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18 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 323 user reviews this camera has a terrific average user rating.

Good Flash

Several customers concluded that it had a good flash. Amazon Customer mentioned “+ Built-in flash is quite good surprisingly” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. John Bridge rated the product as excellent and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Most Compact System cameras] it has MUCH better picture quality that a smart-phone or compact camera, even indoors - I prefer not to use flash”. Two years ago Mr Peter Wilson he wrote “The only thing that lets it down a little is the built in flash”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some customers said in their reviews that the product had a good viewfinder. Amazon Customer mentioned “The level gauge in the view finder is good”. Chippy Minton rated this digital camera as very good and mentioned on Amazon “The viewfinder is bright and gives 100% coverage with a good degree of magnification, Live View is nice to have”. L. W. Newton mentioned “The viewfinder is bright and clear with all the right information within it, ISO, F Stop, shutter speeds ETC” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine Pentax K-1 owners who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Long lasting bearing in mind it powering a fairly large screen as well which is really easy to read even in bright light” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Arheddis Varkenjaab said “The K5 has a very useful secondary LCD screen” and scored it very highly. Also three years ago Charliej mentioned on Amazon “The only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars is the lack of a swivel screen” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several people who reviewed it thought it was able to produce good images. Akinyemi Oyawale wrote “I rivalled professional cameras just yesterday at the Uni dissertation party and my pictures are getting better reviews on Facebook than theirs”. Alex mentioned in November last year “I love the pictures it makes” in his Pentax K-1 review and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars. Allthe44s wrote in their review on Amazon “The clarity of the LCD Monitor and photo's is superb”.

Several Pentax K-1 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Chippy Minton gave the Pentax K-1 a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “The K-30 has a great set of still shooting features” in their Pentax K-1 review. Chippy Minton also said “Other benefits include Shake Reduction, 6fps continuous shooting and with an adapter it can take AA batteries”. Three years ago Del 58 scored the product very highly and mentioned in their Pentax K-1 review on Amazon “Offers a far better resolution, making it easier to read, especially in bright light”.

A number of people who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was good in low light. Andrew L. said in his Pentax K-1 review on Amazon “Much better low-light performance”. D. Mckie rated it 5 stars and said on Amazon “It is fantastic in low light situations and very quick with 6fps shooting”. Kate Rhodes wrote three years ago “The anti shake setting seems to work well which is great in low light levels” in her Pentax K-1 review.

Some Pentax K-1 owners said in their reviews that the Pentax K-1 had a good image sensor. Amazon Customer wrote in their Pentax K-1 review on Amazon four years ago “The main reasons were the proven sensor technology from the K-5”. Last year Jono said on Amazon “It wouldn't be my first choice as a studio camera because it has no dedicated flash sync input and it also has a cropped sensor rather than full frame one” in their review. Neil Fraser gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and he said in his Pentax K-1 review on Amazon “Is starting to make me change my mind about pentax.I have since got it back and the sensor is clean”.

Several Pentax K-1 owners who reviewed the Pentax K-1 reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon four years ago “It takes a licking!+ Excellent dynamic range+ good shots at high ISOs+ Looks great, very sleek” in their review of the Pentax K-1. Archie wrote on Amazon “It has an excellent 16mpx sensor with good high ISO capability” in his review of the Pentax K-1 and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. L. W. Newton mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The low light capability of the K30 is excellent with an ISO range of 100-12500 in normal user mode, this can be extended to 25600 in manual modes”.

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Good Video Capture

A few Pentax K-1 owners reckoned that the Pentax K-1 was good for video recording. Archie said in his Pentax K-1 review on Amazon “Although it has competent video facilities it is not really designed for the keen videographer as it lacks a dedicated video button”. Chippy Minton scored the Pentax K-1 5 stars and wrote in their review “Is passable for movies.”. Del 58 gave the Pentax K-1 a very good rating and mentioned “The K5 II is capable of shooting video in full 1080p or 720p, with the abilty to switch frame speed betwen 25-30 fps in 720p mode”.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Pentax K-1 owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good autofocus. Three years ago Charliej gave the product a score of 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Is far superior at high sensitivities as well as having more responsive autofocus”. Chippy Minton mentioned four years ago “In addition, there are a huge number of auto-focus Pentax lenses available that are backward compatible with the K-mount” in their review of the Pentax K-1 and gave it a score of 5 stars. Del 58 rated this digital camera as excellent and wrote on Amazon “The new autofocus system gives much better results in all lighting conditions although it can take a little practice to get used to it”.

