The 4 Best Pentax Cameras

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The Rundown
Best for Stabilized Zoom:
Pentax K-1 Mark II at Amazon
"The real star of this category is the camera’s in-body shake reduction which lets you zoom to greater distances."
Best Megapixels:
Pentax K-1 Mark II at Amazon
"Has one of the highest ISO in its class."
Best for Night Vision/Low Light:
Pentax K-70 at Amazon
"It includes built-in Wi-Fi so you can sync and upload your images via Pentax’s dedicated app."
Best Weather-Sealed:
Pentax KP at Amazon
"Pentax has boosted the KP’s ISO sensitivity up to 819,200 which will allow you to shoot in really low light."

Best for Stabilized Zoom: Pentax K-1 Mark II

When it comes to technology like image stabilization, manufacturers tend to produce something more intricate and impressive with each iteration of a model. You can see it in Sony’s or Olympus’ mirrorless lines, and you see it here, too with Pentax. The Mark II of the K-1 line is the full package, offering a full frame sensor, an astronomical amount of pixels and — of course — stabilization. 

The K-1 Mark II's sensor provides more than 36 MP to play with, meaning you can blow up your photos in nearly any application. They’ve thrown in insane ISO capability as well, giving you up to 819,200 in ISO sensitivity. The 3.2-inch LCD offers a resolution of over a million dots with brightness and saturation customization built right in. The auto-focus system is top-notch too, giving you tracking capability to 33 different points of AF. They’ve even thrown in an accelerator unit and an imaging engine for extra flexibility on image quality output and sharpness.

With this camera, Pentax hangs its hat on impressive Pixel Shift technology. Essentially a composite photo mode, Pixel Shift stitches together multiple images to increase sharpness and detail, allowing them to appear to be even beyond the full 36 MP the sensor is capable of. But the real star of this category is the camera's in-body shake reduction which lets you zoom to greater distances and magnifications without fearing blurry shots. Overall, it’s a top-of-the-line camera with the most well-researched image stabilization you’ll find in the Pentax line right now.

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Best Megapixels: Pentax K-1 Mark II

Pentax K-1

The highest megapixel output camera on the list is the Pentax K-1. It includes a whopping 36.4 megapixels with a filter-less CMOS anti-aliasing sensor that includes 33 autofocus points and pixel shift resolution. It also includes a GPS, an electronic compass, as well as astro-tracer, so you can capture stars in low light settings.

The K-1 includes a cross-tilt LCD display with a weather resistant body. It’s able to capture 1080/60i video outputs with a peaked focus in video mode that can assist with manual focusing. It also has one of the highest ISO in its class, packing a whopping 204,800 – making it ideal for capturing subjects in low lighting settings.

If you need GPS more than any other feature, you may find some good options on our list of the best GPS cameras.

Best for Night Vision/Low Light: Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Much like the Pentax K-1, the K-70 provides an ISO of up to 204,800, so it's a great camera to pick for dark and low light atmospheres. But its equipped angle LCD monitor with night vision really make it the best camera on the list for low light settings.

The K-1 is a 24.24-megapixel anti-aliasing dustproof and weather-resistance DSLR camera with in-body shake reduction. It’s weatherproof in 100 areas, allowing for use in harsh environments for travel, landscape and nature photography. Like other Pentax cameras on the list, it also includes built-in Wi-Fi so you can sync and upload your images via Pentax’s dedicated app.

Best Weather-Sealed: Pentax KP

Just because Pentax doesn’t have the same market share as Nikon and Canon, doesn’t mean they don’t offer cameras with competitive specs. The Pentax KP offers a super compact size as well as a weather-sealed body. There’s a 24.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, putting it right smack in the middle of the DSLR field. The electronic shutter speed is pretty impressive at 1/24000 seconds and then there’s Pentax-branded 5-axis shake reduction technology and Pixel Shift Resolution which means your photos will be sharp even with minimal movement. There’s standard autofocus, continuous autofocus, multi-point autofocus and face detection built in as well. Pentax has boosted the KP's ISO sensitivity up to 819,200, which will allow you to shoot in really low light (though you’ll be introducing some noise). The system is compatible with KAF4, KAF3, KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses so you’ll be able to select from a ton of compatible glass for any shooting application. And, as mentioned, it’s completely weather-sealed, allowing you to shoot in even dire conditions, so you won’t miss a photo-perfect moment.

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