princecody: How does the IQ of this compare to the Fuji X100T? Why no viewfinder built in or included?
There is a virtue is keeping the EVF technology separate from the camera. EVF is still developing fast, but the camera may outlast a few generations of EVFs. I appreciate Leica's approach because they don't want cameras to become outdated next year because of the in-built EVF that sinks its value.
If Fujifilm had to make a lens rivalling or outclassing those from Leica (even X type), you could not afford any of Fujifilm's camera. Fujifilm cameras are reasonably good. Not brilliant.
arndsan: no enjoyable photo experience without a viewfinder !!!
There is an external one. I think it is the best approach. When the EVF technology changes, or if you want a different EVF (horses for courses), instead of changing the whole valuable camera you upgrade external EVF only.
Zvonimir Tosic: A big feat for a small manufacturer. Leica out-shined all the Japanese at this Photokina. Well done Leica. I like how Leica diversified its crop choices:
Leica X with new f1.7/23 mm opticsLeica XE with retracting f2.8/24mm optics (same as X2, no video unfortunately)Leica X-Vario with a zoom lens.Leica T system camera, now with 4 lenses, that very much cover everything from 16mm to 200mm equivalent.
Add to this new D-Lux, new M bodies, new S bodies, lenses, etc.
That lens alone is worth the money.
AngryCorgi: "The combined fast lens and superior glass allows for the brilliant and clear images one expects from Leica."
Superior to what? The bottom of a coke-bottle?? This is the most useless marketing comment I've ever read.
Superior compared to its peers. That is presumed.
A big feat for a small manufacturer. Leica out-shined all the Japanese at this Photokina. Well done Leica. I like how Leica diversified its crop choices:
Zeiss 2/35 is one of the finest 35mm FoV lenses. Absolutely beautiful rendering and optical quality.I don't expect Distagon 1.4/35 to be any lesser lens. Good price too.
phazelag: It seems you either get these cameras or you don't. I finally dipped my toe in the DP waters with a DP3 Merrill and I love it. The images are worth it and the shooting experience is pure photography. I want this series. I will get all three eventually.
Pure photography .. You mean, a top-ofthe-head excuse for an experience of being horridly slow, and that you need change battery every 40 shots?
Fuji is on fire -- good times and lots of optimism. A beautiful new lens.
EHDesigns: Hmm, Could it be a repackaged/re-branded PIXPRO Kodak SD1 from JK Imaging?
It is not not .. what? It is just sprinkled with extra seasoning it look a tad different, but even the specs and lens and basic shape are same.Same as the Pentax MX-1 is same as Oly XZ-2 and is in truth a Sanyo OEM product.
Xentinus: It smells Pentax lol
It's not Pentax. It's a rebadged and cosmetically altered OEM product. http://kodakcamera.jkiltd.com/Americas/cameras/activeCam/sp1.php
It does. Same as in case with that cheap long zoom bridge camera repainted as Pentax.
Actually this is a cross between the mirrorless design we see in many manufacturers, and a DSLR design we don't so often (like 100% pentaprism). Users familiar with the mirrorless have an interface and grip similar to that of a mirrorless world, and DSLR users have many benefits of the DSLR.If you look at it that way, it makes perfect sense.
What is the 14-42mm lens mentioned next to MSRP?There is no such lens in the lineup. Sounds more like m4/3 lens copied from somewhere ...
It is 250g lighter than the K-3. Also lighter and smaller than the K50/K500.Different engine, new UI. Can this UI be upgraded in the K3 via firmware?
toomanycanons: I like the 20mp, built-in stabilization and the faux-no-AA-filter mode. Does Pentax have other cameras with this sensor? Only time will tell about the IQ and noise factor but...I like this camera!
I believe this 20MP sensor is now de factp manufacturer's replacement for the old 16MP one (from the age of K5, which made that sensor particularly famous). I believe we can expect future Pentax cameras to employ 20 and 24 MP sensors.
Alex Sarbu: "The K-S1's closest competitors are the Canon SL1 (EOS 100D) and Nikon D3300, both of which have lower MSRPs (not to mention street prices) and are equally capable.""Equally capable"? Even the viewfinders, or the AA-less viewfinder (with AA filter simulator)?Street prices shouldn't even be mentioned when talking about a newly announced camera's MSRP.
Closest competitors in DPR's own mind and their own categorisation of things, not in real life. This camera is obviously designed not to conform stereotyped categorisation.
Price is not a negative point because the cost of K-S1 is not associated with any similar model. The design is all new. Say, Nikon D3300 is cheap because there is nothing in it that makes it stand aside from D5xxx whatever. It is even more dumbed down that any Nikon's model. Same goes for Canons.The K50 was cheap because it was built on K5, K5II, K30, etc. tech. This model is brand new, and it involves all new imaging engine, new parts, new tech, new design. You cannot compare that approach of Pentax with Nikon's or Canon's strategy of putting technological waste in low end products.
Mike Hiran: Some positives: - being able to use my smart phone for live view, change focus and adjust cam settings with an optional Flu Card- no AA with AA simiulator- small compact size- has in body lens motor and compatibility with all k mount with stabilization for all of them- pentaprism viewfinder w/ .95 magnification
Some negatives- more expensive than the k50?! - single control wheel- ergonomics seem iffy- kit lens does not match style of the camera - I think a small prime like the DA40, DA35, or DA21 would look awesome on this, especially in silver
Some whatevers- led lights? don't like em, turn them off
Price is not a negative point because of the cost K-S1 has is not associated with no similar model. Say, Nikon D3300 is cheap because there is nothing in it that makes it stand aside from D5xxx whatever. It is even more dumbed down that any Nikon's model.The K50 was cheap because it was built on K5, K5II, K30, etc. This model is brand new, and it involves all new imaging engine, new parts, new tech. You cannot compare that with Nikon's or Canon's strategy to put technological waste in low end products.
DPR's final words are off the base and common sense, because first the camera is established as a mid-level camera -- as Ricoh Imaging stated -- but then DPR compared it to Nikon's and Canon's entry low-level cameras and their price.
Well, such a paradoxical conclusion. Reminds of the same problem they had with the Q7. Can we expect better from the DPR than its usual guesswork? Is Pentax brain really guilty for challenging common misconceptions about cameras and how they should look?
Put a Canon logo on K-S1, and odes of praise would follow, "Canon decided to put a 100% view pentaprism, removed AA filter, uses brand new sensor and not one 5 years old as usual .. whoa! Camera of the year!"