Why not use drones for something more productive and important? How about fast flying defibrillators that are ordered with a GPS aware phone app?
StillLearning: Curious if it is exposing multiple times does this require subjects to be stationary? Is it like stacking images like astro photographers do to reduce noise and increase sharpness?
@left eye: Both 1. and 2. are wrong.
1. The shake reduction system works within each exposure and in between the exposures when using pixel shift. So the camera don't need to be on a tripod. You can actually hand held it and still get good pixel shift images.
2. The subject don't have to be totally still. The PS function detects movement and uses only one exposure for the moving area, but only for that area. Lets say that is a racing car. The surroundings will still get the benefit from PS. So limited usage but still useful. PS is not only for totally still scenes, but the PS advantage is limited to the non moving subjects in the frame.
I'm sure both DPR and others will test PS usefullness in various situations as soon as they can.
Sid911: The only fly in the soup - The Pentax K1 is mighty heavy - heavier than the D810 and the 5D Mark iii :-(
Pentax have quite a few high quality lightweight lenses to go with K-1. If you like those then you might actually end up with a lighter camera bag and camera in hand, compared to D810 with similar lenses.
Move on - nothing interesting to see here - it doesn’t take Pentax gear!
privater: So, fire sale?
In Norway the fire sale is over already. If I remember correctly it was priced down by 80% from its MSRP at the end.
LFPCPH: Published Mar 31, 2016 - so not a joke ?
At what time? 23:59?
Mssimo: 70-300mm 3.5-5.6 is usually a "kit" lens but this one has a high pricetag. I wonder how good it is.
Both better be outstanding with this pricing. Multiple the price of some lenses with similar specs.
It looks like this sensor is up to the level with Sony sensors of 2010, and that is pretty good. Practically a ISO-less camera.
ASR45: Why no high ISO photos, thats what its all about a full frame camera, and as yet still no high ISO photos to see.
High ISO images (like 100k) ARE rubbish, regardless of the camera used. Even Pentax cant change the law of physics.
I am more interested in medium ISO performance (1600-6400) and of course the many other features and properties of full frame cameras. Native and pixel shift resolution being two of them.
nwcs: This Pentax is very intriguing. I won't be in the market for one but if I didn't already have a great camera I'd definitely consider it. Although their historical market share and commitment in the digital area does give some pause. Still I look forward to seeing the other players learn from this camera and implement some of them. I especially like the astrotracing and tilt implementation.
The two major competitors will not learn from those two functions. They are too heavy into VR and IS. It would both conflict with the VR and IS strategy and be humiliating to take lessons from the smaller player.
I was a Canonist in 2003-2008 and wanted in camera image stabilization so bad (in 2006-2008), but after a couple of camera releases that didn't go the way I wanted, a good look at the lens line up and stabilization strategy, I realised that would not happen for very many years. Now, eight years later, I can look back and say I came to the right conclusion. Now there is even less signs of Canon and Nikon ever going for in camera stabilization or the functionality that enables.
helltormentor: Can SR counteract the mirror slap and shutter vibration?
If you use the 2s timer it will automatically lock up the mirror those 2 seconds to avoid mirror shake.
GabrielZ: Pentax's 'Limited Primes' are they FF or optimized only for APS-C?
I agree. I have used the ultra thin pancake lens DA 40mm f/2,8 XS with a Pentax full frame camera a few times since last summer, and I found it working just fine. Decent corner performance and no excessive vignetting. I think the optical formula except coatings is the same as the full frame predecessor in the M series.
AmateurMike: I'm intrigued by the catch-in-focus. Is there any camera out there that has a similar feature, except allows choosing a focus point/area on a touchscreen?
@Petroglyph I think you misunderstand what catch-in-focus is. Imagine you want to take a picture when the subjects gets 4m away from you. Just set the focus to 4m long before the subject gets there, hold the shutter button in and wait for the subject. When it comes into focus at 4m distance the shutter activates automatically at just the right time to catch it precisely in focus.
Its not like having to focus like mad or taking a long series of wasted images just to find out that the focus should have been perfect in between two of the images in the series.
Call it automatic smart shutter if you like.
patarok: They could leave everything out in a consumer-version. and i would be more than happy to see a lower resolution but higher burst-rate camera. But PENTAX(Ricoh) should never ever again let a Camera without weathersealings on the market. WR is a feature that is very "own" to Pentax DSLRs and the last 2 cameras that came without(K-500, K-S1) seem to have failed heavily. Other than that cameras that step out of the line, could hurt the image of PENTAX DSLRs... Dont worry, if it works out with the K-1 (and according to all those positive reviews it should), there will be a K-S FF version. And though it will be WR/AW it will not be as expensive as the K-1 i guess. -- Looking into my crystal ball ... i see a price tag of 1199 Dollars.
I think K-500 and K-S1 sales was low because of AA batteries and LEDs being poorly received in the media, not because of the lack of WR.
If lack of WR can increase the aftersales (beginners upgrading to a WR body), and make other beginners pay a little extra for WR (compared to having a WR bottom model) then I think its a good choice to still offer non WR bodies at the lowest price points, where Pentax have other advantages over the competition, like large prism VF and built in SR and Wifi.
So you think FF is only about high ISO, nothing else? ;-)
Oh no! Where can I order some of the last packs?
This was a sad message because I like that Polaroid land camera I have. A fun camera to use with its interesting mechanics and look.
tom1234567: Pentax should have the knowledge now to build a decent APS-C K3mk-whateverwith tilt Lcd, decent 4k video, 15FPS, Much Much Better AF than is on this K1they could just copy the Nikon d500 and add a few more enhancement's
and sell it hundred pounds cheaper than the d500now that would be something??????Tom G
The K-3 series are a versatile camera for very many uses, with emphasis on landscape, architecture, products, and allround-abilty in all weather. 7D2 and D500 are less allrounders because of their high price and more video and sports oriented cameras because of their AF. I don’t see them as direct competitors to the K-3 line, but I hope Pentax will make a K-3 sports series in addition to continuing the current K-3 series, but I doubt they will make the sports edition series in the near future. Its not their stength and not the best business opportunity to try to copy C and N. Pentax should continue to market their strengths and strengthen their uniqueness.
zakaria: I like the conceive and valued report except the conclusion!!! K1 is not at league with d610 or 6d .both last camera are entry level cameras and outdated. You even didn't put it in d750 league. The fair compare is D810 at least both are handling 36 mps sensor Both are 1/ 8000 shutter speed both are well made bodies not a combination of plastic and ss. Don't forget the Pentax unique features that you already have mentioned.
@ Albert Silver Pentax does not make a living out of walking other companies old shoes. Bare in mind they have their own lens line up with its own disadvantages and advantages, like the WR and compact sized limiteds and macro, so don’t expect a copy of someone elses lens line up. Here are the most comparable lenses to your lens line up:
Pentax D-FA 28-105 f/3,5-5,6 WR (do-it-all)Pentax FA 35mm f/2,0 or DA 35mm f/2,4 (high ff compatibility although not official)Pentax FA 77mm f/1,8 LimitedPentax D-FA 70-200 f/2,8 WR
Nomoreheroes: I would not call it plastic as in soda bottles (like the Canon 1200D), but thermally stable reinforced polycarbonate.
@zakaira With the Pixel shift resolution function it can easily be compared to the Canon 5DSR too, in terms of functionality and who its aimed for.
@oscarvdvelde Canon and Nikon will not suddenly just add stabilization and pixel shift resolution. They are too occupied with selling IS and VC in their lenses. It would be an expensive and humiliating change of tactics.