updated 12:35 pm EDT, Fri September 19, 2008
Pentax DSLR, lens leaks
Camera builder Pentax has accidentally leaked information on a new camera, according to reports. Thought to be called the K-m (not pictured), the camera would allegedly be an entry-level DSLR, similar to Nikon's D60 or Canon's Rebel XS. Specifications pulled from Amazon UK point to a 10-megapixel CCD sensor with sensor-shift stabilization, and ISO sensitivity up to 3200. It is expected to shoot in PEF or DNG RAW formats at up to 3.5fps, and come equipped with a 2.7-inch LCD. Unlike most DSLRs, it is also believed to be powered by four AA batteries, not a proprietary lithium-ion design.
Pentax is further said to be preparing two new L-series lenses, with plastic mounts and weight reductions made with the K-m in mind. A kit with a single bundled lens would cost €500, while one with two lenses would be priced at €600. A November release date is anticipated.
Other Pentax gear rumored to be in development include DA 15 f/4, 60-250, and "super-telephoto" lenses, as well as an SDM 1.4x converter, and a ring flash dubbed the AF160 FC.