garyknrd: Kinda strange mentioning the time lapse shots?... I just went to the Pentax forum site and there is thread there that is dedicated to that. It don't workOne gal sent both K-3's back and bought the K-5II. So the K-3 is not a full working camera. Still kinda buggy. Camera freezing up. Shutter going off and machine gunning until the battery is taken out. So?
Nice review and a good looking camera. But, still buggy. It looks like.
I will pick one up I guess. But, I am hoping the bugs will be worked out by then.
Yes my new K3 was freezing up and machine gun shutter release when I first tested. Problem? Not really - Check firmware and it's 1.00. Download and install 1.03 which fixes all the aforementioned issues and the camera is a stunner even at ISO 6400 which I heard was not as good as K5IIs but viewing on a Macbook pro retina I'm more than happy at Full screen :-)
hoxton fives: Dear Dpreview Team!You rated the canon 70D at the same image quality as the nikon d5300... surely that can't be right? generally I feel that you don't focus enough on image quality as that is surely the most important category?
Yes, image quality IS important but if you're shooting sports, wildlife etc you are NOT going to get decent images without additional features/functions that higher end models give you. You have to buy a camera for your photographic needs.
Seehund: Why, oh why, doesn't the 7100 have an articulated screen? Its little brother 5200 has one, but it's a 7100-class camera I need and want to buy. Do the marketroids at Nikon still believe that people think that articulated screens signal "unprofessional" products?
Today, all DSLRs come with live-view and movie-modes. Previously some frowned upon that too as being "unprofessional". But now the features are here to stay, and thank god for that! One doesn't HAVE to use them if one never needs them. But why do manufacturers still insist on leaving out something that makes those modes actually useful, i.e. the tilt-swivel screen?
No, tilt-swivel screens aren't more fragile than anything else on a camera. If a photographer really wants to practise camera tossing, he can keep the screen folded in (he'll break his expensive lens long before he breaks his relatively cheap screen, which, when foldable, can be extra protected facing inwards).
All, a tilting/folding screen is extremely difficult to implement and have full weather sealing. Hence the reason for the cheaper, entry level cameras having this feature. You'll see all enthusiast and pro cameras do not have this feature.
KZMike: For the $$$, I'd like to see a rear LCD screen that can, at least, adjust up or down. Such a large % of my shots seem to 'want' this. Can someone tell me why Nikon,Cannon limit this to their "lesser" bodies?
Articulated weather resistant screens really bump up the price due to the more complex sealing needed. Add another £200 in all honesty on a feature that pro's/enthusiast wouldn't put at the top of a feature list.
This is a quote from DXOmark re the K5II(not IIs)
"The Pentax K-5 II is a remarkable piece of kit, it scores better in the DxO mark tests than several very highly thought of, full frame DSLRs, beating all the cameras made by Canon! It manages to do this in a body that is very reasonably priced. Add to this that you can fit lenses to the K-5 II that Pentax made as far back as 1975 and the multitude of independent lenses that are available and this camera becomes not only a remarkable performer but also a fantastically versatile camera at an exceptional price."
VivaLasVegas: Holy smokes.....it could nail focus in -3EV with just 11 AF pts, damn, that is awesome. FYI, D600 needs 39 AF pts. just to be able to attain focus in -1EV, same with A99. Remember what happen to D7000 vs 60D AF, that's right 60D is much better in tracking and accuracy. No softness issues with AF.
Who is this idiot? The new Pentax K5-II has -3EV plus 11AF pts with 9 cross type and $600 less!
beautyintheeyes: Kudos to Canon for releasing a camera with so much disruptive potential that it can decimate the competition. It'll sweep all photo awards for 2013/2013. Canon is the most innovative company out there.
....Now you've fanned the flames! I'm just waiting for the deluge here.....over to the masses......
As a K5 user I really think this a a great enthusiast camera and with features that tempt all types of photographers. Kudos to Nikon here for listening to serious hobbyists. Price in the UK though is quite high!
drummercam: Pop pop pop, K-01, K-30, X-5. Clearly Pentax is on the move.
