PicOne: Can't they just decide what brand and name they want to use..? Getting old with the Ricoh announces the latest Pentax yadda yadda. "Ricoh's Pentax Q-Mount Roadmap".. is this all really necessary?
Kinda like saying "Procter and Gamble"s Crest Toothpaste Cool Mint"..
Nice to put out a roadmap though. nice idea I wish more companies did.
Except that Pentax is not a subsidiary of Ricoh, or even its own division. Pentax was completely merged with Ricoh's own imaging division, so it's not like a company that is part of a larger corporation.
Under Hoya, Pentax was a subsidiary. That subsidiary was acquired by Ricoh, who merged it with their own imaging business, creating a subsidiary called Pentax Ricoh Imaging. That subsidiary was later renamed to Ricoh Imaging.
Simon97: Surprise, surprise. Pathetic image quality. Why bother reviewing cameras with pin-head sized sensors. I thought DPR stopped this awhile ago. There are many good cameras that need a review. Please put the effort into that.
Amazon sells all cameras, don't they? Even the ones that don't get reviews at DPR. Why would Amazon single out this specific model for a review?
Boky: There's immense amount of noise and jpg artefacts even at base ISO. This second incarnation does not even have an option for GSM...??? What is the point of producing this...piece of plastics.... why the (wasted) effort?? Most importantly, why would dPreview missuse their already strained resources on this piece of plastics?
People complain that DPR give an award to every camera they review (which btw is false), but when they do review a bad camera, people complain that they misuse their resources.
The confusion is caused by the fact that people still think of Pentax as a company. Pentax is just a brand name that Ricoh uses for their interchangeable lens cameras. It would be wrong to say that Pentax announces new products, because only a company can do that. And the company's name is Ricoh.
Horshack: Yet another article about a Pentax camera. How come no mention of Canon or Nikon?
Did you miss all the articles about the Canon 5DS, the new Rebels and the EOS M3? And the Nikon D810A?
Mirrorless Crusader: The "arrival" of the M3? It's not arriving in the U.S. which is supposed to be its biggest market. How could anyone with a single functioning brain cell think that keeping a new product out of the US means a company is taking that product and its technology seriously?
It's truly incredible how DPR is actually paying people tens of thousands of dollars a year to be less knowledgeable than most of its forum posters. And I haven't even gotten to the part about the M3 being a joke of an upgrade, kind of like how the Rebel went almost 6 years since 2009 barely changing anything until just now. Canon just doesn't get it. Period.
The US is not the biggest camera market. The Americas as a whole is still a smaller market than both Europe and Asia+Japan.These are the shipment numbers for 2014:
All Digital CamerasWorldwide: 43.43 millionJapan: 5.78 mAsia: 11.21 mEurope: 13.69 mAmericas: 11.45 mOther Areas: 1.30 m
CompactsWorldwide: 29.60 mJapan: 3.98 mAsia: 6.35 mEurope: 9.97 mAmericas: 8.27 mOther Areas: 1.04 m
DSLRWorldwide: 10.55 mJapan: 1.08 mAsia: 3.61 mEurope: 3.00 mAmericas: 2.70 mOther Areas: 0.16 m
MirrorlessWorldwide: 3.29 mJapan: 0.72 mAsia: 1.26 mEurope: 0.72 mAmericas: 0.48 mOther Areas: 0.10 m
And as for arbitrarily separating mirrorless into a separate category, that's what the camera industry does. The manufacturers market them as a different category, and the consumers perceive them as a different category. And that's why CIPA report the shipment data separately.
justmeMN: I don't fault Canon for not aggressively rushing into a money-losing sector.
Lower production costs are all about increasing profit margins, not lowering prices for the consumers.
Just a Photographer: Seems like Canon first needs to loose more of its marketshare to Sony and Fuji before they start to take mirror-less seriously.
According to CIPA DSLR is in decline.In 2010 the camera manufacturers sold a whopping 120 million DSLR's.In 2014 the total DSLR sales declined to 62 million.
In 2010 the camera makers sold 11 million mirrorless (MILC) camera'sIn 2014 the total sales of mirrorless (MILC) market went up to 23 million pieces sold.
Sure the difference between DSLR and MILC is still 40 million pieces.On the other hand the DSLR market lost 50% of its market since 2010 while the MILC market doubled.
Yes, CIPA only collect data from the Japanese manufacturers, so it's anybody's guess how the numbers would look if they had included Samsung (and Leica).
No, you have misread the CIPA data somehow.
2014All digital cameras: 43.4 millionCompacts: 29.6 millionDSLRs: 10.5 millionMILCs: 3.3 million
2010All digital cameras: 121.5 millionCompacts: 108.6 millionInterchangeable lens cameras: 12.9 million
Note that CIPA hadn't begun to separate MILCs from DSLRs in 2010. MILCs were included in the DSLR category.
christom: Where are the pictures of the new camera??
"Where is the advantage of a compact camera then?"
Sigma has clearly stated that they made the Quattro cameras as DSLR alternatives, not intended to be pocket cameras.
Frank_BR: Nikon words: "While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is ..."
At a time when DSLR sales are falling rapidly, perhaps Nikon should focus on cameras for general photography, and not on special solutions for a small niche market.
Nikon has plenty of cameras for general photography. Not sure that we need more, frankly, especially when the market is shrinking. And if your main market is shrinking, isn't that a good time to find new niches to exploit?
PixelMover: Canon 5DSRA coming in 5... 4... 3...
How is Canon years behind, when they have made astrophotography DSLRs for many years? First the 20Da, and now they have the 60Da. It doesn't require any extra innovation to modify a FF model in the same way, so if they want to they can easily do it.
maverick786us: Why would someone spend 3300$ for just taking stellar photography, when its not meant for normal phorography?
"The Nikon D810A is engineered exclusively to meet the unique demands of professional and hobbyist astrophotographers".
So it's a specialized tool, just like Canon's 60Da or those DSLRs for forensic photography that Fujifilm used to make.
mais51: Typical Nikon charges you heap more for not so much change. Just like the D800/D800e twin -$300 extra for removing a filter.
A low volume product will always be more expensive, that's just how it works.
MarioV: Well that was underwhelming. Are any of those "new" models even slightly different to any of the current Nikon models?
I believe they changed the model numbers.
1/3.1" sensor, F3.3 - F5.9, only digital image stabilization. Nikon just keeps giving!
Gesture: While the future of DLSR remains to be seen, now, Pentax has a lineup of DSLRs, instead of one model in production at a time. Significant progress.
I just saw further down the thread, that someone had heard that the K-S models do not replace K-50/500. If true, that means that Pentax now have a handful of models in production simultaneously.
Before the Ricoh takeover, they had K-5 and K-r, before that K-7 and K-x, and so on. Pentax always had one enthusiast and one entry-level model. Now they seem to have three models, the K-3, K-S2 (replacing K-50), and K-S1 (replacing K-500).
Mssimo: In a very successful attempt to match the sensor to the looks of the camera they are now using canons 20MP APSC sensor.
Two other reasons for this not being the Canon sensor: the Canon is a Dual Pixel design, and it is smaller (crop factor 1.6x).
MFiftysomething: Pentax Ricoh: just seem like a company with no real ambition the should bring out a mirror less camera and move on from their ball and chain legacy
The GXR and K-01 were both mirrorless cameras, although both are now discontinued. And then there's the Q system, which supposedly is popular in Japan. But I suspect that you had something less oddball in mind.