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18 Reasons For

Excellent User Reviews

On average, people who bought this digital camera rated it as exceptional.

Good Flash

Several customers reckoned that it had a good flash. Amazon Customer rated it as very good and wrote on Amazon five years ago “+ Built-in flash is quite good surprisingly”. John Bridge rated this digital camera as excellent and he said on Amazon “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” in his review of this digital camera. Mr Peter Wilson gave it a very good review score and he wrote on Amazon three years ago “The only thing that lets it down a little is the built in flash”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Chippy Minton scored the product 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera 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 wrote in their review of this digital camera “The viewfinder is bright and clear with all the right information within it, ISO, F Stop, shutter speeds ETC” and scored this digital camera 5 stars. Neil Fraser mentioned on Amazon “When i tested it the sensor hadn't even been touched while the viewfinder was clear of crap it looks as though their is a finger print on the focusing screen” in his review of this digital camera.

Several people who purchased the product agreed that it had a good screen. Arheddis Varkenjaab said on Amazon four years ago “The K5 has a very useful secondary LCD screen” in their review of this digital camera. Also four years ago Charliej scored it 80 out of 100 and said “The only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars is the lack of a swivel screen” in their review of the Pentax K-1. Also four years ago Tim scored it 5 stars and he mentioned “A better LCD screen, quicker focusing, focus-point indicators in the viewfinder”.

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Good Video Capture

Several Pentax K-1 owners who reviewed it thought it was good for video recording. Four years ago Archie said in his review of the Pentax K-1 on Amazon “Although it has competent video facilities it is not really designed for the keen videographer as it lacks a dedicated video button” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Five years ago Chippy Minton rated it as excellent and wrote on Amazon “Is passable for movies.” in their review of the Pentax K-1. Del 58 gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their Pentax K-1 review on Amazon “Video looks great through an HD TV”.

Good Quality Lens

A few people who bought it said that it had a good autofocus. Four years ago Charliej mentioned “Is far superior at high sensitivities as well as having more responsive autofocus”. Chippy Minton mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-1 on Amazon “In addition, there are a huge number of auto-focus Pentax lenses available that are backward compatible with the K-mount”. Del 58 wrote “The new autofocus system gives much better results in all lighting conditions although it can take a little practice to get used to it” in their review.

A few people who reviewed the Pentax K-1 thought it had a good lens. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review on Amazon “The limited pancake lens is stunningly amazing.” and scored this digital camera very highly. Ash wrote in their review of the Pentax K-1 on Amazon “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”. Bengan gave it a very good review and mentioned “I substituted the usual kit-lens for a Sigma 17-70 HSM which is grate lens” in their review of this digital camera.

One Pentax K-1 reviewer who reviewed the product said that it had a good zoom. Nicholas Vassallo said in his review on Amazon “Buying a lense with a little more zoom can be helpful”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Sixty customers said in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Akinyemi Oyawale wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I rivalled professional cameras just yesterday at the Uni dissertation party and my pictures are getting better reviews on Facebook than theirs”. Two years ago Alex rated the product 5 stars and he said on Amazon “I love the pictures it makes”. Amazon Customer said in their Pentax K-1 review on Amazon “The weatherproofing and excellent pictures are what drew me back to the K30 every time I considered the competitors”.

Ten people who purchased it wrote that it was good in low light. D. Mckie wrote in their Pentax K-1 review five years ago “It is fantastic in low light situations and very quick with 6fps shooting” and scored the Pentax K-1 5 stars. Kate Rhodes said on Amazon four years ago “The anti shake setting seems to work well which is great in low light levels” in her review of the Pentax K-1 and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Sinoyak mentioned on Amazon “Very good in low light” in their Pentax K-1 review and rated the Pentax K-1 80 out of 100.

A number of people concluded that the product had a good picture resolution. Chippy Minton said in their review of the Pentax K-1 “The K-30 has a great set of still shooting features” and rated the Pentax K-1 as very good. Chippy Minton also wrote “Other benefits include Shake Reduction, 6fps continuous shooting and with an adapter it can take AA batteries”. Four years ago Del 58 wrote on Amazon “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” and gave the Pentax K-1 an excellent review score.

Some customers wrote that it had a good image sensor. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “The main reasons were the proven sensor technology from the K-5”. Neil Fraser said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Is starting to make me change my mind about pentax.I have since got it back and the sensor is clean”. Now Seriously said five years ago “An incredible sensor” in their Pentax K-1 review.

A number of customers agreed that the product had a good ISO range. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “It takes a licking!+ Excellent dynamic range+ good shots at high ISOs+ Looks great, very sleek”. Archie mentioned “It has an excellent 16mpx sensor with good high ISO capability” in his review of the Pentax K-1. L. W. Newton mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-1 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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Easy to Use

Several Pentax K-1 owners who reviewed the Pentax K-1 considered that it was easy to use. Bengan mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Wheels are perfectly located and realy intuitive to use” in their review of the Pentax K-1 and rated it as excellent. Two years ago Brian mentioned “Its so easy to use that the kids are always nicking it”. Chrisoko wrote “The camera has proved a joy to use”.

