Ricoh has announced the launch of the Pentax K-1 Mark II. It will be available from April at a price of US$2,000, or as a kit with a PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR zoom lens for about US$2,400.
The Pentax K-1 Mark II, like the original K-1 which was released in 2016, has a 36.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with an anti-aliasing filter. Pentax has improved the the camera's noise-reduction performance at a high-sensitivity range with an ISO rating of up to 819200. It comes with the Shake Reduction II system (SRII), a five-axis mechanism which provides accurate control of the large full-frame image sensor with all compatible PENTAX interchangeable lenses.
The camera optimizes autofocus, and assures high-speed autofocus in AF Single mode thanks to the SAFOX 12 AF sensor module with 33 AF sensors (25 cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). It also allows continuous recording of up to 17 images in the RAW format (or a maximum of 70 images in the jpeg) in a single burst, at approximately 4.4 images per second.
You can record Full HD movies (1920 x 1080 pixels - 60i/30p frame rate) in H.264. There is a stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection, and a headphone terminal.
The body of the Pentax K-1 Mark II is dust-proof and water-resistent, and the optical viewfinder has nearly 100% field of view. There is also a 3.2-inch 3:2 aspect ratio LCD screen which can be rotated horizontally, vertically and diagonally. It comes with dual SD card slots compatible with SDXC UHS-1 speed class.
For current owners of the K-1, Pentax is offering an upgrade service. For US$550, they will replace the circuit board with that of the K-1 Mark II and will re-branded it with the Mark II logo.
For further information about the Pentax K-1 Mark II, visit the dedicated website here.