007peter: 4xAA = 710 shots, vs Lithium = 410 shots. I wish canon/nikon makes an AA dslr as well. Good job Pentax....but
I would lose the stupid color scheme. Instead of focusing on color gimmick, Pentax should invest its resource on making affordable pancake primes.
Take the eneloops and you will get these numbers.
KonstantinosK: I'm sorry about the toning down of the K-50's design compared to the K-30. Was it really too much for potential buyers to swallow? I can understand it up to a point for the K-01, but the K-30 looked fabulous, in my opinion. There are enough melted soaps coming out from CanoSonyKons. Other than that, I love the gazillion color combinations on offer. I wished I had that option for the K-5... (I'm not commending on specs as I'm sure they will both be excellent stills cameras in their categories).
Exactly, after interesting and slightly extravagant styling of the K-30 (which I still love) comes this traditional, unappealing design. From my POV this is a step back (meaning only design, not other specs).
Juraj Lacko: It looks so much nicer than k-30 it replaces
I dare to differ, in my opinion it looks more conventional/unappealing.
iudex: Nice to see a Pentax DSLR review after some time. A couple of months ago when I was considering which new DSLR to buy instead of my K-r I had been deciding between the K-5, K-5 II and the K-30. I finally choose the K-30, because the K-5 II as a hot novelty was quite expensive; today I would go for it, as the prices got more reasonable. Anyhow I think this camera is overlooked by many, despite the assessment of dpreview as being one of the best APS-C DSLRs. I have visited Athens last week and (apart from sightseeing) I looked also at cameras other people took pictures with. During 4 days I saw only one (!) Pentax in a sea of Canons and Nikons. Anyhow my K-30 did well in the hot dusty conditions and I am happy with it.
@ KonstantinosK: No, it was a Japanese girl :-) And I have not noticed many Greeks (if any) at Acropolis, only crazy tourists like me :-)
Nice to see a Pentax DSLR review after some time. A couple of months ago when I was considering which new DSLR to buy instead of my K-r I had been deciding between the K-5, K-5 II and the K-30. I finally choose the K-30, because the K-5 II as a hot novelty was quite expensive; today I would go for it, as the prices got more reasonable. Anyhow I think this camera is overlooked by many, despite the assessment of dpreview as being one of the best APS-C DSLRs. I have visited Athens last week and (apart from sightseeing) I looked also at cameras other people took pictures with. During 4 days I saw only one (!) Pentax in a sea of Canons and Nikons. Anyhow my K-30 did well in the hot dusty conditions and I am happy with it.
iudex: Another barrier broken: an EVF in an enthusiast compact. This alone is great. Of course the 200k EVF is far from good one, however it is still 100% VF and this alone makes it far more useful than 75-80% OVF on G15 & co. So kudos to Panasonic for doing what many have asked for.
Of course 0,2" EVF with 200k dots is the worst EVF nowadays (but I do think it is still better than OVF on G15 y co.). But still many bridge cameras offer this EVF and within enthusiast compacts it´s the first pioneer and maybe other producers will respond with something better.
Look at the picture: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/panasonic-lf1/popup.htm?http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/panasonic-lf1/ZYTOP-LG.JPG it´s great to know that the EVF adds almost nothing to thickness of the camera.
MrTritium: What really matters here is the aperture vs focal length chart. How bright is the lens at 35mm, 50mm, 85mm?On the the fuji XF1 and Sony RX100 the max aperture drops quickly as you zoom. I hope it's not the case on the LF1.
I tried to roughly draw the curve and the lens speed should be cca. 1/3 EV better than Canon S110. So not especially amazing, but good enough considering the camera/lens size.
I imagine this is the way the enthusiast compact go in the future. Poor tunnel OVF is almost useless yet many users love to have a VF so why not EVF? Pana has shown it does not necessarilly mean a size increase and bigger compacts like the P7700 could accomodate even a bit bigger OVF without noticeable size increase.
