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Pentax KF DSLR Camera Body Black

Pentax KF DSLR Camera Body Black

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The Pentax KF DSLR Camera Body (Black) is a compact, weather-resistant APS-C body, designed for all types of outdoor photography, with advanced and user-friendly features including an optical viewfinder.


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  • Compact and extremely robust DSLR with extensive weather sealing, dust-proofing and cold weather resistance
  • High-resolution APS-C image sensor, with AA filter removed, an AA simulation filter and ultra-high resolution Pixel Shift mode
  • Designed for outdoor use with red-light mode LCD, which is daylight viewable and deigned for use while wearing gloves
  • Packed with class-leading features including 4.5-stops shake compensation, Auto Horizon Correction and fast Hybrid AF
  • Extremely strong low light performance with low noise results even when shooting at high ISO settings
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Pentax KF DSLR Camera Body Black Summary

The Pentax KF Camera Body Black is a compact APS-C format DSLR with outstanding imaging performance designed for outdoor photographers. It features extensive weather sealing across 100 points on the body, along with a dust-proof, cold-proof construction, down to temperatures as low as -10°C.

Despite its affordable price, the Pentax KF delivers premium performance found in advanced Pentax DSLR, including 4.5-stop stabilisation and a pentaprism-type optical viewfinder with around 100% field of view. Pentax also added a state-of-the-art CMOS sensor with approximately 24.24 effective megapixels and high-speed 14-bit image data readout.

Noise is extremely well controlled even up to the maximum ISO 102400, thanks to the high-speed PRIME MII imaging engine, which is coupled to a high-performance accelerator unit. This makes the KF ideal for anything from landscapes and urban scenes, to astro photography and low light shooting.

Key Pentax KF Camera Features

  • 24.24 effective megapixels
  • High ISO 102400
  • AA-filter-free optical design delivers super high resolution images.
  • Dust-proof, weather-resistant construction with 100 seals throughout the body
  • Designed for excellent handling even with gloves
  • Red-lighted monitor for astro photography
  • High-quality glass prism with approximately 100% FOV and 0.95-times magnification
  • Air-gapless vari-angle LCD monitor effectively reduces reflections
  • 4.5-stop body stabilisation (IBIS) and Image sensor designed to tilt in all directions
  • Super high resolution Pixel Shift feature
  • AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator, for moiré reduction when required
  • Prepared for advanced astronomical photography with optional O-GPS2 GPS Unit
  • Auto Horizon Correction
  • Hybrid AF system for high-speed AF during Live View shooting
  • High-precision autofocus system with SAFOX X AF sensor module, with 11 sensors including nine cross-type sensors in the middle
  • Interval shooting
  • Wireless LAN connection for smartphone operation with free ImageSync App
  • 77-segment multi-pattern metering system
  • DR (Dust Removal) mechanism
  • High-speed shutter unit up to 1/6000 second

Pentax KF DSLR Camera Body in More Detail

Perfect for rugged outdoor photography

The Pentax KF is a dependable performer even in demanding settings during rain or at locations prone to dust and freezing temperatures. This is due to a combination of being a compact, easy-to-carry body with a dust-proof, weather-resistant construction featuring 100 seals throughout the body and outstanding cold-proof performance at temperatures down to -10°C.

The grip and control buttons on the back panel, as well as mode dials have all been designed and contoured for optimum operability in active outdoor shooting even while wearing gloves — such as when mountain climbing, camping or during sporting events. In addition to its outdoor-friendly LCD monitor, with a brightness level which can be instantly adjusted to ambient lighting levels, it also features a red-light monitor display function, which works best when you have become accustomed to a dark location during astro photography.

Clear-view optical viewfinder

The Pentax KF incorporates a glass prism finder with the same optics and coatings as those used in higher-level models. With approximately 100% field of view and nearly 0.95x magnification, the camera’s viewfinder provides a large, clear view of your subject for quick, easy confirmation of focusing and framing. It also provides a double e-dial system from premium camera models, and Pentax-original shooting features, such as the Hyper Program system, which allows the user to instantly switch the exposure mode from Program to Aperture-priority or Shutter-priority without taking their eye off the viewfinder.

The Pentax KF vari-angle LCD monitor allows the monitor to be positioned at the desired angle, making it easier to compose images in a wide variety of situation including high-angle shooting, low-angle shots taken from ground-level or for night photography with the camera pointed upwards.

The LCD also features a unique air-gapless construction, in which the air space between the high-definition LCD panel with approximately 1,037,000 dots and the protective cover has been filled with a special resin material. This effectively reduces reflections and dispersion of light for improved visibility during outdoor shooting.

