K-500 DSLR ignores color choice, opts for AA power
Pentax Ricoh has introduced two K-mount DSLRs and one mirrorless camera. The K-50 and K-500 DSLRs both improve on the K-30, while still using the same sensor 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor, while the mirrorless Q7 uses a larger 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor than the Q10, though maintains the same 12.4-megapixel resolution.
Cameras waterproof to 45 feet, protected from drops of up to 6.6 feet
Pentax Ricoh has introduced the 15th generation in its ruggedized line-up of point-and-shoot cameras, the WG-3 GPS and WG-3. Its newly-designed 4x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F2.0 at wide-angle, back-illuminated 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and sensor-shift shake reduction system helps to deliver sharp, high-quality, low-noise images, according to the company.
Pentax incorporates retro design cues to semipro MX-1 compact
Electronista came across a newly-unveiled digital compact camera at the Pentax booth during our CES travels and took a few minutes to check it out. Despite being new, its looks are decidedly old-school, and on purpose. The top and bottom plates are made of brass before being painted in either black or silver, the reason being that as it wears it will reveal a polished patina that will evoke memories of the very first Pentax cameras.
Pentax makes Q10 interchangeable lens compact, K-5 replacements official
Pentax this week introduced three new cameras with the Q10, K-5 II and K-5 IIs. The Q10 sports a 12.4-megapixel sensor and claims to be the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system. Compared to the original Q, the Q10 sports a new grip but carries over the bokeh control dial.
Pentax K-30 debuts, offers numerous enhancements
Pentax has taken the wraps off its K-r successor, the K-30. Pentax says that the K-30 is resistant to dust, rain and temperature extremes as low as 14 degrees Farenheit (most cameras typically claim normal operation down to 32 degrees). The new dSLR also utilizes a glass prism optical finder with a 100 percent field of view, usually reserved for more expensive models.
Pentax starts shipping K-01 and Optio WG-2
Following the February launch of the Pentax K-01 and the Optio WG-2, Pentax has announced that both cameras are now available for purchase. The Marc Newson-designed K-01 is the Pentax response to Sonyís popular NEX-series of Alpha mirrorless cameras and boasts similar specs. Like the NEX cameras, the K-01 uses a DSLR APS-C CMOS sensor, in this instance with 16-megapixels.
Pentax K-5 Silver Special Edition has special lens
Pentax has brought out a special-run DSLR with genuinely uncommon optics. The K-5 Silver Special Edition both outfits the 16.3-megapixel DSLR with a semi-retro look as well as a very thin 40mm, f2.8 XS lens. Along with being a complement to the body, the lens keeps the overall size small and provides a prime lens to join more conventional options.
Canon lens patent confirms mirrorless camera due
A new patent application found online on Monday has lent strong support to the belief Canon is working on a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera. The patent is for an 18-45mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens explicitly meant for APS-C mirrorless cameras. Allowing for the crop factor, the lens is equivalent to 29-70mm if it were full-frame.
Case waterproof down to 40 feet
Pentax has introduced yet another set of rugged point-and-shoot cameras, the Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS. Both feature backlit 16-megapixel sensors capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps, while a "microscope" mode utilizes a ring of six LEDs to light shots as close as 1cm from the lens.
Pentax K-01 uses retro style but K-mount lenses
Pentax has quickly taken the wraps from the K-01, its higher-end mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Unlike the tiny Pentax Q, it uses a full-sized, 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor like a DSLR. It can even take Pentax's usual K-mount lenses, making it the first major mirrorless to take lenses from an existing DSLR system without an adapter.
Pentax K-01 images leak ahead of official debut
Ahead of its official unveiling in London on February 2, the Pentax K-01 camera may have been seen in images shared online by Mirrorless Rumors. The shooter was designed together with Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, according to Stuff-Review, and is expected to share its 16.2-megapixel sensor with the company's larger K-5. The camera will support K-mount lenses and is supposed to ship with a new DA 40mm f2.8 lens that's under 0.4 inches thick.