Twelve Pentax K-1 reviewers who purchased it thought it was easy to use the menus. Ash mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-1 “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 mentioned in her review of this digital camera on Amazon four years ago “There is a good menu system that's quite quick to navigate”.

Nine people who reviewed it said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Charliej rated it 80 out of 100 and said in their review of the Pentax K-1 on Amazon “The K-5 II feels familiar and comfortable to use”. Chippy Minton gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “The sculpted K-30 is comfortable to hold”. James Hall gave the product a score of 5 stars and he mentioned three years ago “Controls+ Stellar lenses+ Extremely comfy to hold+ Decent low-light performance, usable shots at ISO 1600”.

One Pentax K-1 reviewer thought the product was easy to setup. Mike gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned “Manual compensation is simple to set up without resorting to menus” in his Pentax K-1 review.

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Robust

Several Pentax K-1 owners concluded that this digital camera was well made. Amazon Customer wrote “It fells very solid and robust” and scored the Pentax K-1 5 stars. Ash wrote in their review of the Pentax K-1 on Amazon “The lenses appear to be well made of a similar plastic with rubberised grip to allow easy zooming”. Five years ago Chippy Minton wrote in their review of this digital camera “It feels well-made and solid, certainly not 'platicky' like the Sony SLTs” and scored the product very highly.

Some Pentax K-1 owners reckoned that this digital camera was strong and durable. Ash wrote “In terms of build quality it is made from a sturdy matte plastic with rubberised grip sections on the 'handle'”. James Hall said on Amazon “Accurate auto-focus in most situations including low light (system could be better at tracking focus)+ Extremely sturdy build quality” and gave the Pentax K-1 a rating of 5 stars. L. W. Newton mentioned “Its rubberised hand grip makes for a sturdy grip.I charged the supplied battery up”.

Five Pentax K-1 reviewers said that it was sealed. Archie mentioned on Amazon four years ago “It is weather sealed and has a large bright viewfinder giving 100% coverage” in his review. Bwfc77 said “I bought this for travelling, as it is weather sealed and is described as light” although they gave it a score of 2 stars. Four years ago Craig said in his review on Amazon “One strange thing that the camera is weather sealed”.

A few people said in their reviews that it was reliable. Neoguri said on Amazon four years ago “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” in their review of the Pentax K-1. Vivstop said on Amazon “Takes reliably better photos” in their review of the Pentax K-1 and gave the Pentax K-1 a score of 5 stars.

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Nice Design

A few Pentax K-1 reviewers considered that it was good looking. Chippy Minton said on Amazon “Gives 100% coverage with a good degree of magnification, Live View is nice to have and AF is pretty snappy under almost all conditions”. Four years ago R. F. Stevens said in their review of the Pentax K-1 on Amazon “Excellent DSLR, beautiful pictures, nicely ergonomic”. Tim wrote in his review of the Pentax K-1 in the same month “This camera is pretty easy to use, even for beginners”.

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Archie wrote in his Pentax K-1 review on Amazon four years ago “It has two control wheels and good ergonomics”. Chrisoko gave it a very good review and wrote “Ergonomically and technically” in their review of this digital camera.

A few Pentax K-1 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was smooth. Emma Clarke said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “Hope this lasts longer! The 18-135WR lens is fabulous, very smooth and good quality”. Stefan 22 wrote “Pentax get it SO WRONG! I defy any pentax user to say that the focusing ability of pentax cameras (in general) is smooth” and scored the Pentax K-1 4 stars.

One Pentax K-1 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was a good design. Three years ago Chrisoko mentioned on Amazon “A truly magical development of photographic design” and gave the Pentax K-1 a score of 5 stars.

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Good Support

Some customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it had good technical guidance. Ash rated the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned “The instructions for assembly were easy to follow as were the instructions for attaching/detaching lenses” in their review. Ashley J mentioned in his review “The K-30 has something that makes manual focusing less of a chore” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Emma Clarke gave the product a rating of 5 stars and she said four years ago “Included everything you need to get started plus a good paper manual and CD manual” in her review of the Pentax K-1.

Good Size

A number of Pentax K-1 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. Four years ago Archie wrote “This is a fairly compact camera for a fully featured DSLR with a specification much higher than its price point” in his review. Also four years ago Ash rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote “I came to this camera having had little-to-no experience with anything other than a compact 'point-and-shoot' camera” in their review of the Pentax K-1. Ash also said “A couple of days with a compact system camera”.

Several Pentax K-1 owners wrote in their reviews that the Pentax K-1 was a good body shape. Arheddis Varkenjaab said on Amazon “I challenge anyone to be able to tell the difference between the metal body of the K5” in their review of the Pentax K-1 and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Gcw wrote on Amazon “You can be confident that the camera body will work under most conditions”. Jono scored it 4 stars and wrote in their Pentax K-1 review “It certainly looks the part and with it's fully weather sealed body and lens you are going to be able to enjoy every minute of the British weather”.

