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Pentax is barely alive, but presents new APS-C flagship prototype
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    RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce a preview showing of the PENTAX K mount digital SLR camera at the "PENTAX Meeting 100th Anniversary Special" scheduled to be held Japan from September 21st.

    PENTAX K mount digital SLR camera

    • Model name: to be announced later
    • Flagship model of our K-mount digital SLR camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor
    • Currently under development for market launch in 2020
    • Price: Not decided

    Situation for Pentax is horrible, as they are alone who continue to develop SLR cameras (except top sport oriented models Nikon and Canon are mostly done).

    Expect horrible video features, as usual for any Pentax camera.

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  • Inside Pentax situation is horrible, whole company can close even before September (or sold or restructured with big cuts).

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    • Large 1.05x magnification optical viewfinder
    • The camera design is said to follow the K-1 design style
    • Improved AF performance, with improved AF tracking
    • Improved drive control
    • New battery grip shown
    • Planned for release by the end of 2020
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  • New stuff

    • New optical viewfinder, featuring a redesigned pentaprism made of high-refraction glass “that has never been used in a camera before.”
    • Improved body design and grip
    • Optimized control system, with an AF selection joystick and larger buttons than the KP
    • Newly-developed “smooth action shutter unit” with a very “light and smooth” action.
    • Large LCD panel on the top plate
    • Brand new sensor and image processor that promise improved image quality across the ISO range, but especially at high ISO. Minimum ISO will be 100.
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  • "May be right, may be wrong, sure gonna miss me when I'm gone"

  • Passed FCC

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    LSI is so old that it saw dinosaurs (around 4 years old).

    Support only Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.2.

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  • On August 21, Ricoh Imaging updated the special content "New APS-C flagship model latest information" on the web page. "Thoughts in New APS-C" (Part 2) has been released. Same as last time, Wakashiro, who is in charge of product planning, is the author of update.

    The second content highlights the concept of synchronization, "looking through the viewfinder and taking pictures." The first time was to show the Kodawari to the Pentaprism, but this time the creation of the finder part and the mounting of the eye sensor are taken up.

    Compared with the K-3 II (released in 2015), the new model has a viewfinder frame that is about 3.2 mm wider than the rear monitor so that the rear monitor has place for a nose when looking through the viewfinder.

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    Pentax K-3 Mark III

    • 26-megapixel CMOS sensor
    • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
    • SAFOX 13 sensor with 101 points (25 cross-type points) for AF
    • dual SD card slots
    • 12fps serial shooting
    • 100% coverage VF
    • 3.2” 1.62M-dot LCD
    • February 2021 launch
    • $1999 price

    This can be absolutely last DSLR camera from Ricoh under Pentax brand.

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  • Note how many hand soldered wires, big issue with production

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  • Magnesium casing

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  • I think I saw one on a cave painting.

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  • Interesting article overall

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    The first is our commitment to the "optical viewfinder." Mr. Takahashi, who says that the optical viewfinder is a symbol of a single-lens reflex camera, wants you to enjoy shooting "as if you were interacting with the subject" by capturing the raw light and seeing the live image directly with your eyes. .. This camera uses a newly developed optical viewfinder, which is not only the size of the viewfinder magnification that can be seen numerically, but also the "color", "easy to check focus and blur", and "four corners". It is said that he is thoroughly particular about the part of "how it looks".

    The second is our commitment to the "shooting process." Through the optical viewfinder, you can use your imagination to "imagine in your head and put your heart into it" to release the shutter. He said that he wants you to fully enjoy the shooting process because he is particular about sensuality such as the optical viewfinder, grip shape, and comfortable shutter feeling so that you can find fun and excitement there.

    The third is our commitment to "painting". The company explained that the impressions and colors that were engraved in the mind when the photographer faced the subject were called "impression colors." He says he has continued to take on the challenge of how to reproduce this impression color as the color of a photograph.

    https://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1297078.html

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  • Development update regarding the PENTAX’s new APS-C- format digital SLR flagship camera, PENTAX K-3 Mark III (second report)

    RICOH COMPANY, LTD. and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. sincerely appreciates your support and patronage of PENTAX products.

    We would like to present a progress report on the development of the PENTAX K-3 Mark III, the PENTAX’s new APS-C-format digital SLR flagship camera, whose development was first announced to the public on October 27, 2020.

    Although it was initially announced that this camera would be launched on the market around the world premiere show “CP + 2021” of cameras and photographic images, scheduled to be held from February 25 to 28, 2021.

    As some of the product parts are delayed, and we have determined that development will require a greater amount of time for us to achieve the exceptional performance and finest quality that is the hallmark of next aps-c flagship model.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause,and ask for your kind understanding of our development efforts. Note:

    • Product name: PENTAX K-3 Mark III
    • Launch date:Initially announced market launch date: The launch target is around the period of the CP+ camera exhibition, which will be held from February 25 to 28 in 2021. Revised market launch date (forecast): We will inform you again in the near future.

    Rumors are that Pentax can be sold and cease cameras production around May-June 2021.