I'm at a loss to understand why Metering and Focus are represented as one in the graphic summary. Last time I looked these were two different functions of a camera.
Why is the mobile sensor in this camera not listed as a Pro? The sensor of the K-5 & K-3 series of cameras can:1: Sensor Shift allows stitching small panoramas without panning the camera2: Turns EVERY lens into a limited Shift Lens3: Vibrates to Self Clean dust4: Map bad pixels5: Automatically correct for tilted horizons6: Sensor can track the stars using the O-GPS for Astro shots7: Check for dust on the sensor and display a graphic on the rear screen with dust indicated on a white representation of the sensor.8: The K-3 can anti-alias the image to overcome moire where required.
These (and other ) Pro's are conveniently left out or undervalued in their importance in this review IMO.
Dpreviewmember: it's just me or the OMD M1 jpegs, up to iso 3200 & 6400 look nicer than K3 and X-T1 in the image comparison tool, contrary to what the review conclusion says.Is it referring to Raw ?
I never look at the jpegs and immediately switch to the RAW settings in the test scene comparator.
I would have thought that the wireless flucard, that allows use of a phone or tablet as a remote, would have replaced the need for a tilt screen and added some value.
This camera deserves at least 85% IMO.
turvyT: This is not a post. It's just some words of my ongoing post. My post will be posted shortly, after pondering some editorial decisions. I'm short of staff lately, but I'm working at it nonetheless.
It's a preview of a post. :)
EthanX: 823 comments, excluding mine.
A PREVIEW 5 MONTHS AGO OF A CAMERA THAT WAS RELEASED 6 MONTHS AGO AND NOW A TRICKLE OF A REVIEW THAT WILL TAKE HOW LONG TO COMPLETE? (oops! CAPS LOCK)
Of course they'll score it against newer releases as well and it'll get less of the respect it probably deserves.
I also "love it" when reviewers compare prices of newly released cameras to the current street price of one that was released a year earlier. WTFP?
PS: Is this still a preview? DPR probably think so because they're not sure how many people, if any, have actually bought a K-3. ;-)
EJPB: This is adorable. That little purse reminds me of the purse my grandmother used to smack my elbows off the table.
Q7 basic kit= $400Q7 Premium kit= $1000The look you give yourself when you walk past a mirror and see you're carrying a man purse= Priceless
Yes and you can even take a keepsake of that special moment with the camera. ;)
Rumor has it that Nikon is about to release a D300 replacement called a D9300 (I'm not sure if that's an April 1st joke that came late).
I wonder if that camera will get a full review before the K-3 review is finished. DPR could well have been playing with a pre-release version of that camera and have been working on a review of it for a few weeks for all we know.
Pitzik: Is the test image correctly taken?Look top right, the Jack Card. It seems to be blur or out of focus. Compared even to the cheapest K500 the sharpness is so far and lower. It seems strange, is it? Your view?
How can a % based score be independent of format? It is absurd to judge a FF and APS-C as if they are in the same competition.The so-called softness of the K-3 has been proven to be caused by the excessive NR settings out of the box. If you want to know the truth then check out Pentax User Forums and other reviews.
bossa: All those noting the soft images from the K-3 should look at the NR settings and set them to low or off. The Pentax user forum discovered that the NR is quite aggressive out of the box and that images were softer than the K-5 before changing them.
That may be the one thing that these DPR people use to keep it's score down saying "but we didn't know" or some such. ;)
All those noting the soft images from the K-3 should look at the NR settings and set them to low or off. The Pentax user forum discovered that the NR is quite aggressive out of the box and that images were softer than the K-5 before changing them.
kcccc: I'm starting to feel worried for DPR. K3 has gain so much popurlarity and hope for a highly-positive review, that if a gold award is not given by DPR, every Pentaxian and all those that have voted K3 as DSLR of the year, would start yelling, complaining and accusing DPR of biased towards the two big brands.
I read a reply from a DPR staffer the other day saying, in response to a remark about the K-3 winning camera of the year, that the 3000 votes it got paled in comparison to the 1,000,000+ registered users this site has. The upshot of that was that they really don't care about that poll because they know there are zillions of Canikon users out there ready to click their way to a decent profit for them.
I own a K-01, K-5 and two D800E's so please don't accuse me of bias.
bossa: Thank god there wasn't a Pentax K-3 in that box. ;)
Actually, my comment was meant to suggest how disappointed the DPR guys would be. ;)
Yxa: Let's see which of the functions the D800 will get of the D4s newrecalibrated AF algorithms, Group AF mode, RAW SIZE S and the "ability to customize the color of the LCD monitor to better match studio monitors or personal preference"
Even my K-5 can calibrate the LCD color. My K-5 can also remap dead pixels and vibrate the sensor to self clean to a degree which my D800E's couldn't do in a fit. I have both Pentax and Nikon systems and it's quite obvious to me that Pentax doesn't get the recognition it deserves out there in consumerland.
A few days ago I bought a used, but mint, Nikkor 24mm PC-E and I'm quite disappointed with it optically on the 36MP sensor. It'd probably be way good enough on a 16MP or 24MP FF though but I won't be spending 7k to find out.
Hmm.. they still can't get that ISO button in the right spot.
Thank god there wasn't a Pentax K-3 in that box. ;)
I expect a DPR review for the D4s to appear next week, unlike the Pentax K-3.
Surely the latest Lightroom has lens profiles for the Samyang?
Is there any major functional reason why these lenses couldn't still be used for still photography?
I assume that there are no auto-diaphragms in these lenses? ( OK, I just read that the apertures are decoupled)
Ayoh: Looks like it might do video judging by the Mic and Speaker holes visible on the left side of the body
And the new zoom has built in stabilization too looking at the switches
Should be a really impressive piece of kit, and 1/2-1/3 the cost of the competition.
"The (infamous) Green Button" on Pentax cameras is used for programable functions so perhaps video might be one of them with this camera.
On a K-5 one of the uses of "The Green Button" is to set auto-exposure in manual mode and, by pressing AE-L, you can then use a command wheel to adjust shutter or aperture with exposure locked. Pretty useful.
bossa: I was hoping for a mirrorless version to get the size down to a D800 or D4 but they've stuck to the previous format.
I have two D800E's but would consider selling for one of the new 645D's and a couple of lenses. I find my photographic needs have changed somewhat over the past couple of years and a 645D MkII might fit the bill nicely if it comes in at the old price.
bossa: DA*300mm is a FF lens as is the DA*200, DA*55 and a number of other DA lenses. The fact this converter is listed as 35mm FF may auger well for a Pentax FF camera in the near future.
DA*200 is in fact the FA*200 in a new outfit and it has been shown on PF that the other lenses I mentioned are indeed FF (as in they cover the image circle). They may not be telecentric re' FF though.
PS: I don't have to twist anything as I have two D800E's.