“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” ― Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer and photojournalist
If this camera allows people same that aim Dorothea talks about, then it is a perfect camera for all those who find it sufficing and made for their taste, and I can see, many can. I wouldn't mind either.
Everything else, like 80% of nonsense in these comments, is irrelevant.
This one's specially designed by Marb Woodson ... :)
Yes, and I *almost* got married to Kate Middleton.
SayCheesePlease: camera, technology, optics, wood veneer- one of these things doesn't belong
I appreciate DPR posting these press releases
but what is Ricoh thinking?
What did people think this really is? In reality, this is just a marketing dept way of saying "oh look, we have a camera too — now it is out of big headlines because it is 7 months old, but here's a colour splash to make it one extra headline somewhere". They'll do the same in several months again.
The whole point of difference between Hasselblad and Ricoh in this is that the old dad Ricoh is fancying his own pipe in his latest preferred wooden finish.
I wonder when Nikon will do the same with the Coolpix A? Next year is the year of Horse according to Chinese calendar, and last time Nikon did something like this was the year of Dragon. So maybe Nikon will saddle up something for 2014?
Zvonimir Tosic: This is ingenious and well-played move from Ricoh: when everyone else in the industry is announcing newest FFs and latest lens designs, Ricoh announces more colours. If Ricoh Theta camera doesn't come in piano black, I'd be hugely disappointed.
Wife (Pentax) has a weird old stepfather who fancies to smoke his own pipes in various wooden finishes. This is the latest one ...
RussellInCincinnati: Also what is the compelling need for Ricoh to innovate in this camera class at this moment? The GR is all of, what, 6 months old? Is there another camera with quite this low weight/size, and quite this lens quality that also has an APS-C or larger sensor?
Could see making fun of Ricoh's "lack of innovation" as evidenced by this cosmetic announcement, if the Ricoh GR was years old and way behind the times, say. Which would be true if you could buy an APS-C camera now with a noticeably sharper lens, or significantly less weight, or one that produces noticeably less noisy raw files. What would that much more modern camera be?
Not at all. The GR is a very fine camera indeed. But what kind of world there would be if Ricoh doesn't deserve a well-meaning stab in the ribs, but only mindless praises?
This is ingenious and well-played move from Ricoh: when everyone else in the industry is announcing newest FFs and latest lens designs, Ricoh announces more colours. If Ricoh Theta camera doesn't come in piano black, I'd be hugely disappointed.
jande9: Does this mean that if you shoot with flash you will get moire? Most flashes are quicker than 1/1000.
Only if you point the camera towards your kilt ... In all other instances, there'll be no moire.
Ouch .. I mean, I think the Rx100 was really good. But I don't get the Rx10. Why replicate the AXXXX approach?
ogl: DPREVIEW - why did you put 560 frames with battery?
720 frames without flash and 560 with 50% flash.
Ogl, I can bet people will muster on average more than both numbers. Using a standard battery, K5 users go well above the 1,000 shots — 50% more than what "official" numbers say. Official numbers are usually the worst case scenarios.
Amateurbob: In the days of film Pentax was my camera of choice. I had a Pentax ME that I really liked. Pentax was known for high quality compact cameras and lenses. Compact is not Pentax’s forte today. They are leaving that to Sony. Pentax cameras are big and bulky. The older Pentax film lenses I now use on a Sony Nex camera. However, using a 35mm film lens on an APS camera must result in lower resolution than would be obtained on full frame. The lines per mm may be the same, but the number of mms is less. If I could afford it, I would be more interested in the upcoming Sony FF Nex for my older Pentax lenses than anything Pentax offers. If Pentax came out with an FF k-01 with view finder I would be very interested.
A question for those in the know: if moiré can be controlled by shaking the sensor, can it be equally controlled by post processing software simulating shaking the sensor? If so why add the extra complexity to the camera and why not use such software on any camera?
Are you talking about compact cameras, or about compact systems? There is nothing compact about Sony Nex camera and a zoom lens on it. On the other hand, in DSLR terms, Pentax is still very compact system, and has many compact lenses for DSLRs. But then again, chasing ultimate compactness often defies common sense, as it cripples usability and emotional confidence of a photographer holding a reliable tool in hands (which are not infant's hands in size).
