Pentax KP specifications
Sensor 24.3MP APS-C format CMOS
Lenses Pentax KAF2
Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Viewfinder Optical pentaprism, 100% coverage
Max video resolution Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) at 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p or 24p
ISO range 100-819,200
Autofocus points 27 (25 cross-type)
Max burst rate 7fps
LCD screen 3in tilting, 921k-dot LCD
Shutter speeds 1/6,000 sec to 30 sec, Bulb; electronic shutter to 1/24,000 sec
Weight 703g (with battery and memory card)
Dimensions 132 x 101 x 76mm
Power supply D-LI109 lithium-ion battery, 390 shots
Pentax KP lab tests
We use Imatest and DxO Analyzer hardware and software to test cameras for their colour accuracy (colour error) signal to noise ratio (the amount of noise in the images) and dynamic range (their ability to capture detail in very bright and dark areas). We also pick three rival cameras to test them against.
We compared the KP against the Canon EOS 80D, the Nikon D7200 and Pentax’s own K-70. The KP narrowly loses out to the rest, but the difference is not serious.
Signal to noise ratio
The KP performs well in the lab. Real-world tests confirm that even if the highest settings are unusable, the results are above average further down the ISO range.
Dynamic range is the KP’s strong point – especially at higher ISO settings, where it beats its rivals by progressively larger margins as the ISO setting is increased.