Pentax K-1 tested at DxOMark

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DxOMark published their test results of the Pentax K-1 camera. Here is heir conclusion  and few comparisons with other cameras:

Boasting a robust, weather-sealed construction with some interesting features, including built-in stabilization, pixel shift image merging, and Pentax’s AA filter simulator, the Pentax K-1 offers a lot at a competitive price point. What’s more, image quality is among the best we’ve tested for full-frame interchangeable lens cameras.

If you’re looking for a high-resolution 36mp DSLR for large prints, or top-quality advertising, editorial, or wedding work, the K-1 offers slightly better dynamic range and comparable results for color and noise compared to its 36Mp rivals. Its sensor scores are a cut above similarly-priced full-frame offerings from Nikon and Canon, too. The K-1 boasts better results for dynamic range at lower ISO sensitivities compared to the Canon 6D, and very similar scores to the Nikon D750 in these categories as well. It’s also ahead for color sensitivity at lower ISOs, and despite greater resolution than both the 6D and D750, it maintains similar signal-to-noise ratios. So the K-1 is a successful first full-frame DSLR from Pentax, giving photographers looking for great image quality another camera to consider. If you’re not already heavily invested in a particular brand’s lenses and accessories, put the 36Mp Pentax K-1 on your short list.

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  • HD10

    Practically in dead heat with the D810 and D800E.

    • harvey

      to be expected although, considering it is newer, it should have been better.

      • HD10

        Nikon makes very good use of its sensor. That Pentax matches Nikon is a great credit to Pentax. I wonder though how the results will look like with PSR.

        • harvey

          why should it be a credit to Pentax to match Nikon – they are both well established companies? If Pentax were a new kid on the block, then you might have grounds to justify that statement. What I always find surprising is how Nikon and Pentax seem to wring more out of a sensor than the manufacturer – Sony.

      • BP2012

        Yes it is, 50% better based on price 🙂 Considering it is newer it should have been opposite.

        • harvey

          only if by the same manufacturer and the 810 was more expensive than the 800/800e. Pentax had a fan base to appease and point to prove.

        • HD10

          The K-1 has features that none of the Nikon dSLRs have which makes the K-1 attractive. The price at which the K-1 is selling makes it more atractive.

      • TinusVerdino

        It is better at High ISO. Also better DR than the D800e. Considering it uses the same sensor as the D800, that is good.

        • harvey

          comparing the K-1 to 4 year old cameras(using an earlier version of the 36mp sensor) doesn’t make sense especially since there is a Nikon body that does use a similar sensor – the 810, and even that body is 18 months older.

          • TinusVerdino

            Nope the D810 sensor is tweaked by Nikon specification version of the D800 sensor. The K-1 has a sensor that is more like the D800 and A7r, with a pentax implementation. Difference is that Pentax tweaked the camera to deliver better performance with the D800/A7r sensor. Nikon asked for a slightly different sensor from Sony for the D810.

          • harvey

            so, Pentax took a 4 year old sensor and got better performance out of it? And people are surprised?

          • TinusVerdino

            There is no pleasing you I see. Pentax doesn’t make sensors, so they have to make do with what Sony could give them, which is either the IMX128 (24mp) or the IMX094(36mp) They don’t have enough volume to be able to order a custom job.

        • HD10

          One needs to look at the more detailed measurement of each parameter tested instead of the general score average that DxOmark has created to accurately see how the sensor performs. Reading the DxOMark is confusing and can be misleading.

          In terms of sensor performance, the K-1 cannot be called as better than the D810/D800E in SNR (look at the dB values), nor in DR (look at the EV value). Its practically the same in tonal range and color sensitivity.

      • HD10

        The K-1 is newer than the D800E / D810 but sensor used for all three are the same.

        Nikon wrought outsignificantly better results from the sensor than Sony did in the A7R with the D800E. That Nikon could not do significantly more with the D810 two years after indicates that this was likely the best that could be achieved. What Nikon has done with the D810 over the D800E was simply to tweak the sensor for best performance at a lower Base ISO 64 compared to the D800E and the K-1 which are set at ISO 100.

        By acheiving parity performance, the Pentax K’s performance is as good as it can get with this sensor. If you were unrealistically expecting the K-1 to be better, then I am not surprised that you are disappointed.

        • harvey

          since I own both the K-1 and the D810, would this indicate that I am disappointed?

          • HD10

            I really do not care.

  • sickheadache

    How bout them Sony Sensors.

  • TinusVerdino

    When you weigh each category equally and order by ranking points (lowest point win, the ultimate camera would get three points) the K-1 wins.

    1. K-1 13 points

    2. D810 23 points

    3. A7R II 24 points

    4. D800E 25 points

    5. RX1R 29 Points

    6. D800 30 points

    7. D600 31 points

    8. D610 33 points

    9. D750 38 points

    10. A7R 40 points

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