Zvonimir Tosic: Ricoh to Pentax is now same as what Asahi Optical was to Pentax. Neither "invented" Pentax, but bought it. Remember the times when Asahi letters were *engraved* above the Pentax letters on every single pentaprism, on millions of cameras?At least Ricoh is more subtle and is signing off at the back of the camera. So read it as a signature: "We at Ricoh, now recognised as world leaders in sustainable technologies and brand stewardship, are proud to deliver to you this Pentax camera, made to excite you and exceed your expectations". Ricoh is recognised as one of most ethical companies in the world; please check your facts guys.
Check the encyclopaedia guys, I'm not going to waste my keyboard.
limlh: Nothing is mentioned about the rumored multi-pattern wb. If true, this must be the best feature of the k-3.
I'd rather DPR to change their mindset in assessment of "facts" to the scientific standard, like, avoiding using vague and incorrect statements "we had a feeling that this worked like this 4 years ago", like they did in the E-M1 "review". And stated utter nonsense that damages the brand. Now same goes for MAWB on Pentax K-3 — to them "it didn't work well on a Ricoh camera of 4 years ago". So what? How it works now, measurably, and under the *official firmware on a production camera* — not what you presume "from the back of your mind".
Madaboutpix: Wow, those specs and first impressions sure sound auspicious! Still shooting my trusty old K-7, I suspect that now it's about time to stop skipping upgrades and start some serious saving-up for a K-3 body. I may have to wait, perhaps for years to come, but finally I hope I will get one of these. It may not make me a better photographer, yet I'm definitely itching for this tool.
As for all the fretting about the Ricoh logo below the K-3's LCD, the recent announcements, both in the camera and the lens department, make me fairly hopeful about the future of the K-mount system. Pentax's new owners may be best known for their photocopiers, but they strike me as people who care about photography. And yes, as such, they might actually be kind of proud to display their company name on a Pentax-branded body ...
Yet another copier company, Canon, seem to be world's most selling traditional camera brand, and knows a lot about photography.
ET2: Here is demo of Flucard but it should work with any camera.
Looks like this system is camera agnostic.
Waxvaine, ET2 and Anastigmat are on the holy cruFFade. In their dictionary there is no letter A. Everything starts with F. :)
Ricoh to Pentax is now same as what Asahi Optical was to Pentax. Neither "invented" Pentax, but bought it. Remember the times when Asahi letters were *engraved* above the Pentax letters on every single pentaprism, on millions of cameras?At least Ricoh is more subtle and is signing off at the back of the camera. So read it as a signature: "We at Ricoh, now recognised as world leaders in sustainable technologies and brand stewardship, are proud to deliver to you this Pentax camera, made to excite you and exceed your expectations". Ricoh is recognised as one of most ethical companies in the world; please check your facts guys.
KariIceland: Marc newson is a terrible designer and is known for the worst camera design in human history, marc you should be FIRED, and apple designing a camera? God help us all.
So how come Apple has silently become the most influential camera manufacturer overnight?
This is why Apple sells more cameras than anyone else today, and is totally redefining our photography taking experience. Camera manufacturers have little to no clue how to design an interesting camera today, and are losing market rapidly. While nerds moan about oily spots in their FF cameras, new brilliantly designed iPhones and advanced cameras in them substitute more and more photography needs. So before we nerds wake up, the photography tools as we knew them will be a lone iceberg melting in a vast ocean.
I salute Johnny and Marc; world class design. Camera manufacturers: note a few good lessons. Pentax at least tried, and succeeded well with K-01.
Bjorn_L: Impressive specifications except for the battery capacity and the alluded to sub-par for class focus speed.
The problem I see is most of the features are designed to make for a more impressive specification sheet rather then a better DSLR.
I understand it is necessary to check certain boxes in your spec sheet to keep up with the Jones-es, but I have been more impressed with the blistering frames per second if the AF speed was equally fast. I am more concerned about getting 1 shot in perfect focus quickly then getting 8.3 shots in poor focus. If the AF module is not top-shelf, then such a fast burst rate is of not much use since tracking is not going to be faster then the AF unit.500 shots per battery is really poor for a DSLR. Worse then entry level cameras let the alone the high competitors to the k3.
That said, I am happy Pentax continues to offer their take on what a useful camera looks like. I wish everyone would offer low price weather sealed lenses (for example)
Plastek, I'm not claiming anything, but Panasonic has put in their brochure some data, and according to their tests, K5II camera has more precise and faster AF than Nikon D7000. Note the word precise.Re K-3, hold your breath as well, because all cameras given for previews were preproduction cameras running on v.0.x fimrware, with some AF options still unavailable. .