Pentax KP 24.32 Ultra-Compact Weatherproof DSLR with 3" LCD, Black
Update April 4, 2020 Yes I continue to use my KP constantly. You will notice underwater pics I added. Yes the KP has gone diving in a https://www.amazon.com/DiCAPac-WP-S10-DSLR-Camera-Waterproof/dp/B00169HXW2/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=underwater+housing+digipac&qid=1586025856&sr=8-2 housing in Hawaii on two separate trips. Have done more birding with KP as well and like using it with my DFA150-450 giving me an effective 275-688mm KP has been operating in 4 degs in Michigan during winter outings and heat and humidity of Hawaii.
Reviews are very subjective, and what may be important to some are inconsequential to others, so I will only comment on what makes this camera a five star item to me: fantastic photos; durability; ease of use; fairly priced; nice size. I have used other brand cameras so do have a base of comparison. Pentax is constantly criticized for its AF system, but I find the KP is more than acceptable and very accurate, especially with the newer DC and PLM motorized lenses. I like to take my time when photographing and never do rapid frame shooting, so speed is of no interest to me. No 4K video? I don't care. Poor ergonomics and/or grip? I don't use cameras one-handed so its form factor suits me just fine. Pricey? Have you noticed the prices on new cameras from other brands in the same category? This is not a beginner model. Poor battery life? It may not last as long as older dslrs like my K-5, but it lasts longer than many popular mirrorless cameras. I know, because I have a few of them, too. To be fair, I like my Fuji too, but I like the KP more. I take a lot of indoor photos in very dim light lighting without flash, and of the cameras I own, the KP has the best high ISO quality. I must mention the SR on this camera is a definite advantage over non-stabilized systems. It's too bad that Pentax doesn't get more marketing attention. They make fine cameras, not just electronic gadgets.
Picture quality has been fantastic with image stabilization that's been rock solid. Loving the 3 wheel control - so nice to have one wheel be for iso, another wheel for shutter speed, and another for aperture - the exposure triangle is so much easier to optimize. This has a large optical viewfinder, which I prefer - things in a computer screen often look a bit different than the real world so that's why I don't like electronic viewfinders as much.
Since Pentax hasn't come out with a Replacement yet for the Flagship K-3II this KP is it !
First of all, you really have to know what you want to shoot before you buy any camera. Consider size, lens selection, video/image quality, etc. I've had the KP for a couple of months and here are my observations and why I think it deserves 5 stars:
I was thinking of writing a long review, extolling the virtues of this camera. However, the review by Stan C. pretty much says it all (well written, Stan!)
I bought this to upgrade myself from my K-30, which I was very happy with (until it developed the infamous K-30 aperture block problem). But I'm also very glad I upgraded to this KP, even while my K-30 was still fully functional. The KP has worked perfectly for me so far, and its image quality is stunning! I appreciate many of the little touches that make this a more pro-level upgrade from the more entry-level K-30, such as the KP's tilting screen and its third wheel. I have that wheel set to ISO, as I suspect most KP owners do. So all three values of the Exposure Triangle are on easily-accessible wheels when shooting full manual, as I usually do these days.
I was looking for compact Pentax body to replace my Pentax k-30. Since Pentax still don’t have mirrorless systems, this was my choice. And I’m totally satisfied. It’s quite fast and sensor is very sensitive. Plus metal body and compact size, which doing this model very reliable. Wifi support and possibility to use external gps for night stars shots.
Stunning image quality, ergonomic control layout, intuitive menu system, solid, compact and rugged build, speedy, responsive, with the beautiful Pentax colours. Nothing bad to say. Pair it with one of the amazing Pentax Limited primes and your photos will shine.
I have been using Pentax cameras since the 1980's. In transistion to each new offering, it just gets better. The camera is well built, solid, all lenses still fit... It is the perfect camera for my needs... from macro images to astrophotos.
Muchas ventajas por todos conceptos, siendo la mejor de todas las Pentax, y compitiendo en algún sentido con la K1. Cuerpo sólido, bien sellado, altas prestaciones de enfoque, gran definición a ISO alto, sin problemas a 6400. Marca poco conocida en México y AL, pero compitiendo en ocasiones con las mejores del mundo y a menores precios. También cuenta con excelente óptica. Un hallazgo definitivo.
Great compact DSLR. Great upgrade from my KR. Packed with features the kp still represents good value for money. If you already have the matching glass it's a good pick.
With 18-35 Sigma. Just fantastic
great product. definitely a a great system to use. Just remember that you also need lenses.
Easy to use, very good image quality. The best APS-C camera from Pentax.
Does not fit as nicely in my hands as my Pentax K200D did. Shutter button not in natural position. There is no “scene” selection but the camera settings can compensate. Better have a good memory on how to set camera when not on auto mode.