Pentax KP review

It’s another interesting 24-megapixel SLR from Pentax, but what does it have that the K-70 doesn’t?

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. 

Colour error

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

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.