K-1 ii thoughts and opinions thread

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Richard Murdey
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K-1 ii thoughts and opinions thread

to start the ball rolling,

Good things:

1. Something is better than nothing. PS on handheld shots is a worthy goal.

2. 1st gen K-1 can be upgraded to "ii" status. (mainboard replacement + firmware + badge)

3. K-1 is a good camera, so a K-1 ii is a good camera.

Bad things:

1. The appeal of the Pentax product stack is unchanged. If you didn't want a Pentax K-1 in 2016, you are even less likely to want a K-1 ii in 2018. Relatively speaking, the competition is further ahead now than it was two years ago.

1b. Same idea, but from the other side: if you wanted a K-1, you've probably bought one already. If you own a K-1 and want the K-1 ii you don't have to sell your K-1 to upgrade, you'll simply send it in to Pentax for the fix.

1c. So ... who is going to buy it?

Let's not varnish it: this is a really, really minor upgrade. Adding a co-processor chip to improve the high ISO NR and provide the AI for the pixel shift / computational photography a la Google. That's basically it. The hardware is otherwise unchanged. The speed and responsiveness and AF module and resolution and brute sensor performance are unchanged. For the most part that's hardly the end of the world, as a camera it was already pretty much sufficient for what people wanted to do with it.

My overall feeling however is one of worry. This announcement does not move the needle at a time when Ricoh really needs to move the needle. It's not so much that it needs to make a better K-1, it's that Ricoh really needs some good cameras that are not KP and not K-1 right now.

I wasn't expecting much more from the announcement - maybe just a little more - so it's not so much a disappointment as it just moves my expectation now to the next new Pentax dSLR from Ricoh. That one will really be the make-or-break.

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