Dave Oddie: Always liked Pentax cameras but they have "done a Sony" here. Added some new stuff which is good and removed some old stuff which is useful.
As a Sony A77 shooter I was annoyed Sony removed the GPS from the A77II so was interested to see it added to this new Pentax. GPS is a feature I find genuinely useful.
Then I noticed they removed the built in flash. While no one ought to use those as the main flash they are very useful for providing fill-in on a sunny day even if only for holiday snapshots.
I also have Metz ring flash which uses the built in flash as a controller in wireless mode that that would not work with this camera.
Why do Japanese camera manufacturers give with one hand and take with the other?
Why can't improved models be just that? All the good stuff in the old one with additional features/improvements without removing other features?
... not to mention its signature weather sealing ;)
Even so would it be nice not to have to fiddle with all those extra stuff. Most people I know don't have a home studio, and that is not what Pentax have in mind for the typical the K3II user with its GPS and astrotracer imaging capabilities.
Would be nice not to carry all those extra stuff, and just concentrate on taking a good picture.
Of course it will be another camera; a better one. Built in flash for outdoor fill in, and as a commander for wireless slaves. One less flash to carry. Who says have to use on-board flash for primary illumination? Articulated screen for shooting movies and for shooting from awkward angles, and touch sensitive for instant selection of focus points and shutter release which is more instantaneous and responsive than pushing and scrolling with flimsy and fidgety buttons.
I don't think Pentax will share its (superior to Olympus) pixel shift tech. with Samsung for nothing either.
onesoul: Why no swivelling, flippy touch-screen? Are Pentax 'serious' in this day and age about making a splash with such fierce competition around?
They have built in WiFi and swiveling flippy screen on the K-S2. Seems like they are not serious about video yet on the K3II.
Hopefully Pentax will release the K3IIs where we get back the built-in flash, and include new features such as next generation APSC sensor (perhaps like the 28 MP BSI in the Samsung NX1), articulated touch screen, built-in WiFi, and 4K video. I don't mind if it gets a little bulkier. As is, it's not worth it for existing K3 users to upgrade.
K-3 II's in-body image stabilizer now provides 4.5 stops of shake reduction with enhancements in panning and subject tracking. I'm curious how well this is implemented in video mode.
vesa1tahti: No integrated flash? It means, not a modern camera. D7200 wins. Cheers.
My 2006 Pentax K100D is modern. It has flash.
sandy b: Nice looking upgrade to a great camera. Pentax maybe be small but they are giants at keeping their customers happy. I can't afford two systems, if I could, this would be the camera.
For your eyes and/or imagination maybe. Post some sample comparisons between full frame and APSC so I can see what you see.
Then Fujifilm sure do have many good reasons not to sell any. Anything Arias said that you disagree with? The benefits of FF is marginal at best, and not worth the costs and bulk to most photographers.
They sure keep customers that are not interested in FF happy. Most don't have a a need for FF, and don't want to lug around expensive, heavy, bulky cameras and lenses. Get educated about "full frame".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHYidejT3KY
Mssimo: Good to see real innovation, something we have not seen from Canon or Nikon in many years.
I'd like to buy Nikon D810 at Pentax K3 price. Don't laugh until you show me where to get it.
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.
The Nikon D750 with articulated screen is weather sealed. So are the Fuji X-T1, Olympus EM5II, etc. No excuse not to have articulated screen due to weather sealing. Articulated screen is essential for video enthusiasts.
Dimit: So much trouble for m43 ???Olympus makes great cameras but nullifies itself by not upgrading to ff.Pitty..
Dimit, since when does going big, heavy and bulky an upgrade? For m43 users that's a downgrade.
blink667: Olympus creates beautiful looking camera bodies, but I never understood why they wouldn't get involved with FF on at least one of their models. It's almost as if they're impervious to market trends.
Why would Olympus want to get involved with FF? Why should they create a new set of lenses for FF instead of diversifying and improving on what they have? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHYidejT3KY
munchaussen: oh yeah! selfies are more important than EVFs...
-was that sarcasm?
-nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo-was that sarcasm?
I'd rather have that toy on board for fill-in flash than having to carry around one like the Panasonic LX100.
With the fully articulating screen, I look forward to a major improvements in movie mode.
EHDesigns: I might buy a Pentax FF if it ever gets released, but what I really want now from Pentax is a K-3 replacement (effectively) that retains the best of the K-3 (build quality, IQ, ergonomics), but improves on auto focus, including continuous/predictive tracking, and video to compete with the Canon 7D II, the Samsung NX1, and the Sony a77II. And, I want a 16-50 f/2.8 zoom that offers reliability along with excellent IQ, and of course weather sealing.
Don't forget the fully articulating LCD, preferably with touch screen.
Sdaniella: another LX-series Lumix part-time ES-LV only (x)fixed rear screen (x) ... touchscreen AF? (✓) or not? (x)rainbow evf (x) ... fixed angle evf (x)manual aperture ring on lens (✓) ... or select-by-wire in only 0.5 EV increments!!? (x) or 1/3 EV (✓)?manual focus ring on lens (✓) ... or select-by-wire? (x)no manual zoom ring (x) ... toggled zoomshutter speed dial (but only 1.0 EV increments!!?) (x)hotshoe (✓) ... tack-on mini speedlight ... (x)tripod mount offset from lens center axis (x)insubstantial grip (x)24-75mm eq.ff.fov zoom (✓: 24 fov wide) f/1.7-2.8 luminance (x2.2 crop)10.9-34mm zoom:max.ap.diam (wide): 10.9/1.7 = 6.4mm (f/3.7 eq.ff.dof)max.ap.diam (tele): 34/2.8 = 12.1mm (f/6.2 eq.ff.dof)4k video (✓) ... manual? (✓) or auto only? (x)AE comp 1/3 increments (✓)
Sdaniella, any other manufacturer using BSI CMOS for 4/3 and larger sensors?