Pentax gonna Pentax: 100th anniversary flagship camera is an APS-C DSLR

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Ricoh Imaging has given us the primary glimpse at a model new flagship digital camera to commemorate its 100th anniversary. And, in probably the most Pentaxy transfer conceivable, it is an APS-C DSLR. 

The digital camera is scheduled for launch in 2020, and can be exhibited on the Pentax Assembly 100th Anniversary Particular occasion going down in Japan on 21 September.

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We all know little or no in regards to the digital camera, not even its identify, although the corporate might effectively reveal extra particulars at its occasion. Nonetheless, we are able to decide a couple of issues from the official photographs. 

Pentax gonna Pentax: 100th anniversary flagship camera is an APS-C DSLR

The Pentax 100th anniversary digital camera includes a high LCD panel and picture stabilization

(Picture credit score: Ricoh Imaging)

The shape issue appears like a cross between the Pentax KP and Pentax Ok-70, with a grip that’s barely much less pronounced than the latter, but it surely’s sleeker and extra svelte than both predecessor. 

It incorporates each a rear joystick and a high LCD panel, however its rear display screen doesn’t tilt or articulate. The gold “SR” on the entrance of the digital camera confirms that it’ll possess Shake Discount picture stabilization. 

With regard to specs, it might be good if Pentax may enhance on the 24MP sensors in its current APS-C lineup, although we might not see an enormous leap the way in which we did with the 32.5MP sensor contained in the Canon EOS M6 Mark II. 

A extra formidable burst charge can be appreciated for a flagship digital camera, and naturally it is fairly crucial nowadays to incorporate 4K video – 120fps might be a little bit of an ask, however 60fps can be appreciated.

Pentax gonna Pentax: 100th anniversary flagship camera is an APS-C DSLR

The rear of the Pentax 100th anniversary digital camera includes a joystick, however a set LCD display screen

(Picture credit score: Ricoh Imaging)

With Sigma abandoning the Ok-mount, the longer term prospects for cameras utilizing the mount is rather less than rosy – and it is also symptomatic of the mirrorless curve that Pentax is willfully falling behind. 

It was solely a few months in the past that Ricoh asserted DSLRs will make a comeback: “after one or two years, some users who changed their system from DSLR to mirrorless come back to the DSLR again.”

It is actually a far cry from Olympus, which celebrated its personal 100th birthday earlier this yr by releasing two mirrorless flagships (a restricted version silver Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and an all-new Olympus OM-D E-M1X). So it is actually courageous of Pentax to stay to its DSLR weapons, with what seems to be a dying mount, however Pentax would not be Pentax if it did issues another means. 

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