Travel size of 17" isn't all that compact.
Why knock off a $250 lens?
XC10- the C stands for' compromised'.
Mssimo: Good to see real innovation, something we have not seen from Canon or Nikon in many years.
@jpino, there's something wrong with you.
muvovum: and once again Oly gets the medal for being the first to introduce the hires mode, when they weren't the first ones. AFAIK it was Hasselblad.
Do you work for Oly or something, or just a fan boy?
Jpino, are you just a Nikon fanboy troll, or did someone at Pentax run off with your wife? I don't get your purpose. If you own Nikon stock and are trying to bump the per share price, fine, but otherwise you are discussing consumer electronics like it's your mother or country.
Jim in Hudson: WiFi -- convenience itemGPS -- adding permanent and sometimes useful information to the image file itself.
There are times I wished I had the Pentax GPS unit but I never bought one and adding location info via Geotracking or map placing into software is by no means the same thing. OTOH, I've never bothered to take my FLUcard out of its package.
Do you two assume everyone shoots pictures in remote or travel locations and gets home and has no idea where they shot something? GPS is of limited use to many. That is an add on feature more than wifi. I take you guys aren't spring chickens loading pics to social media?
Hugo808: I had a go on a Pentax in a shop and it had really noisy autofocus. That was the end of it for me, but are all their lenses missing the ultrasonics of the competition?
But most of their small pancake limited lenses are gorgeous, all metal and little jewels that Canikon has no idea how to make with their big, plastic bulbous lenses. Pentax lenses are like Fuji, some even have slide out integrated hoods. They are fantastic. How you look a plastic blob from Canikon and that excites you is beyond me.
dodgebaena: I too am not a Pentax shooter but I know friends who swear by Pentax, and have heard glowing testimonials. What I don't understand is why more manufacturers don't incorporate an articulating/tilting/swiveling LCD. After I used one with the Canon 60D (I'm now a Sony a99/a7II/RX10 shooter), I can't see myself shooting without one.
I hate this argument about articulating screens and weather sealing. Even the k-2 is weather sealed and has one. That is NOT the reason this doesn't have one. The Sony A7's have it, Olympus EM5m2, the gh4, new nikon FF, all articulating, all weather sealed. If you can weather seal it a little, you can weather seal it a lot.
And the old argument of "pro cameras don't have it" is just old. I didn't realize there's a guideline? Most of you wanting rugged camera keep it in a padded bag, hike out to where a bird is, and stick it on a tripod. Not exactly being a war correspondent in Afghanistan. If a features makes getting the shot easier, it should be on a semi-pro camera, despite vanity. There is no committee that takes away a Michelin star and pro-status if you have one. And btw, has anyone in these forums ever heard a single story about an articulating screen being snapped off? There are plenty about camera drops. Which do you think gives you a better chance of happening first?
JustDavid: Somebody should count the users who use internal flash for wireless trigger and those who will have a great fun using the GPS driven additional functions. My personal opinion is that Ricoh got it right. This was always supposed to be more of a field camera. Now it is the perfect field camera.
You may want to add those that add internal flash for fill. Now the pro's (or snobs) will say you just use a proper flash AT ALL TIMES, but they aren't taking into account how everyone shoots. If you shoot weddings, absolutely. If you take your kids to a birthday party, it's not always realistic for the average citizen to have a beast of a flash always mounted.
And really, if the amount of people that would use gps or an astro tracker each amount to more than 5% of users, I'd be shocked. How many people are really off the grid shooting, or somewhere that when they look back at the photo they'll be like "I have no idea where I took this, wish I had it linked to gps".
But you may be right, it now really is more of a field camera. If you don't shoot birds in the back country, or are a Japanese teen girl that wants a pink camera, maybe Pentax isn't the right brand. It really is an interesting target demographic across the Pentax line now.
Some lenses are screw drive, some have motors. Way to make the wrong assumption. And yes, several kit lenses have silent motors, the new 18-50, the 18-135 and the new 16-85.
Edgar_in_Indy: I might have missed it in the announcement, but is Pentax tracking down K-3 users and removing the built-in flash? And are they no longer selling the K-3 with a built in flash? From how so many people on here are crying, you would think so.
If you need a pop-up, you can buy and/or keep the K-3. If you only occasionally need GPS, then you can buy the ad-on. But if GPS is your priority then you can get the K-3 II.
Seems to me like a smart move for Pentax to give people the option. Especially since a lot of their customers choose Pentax for outdoors/adventurous cameras due to their small size, WR bodies/lenses, and excellent image quality. So having a camera with GPS that caters to those people (who probably rarely need pop-up when shooting landscapes) is a great option.
Yes, because that's the only difference in the two bodies. Thank God nobodies needs will overlap. I mean if you need a flash, you obviously have no use for that pixel shift stuff. Most people buy a camera based on one feature, so thank you for making it crystal clear for everyone.
ttran88: Looks like Pentax's new FF camera will be having sensor shift tech. Thanks Ricoh for innovating when the two market leaders are just hanging loose.
Texinwienny, are you getting paid by Olympus, or just a troll fanboy? You seem really excited to put this camera down and snobhob over the only. What's in it for you?
OMG, how many times can you mention burst rate? You'd think that was the only feature in a camera worth buying it for.
Lenses look nice but certainly top end glass. Has Sony thrown in the towel on making their own e-mounts, thus ensuring every lens for this system comes in over $1,000? It's like if Canon only make L glass.
In before the whining goes full throttle!
What does the ink and paper cost for this thing? If you aren't printing in the field, any other uses for this thing?
Creates ID's. Where was this thing when I was under 21?
Dougbm_2: Maybe it is all the camera most of us really need. If only it was a 1inch sensor.
When did we all start shooting in perfect lighting?