Sigma founder, CEO passes away at 78
CEO of camera and lens maker Sigma, sadly, has passed away. The 78-year-old Michihiro Yamaki succumbed in Tokyo, Japan on January 18 after a fight with liver cancer. Yamaki founded the company in 1961 and was heading up the company up to 2011, on its 50th anniversary.
Japan's Astrodesign also joins the standard
Two Japanese camera lens manufacturers have signed onto the Micro Four Thirds standard pioneered by Olympus and Panasonic. They include Kenko Tokina and Tamron, while a third Japanese company, Astrodesign, has also jumped onboard, though it makes video measuring equipment and not lenses. This should give those how have bought into the new type of camera, which allows for interchangeable lenses on digital camera bodies that are smaller than DSLRs, more options for lenses.
Pentax intros PS camera with vertical shutter
Pentax has slipped out the Optio VS20 camera with a second, vertical shutter. The new vertical shutter headlines the modelís list of features offering and users the ability to more easily take portrait oriented pictures when changing the camera orientation using its second shutter button. The camera also includes a night snap mode allowing the capture of more vibrant images with low blur and noise in low light settings.
Medium format camera makers Mamiya, Leaf merge
Mamiya Digital Imaging and Leaf Imaging, makers of medium-photography cameras, have merged. The new company, Mamiya Leaf, will combine their resources to develop new products, CNET reported. Before this, both companies produced devices controlled by Phase One digital backs.
Ricoh to bring out 16MP, modular lens to GXR cam
Ricoh will soon add a new lens module to its GXR camera, the company's Japanese website and roadmap revealed. It will be based on an APS-C sized CMOS sensor and use a 24-85mm equivalent zoom lens. The sensor is likely to use a Sony 16-megapixel chip for the module like that in the NEX-C3.
Adds support for over 20 more cameras
Adobe has posted the final editions of the Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5 updates. In both circumstances the software adds support for over 20 cameras. Consumer-level additions include the Fuji FinePix F600EXR, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Pentax Q, and Ricoh GXR Mount A12, as well as Olympus' E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1, Panasonic's DMC-FZ150, DMC-G3 and DMC-GF3, and Sony's NEX-C3, NEX-5N, SLT-A35, SLT-A65 and SLT-A77.
Pentax Optio RZ18 puts 18X zoom in small body
Pentax finished Monday with a unique take on the rapidly growing compact ultrazoom camera field. Its Optio RZ18 fits an 18X zoom 25-450mm equivalent lens with an f3.5-4.9 aperture into a consciously minimal design that stays relatively thin. A 16-megapixel sensor puts it at the higher end of the range, and it has an unusually wide ISO 80 to 6,400 sensitivty range for the class.
Nikon mirrorless cam leak gets price, 2011 ship
Nikon's long rumored mirrorless interchangeable lens camera received not just a vowed release this year but also a tentative price. A report [sub. required] in Japan's Nikkei pointed to sources who understood the camera would cost the equivalent of between $900 and $1,300. At the cost level, the camera would be equivalent to higher-end mirrorless cameras like the Olympus E-P3 or Sony NEX-7, although Japanese pricing usually includes tax and tends to be higher.
Nikon Pro series tops JD Power ranks
DSLR buyers are reportedly mostly satisfied with cameras' image quality, though some users are left desiring improvements to shutter speed and durability, according to the JD Power and Associates 2011 DSLR survey. The report measures five groups of factors: picture quality; durability and reliability, including battery life; features, such as zoom and image stabilization; ease of operation; and shutter speed/lag time.
Ricoh will focus on DSLR segment
Japanese optical equipment maker Hoya has announced the sale of its Pentax camera unit to rival manufacturer Ricoh. The Nikkei business daily reports the deal is worth 10 billion yen ($124 million). The selloff of the camera business was widely expected. Hoya bought Pentax in 2007 mainly for its medical technology.
