PENTAX Announces K-5 Digital SLR for Advanced Amateur Photographers GOLDEN, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PENTAX Imaging Systems has announced the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera. The K-5 DSLR offers a true high-end prosumer design and features normally found only on the most costly of professional cameras. With exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, and the compact, lightweight body of its predecessor, the PENTAX K-7, the new K-5 offers several important and improved features. The pro-oriented “prosumer” features that take this latest PENTAX DSLR to the next level include: * High resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. * Fast up to 7 FPS to capture fast action shots. * High sensitivity 80-12800 ISO range, expandable to 51200, with improved noise performance overall. * Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound via built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack. * Newly improved, highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor. * Focus and shutter speed priority during AF-C. * Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files. * Improved in-camera HDR image capture with more blending modes and better image alignment for handheld HDR shots. * SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update). Additional important features on the new PENTAX K-5 digital SLR include: * A fully weather-sealed and coldproof design. * A large 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution. * Durable magnesium alloy that surrounds a rugged stainless steel chassis. * Highly accurate 77 segment metering system. * Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification. * PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system that works with every PENTAX lens ever made. * A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed. * HDMI port outputs high-definition images and video (and sound). * A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters. * Customizable RAW/Fx button. * Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in LCD panel. These improvements and features are a direct result of customer feedback provided to PENTAX by dedicated “prosumer” Pentaxian shooters who have helped refine the K-5 to deliver a wide feature set and make it a perfect all-purpose camera for field or studio use. The K-5 is an excellent choice for advanced enthusiasts looking for a compact, yet highly advanced camera without spending thousands of dollars more. The PENTAX K-5 digital SLR will ship in October 2010 as a body kit only for $1,599.95 USD or as a lens kit with the 18-55mm WR for $1,749.95 USD. PENTAX Imaging also announced the smc PENTAX-DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens designed exclusively for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras. This interchangeable zoom lens features a simplified weather-resistant construction and extra-smooth autofocus operation using a built-in motor, in addition to its high 7.5X zoom ratio. This new lens will ship in October for $529.95 USD. More information is available here: www.pentaximaging.com and product images are available here: www.pentaximaging.com/press/pressfiles.html An informational video is available here: www.youtube.com/pentaxian1
This thing has truly bitchin' specs!
It's priced a little high for me, and if I were to want to adopt it, I would have to also spend a fortune in lenses to retain the shooting flexibility that I now have with my Nikon camera.
Once you decide on a brand, you're locked into that brand economically because they're all propitiatory.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
^^^^^^^ I second that. I am locked to Nikon as well and I really want to get that D7000 asap! That's almost as close it can get with a $1200 price. Though I am completely skeptical about that 12K iso limit in the Pentax. I doubt how much of that is really usable. Nikon played it safe and set the limit @ 6400, which pretty much appears to be usable. Nikon also clearly placed the D7K right in between the current D90 ($799-849) and the D300S ($1700), though some say its better than a D300S and going by the specs it seems.
Do we really have a REAL D90 replacement in the new D7000, only time / Side by side field comparisons will tell.
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