Glad to see Pentax is back on top. K-3 proves that Pentax is introducing great improvements every second generation (K-5 II was just a "facelift" of K-5 and it goes in the same way one category lower, see K-r - K-30 - K-50).Now pls make a thorough comparison test of K-3 - D7100 and 70D. I believe the K-3 will score high. ;-)
samhain: Nice camera, great ergonomics. Too bad it's not a FF. aps-c dslr's are so 2009.:)
You can still choose the "improvement" in the form of Nikon D610. ;-)
reginalddwight: The model in the first shot must love how the Lumia 1020 has warped her face to look like that of an alien from The X-Files.
Exactly! :-) http://www.everwonder.com/david/aliens/alien00.jpg
Jules Design: that's dust on your sensor = center leftBest take it for a cleaning : $40 +/-
I am not sure whether sensor can be cleaned in a fixed lens compact. Comact with dust inside means dumping this camera and buying new one. ;-)
At a first glance the speed of this lens really looks better/faster than normal DSLR telezooms. However important is also the course of the lens speed. My former Pentax DA 55-300mm had f4-5,8, what looks considerably worse. However at 100mm it still had f4 and at 200mm it had f4,5 (jumped to f5,6 at 210mm). So basically the same speed as this Fujinon, but for fraction of the price (cca. 280 EUR).
SETI: Returned my RX100 due to dust in optics. 2 weeks was enough to pump 3 dust particles and it was just summer street photo walking. Will not risk again
That´s almost inevitable with compacts. I hed issues with my S100s´ lens (got stuck open), so sent it to the service and sold right away.I know this could happen to interchangealbe lenses too, but those can be changed (unlike lens on a compact).
peevee1: The $800 kit with 11-27.5 can be easily replaced by $300 Oly TG-2 or Pentax WG-3 GPS (f/2 at the short end compensates for smaller sensor in low light). But the cameras also have image stabilization and significantly more compact (can be actually put into a pocket of your swimming trunks) and their zoom ranges are wider. With add-on lenses for TG-2 and its close-focusing capability, it is so much more capable than this Nikon it is not even funny.
TG-2 has a 28 mm2 sensor, Nikon 1 has 116 mm2, i.e. 4x larger. This alone makes up for the slower kit zoom (1,6 EV).Plus there is the prime with f2,8.And it has an advantage every ILC has: you can switch lenses and when not in water, you can put on a 32mm f1,2 lens and compete with APS-C.
Francis Carver: "The company has also announced the Fujinon XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS."
Wow, a zoomie that can be opened up as bright as an F6.7 iris. Wow, the epitome of modern technology.
My Pentax DA 55-300 is also cheap (cheaper than this Fujinon) and lightweight, yet still faster (f4-5,8 and at 200mm still f4,5).
abortabort: No eye sensor is a bit of a downer on an otherwise very good camera. Also hope it isn't the 921K dot EVF from the Samsung NX10 and Olympus VF3 - They were just awful. 921K dots is fine, but it needs to have good solid colour reproduction and brightness that other 921K dot EVFs to date have lacked.
Yes, 1,4M EVF would be better (e.g. the one from V1), but still better than Panasonic LF1 with only 230k dots.
Great job, I applaud. After Pana LF1 being the pioneer Nikon comes with better and usable EVF (230k EVF of LF1 is actually insufficient). Now the next logical step would be putting a decent EVF to a camera with bigger sensor. The most obvious candidate for me is the Canon G1x: 1,5" sensor plus decent EVF (instead of stupid optical tunnel) would make a perfect combination. Or the Sony RX100; LF1 and P7800 showed that EVF doesn´t add much to the size of the camera.So come on Canon, Sony... pair a bigger-sensored compact with EVF and it will be a hit!
iudex: Just one more thing: the lenses are probably wrong in the description (there are shots made at f1,9 and the lens is allegedly 18-55/3,5-5,6, which is impossible).
Yes, 43mm and f1,9 means it must have been this lens (no other Pentax lens gives this combination).
Just one more thing: the lenses are probably wrong in the description (there are shots made at f1,9 and the lens is allegedly 18-55/3,5-5,6, which is impossible).
Great pictures, ISO3200 is perfectly usable, I also appreciate variable environments (indoor, outdoor, portraits, landscape...).Btw. is there any DSLR taking better picture than K-500 in entry-level segment or for this price? I doubt it.
Anyhow, perfectly usable ISO 3200.
Does the kit zoom really allow f2,8? ;-)
I doubt this was shot with the kit zoom (check the aperture ;-)
Nice to read that producer supports also discontinued models. The G5 seems to be a good deal nowadays, for 325 USD it is one of the cheapest EVF cameras.
Zvonimir Tosic: Pentax was always a *product brand name*, almost never a company name.Owned by Asahi Optical company up to late 1990s/early 2000s, it existed just a few years as Pentax company, then it became product brand name again, for Hoya, now for Ricoh, who bought it from Hoya.My Pentax cameras, ME Super, K-7, Q, were never Pentax made cameras. One was made by Asahi Optical, other two by Hoya.It seems just a few people around here bother to understand what is Pentax actually.
Exactly. When I look at the bottom of my K-30, I read: "Pentax digital camera, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Co., Ltd.". My previous K-r had "Pentax Hoya" as the producer. So no matter the company name, important is the brand name (trademark) and the name Pentax will carry on.P.S. I really don´t care whether P&S soapboxes carry the name Ricoh instead of Pentax, inportant are DSLRs and CSCs.
Heie2: I am a Pentaxian fanboy through and through, but I say this in the most objective way possible:
The best value for money DSLR's/MILC's under $1000 are the Pentax K-500 ($595 w/ 18-55 kit lens), Pentax K-50 ($696 body or $776 w/ Weather Resistant kit lens), Pentax K-5 ($500 used body - discontinued), with the number one spot for "best bang for your buck" across the photographic world given to the Pentax K-30 ($479 body) and the Pentax K-01 ($299 w/ 40mm pancake lens) despite what is undeniably a controversial body design for DSLR/Mirrorless, respectively.
Even the lowest entry level isn't skipped over for $1000+ features such as 100% penta PRISM viewfinders and DUAL command dials.
Anyone that tells you otherwise is delusional.
@Gesture: of course Pentax does have AF microadjustment in-camera, even the lowest models like the K-r had it. Now compare to entry-level DSLRs of C/N.
TripTrip: When it comes to Canon in this site to someone nose itches!Appearance is still evidence of the Canon EOS-1D X. Thanks.Canon 60D is not a theft ! And it topped the charts of the most popular cameras
Quando si tratta di Canon in questo sito a qualcuno prude il naso!Aspetto ancora la prova della Canon EOS-1D X. Grazie.Canon 60D non è una furto! Ed è in testa alle classifiche delle fotocamere più popolari
I think the 60D is the camera that does not fit into this list at all. One of the oldest ones (if not the oldest), having oudated sensor with the smallest DR, plastic body, DxO Mark score of only 66 points, comapred to 80 pts of D7000 and 82 of the K-5: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/%28appareil1%29/676|0/%28brand%29/Pentax/%28appareil2%29/680|0/%28brand2%29/Nikon/%28appareil3%29/663|0/%28brand3%29/CanonA very bad buy nowadays-