Ricoh is making a splash in the world of DSLR photography this week with its new Pentax KP, a $1,100 camera that is weatherproof and designed for active lifestyles. A compact footprint was crafted with on-the-go shooting in mind. And thanks to a number of advanced features, it can shoot ISO as high 819,000. A 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and large optical viewfinder also highlight a long list of specs.
Elsewhere in the design is a tilting LCD display that offers additional control beyond the dedicated mechanical dials found on top. Ricoh includes a pair of handgrips with each camera, and plans to offer an additional vertical battery option in the future. With outdoorsmen and women in mind, the KP also includes the Pentax five-axis Shake Reduction System found on the K-3 model that takes four different exposures to output the clearest image possible. Additional features include 1080p at 30fps and a 51-point autofocus system. The Pentax KP is set to begin shipping on February 25th at authorized retailers.
“We designed the PENTAX KP to appeal to the world’s most discerning outdoor photographers, who will appreciate its rich and powerful feature set and rugged, compact design, whether they are shooting a landscape on a trek in Patagonia or capturing an eclipse,” said Kaz Eguchi, president, Ricoh Imaging Americas. “From Pixel Shift Resolution to our new generation of Shake Reduction, PENTAX proudly continues to lead the way in photographer-friendly innovation.”