This camera is not for me but I like Pentax. They dare to do something different. It might not work all the time but good on them for trying. The K30 is the best camera in it's class by far and the Pentax Q since the price reduction is really a cracking little camera that also has a small sensor.
This is the camera version of Sony's PS Vita......just completely missing the current tech market. It'll be selling for half this price in 3 months and still prove difficult to shift from dealers shelves.
gl2k: The blueish tones are pretty intensive. Hobby shooters will like it ... not so sure about pros.
Dunno if there was kinda landscape mode used ?
Why are people mentioning "Pro shooters" here? This is Pentax ENTRY level DSLR and not aimed at the "Pro" Market!
Peadingle: Rather disappointed as a long-time Pentax fan looking to buy a DSLR. Why? Because the K-30 doesn't have an articulating viewing screen that my current two digital cameras have, and a feature that I am not now prepared to be without.
I don't think Canikon produce any weather sealed cameras at this price point?? Their weather sealed ranges are 7D/D300s and above. Also it's tricky to take a decent photo while still holding an umbrella!
yomasa: I smell a scam, Theres no reason for this camera to look that bad using the same sensor as the Sony a77 and nex7, I think Nikon dumb it down
Eh? I ccompared the D3200, NEX-7, and 2 lower resolution sensors Canon 7D and Pentax K-5. Looked at the Playing card queens head in RAW at ISO 400. The results to me go in order of best to worst--- Canon 7D, K5, NEX-7 and then the D3200.
djmm: If I send my camera battery back to Nikon, can I still take pictures without battery inside the camera?
You need a long mains cable to plug into or car cigarette lighter, it'll work perfectly then. ;-)
Just heard Canon have announced the 8d!!! 80MP sensor. It will be the best camera ever because of that. Amazing Stuff!
nomiss777: Well at least Canon has the balls to acknowledge their mistakes and willing to fix it. The ones who acknowledge their mistakes first are always the bravest. I don't see Nikon acknowledging any of the problems associated with the Nikon D800.
Look. ALL manufacturers in the electronics industry make mistakes. I worked in the industry for 15 years to realise that it's very common with new models. It's the way the company deals with the issue that should be measured here. As an aside, the best time to buy something is at the end of it's model run as all issues have been ironed out by then. Now a D700 and 5DMkII will give you years of trouble free shooting, so grab a bargain. :-)
philo123: The way I see it is in this new battle between Canon/Nikon with the 5dMkII and D800. If you had the latest Megabucks titanium head carbon shafted golf clubs it ain't going turn you into the next Tiger Woods. A craftsman has to learn their art with the basic tools. Just use you current DSLR's whatever brand they may be, invest in some decent glass and just get out and practice your technique. You'll be surprised in a year's time that you've produced some pretty good work WITHOUT the latest gear!
@ sandy b: So are you saying that most people who post on here aren't into photography? Hmmmm......ok then :-)
The way I see it is in this new battle between Canon/Nikon with the 5dMkII and D800. If you had the latest Megabucks titanium head carbon shafted golf clubs it ain't going turn you into the next Tiger Woods. A craftsman has to learn their art with the basic tools. Just use you current DSLR's whatever brand they may be, invest in some decent glass and just get out and practice your technique. You'll be surprised in a year's time that you've produced some pretty good work WITHOUT the latest gear!
Do you really need to spend this amount of money to take better photos?? I'd rather spend £3000 on a couple of wildlife trips to Africa or the Arctic and take some great shots with my trusty Pentax K5 and DA* 300mm :-) A higher megapixel sensor does not make you a great photographer - period.
philo123: Not the camera for me. Too niche and no good for sports and wildlife with only 4fps. Canon 5DMkIII wins hands down as the better all round general camera.
@marike6 So what you are saying is the 5D MkIII is better than the D4 as it has 6MP more??
@ Ithackermike .....but the Canon 7D is not exactly a new camera either. If you're an enthusiast who wants a good all round camera suitable for multiple disciplines the 5DMKIII is a better buy. You need the very best glass on the D800, which is no doubt a good camera, making it very very expensive.