Ricoh Launches PENTAX K-1 Mark II DSLR
Ricoh Imagining Americas Corporation announced the launch of their new PENTAX K-1 Mark II 35mm full-frame digital SLR (DSLR) camera. Developed as a successor to the PENTAX K-1 camera launched in April 2016, the Mark II is a compact, rugged, and weather-resistant camera that now becomes the flagship model in the PENTAX K series. In a statement, Ricoh said the Mark II has a number of new technologies integrated into the device that allow it to deliver “outstanding image quality” and improved functionality across a variety of shooting conditions.
“The PENTAX K-1 Mark II uses the same full-frame Anti-aliasing (AA)-filterless CMOS sensor with 36.4 effective megapixels as its predecessor model,” the company explained. “However, Ricoh has added a new accelerator unit to the PENTAX K-1 Mark II that—along with the camera’s PRIME IV image processor—enables it to produce high-resolution images with minimal noise in even in the most challenging low-light conditions, up to ISO 819200.”
To the latter point, the camera is said to be ideal for shooting low-light photography where higher shutter speeds might be required.
Additionally, Ricoh said that the new PENTAX K-1 Mark II incorporates Pixel Shift Resolution System II, a new PENTAX-developed technology that uses the same in-camera shake reduction mechanism and sensor shifting capabilities found in the previous model. The system allows the camera to capture four images of the same scene and then synthesize them into a single, super-high-res composite image. The system in the Mark II allows the camera to collect RGB color data, which Ricoh said results in “images with significantly finer detail and truer colors than those produced by typical full-frame sensors.”
An upgrade to the Pixel Shift Resolution System II in the new K-series camera is Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode. Ricoh explained that this mode allows for crisp, ultra-high pixel shift resolution images without the need of a tripod.
Other features of the new PENTAX K-1 Mark II include a magnesium-alloy body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction; an optical viewfinder; Astro Tracer, which “simplifies the tracing and photographing of celestial bodies” by coupling GPS data with the camera's SRII mechanism; and a flexible tilt-type LCD monitor.
The PENTAX K-1 Mark II camera body will be available in April 2018 for a suggested retail price of $1,999.95. Ricoh will also offer a bundle that includes the camera body and an HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR zoom lens for a suggested retail price of $2,399.95. Both will be available on the Ricoh Imaging website and through various Ricoh-authorized retail outlets in North America.
Current PENTAX K-1 Owners Offered Service Upgrade
In conjunction with the PENTAX K-1 Mark II announcement, Ricoh released additional details for current PENTAX K-1 owners to upgrade their current camera to the new Mark II. The upgrade will be available for a limited time (between May 21 and September 30 of this year). By trading in their current K-1 camera for the new Mark II, owners will be able to pay just $550 USD ($690 CAD) for the new Mark II.
Specifically, what will happen is K-1 owners will ship their camera to Precision Cameras (or Sun Camera for Canadian owners), who will then replace the PENTAX K-1’s circuit board to add the new functions featured in the Mark II camera. Additionally, the current “SR” logo on the PENTAX K-1 will be replaced with the new PENTAX K-1 Mark II logo.
Be sure to check out the Ricoh website for additional details.