Several people who reviewed the product wrote that it had a good lens. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “The limited pancake lens is stunningly amazing.”. Ash wrote “The camera and lens combined are lighter than expected given the substantial size of the unit - I expect the mainly plastic construction has contributed to it” in their review of the Pentax K-1. Bengan wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I substituted the usual kit-lens for a Sigma 17-70 HSM which is grate lens” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

One person who bought the Pentax K-1 concluded that it had a good zoom. Nicholas Vassallo mentioned “Buying a lense with a little more zoom can be helpful” in his review of this digital camera.

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Easy to Use

Some people wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. A. Feeney rated the product 5 stars and wrote “Updated my K10 light, sharp and easy to use would recommend” in their review of this digital camera. Bengan mentioned three years ago “Wheels are perfectly located and realy intuitive to use” . Brian he mentioned “Its so easy to use that the kids are always nicking it”.

Fifteen Pentax K-1 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-1 was easy to use the menus. Ash said “The menus are filled with settings which, for a photography newbie, is somewhat daunting”. Ash also said “RAW which I've found really useful as it makes it quick and easy to change settings without having to go into the menu”. Emma Clarke she said in her Pentax K-1 review three years ago “There is a good menu system that's quite quick to navigate”.

Eleven customers who reviewed it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Charliej scored it 4 stars and said “The K-5 II feels familiar and comfortable to use” in their Pentax K-1 review. Chippy Minton wrote on Amazon “The sculpted K-30 is comfortable to hold” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. James Hall wrote “Controls+ Stellar lenses+ Extremely comfy to hold+ Decent low-light performance, usable shots at ISO 1600”.

A number of Pentax K-1 owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good experience. Get Real wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “The Photographer doing the one to one has many, many years experience shooting all over the world” . The Guardian wrote “With some experience you can radically enhance your results by editing/playing with them” in their Pentax K-1 review and gave it a score of 5 stars.

One person who reviewed this digital camera thought it was easy to setup. Mike said in his review on Amazon two years ago “Manual compensation is simple to set up without resorting to menus”.

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Good Battery Life

Some Pentax K-1 owners concluded that it had a good battery life. Alex rated it as very good and he said on Amazon “It's quick to change settings Excellent battery life” in his review. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “The supplied recharable battery seems to be good” in their Pentax K-1 review and rated the product 5 stars. Two years ago Badger said on Amazon “The battery arrangements seem rather ad hoc” in their Pentax K-1 review and rated it as excellent.

Good Technical Features

A number of Pentax K-1 owners who reviewed the Pentax K-1 said that it had good features. Four years ago Chippy Minton said “A fantastic camera with semi-Pro features and build quality for entry level DSLR prices, image detail is really very good with a good lens” in their Pentax K-1 review. Craig gave the product a very good review score and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “It has many features only found on high end cameras”. G. P. Dodds mentioned “This camera has really pro features and is now (as of Nov.2012) at a bargain price” in their review of the Pentax K-1.

Robust

Several customers who reviewed it thought it was well made. Four years ago Amazon Customer mentioned “It fells very solid and robust”. Andr said in their review in November last year “Well built, Nice to use” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Three years ago Ash said “The lenses appear to be well made of a similar plastic with rubberised grip to allow easy zooming”.

Fifteen customers reckoned that the product was strong and durable. Ash gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “In terms of build quality it is made from a sturdy matte plastic with rubberised grip sections on the 'handle'” in their review of the Pentax K-1. James Hall rated it 5 stars and he said on Amazon two years ago “Accurate auto-focus in most situations including low light (system could be better at tracking focus)+ Extremely sturdy build quality” in his review of this digital camera. Jono wrote “It feels good and sturdy in the hands” in their review of the Pentax K-1 and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Six Pentax K-1 reviewers who purchased the Pentax K-1 considered that it was sealed. Three years ago Archie mentioned in his review of the Pentax K-1 on Amazon “It is weather sealed and has a large bright viewfinder giving 100% coverage”. Bwfc77 wrote “I bought this for travelling, as it is weather sealed and is described as light”. Three years ago Craig rated it as excellent and he mentioned on Amazon “One strange thing that the camera is weather sealed”.