Pentax shake reduction system with Pixel Shift Resolution

In-body SR mechanism (IBIS)

Thanks to the built-in Pentax-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, the Pentax KF effectively minimises camera shake and delivers sharp, blur-free images, even in shaky conditions such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in low-light, or while capturing sunsets. Using a high-accuracy gyro sensor, it provides 4.5-stops compensation. When panning, the mechanism automatically detects the direction of the camera’s movement and efficiently controls the SR unit to produce the best image possible without requiring any mode switching.

Pixel Shift Resolution System with motion correction

The Pentax KF features the latest super high resolution technology called Pixel Shift Resolution System,* which captures four images of the same scene by shifting the sensor by a single pixel for each image. The camera then synthesises images into a single composite. Compared to the conventional Bayer system, in which each pixel has only a single colour data unit, this innovative system obtains all colour data in every pixel to deliver super-high-resolution images with far more realistic colours and far finer details than those produced by conventional APS-C-size image sensors.

This system even provides a motion correction function,** which automatically detects a moving object during continuous shooting and minimises negative effects during the synthesising process, in order to accommodate a wider range of scenes and subjects.

Innovative AA filter simulator to minimise moiré

By applying microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the sub-pixel level during image exposure, the Pentax KF's AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator*** provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter. Unlike an optical AA filter, which always creates the identical result, this simulator lets you switch the AA filter effect on and off, as well as adjust the level, allowing you to choose the prefect effect for a particular scene, or subject based on the conditions.

Supportive shooting functions

Since the Pentax KF image sensor unit is designed to tilt in all directions, it provides a host of handy shooting functions, including: ASTROTRACER, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS2 GPS Unit; and the Auto Horizon Correction and Extra Sharpness functions.

* When using this system, the user is advised to stabilise the camera firmly on a tripod. When a moving subject is captured in the camera's image field, its image may not be reproduced clearly, either in part or as a whole.

** The movement may not be sufficiently corrected when the object is moving in a certain direction and/or pattern. This function does not guarantee that the movement is properly corrected with all subjects.

*** This function works most effectively with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower. This function may not be combined with some shooting modes, including the Pixel Shift Resolution system.

High-speed Hybrid AF during Live View shooting

The Pentax KF employs a Hybrid AF system during Live View autofocus. By positioning a contrast-detection AF sensor with superior focusing accuracy and a phase-matching AF sensor on the image sensor’s surface, this innovative hybrid system optimises the benefits of both AF systems to assure high-speed, pinpoint AF focusing on the subject.

SAFOX X module high-precision autofocus system

The Pentax KF features the high-precision SAFOX X AF sensor module, which ensures responsive, dependable autofocus. With 11 sensors including nine cross-type sensors in the middle, this AF module assures pinpoint focus on the subject even during now light levels, as low as -3 EV. It also delivers outstanding AF tracking with subjects on the move, thanks to such advanced features and Select-area Expansion function, which automatically refocuses on a moving subject after it moves away from the initial point. It achieves this with the help of neighbouring points; and an AF Hold function that maintains the initial in-focus point even when the module loses sight of the subject.

Diverse custom image modes

The Pentax KF includes the Pentax-developed Custom Image function, which lets the user process an image to express their creative intention, or to suit any particular scene. This includes 14 Custom Image modes, including: SATOBI, which reproduces the colours resembling those of colour pictures in the 60s and 70s, with cyan-tinged blues, subdued yellows and faded reds. Bleach Bypass recreates the profound atmosphere of movie scenes; and Cross Processing, which adds unusual colours to your images. In combination with Pentax Limited-series lenses, which are popular for their distinctive results, the Pentax KF also provides a series of special-edition Custom Image modes.

Comprehensive interval shooting options

The Pentax KF camera provides a host of advanced interval shooting functions, including 4K-resolution Interval Movie, which lets you record a series of still images at a fixed interval and link them into a single 4K-resolution movie file.

Star Stream Movie lets you record star traces or illuminations on a 4K-resolution movie file; while Interval Composite synthesises a composite image with a choice of three synthesis modes – average, additive and comparative.

Wireless LAN for smartphone operation

A host of wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) functions support smartphones and tablet operation. By installing the dedicated Image Sync application, you can remotely check the Live View, capture stills and adjust camera settings including aperture, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity via your mobile device. It is also possible to download images onto the device, and instantly share them on social media sites, for on-the-go creators.

