As reasons for delaying a product launch go, overly "high demand" isn't something you can complain too loudly about, but all the same we imagine there are some disappointed Japanese photography geeks out there right now. Pentax Japan have delayed the launch of their 645D medium format DSLR, claiming to have been surprised by the number of orders received; instead, the 645D will drop on June 11th.
Pentax's huge medium-format 645D digital camera has had a public outing in Toronto this past weekend, demonstrating its updated Kodak 44 x 33 mm sensor - that has climbed from 30- to 40-mexapixels since we first saw the concept back in early 2009 - and general all-round awesomeness. Shooting a single frame per second, the Pentax 645D is apparently intended for scenery and other still-life photography, rather than anything faster moving. Scolirk grabbed some hands-on time and a demo video you can see after the cut.
Video demo after the cut
I can understand that camera makers want their new offerings to stand out in the crowd of cameras with basically the same features. However, Pentax is starting to take the brightly colored camera offerings to the extreme. Take the new Pentax K-x unveiled today that will be a Tower Records exclusive in Japan.
Of Pentax's most recent range of point-and-shoots, the Optio H90 particularly caught our eye with its vaguely 70s stylings. Over at PhotographyBLOG they've been putting the budget shooter through its paces, and it turns out to be surprisingly capable. Not only are its 12-megapixel stills decent, it has a broader focal range than similarly-priced rivals and can also record HD video.
How much zoom is too much zoom? That's something you'll have to ask Pentax, whose new X90 camera - the successor to the Pentax X70 - boasts a 26x optical zoom and a special "Intelligent Zoom" feature that, they reckon, can extend it to 162.5x "without compromising the optical performance". Behind that long-stretching lens there's a 12.1-megapixel sensor and both optical and digital anti-shake systems.
Pentax have outed a special, limited edition silver version of their K-7 DSLR, and it's quite the looker. Like the original Pentax K-7 this new model has a 14.6-megapixel sensor, 1,536 x 1,024 30fps video recording and an HDMI output; it also gets an an exclusive "golden section ratio" focusing screen and a specially toughened glass cover for the LCD preview display.
Here we go again with another SlashGear Week in Review. This was an important and busy week in the tech world with a much anticipated announcement by Apple in the middle of the week. There was some cool stuff unveiled early in the week too though. Monday we saw a cool custom wireless PS3 mod that took the new slim PS3 and turned it into a handheld device.
We'll never know whether Pentax intended to officially announce their three latest digital cameras today, or if they were pushed by yesterday's leak, but in the end we're just happy to see more details about the trio. The Pentax Optio I-10, Optio H90 and Optio E90 will all begin shipping next month, with the former two having a 12.1-megapixel sensors and 5x wide-angle optical zooms, while the latter - rocking the sub-$100 price point - gets 10-megapixels and a 3x wide-angle zoom.
Thinking of treating yourself to a new digital camera? Pentax aren't really ready to show you there latest models, but a premature leak has outed the Optio I-10, H90 and E90 digicams. Most interesting is the Optio I-10, a 12.1-megapixel retro shooter with a 5x wide-angle optical zoom.