A number of Pentax K-1 owners who purchased the product reckoned that it was reliable. Neoguri said in their Pentax K-1 review on Amazon “Pentax makes cameras that are often weather sealed, comfortable to handle, have great picture quality, reliable and have in-body camera shake reduction which means lenses can be more affordable”. Vivstop scored it very highly and mentioned “Takes reliably better photos” in their review of the Pentax K-1.

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Good Support

A few customers said in their reviews that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Ash mentioned three years ago “The instructions for assembly were easy to follow as were the instructions for attaching/detaching lenses” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars. Ashley J mentioned in his review of the Pentax K-1 four years ago “The K-30 has something that makes manual focusing less of a chore” . Emma Clarke she said in her Pentax K-1 review three years ago “Included everything you need to get started plus a good paper manual and CD manual”.

Nice Design

A few people who purchased this digital camera considered that it was good looking. Four years ago Chippy Minton mentioned “Gives 100% coverage with a good degree of magnification, Live View is nice to have and AF is pretty snappy under almost all conditions” in their Pentax K-1 review and gave it a rating of 5 stars. D Short said on Amazon “Both kit lenses seem pretty good and it's weather sealing makes a huge difference in Scotland”. Mr Peter Wilson scored it very highly and he said on Amazon “Image quality is great and battery life pretty amazing”.

A few customers concluded that it was ergonomic. Archie wrote on Amazon “It has two control wheels and good ergonomics”. Chrisoko mentioned “Ergonomically and technically”.

Some customers who purchased the Pentax K-1 concluded that it was smooth. Emma Clarke mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Hope this lasts longer! The 18-135WR lens is fabulous, very smooth and good quality”. Stefan 22 said “Pentax get it SO WRONG! I defy any pentax user to say that the focusing ability of pentax cameras (in general) is smooth” in their Pentax K-1 review.

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was a good design. Two years ago Chrisoko mentioned on Amazon “A truly magical development of photographic design”. The Guardian gave it an excellent review score and said this year “The viewfinder screen is excellent, ditto the built-in flash which has an intelligent pop-up design and closes with a simple click if you want to lock it away”.

One Pentax K-1 owner who reviewed the Pentax K-1 thought it was well designed. Nickrs said on Amazon “It is a bit of a handful albeit a well designed and very ergonomic handful” and scored it very highly. One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was neat. Tikka said in their review of the Pentax K-1 on Amazon “For small neat camera it is very easy to handle even with my big paws”.

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Good Size

A number of people thought it was compact. Archie wrote three years ago “This is a fairly compact camera for a fully featured DSLR with a specification much higher than its price point” in his Pentax K-1 review. Ash said on Amazon “I came to this camera having had little-to-no experience with anything other than a compact 'point-and-shoot' camera” in their review. Ash also wrote “A couple of days with a compact system camera”.

Eight customers who purchased it concluded that it was a good body shape. Andrew L. said in November this year “Fantastic camera body for the price” in his review of the Pentax K-1. Andrew L. also wrote “I have already got some great shots with this body and my existing Pentax-fit lenses, much better than I was able to achieve with my previous body”. Arheddis Varkenjaab mentioned three years ago “I challenge anyone to be able to tell the difference between the metal body of the K5” .

A few Pentax K-1 owners considered that it was a good weight. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It is a nice weight, layout of buttons”. E. Palmer wrote “The first thing you notice is the weight - so much lighter does not feel as solid” in their review of this digital camera. L. W. Newton rated the Pentax K-1 5 stars and said on Amazon three years ago “The K-5 II it is around a 3rd smaller in physical size and a little lighter in weight, there are a few less buttons than the K-5 II” in their Pentax K-1 review.

Some Pentax K-1 owners reckoned that the product was heavy and bulky. Three years ago Emma Clarke she mentioned “Not too heavy, only took an evening to suss out for most of the functions” in her review of the Pentax K-1. Nikola. said on Amazon “It takes Nice pictures, very comfortable grip, not heavy and most of all I don't have to be worried about whether conditions any more with W.R”.

One person who purchased the product reckoned that it was good structurally. Bruno Pereira mentioned on Amazon “It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range” in his review.

