Huh? Why does the "review" link from the K-3 camera thumbnail bring me here and not DIRECTLY to DPR's own K-3 First Impressions Review?
FYI, the DPR Preview of the K-3 is here:
Not to appear ungrateful: Thank you, DPR, for reviewing a Pentax product and giving it the 5 stars it deserves.
select: this is useless, why don't you put a built in wifi? In this way you can transfer only files which are in the Flucard, but you can't browse and transfer those in the other standard SD card... and also the Flucard 16gb costs $100 or more... this is crazy...
Ability to browse the other slot would have meant making both SD card slots Eye-Fi/FLU card slots altogether. I have to imagine there are some technical reasons why it is better not to have done that. I agree with robbo d that FLU card shooting is going to be in special circumstances, with your camera already set up for the shoot. Browsing your cards isn't the point.
Greg VdB: It's exactly five months ago that the K-3 First Impressions article was posted on DPR. Good to see that the wireless control app had priority over the full camera review...
K-3's entirely new approach to AA, and with 3 levels of switchability (off, on strength 1, on strength 2) was fairly innovative. Within the Pentax brand, K-3 was also a big jump in capabilities over the K-5's with serious improvements in both AF and flash. This is not to mention a new sensor following on the fabulous sensor in the K-5 series -- "Can they top that" was a legitimately pressing question. K-3 deserved an early review, methinks.
"Cannot change drive mode, white balance, or AF mode remotely"
I find it hard to see all of these as "cons." In the special circumstances in which I'm likely to use remote camera control with my phone or a pad, I'm likely to set the basic parameters for the circumstances before I put the camera in place. Certainly, I won't want to switch to manual focus if I've placed the camera where I can't reach it to manually focus it. If I need to pre-focus manually, I will have done that before putting the camera in-place. The FLU card can't fry an egg, either, but that's not a mark against it.
Remote WB control also seems little needed. Drive mode, maybe I would want to switch that.
I have to conclude that guys with cameras are lonely.
Well done. A finer representation of Arkansas, I do not think I have seen.
also el: this brought back some memories. i was unstoppable with a screwdriver and pliers when i was young. had to find out how anything worked. a lot of these had small friction motors. what i found fascinating was (on the few i opened up) the tin was actually recycled from commercial food or soup cans. tin cans at that time were mostly printed (like beer cans today) and didn't have paper labels so you might see campbells tomato soup or something similar printed in the inside of the car.some great travel shots in your gallery. nice work.el
Thank you for the kind note. Yes, you are correct -- I had forgotten but I remember the same thing -- the metal was sometimes recycled cans. I remember Japanese characters when I discovered the same thing you did by opening up one of these toys.
Thank you for the votes. Story of toy car: In the late 1940's and early 1950's, Japan was recovering from their defeat in WWII. It became known as the Japanese post-war economic miracle (as now called by Wikipedia). Transistor radios, TV's, automobiles -- those were some of the bigger items, but they were cranking out all kinds of stuff. "Made in Japan" stamped on literally everything was the joke when I was a kid, not "Made in China" as things stand now (the joke being not so much of a joke now, actually). Anyway, this little car was a piece of that post-war Japanese recovery, proving that everything has a story behind it.
"A camera for all weather" . . .
That would be a goodly number of Pentax models, methinks.
Thanks for the votes. This is the Housing and Urban Development building in Washington DC. It was probably considered avant-garde when it was built, but today reflects perhaps too much of its modernist/brutalist architecture roots. Deciding on the circular features for the approach areas was apparently quite a task, according to an early occupant.
88SAL: DPR never tested the 43mm limited. It's supposed to be the perfect Normal lens.
I'm not sure if it's sad that Pentax has made no FF DSLR. As we all know quite well, Pentax hasn't had the budget to fight that battle and might well have been smart to stay out of it. Certainly they would have gotten very little love in some places had they jumped in.
So what Pentax did instead was make the perfect APS-C DSLR. APS-C has probably plateaued, but the Pentax K-3 has, in the end, come out as King of that particular hill. I don't see that as a third place finish at all.
