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Ricoh Launches the Pentax K-1, Its First Full-Frame DSLR

Ricoh has finally taken the wraps off its first-ever full-frame DSLR, the Pentax K-1. Designed for professionals, the camera will be available starting April at a retail price of $1,799 (approximately Rs. 1,20,600) for just the body.   

The K-1 boats of a 36-megapixel CMOS full-frame sensor and is powered by a new Prime IV image processor that’s capable of recording 14-bit RAW images. The ISO range is set at 100-204800 and is capable of around 4.4fps burst shooting. You also get a 5-axis image stabilisation system, a 33-point autofocus system with 25 cross-type point, and full-HD video recording. There’s an innovative anti-aliasing filter developed for the K-1, which applies microscopic vibrations to the image sensor to minimise moiré patterns in images.

The Pentax K-1 features a magnesium alloy body which is weatherproof thanks to 87 sealing parts. The 3.2-inch LCD display is flexible and features a tempered glass for added durability. There’s built-in Wi-Fi and GPS too for quickly sharing your picture through a smartphone. You also get a crop mode which lets you use the K-1 with lenses designed for Pentax’s APS-C sensor cameras. The sensor’s unique flexible design allows for shooting modes like auto level compensation, image-composition fine-adjustment, and AstroTracer, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography using the built-in GPS module.

The company will be offering a total of 12 full-frame compatible lenses when it hits stores, which include two new models like the HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm f.2.8 ultra-wide angle zoom lens and the HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 compact, lightweight zoom lens.

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