Rebranding and re-named, Hasselboobs.
First of all, Sony will have technology a bit more advanced by the time this rolls out, so, it will be stale on arrival. Secondly, who are they targeting? Leica people are most likely as they will pay most anything for the chance to get a red dotted camera. Thirdly, if it really will look like this it will be easy to identify the idiot in any large crowd if he/she is clutching on to one of these gems...
smatty: Still sticking to a 230,000 Pixel LCD is dissapointing. An upgrade to 460,000 pixel would have brought this camera semi- up to date while still leaving enough of a gap to the M (10)...
an upgrade to a stripped down camera? are you okay?
Leica is so full of itself and this move shows it. They are highly confident that even when they throw s**t cameras out there there is a group of folks so desperate for a Leica they will mortgage their homes or go without eating for the little red dotted camera to be in there silly little hands. Show me a photographer with one of these and I will show you a fool.
will this be a digital Leica that actually earns some respect as a camera body?
Panasonic needs to retire this line. At best, it is a decent video camera. That's it. Boring and shows how the m43 is nearing the end of the road. Maybe they ought to merge two m43 sensors together for some real estate to build on?
Another cool camera. For me, I don't see spending a heft chunk of cash on a camera that has a paltry feature set just to get a full frame. That is true whether it is this of the D600.
I like Sony's many innovations in the past several years. Having said that, I am not so down with full-frame camera beasts anymore. The evolution of smaller sensors Plus, lenses designed for digital sensors, have closed the gap between full-frame and non-full frame in terms of image quality. Add to this the level of detail possible with these APS-C sized sensors and the great dynamic range from some of them and you really have a tough decision to make when determining how a larger sensor is going to either help, or be needed with your photography.
In the not so distant future, the full-frame reference will be gone, courtesy of a newly sized sensor that could be larger or smaller than the almost forgotten 35mm equivalent that camera manufacturers are raking consumers over the coals cost-wise for.
I have arrived at the opinion that Sony doesn't put useable AEB on most of its cameras because its shutter life isn't anything to write home about. I know it's on the a77, but that's it.
It is laughable that the Raw files used here look to have far more chroma noise that the a55 output. First, I abhor chroma noise. Secondly, how can you post this comparison and then fail to acknowledge this difference?
I have to say; this camera is butt-ugly as it is and worse yet with the ovf on it. I cannot see this first edition doing extremely well with the real enthusiast crowd...
love it. it is just a shame that Sony's lens line is weak and this is what keeps me from coming back. You shouldn't have to use great old glass and shoot manual, or, spend $1000 for the one decent lens Sony puts out.
I will make my usual complaint about a lack of AEB range. At least the shutter speed isn't as bad as the full-framer.
If only the 35 f2 was affixed permanently for $1399 I would get there. I am dreaming, I know.
JackM: Awesome, but I'll wait until it's $2000.
$999 with evf...which by the way is God awful ugly.
Sweet point and shooter. Totally wiffs with ridiculously weak top shutter speed and STILL no decent AEB range. Are you kidding me with the optical viewfinder price? Forget evf price...forgetaboutit!!!
Love Sony cameras but they continue to make it all it could be. That's my ass ache list, it's short but enough to keep me far away.
Catalana: Well, there it is. No need to get exited about the near future anymore. Thank you Pentax, for helping me make the decision to move to a system with a clear upgrade path. Weather sealing and ergonomics can only take you so far.
not sure what this means. Clear upgrade path? Why should there be one at all? Do you and other of your ilk require a camera maker to tell them that they have to progress through a line of cameras so can achieve photography mastery? I don't think so. People get cameras based on: the available $$ they have, the level of interest they have, their perceived skill level to handled various cameras.
El Profe: Somehow Pentax was able to improve the best 16MP's camera currently available in the market. The one I am planning to get is the K5-IIs due to not having an Anti-Alising filter since due to this it is supposed to have more resolution (sharper details) and less noise than a 24MP's APS-C sensor. Plus due to the improvements in auto focus in lower light conditions and the better focus tracking. The only thing that people having other brands of camera use to complain about the K5. The issue of not having an articulating LCD is not important to me since I don't need (or want) an articulating LCD anyway except for turning the LCD backwards when not using the camera to protect the LCD. But I am going to wait a few months to see if Pentax decides to make a full frame version of the K5-IIs before I actually buy it because I already have too many APS-C cameras and the camera I really want to buy is a FF camera.
Funny stuff. Hope you enjoy your beginner's DSLR.
By babola (2 hours ago)
Nope, sorry but the current best 16MP camera is Nikon d5100. Plenty of reviews, comparisons and feedback available on the net.
Wesley Wong: Can't wait to see the image quality of the non-AA filtered K5-IIs!
It won't make the essence of the picture any better but it will make pixel peepers delighted.
marike6: As much as I love the K-5, I'm not sure this announcement will thrill Pentax users and fans. While I tend to agree with "if it ain't broke don't fix it", the body is virtually identical as the K-5 and except for the AF and AA filter, I'm not seeing too much that is thrilling. One really troubling specs is M-JPEG video format. I don't know if it can also shoot normal H.264, but if not, that's going drag for those hoping that Pentax would finally bring it's video up to the level of the other big three.
I hope Nikon also keeps the excellent D7000 from going to 24 mp and improves other areas. But you can be sure Nikon will make the D7100 a significantly better HDSLR option than the D7000. I'm not sure Pentax did that.
I own the K5 and I agree with you on its follow up. I am sort of relieved in that I didn't see a great need for a replacement anyway!I don't give a hoot about what Nikon does.
RStyga: If this is the flagship model and offers no focus peaking, unlike the 'lowly' K-01 and K-30, then I might just redefine 'flagship' in my dictionary and, in order to use more effectively a legion of wonderful MF lenses, get a $400 K-01. Anyway, let's wait for a full review...
well, true as that may be on the lack of that feature; do you really think that the K5' II best images are the product of shooting with old glass?
RikMaxSpeed: Great to see HDR photography being used in a "Natural" way - much closer to what the eye perceives - I've used this sort of technique taking wide-angle photographs inside a cathedral to get the stained glass windows to show up as well as the stone columns & painted ceilings.
it was also good to see it pushed in a masterful way. That output is far more interesting than that of the "Naturalists". By far.