Creative or when Marketing goes wrong? Pentax shows the holiday spirit, announces a limited-release of a White Christmas version Pentax K2000. Wrapped in a brilliant white body with black trims, the K2000 kit is available in a bundle kit with two-zoom lens (Pentax DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL and Pentax DA L 50-200mm F4-5.6 AL). Camera specification remains the same except for the body finish.
Rumors are circulating that Pentax are preparing to announce a GPS-enabled version of their K20D DSLR. Greek site FullHD have published details from what they claim to be a leaked press release, officially expected later on today; the K20D is a 14.6-megapixel waterproof camera and, with the GPS accessory, would be able to automatically geotag each image taken.
The formerly leaked Pentax K-M is formally introduced in US as K2000, an entry level Digital SLR with rather bizarre bundles – kit with an external flash on a built in flash body. Who cares as long as it’s affordable right? The Pentax K2000 features a 10.2-megapixel APS-C CCD, 2.7-inch QVGA screen, in-body Dust Removal and Shake Reduction in compact and lightweight stainless steel chassis. Liveview and video mode are not featured in this entry-level model.
A brief introduction of Pentax novelties preps for Photokina was leaked- shown an entry Digital SLR and several new gears at its German site, but was later removed by the offical. A Pentax fan has reported similar act revealed at Amazon UK site with detail of the new Digital SLR, a lightweight and plastic 10 megapixel Digital SLR bundled with a all-around 18-55mm or 50-200mm.
Pentax has been teasing its medium format fans, showcasing an 18 megapixels prototype then another 31.6 megapixel digital CCD medium format sensor since the introduction of digital version of medium format 645 back in 2005, but none of them ever made it to prime time.
Competing in the cutthroat Digital SLR market if you don’t have lens selection with the size of Amazon’s tropical forest like Nikon or Canon. Having the state of art body isn’t going to sell unless you have full line-up of lens from amateur to professional market. Pentax brought us their newly K20D body yesterday together with 5 new smc PENTAX-DA Lens ranges from a prime Tele to wide angle, I say that’s quite an announcement from them!
Pentax newest high end DSLR K20D uses the same body design based on previous 10Mp model, k10D. The replacement features a newly developed 14.6 MP CMOS image sensor made in conjunction with the company's partner in digital SLR development, Samsung. Additional new features including Live View and expand dynamic range function.
Pentax unveils a new entry level DSLR K200D to replace the 6.1MP K100D. It adopts the same 10 MP CCD image sensor and memory buffer that were previously used in K10D model. The body is now weather sealed with dust removal function and CCD-based anti-shake which were also featured in K10D model. The new body uses a high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis, well protected in a dust-proof and water-resistant sealing design, and has a large 2.7-inch LCD display.
Pentax updates their entry line of digital P&S camera today with the announcement of Optio E50. The new 8.1 megapixels camera features 2.4” LCD display, 1/2.5” CCD sensor with sensitivity up to ISO 1600. It has a 4x digital and 3x optical zoom range of 37.5mm-112.5mm (35mm equiv.) Other features including digital shake reduction and face recognition. It runs on 2xAA batteries, supports SD/SDHC media storage and has a built-in 9.5mb storage space. The E50 will be selling for $149 coming next month.
Check out this nifty little attachment from Loreo, you can get it for your Canon EOS and FD models, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax K mount, and Minolta MD and AF models and it allows you to take 3D photos. Basically it splits the image from each side and allows the camera to capture both, the only downside is, it slows the f-stop rating down to 11.
In fact they are rumored to be announced on January 24th, 2008. There aren’t any pictures of either camera yet, but below is a picture of the K10D, the camera they would presumably be replacing.
The rumors claim some pretty hardcore specs, even for a DSLR. Those include a 14MP CMOS sensor, a 14-bit RAW A/D processor, 3” LCD, better In-Body shake reduction, PC Syncing, and that’s just for the K20D. the K200D would be replacing the K100D.