Review: Pentax K1 Mk II (A Camera That Was Born to be Wild)

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The Pentax K1 Mk II is a solid camera, but does it offer enough to make it a viable choice in 2019?

The Pentax K1 Mk II was launched in March of 2018 with little fanfare. Its predecessor the K1 launched in 2016 and made much more of an impact due to the fact that it was Pentax’s first Full Frame DSLR. The camera introduced features that had never been seen before in a DSLR, and the 36 Megapixel sensor was capable of producing beautiful images. So why was there so little excitement in regards to the K1 Mk II? The Pentax K1 Mk II is almost the exact same camera as the K1. The body is the same, the sensor is the same, the main image processing unit is the same; the only changes are an additional processing unit which works in tandem with the main processor, a slightly faster autofocusing system, higher ISO output, and a new handheld pixel shift mode. Are these updates really enough to make it a worthwhile buy over the now cheaper, Pentax K1?
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The Updated Pentax K1 Mk II Improves on Image Quality First and Foremost

The new Pentax K1 Mk II is looking to improve where it matters the most.

I really liked the Pentax K1, and so when we found out about the new Pentax K1 Mk II I was very intrigued to see how the company would improve the camera. To date, I genuinely believe it and the Nikon D850 to be the best DSLR cameras in the industry–but the Pentax was starting to show its age. When it arrives next month in April, I’m also not sure many Pentaxians will necessarily want to or need to upgrade to it. Let’s take a look at the new Pentax K1 Mk II, right before WPPI.

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