Pentax announced today a new mid-range DSLR called the K-30. This camera is something new for Pentax, as it's the first to bring two control dials as well as weather-sealing to an affordable body. This means that the camera will be easier to use than intro-level models, as you will be able to control the shutter speed and aperture simultaneously without having to use any internal menus or additional buttons. The K-30 also features a new autofocus system called SAFOX IXi+ which we hope will bring its performance closer to that of the competition.
The K-30 is already available for pre-order at B&H photo for $849 (body-only). The camera will start shipping in late June, 2012.
- 16.28 Megapixel sensor
- Full HD video recording at 30FPS, 720p at 60FPS
- Weather sealed body
- 2 control wheels and additional external controls
- 3-inch VGA LCD
- Uses AA or rechargeable batteries
- 6FPS shutter
- Fast prime M processor
- Smooth 60FPS live view
- ISO range: 100-25,600
- Modernized 11-point autofocus
- 100% viewfinder coverage
- Available in black, blue, or white
- Price: $849
For more details on the Pentax K-30, please visit the official K-30 announcement post on PentaxForums.com.
The Pentax K-01 is a new K-mount mirrorless camera that's fully-compatible with all Pentax SLR lenses and boasts a new PRIME M imaging engine. At a $749 launch price, and it is also available with a new 40mm, which is the thinnest production interchangeable lens in the world!
Its highlights include improved video, the same award-winning sensor from the K-5, and a sleek and styish design which is neither too big nor too small.
Read the full announcement and our impressions of it.
After having gone through an entire year with no new K-mount announcements or rumors, and after a disappointing show at the CES, some promising rumors from the Pentax world have finally surfaced!
It now seems that a mirrorless Pentax K-mount camera will be officially announced at the CS+ photo show in Japan in February, and that it will become available shortly thereafter.
The new camera has tentatively been named the "Pentax K-01".