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Good Product Quality

A few Pentax K-1 reviewers reckoned that this digital camera was good quality. Al mentioned on Amazon “Also the image quality is very good” in his Pentax K-1 review and gave the Pentax K-1 a rating of 5 stars. Amazon Customer wrote four years ago “+ photo quality is fantastic+ AF is quick” in their review of this digital camera. Amazon Customer also said “+ Two wheels for settings, this makes manual changes to the settings very comfortable + Very good build quality”.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 1,276 owner and expert reviews, Pentax has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically within its digital cameras range compared to other brands.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Five Pentax K-1 owners wrote in their reviews that the Pentax K-1 was quiet. In November last year Alex wrote “Quite silent, so it does not distract children, or scares animals” in his review of this digital camera and rated the product 5 stars. Two years ago James Hall wrote “Even 3200 in most cases+ Good resolution sensor+ Quiet shutter+ Fast burst mode great for capturing sports/movement- Video is just about adequate” and scored the Pentax K-1 5 stars. Three years ago R. F. Stevens wrote “I've used this to review the shots, or for monitoring the video while using the tripod, or for silent shooting with no mirror flip, or th”.

Some Pentax K-1 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Chippy Minton said “From ISO 100 - 800 JPEG images are pin-sharp and noise free whilst from ISO 1600 - 3200 there is plenty of detail” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars. Mr. R. W. Stringer said on Amazon “As long as you use the built in noise reduction”. Srinivasan said in their review on Amazon “High ISO is great, however shadow noise is noticable at ISO 12800+, I can pull off clean shots at 10k ISO with all that lovely aa-less image quality left”.

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Good Exposure Control

One customer who reviewed the Pentax K-1 considered that it had good exposure controls. Graham M. said “The K-50 has a lot of new features such as time lapse functions and easily adjustable exposure controls”.

Just Released Six Months Ago

This Pentax camera was released just six months ago, so it is likely to use more advanced technology than some of the older digital cameras.

9 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One Pentax K-1 owner who reviewed this digital camera thought it was not good in terms of HDMI connections. Neil Fraser said on Amazon “I never shoot in video so the lack of a HDMI out put dosent bother me” in his review of the Pentax K-1.

Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras that came out in the last year, the Pentax K-1 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax K-1 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-1 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Pentax K-1 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other latest cameras also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most recently released digital cameras are not 3D compatible. The Pentax K-1 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Pentax K-1 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other recently released digital cameras also do not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most new comparable spec digital cameras do not support WiFi connectivity. The Pentax K-1 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-1, the Pentax K-1 does not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most digital cameras that have been around for the last year do not have a built-in flash. The Pentax K-1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

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User Reviews

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First "proper" digital camera I have had to replace my 35mm SLR. Can still use all my old filters, lenses etc and the live view means I can see if they are correctly exposed etc. So very pleased...

Reviewed 9 August 2016 by Amazon Customer
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Very happy...

I wouldn't waste your money. Had mine for three years then it developed a fault with the shutter which is well known by Pentax, but they don't do anything about it and keep churning them out. I've... Read more…

Reviewed 26 July 2016 by JustBrowsin'
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Bloody brilliant camera for the price. Well worth it if you want a half decent, DSLR that does more than enough for most people, while still being able to look like a Storm Trooper!

Reviewed 21 July 2016 by MR PAUL GRIFFITHS
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Great value...

Reviewed 19 June 2016 by Julie
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Another great camera from Pentax. Bought as a warehouse deal in the recent sale so absolutely terrific value...

Reviewed 16 June 2016 by Surfin68

The reason why I did not give 5 stars is that the camera is not simple to use, unlike the Nikons and the Canons. However, the photos are superb and the camera is solidly made. I took photos on the... Read more…

Reviewed 10 June 2016 by Amazon Customer
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Great camera the only fault I can find was that there was no cd rom with it .

Reviewed 5 June 2016 by Konrad Malak
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By far the best camera on the market in this price range.

Reviewed 17 May 2016 by Mr D B Spencer
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What can I say except I really enjoy using it.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax k1, pentax f28, pentax k1b, pentax f28e, pentax k1bo, pentax k1bod, pentax f28ed, pentax k1body, pentax penk1k2, pentax k1bodyk, pentax k1bodyki, pentax k1bodykit
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