Several Pentax K-1 owners who reviewed the Pentax K-1 mentioned that it was a good weight. E. Palmer scored it very highly and mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-1 on Amazon “The first thing you notice is the weight - so much lighter does not feel as solid”. L. W. Newton mentioned on Amazon four 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”. Srinivasan said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Also feels rugged and has some weight to it”.

Two customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was heavy and bulky. Emma Clarke mentioned “Not too heavy, only took an evening to suss out for most of the functions”. Nikola. said “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” in their review and gave it an excellent rating.

One Pentax K-1 owner who bought the product concluded that it was good structurally. Four years ago Bruno Pereira wrote on Amazon “It has an amazing construction quality and good grip, image quality is one of the best out there at this price range” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

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Good Technical Features

Some Pentax K-1 reviewers who reviewed it mentioned that it had good features. Five years ago Chippy Minton gave it a score of 5 stars and said in their review “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”. Craig mentioned on Amazon “It has many features only found on high end cameras” in his review of the Pentax K-1 and scored the Pentax K-1 5 stars. G. P. Dodds said “This camera has really pro features and is now (as of Nov.2012) at a bargain price” in their review.

Good Product Quality

Several Pentax K-1 reviewers concluded that this digital camera was good quality. Al mentioned on Amazon “Also the image quality is very good”. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “+ photo quality is fantastic+ AF is quick”. Amazon Customer also said “+ Two wheels for settings, this makes manual changes to the settings very comfortable + Very good build quality”.

Pentax Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 1,235 expert and owner reviews, Pentax has excellent ratings for its cameras. Pentax also has excellent ratings specifically for its cameras compared to other manufacturers.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Some customers who reviewed it wrote that it was quiet. Alex said in his review on Amazon “Quite silent, so it does not distract children, or scares animals”. James Hall mentioned “Even 3200 in most cases+ Good resolution sensor+ Quiet shutter+ Fast burst mode great for capturing sports/movement- Video is just about adequate” and rated it as very good. R. F. Stevens wrote in their Pentax K-1 review on Amazon four years ago “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”.

Three people said in their reviews that it was noisy. Chippy Minton mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon five years ago “From ISO 100 - 800 JPEG images are pin-sharp and noise free whilst from ISO 1600 - 3200 there is plenty of detail”. Mr. R. W. Stringer mentioned four years ago “As long as you use the built in noise reduction” and scored the product 5 stars. Srinivasan rated this digital camera 5 stars and wrote “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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A Best Selling Digital Camera

The K-1 is one the best selling camera currently available for sale.

Good Battery Life

A few Pentax K-1 reviewers agreed that it had a good battery life. Alex said “It's quick to change settings Excellent battery life” and scored the product 5 stars. L. W. Newton scored the product very highly and said on Amazon four years ago “One thing that I would criticise is the battery compartment cove”. Mr Peter Wilson said in his review of this digital camera “Image quality is great and battery life pretty amazing” and rated it as excellent.

Just Released Seven Months Ago

This digital camera has only been on the market for seven months. Newer digital cameras like this one are likely to use more advanced technology.

9 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One Pentax K-1 owner who purchased it concluded that it was not good in terms of HDMI connections. Neil Fraser mentioned on Amazon “I never shoot in video so the lack of a HDMI out put dosent bother me” but in spite of that he gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for the last year, the Pentax K-1 does not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most new cameras do not have an image stabilizer. The Pentax K-1 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Not Waterproof

Most latest similar spec cameras are not waterproof. The Pentax K-1 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Pentax K-1 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the K-1 also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

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

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-1 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Pentax K-1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-1, the Pentax K-1 does not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the K-1, the Pentax K-1 does not have a built-in flash.

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User Reviews

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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 31 March 2016 by Mark cronin | 11 Comments
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Pentax make great camera's. This camera is a great camera. Focus on pentax has always been a little behind other brands, so for fast action this isnt the best option, for low light or taking... Read more…

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I sometimes think this camera belongs to me but its so easy to use that the kids are always nicking it . This camera and two lenses set is pretty much all you need and is great value for money.

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This is my first Pentax .Very extensively specified,Sensitivity is in a different league to most of its competitors and capable of shooting in very low light situations that would have defeated... Read more…

Reviewed 10 August 2015 by Solveig Dittrich-Piva
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I had a Pentax K-30 before but someone stole it so after a year I finally bought another one. Reason is that I can use my old manual lenses from my Pentax ME. I love the shape of the K-30, it lays... Read more…

Still a great camera 3 years after it came out. If you are an outdoorsy type who loves to be out photographing in all weather, especially the wind and rain, then this could well be the camera for... Read more…

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Good camera, although I didn't pay anything like the current cost. 2 years on, and I still learning new functionality on it.

Reviewed 21 April 2015 by Robert G.
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Excellent all roundf.

Reviewed 12 March 2015 by Stephen B.
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I like this camera. A lot to learn in terms of settings.

Reviewed 1 March 2015 by Nicholas Vassallo
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Bought this as a gift to my dad. It is as durable as it looks and has all the features you need for a good quality dslr. The menus are easy to use and the shake filter works a charm. You will need... Read more…

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