This morning, I made a first tour across Photokina opening tomorrow in Cologne. It is already open to the press and most booths are still under construction. I'll report more about Photokina later today and this week. Nevertheless, I have a couple first impressions to share.
- Same specs as the Pentax K-7 which it succeeds, except:
- New CMOS sensor with integrated A/D converter and 16.3 MP (4928 x 3264).
- Noise reduction configurable per ISO.
- New prime II four channel processing (but I believe K-7 had prime II too).
- 7.0 fps.
- New SAFOX IX+ 11 point autofocus with higher light sensitivity (larger light intake).
"Complete rehaul and faster and more accurate".
- ISO 80 to 51.200 (standard is 100 to 12.800).
- Sensor position is adjustable in order to tune to lens (whatever this means, I will clarify).
- Full HD video with 1920x1080 25fps.
- HDR with image alignment and adjustable equalizing parameter.
- Golden rule grid and scale grid in LV.
- Electronic horizon for roll (old) and pitch (new).
- 670g body only w/o batteries.
- German list price body only €1.459,- which includes 19% VAT.
- Available in October 2010.
The press kit is full of errors and I'll have to verify a number of other details first. E.g., I doubt that the camera ships June 2009 ;) Meanwhile, I verified and it ships next month already! They fixed a number of other errors too.
The price hints at a US list price of $1,399.- which is only $100 more than the D7000 and means that both cameras will have an equal street price.
Let me repeat: The K-5 is not more expensive than the D7000!
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Two points I have run a quick test for are (i.e., I may have missed a hidden custom function): no manual control in video (merde) and almost certainly no f/2.8 center AF sensor. However, the AF box on the bottom of the mirror box changed indeed. I took a photograph of it. The AF feels faster too.
"Sensor position is adjustable in order to tune to lens" and "New prime II processor" are two questions Pentax has to call back Japan to find out what this actually means ...
I'll have more about the K-5 in a separate blog article.
Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED WR new kit lens
This lens has the additional "DC" designation. I asked. It stands for a new, faster ultrasonic focus motor. Pentax could not answer the question if this implies a ring type motor. The list price is 799.- € incl. 19% VAT.
Pentax introduces the applauded 645D medium format digital camera in the Europen market. It is the same model as in the Japanese market and will be available January 2011 for 10,000.- € incl. 19% VAT list price. Add another 1,000.- € incl. 19% VAT list price for the 55/2.8 lens.
The positioning is straightforward: best image quality for both the entire range of outdoor as well as indoor photography. What a well defined positioning ;)
I heard people say that the backlog of orders in Japan is slowly decreasing now and this is why delivery outside Japan has become possible. In other words, it was sold out which is why we haven't seen more gray imports actually.
The 645D press announcement contains no mention about a creation of a professional support network. I heard that this is under consideration though. Strange.
For anybody visiting Photokina: Pentax has one single 645D in the business area behind the public area of their booth. This is an restricted area. You normally have to be press or a business partner to enter. But insist a bit, maybe refer to my blog, and I think you will be able to do a quick test. Bring an SD card because you can put your own card if you don't ask ;)
Fuji Finepix X100
Fuji announced a camera in development, the Finepix X100. They showed a prototype and it is awesome. It is the perfect blend between a rangefinder and an EVIL camera. Well, almost because its lens isn't interchangeable.
It is an APS-C camera with a an "exceptional resolution" 23mm f/2 fixed prime lens and a very rangefinder-like viewfinder: It is both optical and electronic! You switch between optical and electronic. Additionally, the optical viewfinder may display an electronic overlay for additional information. And so, it is no surprise the camera looks like a rangefinder.
I asked why not with a lens mount? Answer: We want see how this one sells first. I asked: but you know that if this version does not sell it may be because it has no mount? Answer: no, is it so...?
Obviously, the X100 was made to compete against the Leica X1. With the optical viewfinder as its bonus. I asked if its cheaper than Leica X1. Answer was hesitant. Eventually they gave me "1000" as a ballpark number which would be about 2/3 of a Leica X1.
The Finepix X100 was one of the positive surprises of the Photokina.
Who says that Pentax is the only company with colorful bodies?
An Olympus P&S embedded into a frozen block of melting ice. Marie is behind the block though :)
Ah yes, Olympus showed the E-5 of course and a concept camera which is said to compete against the Panasonic LX5 with a high resolution Zuiko lens. They denied to answer questions about its sensor size. However to my eye, the camera looked larger than an LX5.
Lomographical bodies in various colors.
I'll update my blog with more articles about the Pentax K-5 as soon as possible. Enjoy the read for the time being.