Camera offers new Q-Mount lens system
Pentax has launched an entirely new camera system, labeled the Q. The platform aims to compete with Micro Four Thirds SLRs, but with Pentax's own Q-Mount lenses. The company claims it is offering the "world's smallest and lightest body" for an interchangeable design, constructed using a magnesium alloy. Like many small DSLRs, the Q lacks an optical viewfinder; users must rely on a three-inch LCD with 460,000-dot resolution and a viewing angle claimed to reach 170 degrees.
Supports latest Pentax DSLR models
Pentax has announced a new GPS tracking device for its DSLR cameras. The O-GPS1 records latitude, longitude, altitude, and time data along with the image data to provide precise information about the location where a picture was taken. Using a PC, this GPS data may then be used to track shooting locations and organize pictures.
NC-1 said to be smallest mirrorless camera
Corroborating earlier rumors surrounding a mirrorless Pentax camera, several press photos have finally surfaced. The images are tied to the model NC-1, which is said to represent one of the smallest mirrorless cameras to arrive on the market, while the company is also alleged to be working on a second mirrorless system with a larger build.
Pentax Optio RS1500 updates customizable camera
Pentax overnight brought out the second generation of its uncommonly customizable camera line. The Optio RS1500 preserves the swappable faceplates and lens rings to personalize the look but upgrades to keep in step with modern compacts. It shoots with a 14-megapixel sensor and a 4X (27.5-110mm equivalent) lens, though Pentax keeps the price low by using sensitivity alone (up to ISO 6,400) to stabilize the shot.
Pentax Optio S1 arrives with HDR shooting
Pentax on Wednesday night brought out a compact camera with its own company firsts. The Optio S1 is billed as the first Pentax compact camera to have a high dynamic range mode. Its technique overlays multiple shots and both reduces the likelihood of blown-out highlights while improving the detail in shadows.
Pentax unveils Optio WG-1 and silver K-5
Pentax led into the run-up for the CP+ camera show with one of its most hardened point-and-shoot cameras as well as special-edition DSLR hardware. The 14-megapixel Optio WG-1 is one of its toughest cameras to date and is not only dustproof, shockproof to five feet and waterproof to 33 feet deep, but also now crushproof. It can take pressure of up to 220 pounds without cracking.
Pentax makes limited-edition run of K-r DSLRs
Pentax has responded to customer demand for a concept by announcing it will soon release a limited run of specially multi-colored versions of its K-r DSLR camera. The camera's specs remain the same as the regular version, though it's paired with a new 35mm, f2.4 prime lens. Its hotshoe also houses a robot head that exists primarily for the purpose of aesthetics.
LG L-03C cameraphone due exclusively at DoCoMo
LG has revealed an upcoming cellphone that can easily double as a point-and-shoot camera, the L-03C. It will be exclusively available on DoCoMo and sports a 12.1-megapixel camera. Its light sensitivity more comparable to that of a dedicated camera and goes as high as ISO 3,200, while a Pentax f3.6-5.5 lens gives it a real 3X optical zoom and shutter speeds ranging from one second to 1/1,500. The L-03C can record HD videos at 720p quality.
Pentax 645D to cost $10,000, out in December
At Photokina this week, Pentax announced its belated 645D medium format digital camera will begin shipping in December in both the US and the UK. Stateside, the body only will be priced at a nice, round $10,000, while UK buyers will have the option to buy body for the equivalent of $14,150 or in kit form with a DFA 55mm 645 SDM lens for about $15,700. The camera has a 40-megapixel, 44x33mm CCD sensor and a 3-inch LCD with a 921k resolution.
