Ricoh has unveiled the Pentax KP, a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor DSLR for which it claims sensational low light capabilities. It’s available worldwide from February 25, with the US recommended price at US$1099. Ricoh sliced open the K-3, the predecessor, and performed an internal redesign to pack its advanced features inside the new compact and weather-sealed KP body. It can handle temperatures as low as -10°C, and weighs 700 grams with battery and SD card.
A new, highly sensitive CMOS image sensor allows photographers to push the ISO to an impressive 819,200, making the KP an ideal fit for outdoor photographers shooting in challenging light conditions, for astrophotography etc. (You could probably get an image on the dark side of the moon at that sensitivity!)
Camera shake is reduced through five-axis in-body image stabilisation, which targets both vertical and horizontal shift often occurring in macro photography.
The shutter is a hybrid of mechanical and electronic operation. In the electronic shutter mode, shutter speed can reach 1/24,000 sec. High-speed continuous shooting has a top speed of 7fps.
The camera can capture 1080p Full HD clips.
A quick 27-point autofocus system, with 25 cross-type middle sensors allows the camera to pinpoint on a subject at a brightness level as low as -3 EV. This AF system has an advanced algorithm for improved AF accuracy and speed compared with Pentax K models which feature a SAFOX 11 AF sensor module.
Additional features include:
-Prime IV imaging engine;
– Customisable and replaceable grip (Grip S, with options for a Grip M, and Grip L);
– AA filter simulator;
– Optical viewfinder;
– Vertical tilt 3.0-inch LCD monitor;
– Wi-Fi connectivity.
It will be available in black and silver.