settings in user-selected steps.
  • Wireless LAN connection to support operation with smartphones and tablet computers
  • DR II(Dust Removal II) mechanism to shake dust off from the image sensor surface using ultrasonic vibrations
  • Clarity control and Skin Tone correction functions, two of the latest image processing technologies developed by RICOH Central Laboratory
  • Compatibility with the optional IMAGE Transmitter 2 tethering software
Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Sensor Type: CMOS with primary colour filter
Size: APS-C (23.5 x 15.6mm)
Effective Pixels: 24.32 megapixels
Total Pixels: 24.96 megapixels
Image Stabilization (Shake Reduction): Sensor-shift shake reduction (SRII) 5 Axis, 5 Steps
AA Filter Simulator: Moiré reduction using SR unit. OFF/Type1/Type2/Bracket (2 frames)/Bracket (3 frames)
Dust Removal: Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations “DR II”
Sensitivity ISO AUTO / 100 to 819200 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV)
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
Usable Lens PENTAX KAF4, KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom not compatible), KAF, and KA mount lenses
Recording & Image Formats
Image Sizes JPEG:L(24M:6016×4000), M(14M:4608×3072), S(6M:3072×2048), XS(2M:1920×1280)
File Formats Still: RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Quality Level RAW: (14-bit) PEF, DNG
JPEG: ★★★ Best, ★★ Better, ★Good, RAW + JPEG simultaneous capturing available
Colour Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage Media SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Card (conforms to USH-I standards)
Focusing System
Type Type: TTL: phase-matching autofocus, SAFOX 11, 27 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)
Brightness Range EV-3 to 18 (ISO 100/ at normal temperature)
AF Modes Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C), Auto select AF (AF.A)
Focus Point Adjustment Auto (27 AF points), Zone select, Select, Expanded Area (S, M, L), Spot
AF assist Dedicated LED AF assist light
Exposure Control
Metering System TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor, Multi-segment, Center-weighted and Spot metering
Metering Range EV -3 to 20 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Exposure Mode Scene Analyze Auto, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, USER1, USER2, USER3, USER4, USER5
Exposure Compensation ±5EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps can be selected)
AE Lock Can be assigned to the AF/AE-L button, Fx1 button,Fx2 button,Fx3 button
Capture Modes Custom Image modes: Auto Select, Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Flat, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Cross Process: Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3
Digital Filter (Capture): Extract Colour, Replace Colour, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Colour, Unicolour Bold, Bold Monochrome
Clarity: Adjustable ±4 step
Skin Tone: Type1, Type2, OFF
HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Advanced HDR, OFF, Exposure bracket value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function
Pixel Shift Resolution: ON/OFF *Motion Correction ON/OFF
Lens Correction: Distortion Correction, Peripheral Illumination Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction
D-RANGE Compensation: Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Noise Reduction: Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR
Composition Adjustment: Adjustment range of ±1mm up, down, left or right ( ±0.5mm when rotated); Rotating range of ±1 degree
Horizon Correction: SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 1.5 degrees
Electronic Level: Displayed in viewfinder: Horizontal direction only, Displayed on LCD monitor: Horizontal and vertical direction
Program Line: AUTO, Normal, Hi-speed Priority, DOF Priority (Deep), DOF Priority (Shallow), MTF Priority
Playback Modes Mode Selection: Single frame, Multi-image display (6,12, 20, 35, 80 segmentation), Display magnification (up to 16x, Quick Zoom view available), Grid display (4×4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display, Square 1, Square 2, Grid Colour: Black/White ), Rotating, Histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), Bright area warning, Auto Image Rotation, Detailed information, Copyright Information (Photographer, Copyright holder), GPS information (latitude, longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time) , Orientation, Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display, Slide Show
Delete: Delete single image, delete all, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image
Digital Filters (Playback): Base Parameter Adj, Extract Colour, Replace Colour, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Colour, Unicolour Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Colour, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Monochrome
Edit: Image Rotation, Colour Moiré Correction, Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving RAW data in buffer memory, Image Copy
Video Capture
File Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
Recorded Pixels Full HD (1920 x 1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p), HD (1280 x 720, 60p/50p)
Autofocus AF Method: Contrast detection
AF mode: Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C) *Continuous AF (AF.C) is available with the dedicated lens
AF area: Multiple AF points, Select, Spot
Focus Peaking: Highlight Edge/Extract Edge/OFF
Custom Image modes: Auto Select, Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Flat, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Cross Processing: Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3
Digital filters: Extract Colour, Replace Colour, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Colour, Unicolour Bold, Bold Monochrome
Sound Built-in stereo microphone, external microphone input (Stereo recording compatible)
Recording sound level adjustable
Recording time Up to 25 minutes or 4 GB; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
White Balance Type: TTL method using image sensor
White Balance: AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Colour, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Colour Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a capture image.
WB fine adjustment: +/- 7 steps A-B axis or G-M axis
Shutter Type: Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter / Electronic shutter
Shutter Speed:
Mechanical shutter: Auto: 1/6000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb (Timed exposure setting possible from 10 sec. to 20min.)
Electronic shutter: Auto: 1/24000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/24000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps)
Drive Modes Mode selection:
Still Image: Single Frame, Continuous (H, M, L), Self-timer (12s, 2s, Continuous), Bracketing (2,3, or 5 frames), Depth of Field Bracketing (3 frames), Motion Bracketing (3 frames), Mirror-up, Multi-Exposure, Interval Shooting, Interval Composite, Interval Movie Record, Star Stream
* Bracketing, Interval Shooting, Interval Composite, Interval Movie Record and Star Stream are possible to use with Self-timer
* Depth of Field Bracketing is available in Av mode. Depth of Field Bracketing is possible to use with Self-timer
* Motion Bracketing is available in Tv mode. Motion Bracketing is possible to use with Self-timer
* Multi-Exposure is possible to use with Continuous Shooting or Self-timer
Continuous FPS
Max. approx. 7.0 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to approx. 28 frames, RAW: up to approx. 8 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 7 frames
Max. approx. 3.0 fps, JPEG L: ★★★ at Continuous M): up to approx. 70 frames, RAW: up to approx. 15 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 10 frames
Max. approx. 0.8 fps, JPEG L: ★★★ at Continuous L): up to approx. 100 frames, RAW: up to approx. 100 frames, RAW+: up to approx. 25 frames
*Continuous shooting speed slows down with Electronic shutter or High sensitivityMulti-Exposure: Composite Mode (Additive/Average/Bright) Number of shots (2 to 2000 times)

