General Description

The K1000 is very similar to the KM except for the self-timer and DOF preview which only the KM provides. With both cameras, a needle in the viewfinder indicates over-, under-, or correct exposure.

The K1000 was sold more than 2 000 000 times as it was relatively cheap, highly reliable, and highly regarded as the perfect tool for learning photography, as it has no features whatsoever that could distract from composing, focusing and ensuring correct exposure. It is still in great demand today as a used camera and relatively expensive.

From 1976 to 1978, the K1000 was made in Japan. From 1978 to 1990 it was made in Hong Kong. Finally, from 1990 to 1997, it was made in China.

Product Variations
Exact Name K1000 K1000 K1000
Color silver-black gold-brown K1000_go_bl
Year of Introduction 1976 unknown ~ unknown unknown ~ unknown
Catalog Number 04500 unknown unknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount K
Mount Limitations The lens must be set to a numerical aperture
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Release mechanical
Infra-Red Release
Additional Features
Width x Height x Depth 143 x 91.5 x 49 mm
Weight 620 g
Exposure System
Exposure Modes M
Metering Modes with K and M Lenses full-frame
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses full-frame
Meter Material CdS
Exposure Compensation (Step) N/A
Meter Range 3 ~ 18 EV
Manual ISO Range 32 ~ 3200 ASA
Construction mechanical (horizontal)
Material silk
Shutter Speeds 1 ~ 1/1000, B
Mechanical Speeds all
Magnification [Coverage] 0.88x [91%]
Aperture Indication
Shutter-Speed Indication needle
Interchangeable Screens
Power Source
Batteries 1 x 1.5 Volt silver-oxide (A76, SR44) or alkaline (LR44)
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting manual wind lever
Flash System
Command Protocol(s) analog
Synchronization Speed(s) 1/60 ~ 1, B
Built-In Flash
Fitting Case(s) unknown