These days, it isn't enough for mass consumer digital cameras to boast megapixel counts or lens measurements. To fend off the smartphone invasion, they also need to be as portable as these mobile devices, but also more powerful in their chosen field. Ricoh has just announced the PENTAX XG-1, a digital camera that sings to beginners who want a bit more out of a camera than what compacts and high-end smartphones can provide.
The PENTAX K-3 DSLR leaked a couple of times last month, showing off a variety of specs and a press shot. A little over a week later, the camera has officially been unveiled, with Ricoh adding a slew of information on top of what we already knew about the 24-megapixel camera, as well as a gallery of the digital SLR and some of its components and accessories.
Following a leak of its specifications earlier this week, the Pentax K-3 has surfaced in the first press shot seen of the DSLR, as well as some other rumored specs that photographers can expect. According to the leaked information, the Pentax K-3 will be an APS-C based device offering new in-camera functions, a new flash, and more.
Continuing to claim that they present the world's first mass-produced imaging device that's able to capture "fully spherical scenes" in one shot, the team behind Ricoh Theta have announced that this device will be up for pre-order next week. This is just 12 days after the device was originally announced - a rather short amount of time between one and the other for a company as new as this. Ricoh Company, Ltd. showed the device off for the first time at IFA 2013 where SlashGear got its first Ricoh Theta hands-on experience.
If you've ever found yourself thinking, "I wish my camera was bright yellow and Laffy Taffy purple," you'll be excited about Pentax's latest offering, the svelte Pentax Q7 compact system camera. As with the K-50 and the K-500 that were revealed earlier this evening, the Q7 is available in 120 different color combinations, meaning you'll be hard-pressed to find a combination you can't create.
Pentax has unveiled its latest DSLR, the K-50, which is boasted as exceeding its classification as a mid-level shooter via a variety of advanced features. Aimed at consumers, this DSLR also offers quite a few color combinations - 120, to be exact - which allows photographers to personalize their purchase and set it apart from other K-50s. The camera is available now for $699.99 (body only) and $779.95 (with lens).
There's a common element most DSLRs share, aside from the obvious: their no-nonsense professional black coloring, which is appealing to some users, but lackluster to those who enjoy a little more visual variety amongst their photography equipment. That's where the new K-30 DSLRs Pentax is rolling out comes in. Starting today, consumers can get this durable shooter in a variety of shiny and matte color options.
Along with the WG-10, Pentax has also announced two other rugged camera models: the WG-3 and WG-3 GPS. Both models are waterproof and feature the highest depth rating in the WG series, along with a cold-resistant, dustproof, and crushproof body. You can check out some pictures of the camera, as well as its specs, after the jump.
The outside world is a dangerous place for cameras, fraught with drops and jostles and inconvenient wet environments, whether it be pouring rain or an underwater subject. As such, there's no such thing as too many cameras aimed for the outdoorsy market, such as the recently unveiled Pentax WG-10. This model offers a water and shock-proof body complete with a unique, rugged design that hints at both the camera's durability and intended market.