Other notable features

  • 77-segment multi-pattern metering system for high-precision light metering
  • DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to shake dust off from the surface of the CMOS image sensor
  • High-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/6000 second, and high-speed continuous shooting function at a top speed of approximately six images per second
  • Self-timer function, compatible with the continuous shooting function

What’s in the box

  • Pentax KF APS-C Format DSLR Camera Body Black
  • USB Cable I-USB 166
  • Pentax D-LI109 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Battery Charger D-BC 186
  • Pentax Strap O-ST 132
  • Pentax Eyecup FR
  • Hotshoe Cover KF
  • Body Mount Cover
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AE Bracketing: N/A
Autofocus Modes: N/A
Articulated Screen: N/A
Aperture priority: Yes
Battery: N/A
Built-in flash: Yes
Battery Life (CIPA): 410
Camera CIPA image stabilization rating: N/A
Colour: N/A
Continuous drive (fps): 6
Custom white balance: Yes
Digital zoom: N/A
Effective pixels (megapixels): 24
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Exposure compensation: N/A
External flash: Yes
Flash range (metres): 12.00 m (ISO 100)
Focal length (equiv.): N/A
Focal length multiplier: 1.5
Flash modes: N/A
HDMI Port: N/A
Headphone port: N/A
Height (mm): 93
Length (mm): N/A
Width (mm): 126
Weight (g): N/A
Weight (inc. batteries) (g): 688
Image ratio w:h: N/A
Camera Image stabilization: N/A
ISO: Auto, 100 - 102400
JPEG quality levels: Best, better, good
Live view: Yes
Camera Lens mount: N/A
Manual exposure mode: Yes
Maximum shutter speed (electronic): N/A
Maximum ISO: 102400
Maximum ISO (boosted): N/A
Max resolution: N/A
Maximum shutter speed (seconds): N/A
Maximum aperture: N/A
Manual focus: Yes
Microphone: N/A
Microphone port: Yes
Camera Minimum focus distance (cm): N/A
Minimum ISO: 100
Minimum ISO (boosted): N/A
Minimum macro focus distance (cm): N/A
Minimum shutter speed (seconds): N/A
Metering modes: N/A
Number of focus points: 11
Number of white balance presets: 8
Optical zoom multiplier: N/A
Orientation sensor: Yes
Other resolutions: N/A
Processor: PRIME MII
Remote control: N/A
Screen dots: 1037000
Screen size: N/A
Screen type: N/A
Self-timer: Yes
Shutter priority: Yes
Speaker: N/A
Sensor photo detectors (megapixels): 25
Sensor size: N/A
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Storage types: N/A
Subject / scene modes: N/A
Timelapse recording: Yes
Touchscreen: N/A
Camera Type: N/A
Uncompressed format: N/A
Camera USB: N/A
USB charging: N/A
Viewfinder coverage: N/A
Viewfinder magnification: N/A
Viewfinder resolution: N/A
Viewfinder type: N/A
Video formats: N/A
Video Mode Categories: N/A
Video Modes: N/A
WB Bracketing: N/A
Wireless: N/A
Notes: N/A

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Our Verdict

The arrival of Pentax’s latest DSLR ensures users that the system is not only here to stay, but leaping forwards with innovative features, in a compact and rugged body. The Pentax KF is designed for outdoor photographers who shoot in any conditions, with extensive 100-point weather sealing and cold resistance for even the most demanding locations.

The 24MP APS-C sensor renders impeccable image quality, and harnesses Pentax’s own IBIS for ultra-high resolution auto-stitched images. It’s also extremely versatile when dealing with moiré thanks to an AA simulation filter and offers excellent low light capabilities.

A high-resolution LCD delivers bright viewing even in daylight conditions, a red-light mode for astro and night photography, along with fast hybrid AF capabilities for sharp results and accurate subject tracking.

You can also achieve sharp handheld results thanks to 4.5-stops of IBIS, which is competitive even compared to Pentax’s own flagship models, such as the K-1 Mark II and others. An bright optical viewfinder contributes to the benefits of using this extremely competent DSLR camera, ensuring it will find its way into the hands of a wide range of photographers.

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Our used products are subject to wear and tear in comparison to brand new products. This also applies to accessories that are supplied with the camera including batteries which may have a lower optimum performance level/life expectancy.

  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

*All of our used items are listed with the accesories that are included. If they are not listed then they will not be supplied at eh epoint of purchase.

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This product has been thoroughly tested by our team of photographers and we are happy to give a 6 month warranty as a result. The number of tests depends on the individual product but we are confident in this product having tested all the major functions. Anything that isn’t as you would expect, we then make a note of and show this in the condition notes on the page.

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