Mike99999: Some observations (disclaimer: I hate Ricoh with a passion).
1. Looks like a very nice body! And very fairly priced. And some of those primes (200/2.8 and 300/4 are really cheap!) Sony lighting a fire under every DSLRs ass has resulted in some nice affordable bodies, like the Nikon D750, and now this Pentax.
2. Sony's 36 mpix sensor seems to be a budget sensor now. I expect it to be popping up everywhere then... e.g. D620, A7III, etc...
JustDavid, to be clear, Jorge Bayonas is formerly Jorge Pino, a known troll, who was banned as such. He seems to have missed the point the last time around.
jonny1976: good job pentax...553 comments, compared to 170 of canon 80d....clearly hit some buttons and souls...i suspect when both dxo rating and the still images with pixel shift technology will come out, many son ikon users will make harakiri...
Thanks phoenix15, you're absolutely right. It's been bugging me that I couldn't quite place him. Yes, he got banned in very short order as Jorge Pino.
Provia_fan: It's a real shame. I won a Samsung GX20 a few years ago and loved their optics but stopped investing on the system when I saw it was going down the pan. Solid camera, nice image quality with editing on the move. Now they launch a great camera and discontinue it because there are better cameras out there? What kind of loser attitude is that? Particularly for a company? The camera is barely a year old!
I guess you're not aware that the GX20 is a rebranded Pentax K20D, which uses widely available K-mount lenses? The Pentax-Samung partnership was brief, but K-mount and the Pentax brand are still going strong; Pentax APS-C cameras are some of the best. Full frame K-mount DSLR comes out next year.
LinkedIn is still a thing? Besides being a source of spam that is...
Matewka: The portrait of the Ricoh representative, in comparison with portraits of representatives in other CP+ interviews only proves the general DPR's attitude to the company.
Barney don't worry about the lousy photo (bad angle and framing), it's not like this is a photography si... Oh. Never mind.
To be fair, the photo is inherently not good, in and of itself, totally aside from any comparison to the photos in any other interview.
Also to be fair, good interview.
fmian: Extremely risky move dropping tech budget into this.The market already has very dominant players in it.Pentax should be trying to carve a new niche instead of trying to squeeze in between the competition.
Hardly risky. Pentax has been developing various technologies in other cameras which will trickle up to the FF, then new technologies introduced in the FF will trickle down to the APS-C models and even up to the 645Z. The tech won't be limited to just FF and they'll get mileage out of it.
drummercam: Market release, late 2015. DPR review thereof, late 2017 . . . as part of a "round-up." It's Pentax.
Like seriously -- WTF drummercam?! I'm actually forced to agree with Barney on this one, much as it pains me :-)
Zvonimir Tosic: This is the 135 format camera that EVERYBODY was waiting for. Even those folks who had FF before. Why?Because whenever it comes to a certain market, be it MF with their 645Z, or crop market with their K-5 and K-3, Pentax redefines expectations.This one will most likely redefine anyone's understanding of what a good FF DSLR should be. Pentax is coming back to the playground Pentax HAS INVENTED, and they will surely punch high.
Hahaha! The Pentax Oracle strikes again! We can at least surely say it refined your expectations. From admitting you knew nothing about the camera while dismissing those who actually knew it was coming, we're back to more vacuous "predictions." Watch the whiplash on that 180!
vladimir vanek: Someone should stop google from their spy activities. It's/will be really dangerous that a private company has so much data in possession... And excavates more everaday from your emails, searches, tracking, calling etc.
Chlamchowder google IS violating your privacy at the request of governments. It is not an either/or hypothetical situation. See the huge scandal re: Prism/Five Eyes/project Echelon.
KL Matt: Looks like a poor unsuspecting K5 got some bizarre disco mirrorless rammed down its throat and unfortunately lived to tell about it.
Speaking of having things rammed down your throat, weren't you the one who called this out as a fake on Photorumors and committed to buying and eating a K-SI if proven wrong?
"So incredibly fake, it is bursting with fakeness. Simply breathtaking fakeitude. Did I mention this is really really obviously a poorly photoshopped fake? If Pentax releases this camera, I will purchase and eat one. Whole."
waxwaine: As Q is a "she camera", now have 2 propper nipples.
Newsflash Waxwaine, dudes have two proper nipples as well.
StreetWalker? Really? Like maybe the name "Photo Ho" was already taken? (Lowe Pro Photo Ho?)
"But does it provide enough bang to justify its $229.75 price tag?" Discriminating comparison shoppers want to know: What IS the going rate to get banged by a streetwalker these days? Please update the article accordingly.
