Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift sample photos

X Pentax Pixel Shift feature explained
X Pentax Pixel Shift feature sample photos
Two of the Pentax K-1 sample photos published online by Ricoh few days ago were taken with and without the new Pixel Shift feature:

With Pentax Pixel Shift

With Pentax Pixel Shift

Without Pentax Pixel Shift

Here is a quote from wkoopmans.ca:

While the ability to use this feature in conditions where things are moving may improve its primary purpose and where it works best is with static subjects. This is why I make the assertion that it will be the best camera available for reproducing art work. There may be some very expensive Medium format alternatives for this type of work and in fact this may place this camera in direct competition with Pentax’s own 50 Mpixel 645Z medium format camera. At a suggested retail price of US $1799 and with the exceptional Pentax smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens available for under $500 it leaves the 50Mpixel Canon 5Ds r at $3900 and the 36Mpixel Nikon D810 at $2800 costing considerably more without either offering this capability.

The new Pentax K-1 camera is now available for pre-order.

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  • BP2012

    Mostly fascinating to me is that those two shots were made with kit lens.

    • CaMeRa QuEsT

      Indeed, the high altitude (aerial?) landscape shot they did with the 28-105 looks amazingly sharp for a kit lens, and that was shot wide open! I think the SR II is the big enabler here, and I wonder if that shot would have been even sharper were it be taken with pixel shift.

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    I was expecting it to be sharper, but it isn’t there just is more color information also very nice

    • TinusVerdino

      It is sharper. you must get your eyes tested. Mine are not the best any more but I still can see it

      • Jeffry De Meyer

        It isn’t sharper.
        They haven’t used the extra data to extrapolate more detail, just more color information

        • TinusVerdino

          yes it is sharper sukkel

          • Jeffry De Meyer

            uncalled for lul

          • TinusVerdino

            Is what you get for being a stubborn fool. Al you need to do is look at the images and you will see more detail.

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    Interesting. Spent some time pixel-peeping at the ON/OFF photos. The improvement is very clear in the bottom part of the image, the red fabric. It also murders the slight moiré. For me the most curious part is that if you look at the OOF areas (Look at the glass and candles at 100%), the OOF areas actually appear to be MORE OOF with pixel shift on then with pixel shift off. Anyone who sees this too?

    • HD10

      To be more specific, the difference is easily seen by loooking at the lower right hand corner of the photo at 100%.

      Less moire in the OOF area could account for improvement in the image rendition.

  • Πόντιος Πιλάτος

    foferi mixani………

  • Max

    i couldn’t really decide which is better, off or on…

  • Cynog

    To my eyes, the pixel shift photograph is a tad sharper. The detail in the flower petals is more discernible. I found the same sort of result when using PS on the K-3 II.

    • HD10

      Concur. The difference is easily seen in the lower right corner of the photo viewed at 100%.

  • Stan Dibben

    Quite cool.

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