Samsung is in deep doodoo with their cellphone sales tanking. Not surprised they have to divest low margin business like cameras. Sony is restructuring too. Both Samsung and Sony's semiconductor business seem to be the real bright spots in their companies.
What subjects were used to test each camera's auto-focus and tracking? I have K-S2, and it's focusing on static objects are pretty quick. I have used Pentax DSLRs to shoot BIF, hummingbird, and surfers without issue. K-S2 has more settings for tracking, I wonder what settings were used by reviewer to come up with their conclusion. The more comprehensive K-S2 review at Pentaxforums seems to draw opposite conclusion to the one presented by DPR.
Tom Caldwell: GR: "Expensive for such a short list of upgrades" really? Firstly it is not a new model but simply another production run of what was already a very good product. Ricoh doesn't churn models but tends to make lasting product at the best technology that it can provide at the time.
Ergonomically it sets the standards that the others have to compete with.
Therefore it fails - first to provide some sort of regular new-buzz feature for excitement and it is so intuitive and versatile to use that it borders on bland.
Quietly marketed, competent images, easily carried, intuitive to use and never out of date. Hardly surprising that it will never set the market afire.
It was quite right to say that GR owners will not be throwing away their perfectly capable cameras for the excitement of the new. Mine is easily good enough for a few more years yet. This must make the GR the cheapest ever-capable camera on a per annum of use basis but that never gets a mention.
Since when did DPR become an authority on economics?
Is $569 for brand new GR II really expensive? It's the lowest priced cam of this roundup!
Another economist might say: "At $4250, Leica Q is really expensive for only being able to take pictures and record 1080P video."
LightBug: When I travel to scenic places, I take my Pentax DSLR with 21mm and 15mm DA limited lenses with me. Ricoh GR or GR II with wide-angle converter is on my list to replace the DSLR set in even smaller form-factor.
Oh Mike, I really need to get my hands on the GR then!
When I travel to scenic places, I take my Pentax DSLR with 21mm and 15mm DA limited lenses with me. Ricoh GR or GR II with wide-angle converter is on my list to replace the DSLR set in even smaller form-factor.
LightBug: The Pentax K-S2 can be had with two (2) WR lens kit for $499. If your intention is to do the research for your readers and tell them what the best camera they can buy for $500, using current street price for categories, even accounting for variations among major retailers, is more useful than using 8 months old MSRP.
All I am saying, I think it's not the right approach, o.k.? Change the title to Mirrorless Interchangeable Camera if they want to exclude DSLRs like K-S2 or D3300 or include DSLRs as they are legitimate choices people can actually buy for under $500.
The Pentax K-S2 can be had with two (2) WR lens kit for $499. If your intention is to do the research for your readers and tell them what the best camera they can buy for $500, using current street price for categories, even accounting for variations among major retailers, is more useful than using 8 months old MSRP.
Doctor J: No one can accuse this challenge of being pointless!
That's a good one!
Seems not very trying test of any AF system. You can see in my gallery I took similar kind of pictures with old Pentax K-x. The surf shots shown in this video do not seem difficult at all.
Long live my Super Takumar 50mm F1.4!
Could be interesting if this camera has the K3 core at reduced price point.
02 Lens on Q-S1 or Q7 offers 24-70mm field of view.
These colors look fine to me, would be interesting to see how the silver DA limited are matched to these white colored bodies.
Tower: It is great news for user. All MF should not to pay more then 10K.
I bought Pentax 645 manual focus 35mm, 45mm, 75mm, 120mm macro lenses all for less than $1000.
jaygeephoto: I need some help understanding the sensor size and lens line up offered: If in fact these lenses are designed to cover the original 6X4.5 cm film area then they would be designed around a larger image circle and therefor be less than optimal? The sensor size seems to be about 73% of the 6X4.5 cm area making the lenses have a comparable magnification factor of about 1.4?If someone makes an 80mm TS lens for this, I'm all in.
Usually when sensor is smaller than originally intended format, the smaller sensor actually utilize the "sweetspot" of the lenses and avoid the distortion around the edges.
DPNick: "order of magnitude"LOL!
It takes a lot of courage to admit one's mistake. Correction has been made, so lets move on.
I, for one, am happy that Pentax is getting much deserved publicity for the great values it has presented in its camera offerings.
What F-stop was the continuous auto-focus tracking test done under?
I love these photos, the last one is my favorite. I hope to come up with an interesting series with my son too.
Thanks jezsik for hosting the challenge, and thanks to everyone for your votes!
Here is hoping there will be a follow up K-02. The K-01 I have is getting used mostly everywhere I go now.