It is great.
And yes, for those who compare this with GR, GR should be compared to Leica X. Leica Q blows Ricoh GR and its own X out of water not only in speed, focusing speed and processing, but in sheer image quality. Half of these images are impossible to make without an FF sensor, top-tier glass design and 1.7 aperture.
This is the most exciting camera in 2014/2015. A league of its own. Well done Leica.
KPDanny: Hurry for Pentax FULL FRAME coming soon!!!
APS-C sensored GR made a radical step forward, people responded, but that was it. Releasing the same camera again, Ricoh slightly lost the momentum. A pity, because lots of new things could go indise the new GRII, and still make the old version equally viable; say, a 24MP sensor for lots of croppig options, and faster software alone could make GRII sellinga longside the GR, GRII selling at $200 higher.
Once upon a time, during the reign of S. Jobs, they released some code from Safari to the open public, so anyone could benefit from their development. Thanks to that move (calculated?), we had a browser revolution in the smartphone arena, which enabled far better standardisation of mobile UI and experience (something desktop environment never achieved).
Aperture should have been the same. If Apple does not want it, release it to the public. What would be so difficult about that? But I am afraid they did not do that because of Adobe, and because of the strange new ways Apple thinks nowadays, specially about its professional line of products.
After 18 years of Apple after 1998, I think they are at their worst when it comes to care of creative professionals, who once were bread and butter, highly regarded and touted by Apple. But nada anymore — in their videos one can see only celebrities wearing Apple Watches and endless crowd using iPads.
dagobah: Besides the tweaks for these lenses, is there any new functionality in the K-3 firmware that I can look forward to?
Never judge Pentax by the inefficiency of others.Some manufacturers rely heavily on firmware to improve handling and even basic functionality of cameras — which for that reason come almost unusable on the market (think Fuji). Unfortunately, that also includes Ricoh's own cameras, as Ricoh likes adding extra features rather than increasing frequency of new camera releases, and although Ricoh's cameras are refined right out of box. However, Pentax design group delivers on promise, and as advertised. Their firmware updates are refinements, never ground breaking news stuff. Like that they protect their new customers and do not disappoint old customers.
It would be interesting to hear all the remarks about you, if people were judging you only by a badly taken passport photo. Which is about as much as these lab shot are — bad 'representative' photo of a camera. Get some life, people — real life examples show K-S2 is nothing but outstanding camera, like many others are. There really isn't a bad camera out there anymore; all is differentiated in how much you like certain design philosophy. That's all.
Mike FL: Even @base ISO, the Pentax K-S2 is worse than Fuji's low-end old A1.
Or even worse than 1" Sony P&S, or Sam Mini, even Pentax K-S2 uses fixed FL lens with F5.6.
Can some one find a worse APS-C sensor camera like this? other than K-S2's little brother Pentax K-S1.
It would be interesting to hear all the remarks about you, if people were judging you only by a badly taken passport photo.
Sigma Art range? Better say, Sigma Industrial Microscope range.I looked at the landscape pictures and waved off. Why?
Today's trend to insist so much on sharpness of the lens, turn scenes into a flat mishmash of sharply depicted details and no sense of atmosphere, or space someone would want to get into and feel cozy, and not cut onto sharp edges of everything.
Unless one focuses onto something in very close distance, and that blurs the background, the sense of space, much needed and is achieved by the proportionate lack of sharpness, is gone.
I absolutely hate new range of Zeiss and Sigma lenses just for that.
Zvonimir Tosic: Did they change the lens design finally? Still has irritating focus by wire with no tactile feedback? No butter smooth helicoid focusing?/
"Cameras like the X100 reconnect the rest of us with our photography" ... I don't know how focus by wire can someone connect with photography. Even most basic DSLR kit lens has better feeling in use than this "premium" 23/2.
Since when and how "old-fashioned" helicoid action is going the way of dinosaurs? I am puzzled. All major manufacturers, apart from few pretenders and upstarts, still make lenses the "old-fashioned" way.
Did they change the lens design finally? Still has irritating focus by wire with no tactile feedback? No butter smooth helicoid focusing?/
pppp: "But there's currently nothing to touch it in terms of the size/price/image quality balance"
YES, there is the Ricoh GR APS-C !
Have DPR editors moved from Seattle to Jamaica? Anything Ricoh and Pentax — which in every respect surpasses and betters work of their competitors — simply flies over their heads.
But then, to their defense, GR is touted as a tool for serious photographers.
Magazines like Communication Arts are full of stuff like this, and call this photography, but I don't agree with it.
This is actually digital illustration work, but done through elements of photography. So this is not photography per se.
It is staged, and unreal. Same as life in the movie set is not real life of a person, but staged. And we don't call movies real life.
Photography, likewise, is supposed to memorise elements of reality, or, the truth. And even then, when going through a mountain of negatives that showed truth, photographers would look at all of them to pick one where all nuances of truth were the most obvious and overwhelming.
jonnyjonno: so, what's the chance of a new version of the E-5 being built for all those with legacy 4/3 lenses and preference for optical viewfinder?
Both OM-D and XT-1 are shaped the same, to invoke retro SLR look. It is faux-SLR. Otherwise they wouldn't sell. Neither Olympus nor Fuji have ideas about some innovative design. Sony did something with mirrorless crop, but FF A7 series goes same faux-SLR style. Boring. If Nikon did that, or Pentax, they at least have some credit, for they invented that style, and still hold to some PRINCIPLES in life. They did not abandon something to later blatantly copy it again.
Talk that fantasy tale to someone else, please. You contradict the very reason why Olympus fakes the SLR form in OM-D. They do it to be able to sell cameras. OM-D is a greater tribute to SLR design than what Nikon or Canon do. At least they don't need to fake anything.
They threw though the window lots of good principles. Not everything is in new technology, you know, there are many other issues to consider, equally important. When I recall, that I almost bought an E10 and 50-200 ... Ah, good I did not. I don't trust them anymore.
If you like legacy, Olympus is a bad role model.I just wait when they'll drop the m4/3 and try something "new and amazing".
Zvonimir Tosic: Does not matter what this camera is not. But for that what it is, a beautiful and functional little device. Kudos to Panasonic.
I agree with you. I like Panasonic cameras. I always had their Leica counterparts, but they are just as lovely and easy to use.
Does not matter what this camera is not. But for that what it is, a beautiful and functional little device. Kudos to Panasonic.
zakaria: 36 mp with 8.3 frame/second is hard .file is huge!
People who are really dying for 4K video, go and buy real 4K video cameras. Others who demand 4K video in a DSLR, are only moaning and whining while dying in lack of any talent and common sense ...
Mike FL: "We believe that this new product will meet the expectations of our loyal users."
"loyal users"? No kidding.
I bought a Pentax before Ricoh bought Pentax, and it was not a bad camera comparing to Nikon and Canon.
Pentax went to bad since it was adopted by Ricoh.
Ok, One thing that I like amazon is that users/buyers will leave review/"Average Customer Review", as well Amazon has "Amazon Best Sellers Rank".
Pentax K-S1 is the best example of TASTELESS at the best. NOW what's the NORMAL people/buyers thinking about K-S1?
Let's checking the amazon for "Average Customer Review" and "Amazon Best Sellers Rank".
Check it out, and let us know what do u thinking.
Pentax under Ricoh caters for a more varied landscape of users. That is why they experiment with K-01 and K-S1. K-S1 is a great camera in itself, wonderful sensor and features. But it is not styled in a fashion that DPR dwellers can appreciate. The problem with that camera was its initial price. Everything else is fine.