Items tagged with PENTAX

When it comes to cameras, small is clearly "in." Pentax is joining the mirrorless ranks with yet another option, the Q10. It's a swanky looking shooter that's super compact and about as lightweight as they come; it's an interchangable lens model, which supports Q-mount lenses. In addition, the new Q10 retains all the creative features of its predecessor – including the bokeh control function to create a defocused effect typical of an SLR camera, and the Smart Effect modes to apply various built-in filters with a simple turn of the dial. Spec wise, there's a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor,... Read more...
Half retro, half modern tech. It's the new Pentax X-5, a superzoom prosumer camera that attempts to bridge the gap between conventional point-and-shoot and full-blown DSLR. Digging into the specifications, there's a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, a tiltable LCD monitor, a 26x optical telephoto zoom lens (that'll get you out to 580mm or so), and a Macro mode that'll handle subjects as close as 0.4". There's also a 3" screen on the rear, a native ISO range that tops out at 6400 and triple shake-reduction. You'll get a 1080p movie mode that can handle up to 30 frames per second, as well as electronic viewfinder.... Read more...
Sometimes, weather just doesn't cooperate. For times when rain and mist quite literally moisten your parade, most folks would be content with simply not taking photographs. But if you're armed with Pentax's new 16MP K-30 DSLR, you can shoot away without too much worry. The company's latest shooter is weather and dust resistant, aimed at those who spend loads of time outdoors. It offers up a glass prism optical finder with 100% field of view, a new autofocus system and Full HD video recording. There's also a high-burst shooting mode, a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/6000 second, and... Read more...
Last year, you may have thought that Micro Four Thirds and mirrorless mini-cams were bound to steal the thunder of major DSLRs. Not so. This year, the D800, D800E and D4 were unveiled by Nikon, and Canon has launched the 5D Mark III. In order to get in on the action, Pentax has just launched the K-5 Silver Special Edition. Available only as a limited edition of 1,500 sets worldwide, the package consists of the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera body matched with the new, ultra thin smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens. The exclusive package combines the PENTAX K-5 - the flagship model of the PENTAX K series... Read more...
Consolidation in the photography industry? It's happening. It's starting on a smaller scale, but it's likely to expand in due time. Ricoh has just announced they will be the ones picking up the Pentax camera business from Hoya, with a company known for copiers and scanners evidently wanting access to Pentax's SLR technology. What's a company like Ricoh going to do with it? That's a great question. It's a bit tough to think about a Ricoh-branded DSLR, and with Nikon and Canon already owning a lion's share of the market, one has to wonder how much success the company will have in this market, anyway.... Read more...
Pentax announced the new Optio RS1500 digital compact camera. What's unique about this camera is that it features a removable faceplate system with a screwless faceplate design and interchangeable lens ring snap that will hold custom skins of your design in place. The camera ships with 10 skins, and you can always create your own using the PENTAX PERSONAL SKIN DESIGNER software. The skins can be printed from your color printer. The camera features a 14 megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD, and a 4x optical zoom. It is expected to be available in April for about $150. PENTAX Introduces Second-Generation... Read more...
The "mirrorless" camera war seems to be the most heated right now, but the DSLR war is the one that will never stop in all likelihood. Pentax has arrived to the party swinging with their new K-5 Digital SLR, aimed at advanced amateur photographers. The prosumer DSLR has a 16.3MP CMOS sensor, up to 7FPS fast shooting, an ISO range of 80 to 12800 (expandable to 51200) and widescreen 1080p video capture abilities. There's also a rare 3.5mm microphone jack, an 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor, native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe... Read more...
Custom cameras. You don't hear that very often. But Pentax is offering you that opportunity with their new Optio RS1000 and Optio RZ10. Both of these point and shoot cameras come with faceplates that can be swapped out for different moods and seasons, and the removable faceplate is to hold interchangeable skins of any personal design. Pentax calls the design possibilities for the RS1000 "infinite," noting that owners can use the included SkinIt gift card to design and order a free 3M skin. But the design aspect is only half the story. The RS1000 has a 14MP sensor, a 3" rear LCD, 4x optical zoom... Read more...
The point-n-shoot category is filled with colorful cameras of all shapes and sizes, and some even sport cartoon characters on and around the body. Is this where the DSLR market is headed, too? We don't know, but one thing's for sure -- the era of black and silver only DSLR cameras has come to a close. That's because Pentax has decided to shake things up with a colorful new line of digital SLR bodies so that potential owners can "choose on that matches their personal style." The K-r, as Pentax is calling its newest DSLR, comes in red (as shown) or classic white, and who knows, maybe more colors... Read more...
Pentax has their work cut out for them. With companies like Olympus, Nikon and Canon dominating the DSLR scene, it's tough to get anyone's attention with a different label. That said, colors sure do get attention, and that's exactly the tactic Pentax is using with their newest lineup. The company's K-x DSLR line has been available overseas in a variety of hues for awhile now, but Americans were stuck with just the basics. Now, the K-x can be ordered by Americans in limited edition bright blue, orange, green and purple. Each kit comes with an 18-55mm lens and an array of features including Live... Read more...
After a month-long online campaign to promote its launch, Pentax is finally unveiling the 645D medium format digital camera. This is the first digital version of the company's 645 medium format camera system. It features a 40 megapixel, 44 x 33 CCD sensor as well as a 921k dot 3.0-inch LCD. The camera is compatible with the existing 645 system lenses. Sadly, the camera will initially be available only in Japan. It will carry a suggested price of ¥850,000 (approximately US $9,400) and should be available in May. PENTAX 645D PENTAX's First Medium-Format Digital SLR Camera: Designed to be the... Read more...
If you can dish it, the Pentax Optio W90 digicam can probably take it. In fact, there's not much this rugged eleventh-gen Optio can't take, including water, shock, and extremely low temps.According to Pentax, you can submerge the W90 in up to 20 feet of water, making it a suitable option for snorkeling and pool parties alike. It's also shockproof up to 4 feet, and able to withstand sub-freezing temps in case you find yourself chasing the abominable snowman, banished to Siberia, or living in Michigan.Outside of its rugged design, the Optio W90 also boasts a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch LCD screen... Read more...
Pentax announced three new digital cameras today that bring back the classic look of cameras from days past. The PENTAX Optio I-10 features a flash unit and speaker in the upper mid-section of the SLR-shaped body. This camera also offers a wide angle 5X optical zoom lens (28mm-140mm equivalent), a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor, a 2.7 inch widescreen LCD, and the ability to capture HD video at 720p and 30 fps. The Optio I-10 also has a mechanical sensor shift Shake Reduction system and improved Pixel Track Shake Reduction technology for blur-free images. The Optio I-10 can be controlled by a remote... Read more...
Remember Pentax's K-x DSLR that it delivered back in late September? Believe it or not, the camera you're looking at here is that same model--just one with a whole new outfit. Designed as a limited edition bundle exclusively for the Japanese (or import) market, the Korejanai K-x is a colorful version of the HD-video-equipped K-x. A really colorful version. Just 100 of these will be produced, and they'll all be sold with a matching Korejanai Robot Model and a limited-run, colorful smc PENTAX DA-L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL lens. The actual hardware of the camera remains the same as the original, though... Read more...
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