Leaked images ahead of its suspected launch tomorrow is the Pentax KP. Is it the K3-II replacement? It’s a rather different beast in terms of styling looking somewhere between a mirrorless and DLSR camera, though the specs obviously out-performs its older brother, so maybe Ricoh have taken a bold step…in which direction is harder to judge. There’s a hint of Nikon’s Df, and dash of Sony A7 series to it.
First impression is that it lacks to true retro aesthetic of the Df and the modern simplicity of the current A7’s. My design eye says its a little clunky looking; a collection of ideas and features – that may result in a camera that’s technically very versatile – but a bit lacking in a cohesive or iconic style. You can argue of course that was exactly the Nikon Df’s problem – purist design ethos, but that limits its use. And of course, a camera belongs in the hand to truly feel how it works.
It comes with a modular grip system in three different sizes…attached via an Ikea allen key (?!) and a new battery grip extends that grip system. It also comes with a more traditional tilting 3″ screen than its full frame big brother K-1’s ‘quadpod’ like system. The flip-up flash is back too!
here are the Pentax KP specifications:
- New generation 24.33 Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor
- ‘PRIME IV’ image processing engine with image accelerator unit
- 5-axis ‘SR II’ in-body image stabilization (5-stop correction)
- 27-point ‘SAFOX 11’ autofocus system (25 cross-type)
- Sensitivity: ISO 100-819,200
- Continuous drive: 7 fps
- Maximum shutter speed 1/24,000 s (electronic shutter)
- Dust-proof and drip-proof casing with 67 seals; cold resistance up to minus 10℃
- Pixel Shift
- Optical viewfinder with 100% coverage
- 3-inch tilting LCD screen
- Video: Full HD
- DR II
- Dimensions: 131.5 x 101 x 76mm
- Weight: 643g