PixelMover: With all due respect to dpreview readers who genuinely had dust/oil/spot issues witht heir D600...Bear in mind the source. China utterly hates and despises Japan (My wife is Chinese..) and will do ANYTHING and EVRYTHING to discredit/blame/smudge.insult/demean Japan at any opportunity.
The D600 fiasco is just a god-given present to China.
Put it this way. I have spent 4 month is China now and most of the time, they eat Japanese food buy Japanese brands, use Japanese electronics. But every now and then, a government-induced Japan-hate is instilled, where people who ate Sushi yesterday throw bricks throug the sushi bar's windows tomorrow...
Steve, these disputed islands are hardly a recent issue -- it's been going on for the last half century, at least.
I think you miss the point PixelMover. The question is why hasn't any the government of any other country stepped up to do the same and defend consumers' interests, when they really should have? Isn't the role of government to defend the public interest? Secondly, you don't provide any context for Chinese animosity towards Japan. It is, by the way, not animosity toward Japan or its people per se, nor is it limited to just China, it is animosity towards Japanese imperialism which committed terrible atrocities throughout Asia, and for which the Japanese establishment, especially the hawks, are unrepentant.
Great Apple. Is this your latest collaboration with the NSA? Really, really bad idea. It will make it that much easier for someone to engineer a bluetooth or other hack to take over your phone and surreptitiously turn on the camera without you knowing.
Marty4650: I don't think Nikon gets it.
Small MILC cameras exist because they are tiny, and perfect for street shooters and travelers. They are great for a large pocket or purse and are perfect for social events, or any time you want to travel light or be discreet.
They work best with fast primes and pancake zoom lenses.
Birders and wildlife photographers don't need tiny cameras. They need image quality and reach. Do you really need a tiny camera if you are already hauling an eight pound tripod around with you?
So... along comes Nikon with a camera twice as big and twice as expensive as a Panasonic GM1. And it has a sensor half as large. But they saved you a whopping 1 gram of weight by using a memory card designed for a cell phone!
Exactly what is the point?
Nikon has created yet another overpriced MILC camera that will sit on the shelves and end up being sold at clearance prices six months from now. And this will validate their decision to keep making DSLRs for another 50 years.
Actually Marty, if I was a birder/wildlife enthusiast operating on a budget, I'd get a bridge camera. Some of them do remarkably well. So I don't agree that this demographic won't use small cameras. To me, that demographic has more in common with someone who might use the 1 system than someone who's got a few grand to drop on big, heavy glass.
Richard Franiec: "When we launch certain products we’re aware of where on the globe that camera might be popular, but we don’t specifically target products in that way. But we might offer certain color variations or styles exclusively in some territories, such as flowery motifs in Europe and India for example."
How ingenious...A hint: Military look-like bodies should sell well in North Korea.
Seriously Richard, this is very lame. One would think that as someone who makes aftermarket grips for cameras, you might actually have something useful to say. E.g., "I corroborate this based on the number of grips I sell in XYX countries for XYZ cameras..."
Daedbird: Unfortunately, this is just a series of camera messenger bags that continue to look like camera bags to me. Its a nice effort, but it looks like a camera bag with a flap....
I feel my only option is to buy a laptop messenger bag, and install some collapsable padded pockets inside to hold the camera.
Absolutic, I would say it does look like a purse, if only because most guys, at least in North America, don't carry around a bag of that size and design. It's too small to be a laptop bag, a messenger bag or school bag...
Rocky Mtn Old Boy: It would be an interesting statistic to see which gets stolen more... photography or laptop bags, lol.
My guess it's laptops.
Better design one that looks like a picnic basket, imho.
You're missing the point I think. Laptops are cheap and very common nowadays and many are carried in an inconspicuous messenger-style shoulder bags. Most typical PC laptops are under $1000, and that would be what most people have (as opposed to pricier macbooks). Camera equipment that you'd need a bag like this for is probably on the order of $1500-2000 -- a decent DSLR body and a couple lenses. If you were a thief, would you go after the a laptop or the camera equipment?
In terms of absolute numbers, more people have laptops than DSLRs, so yes, in all likelihood more laptops get stolen than photography bags, but I don't think that makes the point you are hoping to make. You'd need to look at percentages for each and even then, I don't think this point has any merit.
It's not much to make an inconspicuous design without in-your-face branding to make equipment more secure, so why not do it? Why advertise to potential thieves?
JustDavid: Surprised that you mention color options of K-50 rather than the fact that it has Shake Reduction built in. Also framerate is not mentioned while it is one of the best...
Don't forget the dual control wheels.