Interval Shooting:
[Interval Shooting] Interval: 2s to 24h / Standby interval: Min.・1s to 24h, Number of shots: 2 to 2000 times Start interval: Now/Self-timer/ set time
[Interval Composite] Interval: 2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min.・1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 2 to 2000 times, Start Interval: Now/Self-timer/ Set Time, Composite Mode: Additive / Average / Bright, Save Process: ON/OFF
[Interval Movie] Recorded Pixels: 4K/FullHD/HD, File Format: Motion JPEG (AVI), Interval:2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min・1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 8 to 2000 times (8 to 500 times at 4K), Start Interval: Now/Self-timer/ Set Time
[Star Stream] Recorded Pixels: 4K/FullHD/HD, File Format: Motion JPEG (AVI), Interval:2s. to 24h./ Standby Interval: Min・1s. to 24h., Number of shots: 8 to 2000 times (8 to 500 times at 4K), Start Interval: Now/Self-timer/ Set Time, Fade-out: OFF/Low/Medium/High

Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism Finder
Coverage (field of view): 100%
Magnification: 0.95X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Eye Relief: Approx. 20.5mm (from the view window), Approx. 22.3mm (from the center of lens)
Diopter adjustment: -2.5m to 1.5m-1
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
LCD Monitor Type: Tiltable TFT colour LCD monitor featuring an air-gapless structure, tempered-glass front panel
Size: 3.0 inch (aspect ratio 3:2)
Resolution: Approx. 921K dots
Adjustment: Brightness, saturation and colours adjustable
Outdoor View Setting: Adjustable ±2 step
Night Vision Display: ON/OFF
Live View Type: TTL method using image sensor
Autofocus: AF Method: Contrast detection
AF Mode: Single AF (AF.S)
AF Active Area: Face Detection, Tracking, Multiple AF points, Select, Spot
Focus Peaking: Highlight Edge/Extract Edge/OFF
Display: Field of view approx. 100%, magnified view (up to 16x), grid display (4×4 grid, golden section, scale display, Square 1, Square 2, Grid Colour: black/white), histogram, highlight alert, composition adjustment
Built-in Flash Type : Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Guide number: approx. 6.0 (ISO100/m)
Angle of view of 28mm lens (35mm format equivalent)
Flash modes: Auto Flash Discharge (Scene Analyze Auto), Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction (Scene Analyze Auto) Flash On, Flash On+ Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync, Manual Flash Discharge (Full-1/128), Wireless (Controller)
Sync. Speed: 1/180sec.
Flash exposure compensation: -2.0~+1.0EV
External Flash Synchronization P-TTL, Leading Curtain Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
*Contrast-control-sync requires two or more dedicated external flash
Custom Function 24 custom-programmable functions available
Interfaces Ports: USB2.0 (micro B), External power supply terminal, Stereo microphone input / Cable switch input ( ø3.5mm connector)
USB Connection: MSC/PTP (SlimPort compatible)
Video Output: USB terminal * SlimPort-HDMI adapter required
WiFi Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g/n (Standard wireless LAN protocol)
Center Frequency: 2412MHz to 2462MHz (channels: Ch.1 to Ch.11)
Authentication: WPA2, Encryption: AES
Power Sources Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109 (included)
AC adapter available: Yes (sold separately)
Recordable images: approx 420 (390 w /50% flash)
Playback time: approx 270 min.

* With a fully-charged Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery under the temperature at 23°C.
Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on shooting conditions/circumstances
Dimensions Approx. 131.5mm (W) x101.0mm (H) x 76.0mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 643g (body only)
Approx. 703g (Including dedicated battery and SD Memory Card)
Operating temperature -10°C to 40°C
Time World Time: 75 cities (28 time zones)
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Weather Resistant Yes
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