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Mistral75 Regular Member • Posts: 419
Next Pentax high-end APS-C DSLR: new product line, release early 2020

You've heard of Kimio Tanaka before on this forum. He is this car and celebrity photographer, a bit of a maverick, who interviewed Tetsuya Iwasaki (Manager of the Second Product Planning Section, Product Management Department, Ricoh Imaging) four times during CP+.

On his blog Kimio Tanaka posted a third article on the outcome of his seminars with Tetsuya Iwasaki. This one touches on two topics, including the K-3 II successor.

  • The camera will succeed to the K-3 II but it won't be a new K-3 iteration, it will be a new product line different from the K-3 series.
  • It's developed as the best Pentax APS-C DSLR.
  • The scheduled release date should be early 2020.
  • Sensor, image processing engine and menu GUI should be completely renewed.

Those were the words of Iwasaki-san:

  • 'Body size is not much different from K-3 II'
  • 'Image quality will be dramatically improved'
  • 'By all means, I'd like you to wait and have [great] expectations'

The new image processing engine seems to include an 'image processing device' one should pay attention to. Iwasaki-san said that the image quality will be greatly improved, but Tanaka-san expresses some doubts about that.

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