If they are going to re-badge the K5 with an improved focus engine they could at least use the same battery. But no. For some reason the twin sister to my K5 uses a different power source. So now if I were to invest in this "upgraded" model (which I'm not) I would have to buy all new batteries? Not even new. Just the same battery with a P at the end of the name. Probably moved a contact point slightly to the left just so the original D-LI90 battery wouldn't be compatible. Even their selling point of the battery has changed...K5 - •Long battery life, for recording of 1,100 images with full rechargeK5II - •Long battery life, for recording of approximately 980 images with a full recharge
rrr_hhh: I think it is absolutely anti ecological in its concept : what when the battery is at the end of its life ? Thrw it away, with heavy metal components (those of the battery) polluting the environment at a higher rate, becase they will be more difficult to separate from the body of the camera.
Frankly such discoveries are a disservice to the society. Research should be made with sustainable development in mind. And making gear more disposable than they already are is not going in that direction, rather the opposite.
Extreme assumption don't ya think? If we are making up stories, here's mine. The battery will be sprayed on the surface area of a tab-like plate about the size of a pack of matches that is hardwired into the rest of the camera body. Once the device is no longer of any use, either broke, dead or just time for an upgrade, the green consumer will return the camera to an electronics recycle center (just as we ALL currently do). The center will open the camera, remove the battery plate and recycle accordingly. What a nightmare!
dopravopat: OK, find yourself shooting a Wedding and suddenly the camera reports "low battery". DUH! You cannot replace it, the camera has to be plugged in for 30 minutes to a charger. Horrible.
You are absolutely correct Marc but I think the responses revolve around DSLR's, tablets, smart phones and such because of the site content...Digital Photography Review. Now from a general technology perspective, you are right...the possibilities ARE endless.
This technology would not apply to "wedding shooting" cameras. DUH! Try tablets, smart phones and ultra-portable P&S cameras. As for the technology of it...I'm all about it as long as the batteries hold ample mAh. Every one is complaining about losing the luxury of replacing their batteries. I think people are upset about the idea of it more than anything. I mean come on...how many times have you replaced the battery in you phone? Me...never. If it gets to that point it usually means your due for an upgrade...which would probably be cheaper than replacing the battery to your now prehistoric phone. As for those people that keep their phones for 5+ years, welcome to the machine. I'd love to still be using my ultra-long-lasting typewriter but... My friends phones have non-replaceable batteries in their smart phones. How many times have you replaced your iPod or iPhone battery? That's what I thought. Boom!
"preferably spontaneous and unposed" maybe I misunderstood the challenge
I was beat out by a furry and just barely topped a neon sign??? lol