Pentax full-frame: eye-opening ergonomics

23 Oct

Apparently, the cat’s out the bag today at Photo Plus. The Pentax full-frame will be released with an amazing new user interface design that takes it back to the strengths of the K-5. Central to this is a dial on which you pick what you want to set, e.g. ISO or HDR characteristics, and a second dial on which to make the actual setting. This allows you to have full manual control over one extra setting in addition to aperture (rear wheel, as K-5/K-3) and shutter speed (front wheel, as K-5/K-3), so that you don’t have to take your eye off the viewfinder.

They showed an actual production copy behind glass – the way we know it’s a production copy is that they had to tape over the name. So the name is still a secret.

The camera has two card slots.

There’s a growing rumour that the display, which is tiltable (in three dimensions), will also be detachable.

Rumours about it having either a 36 megapixel or 42 megapixel sensor also continue to circulate – both apparently from reliable sources!

Rumoured initial price is 2400 USD, with an expected street price of 1900 USD.

Will continue to update as I learn more.

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    […] But from samples I’ve seen, the new co-processor, dubbed in the latest press release a “state-of-the-art accelerator unit”, renders such concerns obsolete. In the samples, ISO 6400 looks rather clean, and I’m curious to take a closer look at ISO 12,800. Several in the Pentax community have commented that they might delay their entry into full frame based on this camera’s performance, so the pressure is on for Pentax to bring the accelerator unit and high ISO performance to an updated K-1 full frame camera. […]

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    […] But from samples I’ve seen, the new co-processor, dubbed in the latest press release a “state-of-the-art accelerator unit”, renders such concerns obsolete. In the samples, ISO 6400 looks rather clean, and I’m curious to take a closer look at ISO 12,800. Several in the Pentax community have commented that they might delay their entry into full frame based on this camera’s performance, so the pressure is on for Pentax to bring the accelerator unit and high ISO performance to an updated K-1 full frame camera. […]

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