Markol: It started a month before Christmas, now we're 6 weeks past the event and still awards, awards, awards....I know they look great on the product page and help sell, but this site is still called digital photography Review.Just saying.
"[M]ost of the people wanting the K3 review don't actually want a review . . . they just want to DPR to validate their purchase"
My purchase of the K-3 is being validated by the pictures I'm getting and by its features, ease of use, and ergonomics and interface . . .
Snippets: "I am glad that the value of Pentax is finally recognized. Now let's review it."
"So now the K3 has officially won the dslr section, can DPR finally spare a reviewer?"
Even in announcing that the Pentax K-3 won the poll, DPR could not resist pointing out that K-50 and K-500 "got no love." One might have expected that in the short three or four sentences spared for these announcements, that all the sentences would have been devoted to winning item. In adding the unnecessary smack-down of the K-50/K-500, DP Review simply further exposes their bias against the Giant Killer, Pentax. They just don't want the giants slain.
As for their upcoming review of the K-3, it can add nothing to what actual users of the K-3 already have discovered for themselves; namely, the reasons why it won this poll so convincingly (and please don't tell me that Pentax has more gearheads and fanboys that Canikon). DPR has already missed on this one.
mpgxsvcd: What I gathered from this is that Dpreview readers are starting to take notice of Olympus M4/3s cameras and lenses but not so much with Panasonic M4/3s cameras and lenses.
They also agree that Sony flat out owns the compact sensor camera category.
Canon is starting to make a better product but it just can't quite catch up with the other brands.
Pentax has made a great product for many years. They just can't get the review sites to acknowledge that.
Nikon made some great products lately but they probably priced themselves outside of what the market would accept.
"Pentax has made a great product for many years. They just can't get the review sites to acknowledge that."
Other review sites have reviewed the K-3 already and find it highly capable, as do users who already have it in-hand. DPR is now in the position of having to put a new spin on their K-3 review somehow so as to add to a discussion that really has already left them behind the curve on the camera that turned out to top their poll.
fz750: Am I the only one wondering why the Pentax K3 got twice as many votes as any other camera in that group?
It doesn´t seem logical to me, given the reviews (of all the cameras), price (50% more than the D7100 here) and number of sales and lens support etc etc
I own none of these cameras voted upon, just an interested observer..
Several thousand frames into my K-3 and I am not surprised at all that the Pentax K-3 got such a decisive share of the votes. It's very VERY good.
DPR's teaser for this news story:"Several new DSLRs were announced in 2013, even as mirrorless cameras nipped at their heels in the entry-level and enthusiast segments of the market. Among the new DSLRs released this year were a handful of iterative updates to existing models, but also some all-new contenders, including Canon's high-tech EOS 70D and Nikon's entirely unconventional (or perhaps that should be entirely traditional) Df."
Despite the apparent push of Canon and Nikon here, the Pentax K-3 wins the poll handily. And by no means was the K-3 an "iterative update" to an existing model, either. Nor did Pentax fanboys skew the poll, I don't think. Statistically, there would be far greater numbers of such votes for the other brands. I think the right camera came out on top here, and justifiably so.
Master Yoda: Sorry but this collection of images doesn't make it for me. I see terrible shadow detail, colors are somewhat muted, they're too coolish in tone and sharpness could be better in most of them. Finally, the fact that you can order this in 120 different color combinations isn't exactly a feature Pentax should be bragging about to people who are at all semi-serious about a piece of photographic equipment. I mean come on . . .
Pentax didn't do any bragging here about 120 colors. That's what DPR chose to point out here. Pentax offers K-50 with color choice, true, but that's just one more marketing strategy in a field full of marketing strategies. Nikon does cameras in red, and its full-bore emphasis on the retro look in the Df is likewise an attempt to gain market share based on appearances. The fact is that Pentax K-50 does a great job photographically, in spite of the insipid selection of "real-world" shots here from DPR. Looks like real-world shots from a poor photographer, not a bad camera.
FinDERP: Pentax getting the recognition they deserve? Wahey!
Only from the public, not DPR . . .