Pentax intros K-5 DSLR for Photokina
(Updated with US pricing) Pentax today added a new mid-range SLR to its normally low-end mix. The K-5 has the highest resolution of any Pentax camera at 16.2 megapixels and puts it into more direct contention. Its CMOS sensor can shoot between ISO 100 and 12,800 with an extreme 51,200 setting and is matched by a significantly boosted 11-point autofocusing system.
New features step ahead of K-x
Pentax showed off its new K-r DSLR at a press event in New York City, where Electronista had a chance to take a few pictures with the pre-release cameras. As expected, the K-r represents a step forward from the company's K-x camera. Both DSLRs still occupy a niche somewhere between most entry-level and midrange offerings.
Pentax K-5 DSLR camera leaks out
An image of an upcoming Pentax K-5 digital SLR camera has been leaked courtesy of LensTip. At the same time, alleged specs of the camera have been revealed over on PentaxForums. The key rumored specs include a 16.2-megapixel Sony Exmor CMOS sensor, weather-sealed magnesium body and the abiltity to shoot 1080p HD video at 25p or 30p.
RS1000 and RZ10 show personality of owner
Pentax has announced two new 14 megapixel cameras will be added to its compact digital line, the RS1000 and RZ10. Like the K-x lineup, the new models let the camera body reflect the user's personality. The RS1000 allows users to choose from any of the eleven interchangeable faceplate skins that ship with the camera, or design their own on the Pentax website. The RZ10 will be available in four body colors: black, white, lime and violet.
Pentax launches K-r budget DSLR
Pentax on Thursday brought out an upgrade to its least expensive DSLR. The K-r directly tackles some of the issues with the earlier K-x and focuses on image performance first: it now shoots at up to ISO 25,600 (up from 12,800) and at up to 6FPS for 25 shots in continuous mode (up from 4.7). High dynamic range shooting is better with a new night-focused mode, and the shutter speed has climbed to 1/6000th of a second.
Brings color choices to 12 for DSLR
Pentax has added Beige, Chocolate, Olive, and Pink versions of the Pentax K-x
to its US lineup, bringing the number of color options for US shoppers to twelve. All four colors have been available in Japan for some time. The different colors are the only difference between the models as they all share the same 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, 720p video and 4.7FPS burst shooting as the original K-x and the previously introduced color models.
Pentax seen getting into mirrorless cams late
Pentax's plans to get into the currently hot mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera space were seemingly confirmed today by an analyst note (PDF stating it as fact. Citigroup Global Markets Japan said in discussing Pentax's earnings that its parent brand Hoya wants a Pentax camera in the group that would be "distinct" from what already exists. What else it would do, or when it would ship, weren't given out.
Pentax launches Option M90 camera in Europe
Pentax has signaled the near release of its latest compact digital camera, the 12.1-megapixel Optio M90. It comes coated in an uncommon rubber exterior for a better grip and has a relatively strong 5X wide angle digital zoom lens. Photos can be previewed on a 2.7-inch LCD screen and the camera has improved facial recognition features, smile capture and blink detection compared to older models.
Pentax K-x in US now has some Japan color options
Pentax provided a surprise to US photographers on Friday by giving them several new colors for the K-x DSLR. Previously only available in Japan, colors such as bright blue, green, orange, purple have joined the existing black and red. The original navy blue has disappeared from the line.
Company releases full specs
Following several teasers, Pentax has finally announced availability information and detailed specs for its upcoming 645D medium-format camera. The DSLR integrates a 40 megapixel sensor manufactured by Kodak, along with a SAFOX IX+ autofocus system providing 11 sensor points. Like many other Pentax cameras, the 645D features a semi-rugged body with 70 seals for resistance to dust, water and low temperatures.
Support for cameras from Leica, Pentax, Sony
Apple on Thursday released a RAW compatibility update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09. Version 3.1 expands the list of supported cameras to include the Hasselblad H3DII-50, Leica M9 and X1, Olympus E-P1 and E-P2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, Pentax K-7 and K-x, and Sony's DSLR-A500, -A550 and -A850.
