Dirk Nuary: Always pricey, why?
Because people are willing to pay for it.
GRUBERND: does the oled DOF adjust to the intended print size? and how do we enter that? maybe some back-and-forth dialing on the focuswheel..
in my unhumble opinion DOF-scales - and also DOF buttons on D/SLRs with optical viewfinder - are pretty much a useless and totally overrated pseudofeature with effectively no reallife application. and i still have to find a single AF-lens where at least the focus-distance is displayed correct and can be used for focussing without any optical check.
That would be very useful feature... Ideally if one could set a circle of confusion in the camera menu. Actually, maybe they could just put a DOF calculator and hyperfocal distance on the LCD screen.
Alex Sarbu: Finally, being able to use both the GPS and a flash! (albeit external) ;-)
Very tempting. Better SR (with panning), improved AF, pixel shift resolution - on top of an already excellent camera. Too bad I'm waiting for the FF.
Good point. The O-GPS1 would block an internal flash and take the hot shoe away.
paulski66: Where's the d810 review? That camera has been out for a year now, and here we're getting hands-on previews for just-announced, not-even-released cameras.
Just look at that. We got caught off guard and lost the lead in feeling doomed.
So when are we going to have the K-3 II review already? It's been many, many minutes since it's been announced!
Seriously though, thanks for the hands-on.
K0d: It does have optional WiFi built in.http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/en/misc/Flucard-Pentax-16GB-O-FC1.htmlUpgradeable, full network compatibility and multiple OS - Just take out the card and its in flight mode.
K3-II is $100 cheaper than the Nikon D7200, so that difference can be put in to WiFi card. I too think it's a good solution.
Muqdad: Why am I not convinced the reason for abandoning the excellent, wireless controller flash, is to make room for a GPS unit? Miniaturization made me expect GPS to be found in even the cheapest of smartphones without it needing significant "room". Actual GPS units are very tiny, with negligible space requirement.
Flash housing is for the antenna. If they needed this much space, the trade off would be potentially better sensitivity, or a shorter time for searching for satellites. They will likely bundle this camera with AF201G anyway.
Reinhard136: no flash ???? k3 just committed suicide for me. That was such an excellent feature.
It's a bit of a gamble, but I think that I would rather have the GPS than a flash.GPS module is $200, while an external flash will be much more usable and cheaper.
I think many current owners of K-3s will concur with that. I can't think of a last time when I used a built-in flash in a K-3, but I can recall a couple of instances when I wanted an astrotracer.
Yoggie: I will take GPS over wifi every day; but not having a flash is a deal breaker.
Yes, they should make a small, inexpensive weather proof flash and add it as a combo with the camera*.
*AF201G added at little to no cost to current K-3 deals.
crashpc: Canon killer. Grass definitely IS greener out there!
Maybe not greener, but that green will be more accurate in multi-exposure. :P
Michel F: At $200 less it could be appealing for budding macro shooters on a tight budget but I don't understand how this product can be relevant in a crowded market segment of 90-105mm macro lenses that are already excellent.
A 150 or 200mm manual focus macro f/3.5 to f/4 manual with a similar price tag would make much more sense.
Me thinks that if the price doesn't go down substantially Samyang will be stuck with a product that doesn't sell.
I got the tamron 172E, an autofocus 90mm F2.8 for $199, from KEH. So it was actually very easy to get...
And of course you intentionally skipped the Pentax's selfie stick!
it will have a built-in copier.
That is some sloppy manufacturing. Cameras are supposed to be precision tools and cost a lot of money and this looks like a misalignment of almost a millimeter, way below available manufacturing standards.
completelyrandomstuff: What is pale blue between Pentax and Panasonic in CSC? Ricoh? Leica?
I mean the pale blue, that ends abruptly with the end of 2013. I guess it's got to be Ricoh.
What is pale blue between Pentax and Panasonic in CSC? Ricoh? Leica?
That camouflaged camera will be really hard to find when you drop it in the forest.
It is difficult to find full resolution images from this camera. Most, if not all I found were in a tiny 400x300 px box that does no say much about it.
Roland Karlsson: Hmmmm .... whatever it can do - it sure is ugly.
Thankfully you won't be taking pictures of it too often.
smafdy: As with most of their camera line up, Pentax offers the best in-class bang for the buck of any camera manufacturer. Considering the price point of this cam, leapfrogging the 'full frame' format is a valid product development strategy.
As for the two photogs in the article, the latter might be happier with an iPhone.
I think the second writer would like a Holga, for its magic, or perhaps a lomo konstruktor.
The Davinator: I've been enjoying my 645Z for a few months now. It is a fantastic tool that gives 4x5 film a serious run for its money. Once you get used to its files for landscape, 35mm FF seems puny in comparison.
If 70% difference is insignifican, then APS-C vs FF argument is pointless too. Yet it continues going on and on.