Another barrier broken: an EVF in an enthusiast compact. This alone is great. Of course the 200k EVF is far from good one, however it is still 100% VF and this alone makes it far more useful than 75-80% OVF on G15 & co. So kudos to Panasonic for doing what many have asked for.
Considering the 17-50/2,8 costs 980 USD (MSRP) and the new 35/1,4 costs 1400 USD, this new super-fast zoom might be cca. 1200-1400 USD MSRP and I doubt the street price will be lower than 1000 USD.
Please make also a Pentax mount and I am in!I am afraid the price will be painful but with such a unique lens Sigma can definitely afford it.
PhotonTrapper: Again... No challenging low light conditions, that a larger sensor is supposed to cope with better. I'd think it's the one type of shot you would post, that potential buyers would be interested in seeing, instead a bright daylight post card scenes that virtually any modern camera is able to capture. And, again... no "macro".
We would really like to see indoor or night shots at ISO 1600 and higher.Just like PhotonTrapper wrote, any camera can make good pictures in bright sunny day at ISO 100.
JacquesBalthazar: Purchased my "A" this week, and getting to grips with it. The IQ is awesome. Files are very crisp, ultra detailed (certainly as good and maybe better than Nex 7 + best glass, even if 16 MP vs 24 MP).
It IS trouser/jacket pocketable (was wearing jeans yesterday and comfortably played bowling with camera in jean pocket). It is substantially thinner than a J1+10mm. It is also lighter , and does not make your jacket hang lopsided. Am using my old Ricoh GV2 VF (small and light as well).
In other words awesome IQ that you can always carry with you.
I had hesitated with X100s, but after borrowing one for 30 mins during a Fuji demo, I was really underwhelmed by the IQ at f2. Kind of defeated the 1 stop advantage. At the end, I decided that X100s was more style than function (for me) and not worth the extra bulk.
Anyway, 28mm eq makes the A very versatile (cityscapes, indoors, parties/groups). It is snappy in operation and excellent in low light. Close focus is fine. Very well built.
The portability and small size is the biggest advantage of the A. However this may be also the only advantage, since the image quality is comparable to other APSC cameras with good prime lens and the lack of VF and limitations of wide-angle lens mean significant disadvantage in comparison to competitors (X100s or any CSC with prime lens e.g. NEX-6).
sevendogz: nice color tone but ugly bokeh
Indeed. Such a bokeh by close-up shot can be obtained with a compact with 1/1,7" sensor.
ogl: I choose K-5IIs to compare and I see K-5IIs is simply better.
I chose the K-5 IIs as the closest competitor and I think they are extremely close when it comes to image quality. I think statements like "K-5 II is simply better" is not possible, just like the opposite statement. X100s is generally one of the best APSC cameras (if not the best) and only a couple of others can compete (e.g. the K-5 II) and it is really close to FF (the difference between X100s and 5D Mk. III is minimal) and whether the X100s gets 80% by DxO or 81% is irrelevant.
tbcass: This model addresses only one (eye level TTL viewfinder) of the issues that has kept me from wanting a NEX (I'm and Alpha user). The interface and lack of dedicated buttons, slow AF and the requirement to use an expensive adapter for Alpha lenses make all NEX cameras a no go for me.
And the others may see it in a different way: that the NEX has the same sensor but without the mirror taking away 1/3 of the light, thus producing better pictures with less noise. And this everything can be put in a jacket pocket, whereas the chunky SLT stays at home. ;-)
moizes 2: Dear DP! Don't you have a pristine lens to show a new camera ability, but this peice of garbage? It is a real world, absolutely real, wake up, please! Just take a 50/1.8G, make the images, than show. What a disrespect to readers!
@marike: I guess the child on picture 16 is a girl, not a boy. ;-)
RichRMA: Looking at the high ISO samples and test images, it's clear that 24MP is pretty much the limit for an APS sensor. They should probably stop at this point and wait for the technology to catch up a bit.
lensberg: you are absolutely right. For now however the D7100 is probably the best APSC (along with K-5 IIs) and no matter how good the 7D Mk II will be, the D71000 will still be one of the best APSC DSLRs.
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