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.
Are you, or someone you know afraid of losing the old Minolta or Pentax film camera they are holding onto? Well, chances are you won’t be able to convince them to ditch them completely, film can still do some amazing things that digital can’t, but this digital camera might make them feel familiar enough to start using digital.
It really looks almost exactly like the Pentax I have sitting on my desk, it has the mode selector wheel, the big, boxy body, and it looks like it even has the winder, albeit with a button on top of it, so its probably not functional, but it looks almost exactly the same. It has a 2.7-inch LCD on the back that is surrounded by 13 multi-mode buttons for navigating features, menu’s, etc.