Pentax K-1 Mark II

 Pentax K-1 Mark II

Second-gen model reboots the flagship offe in Ricoh Imaging has recently updated its sole full-frame model, the K-1, with a new second- generation version.

The K-1 Mark II boasts a revised Pixel Shift Resolution option, whose new Dynamic setting enables you to use the technology while hand-holding the camera, rather than having to use a tripod.

While the camera mirrors the original model in offering a 36.4MP full-frame sensor without an optical low-pass filter, image processing is said to have been revised, and the presence of a new accelerator means that the camera’s sensitivity can now be adjusted to a lofty ISO 819,200.

Other changes include slight revisions to focus tracking and audio capture, but otherwise the model offers

much the same as the original K-1. This includes a glass pentaprism viewfinder with almost 100 per cent coverage, together with a 3.2in LCD screen that can cleverly be adjusted over three axes. Image stabilisation is once again provided at sensor level, with five-axis correction for up to five stops.

Sales of the K-1 Mark II will start from the end of March, with a body-only price of $2,000 in the US and £1,800 in the UK. Ricoh Imaging has also announced plans to offer significant deductions on the price for anyone planning on upgrading from the K-1.

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