Pentax KF

Pentax KF front
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 684g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Introduced November 2022
  • Previous Model is Pentax K-70
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Pentax KF summary

Pentax KF is Pentax's Entry-Level DSLR camera first announced on November of 2022. The camera uses a 24MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Pentax introduced this camera in order to replace the previous Pentax K-70 (Read Full Comparison)

The KF is scored #2 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and over-all #81 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please try our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Pentax KF family

The Pentax KF is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Pentax-KF front thumbnailPentax KF24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2022
Pentax-K-70 front thumbnailPentax K-70
KF vs K-70
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2016
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Pentax-K-S2 front thumbnailPentax K-S2
KF vs K-S2
20MPAPS-C5.4 fps2015
Pentax-K-500 front thumbnailPentax K-500
KF vs K-500
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Pentax-K-50 front thumbnailPentax K-50
KF vs K-50
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Pentax-K-r front thumbnailPentax K-r
KF vs K-r
12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
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Pentax-K-x front thumbnailPentax K-x
KF vs K-x
12MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009

Pentax KF Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Pentax KF based on things which are usually regarded as important in a camera.

built-in flash
delivers RAW files
does not have anti aliasing filter
features face detection autofocus
features tracking autofocus
focusing manually
good resolution (24 megapixels)
great high ISO (102,400)
great minimum ISO (100)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external mic support
includes HDMI out
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000s)
nice clear screen (1,040 k dots)
screen articulates fully
screen is selfie friendly
screen size is good (3.00")
sensor has phase detect autofocus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
weather sealing
bad battery life (410 CIPA)
does not have headphone support
heavier than competition (684 grams)
slow frames per second (6.0 fps)
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Pentax KF Sensor info

The sensor measurement in the Pentax KF is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor can capture 6000 x 4000 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 100 - 102400. RAW photos are supported so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

Pentax made the decision to skip the anti aliasing filter for the Pentax KF. This will result in more clearer photographs but might create moire in certain circumstances.

The picture underneath displays the KF's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The KF sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Pentax KF dimensions

Pentax KF is 1.51 pounds (684 grams or 24.13 oz) and features outer proportions of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540 grams so the Pentax KF is heavier when compared with its rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Pentax KF alongside a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Pentax KF dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the KF.

Pentax KF topview buttons dials

Pentax KF Lens info

The KF fits the Pentax KAF2 mount and has 17 lenses to select from. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the KF.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Venus-Laowa-25mm-F2.8-2.5-5X-Ultra-Macro-Pentax-KAF2 lensVenus Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro25mmf/2.8400g
Samsung-D-Xenon-16-45mm-F4 lensSamsung D-Xenon 16-45mm F416-45mmf/4.0 365g
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Samsung-D-Xenon-10-17mm-F3.5-4.5-Fisheye lensSamsung D-Xenon 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fisheye10-17mmf/3.5-4.5 320g
Samsung-D-Xenon-100mm-F2.8-macro lensSamsung D-Xenon 100mm F2.8 macro100mmf/2.8 345g
HD-Pentax-DA-55-300mm-F4.0-5.8-ED-WR lensHD Pentax DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED WR55-300mmf/4.0-5.8 466g
Pentax-smc-DA-60-250mm-F4.0-ED-IF-SDM lensPentax smc DA 60-250mm F4.0 ED IF SDM60-250mmf/4.0 1040g
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Pentax-smc-DA-50-135mm-F2.8-ED-IF-SDM lensPentax smc DA 50-135mm F2.8 ED IF SDM50-135mmf/2.8 685g
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Pentax KF Connectivity

The KF has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer pictures and sometimes alter settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Certain applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Pentax KF Video info

The highest possible video quality in the Pentax KF is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance in quality versus file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with much room to crop. Although the camera features a mic jack, it is missing a headphone jack so you won't have the capability to monitor your audio levels.

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Pentax KF Weather Sealing

Pentax KF provides weather proofing making it a great pick to use in tricky environments. This is especially valuable in case you are uncertain about the conditions you might encounter in outdoor photography.

Pentax KF Display and Viewfinder

The Pentax KF houses a 3.00" fully articulated display screen boasting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

It has got a selfie friendly display to get self portraits and even group photos when needed. Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Pentax KF are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.63x

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be very useful.

Pentax KF Shutter info

Pentax KF continuous shooting rate is 6.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/6000 sec.

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Pentax KF Flash and Hot shoe info

Pentax KF boasts both inbuilt flash plus external flash support.

Pentax KF Autofocusing info

Pentax KF boasts both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detect making it useful for portrait photography.

The AF system boasts 11 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for objects that move. Pentax KF supports manual focus in case it is required in low light occasions or you require more precise focus control.

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Pentax KF Battery life

The battery life (D-LI109) on the Pentax KF is built to last for 410 pictures as per the CIPA standards making it lesser compared to its competition. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the best (1900) battery life in this category of cameras.

Following is a number of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Pentax KF for various kinds of photography

The following graph displays a summary of the Pentax KF for various kinds of photography. To check out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Pentax KF

The Pentax KF gets a score of 83 which is outstanding, and means the camera is a brilliant option for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos in addition to the flexibility to utilize external flash.

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you can focus manually
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection autofocus
supports RAW files

Pentax KF Street photography advice

Getting a nice points tally of 73, the Pentax KF is a good choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
great high ISO (102,400)
heavier than others (684g)

Pentax KF Sports photography features

A very good sports photography points tally of 75 indicates the Pentax KF is a fine pick for photographing sports. A camera really should have very good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
environment sealing
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
terrible battery life (410 shots)

Travel photography with Pentax KF

Portability is extremely crucial when choosing a camera for travel. In general, the Pentax KF gets a above average 66 as a travelling camera which is a very decent fit for your journeys.

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weather proofing
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
not so great battery life (410 shots)
more heavy than others (684 grams)

Pentax KF as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Pentax KF and it's great grade of 80 for a landscape camera is a superb fit amongst its rivals.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3.00")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
does not have low pass filter
good ISO range (102,400)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
low battery pack (410 shots)

Pentax KF Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating display, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Pentax KF is a good fit as a vlog camera as it gets a above average score of 73.

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selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have mic socket
heavier than competition (684 grams)

Pentax KF Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the KF, below is a number of the top rated cameras which fall in to the family of Entry-Level DSLR.

The chart followed below shows you a bird's eye view of the KF compared to it's top rated rivals mentioned above.

These are various other cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Pentax KF
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
Resolution of display
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
684 gr (1.51 lb)
Physical dimensions
126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
Battery life
410 photos
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots
Retail price