Pentax W90 adds to X90 launched earlier
Pentax followed up the earlier launch of the X90 by launching the Optio W90. The new version of the rugged camera is tougher still than the W80 and is not only dustproof but cold-resistant to 14F and can be submerged in water up to 20 feet deep. Its rubberized housing can withstand drops from higher than the W80 at 4 feet.
Pentax X90 uses SW to extend 26X to 162X
Pentax today brought out a replacement for its long-serving X70. As an ultrazoom, the X90 already carries a 26X lens (26-676mm equivalent) but uses an "intelligent zoom" in software to reach 162.5X (4,225mm). Like most of these features, Pentax claims to avoid most of the typical degradation in image quality but hasn't said whether any obvious sacrifices are needed to reach the record-setting distance.
Limited edition K-7 DSLR due in Japan
Pentax on Monday announced a limited edition version of its K-7 DSLR, which is easy to spot thanks to its exclusive silver finish. The color matches that of Pentax' high-performance FA Limited lenses, and there is a new golden section ratio focusing screen that sports guiding lines and points that are curved on the screen. The LCD also gets a reinforced glass plate for protection against scratches and breaks.
Pentax pulls out of PMA digital imaging expo
(Update with PMAI response) Pentax has pulled out of this weekend's PMA show, with no explanation given, joining Canon and Leica in abandoning the show, according unofficial report on Friday. Whether this has to do with the change of venues from Las Vegas in 2009 to Anaheim this year is unknown. The decision is said to be that of Pentax specifically and not its parent company Hoya's.
May appear at Japanese CP+ trade show
Pentax Japan has added a teaser on its main page that indicates the digital version of the Pentax 645 is close to being unveiled. Pentax may make an official rollout at the upcoming Japanese CP+ industry trade show, which starts March 11. The 645D would be Pentax's first true medium-format digital camera.
New Pentax cams pay tribute to classic models
Pentax got ahead of rumors today by launching three expected Optios, two of which tout unusual designs. The I10 harks back to the look of vintage film SLRs and even includes a hint of SLR-level features. While still a compact camera with fixed-in-place 5X, 28-140mm equivalent lens, it supports remote control for indirect shooting. The 12-megapixel compact lacks an optical viewfinder but partly makes up for this with sensor-based image stabilization, 720p video capture and a new face detection system that can not only track 32 faces but recognize pets as well.
Pentax due to bow two retro cams Tuesday
A discovery on an online reseller's website Sunday (since pulled) has revealed that Pentax plans to draw attention at the upcoming PMA photography show with two unique cameras. The Optio H90 and L10 (pictured at top) will both carry a vintage look, with the former carrying some of the style of a rangefinder while the L10 will resemble a conventional film camera. Little is immediately shown in the images beyond the look, though the L10 will have a 5X, 5.1-25.5mm lens; both are regular compact cameras rather than Micro Four Thirds or DSLR models.
Pentax K-x camera brings HD movies
Pentax tonight aggressively tackled the starter DSLR field with an overhaul for its least expensive K series camera. Now using the Japanese naming scheme, the K-x becomes the least expensive DSLR ever to shoot video and records 720p at 24 frames per second. Compared to the K2000 it replaces, it also gets a much improved 12-megapixel CMOS sensor (up from a 10-megapixel CCD) that takes in more light and has a dramatically larger ISO range that normally sits between 200 and 6,400 but can extend to 100 and 12,800 with an override.
Pentax WS80 P80 E80 Cams
Pentax tonight updated its Optio compacts with three new models that include an update to its semi-rugged W models. The WS80 can withstand water at depths of up to 5 feet but still keeps in step with most newer point-and-shoot cameras, including an option of shooting 720p, 30FPS video rarely seen in its category. Still images are captured at 10 megapixels and get a relatively long 5X optical zoom as well as ISO 6,400 sensitivity, face detection and anti-shake compensation to compose shots.