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The Pentax 645Z is the latest medium-format camera to use a CMOS sensor

Just a few months ago, there were no medium-format cameras with CMOS sensors. Now, it feels like you can't turn around in a camera store without bumping into one. Following hot on the heels of the Hasselblad H5D-50c and Phase One IQ250 is the Pentax 645Z, from Ricoh Imaging. An update to the Pentax 645D, the new US$8,500 medium-format DSLR features a 51.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, a wide sensitivity range, and Full HD video recording.  Read More

The WG-4 GPS is the new top-of-the-range tough camera from Ricoh

Ricoh has revealed a trio of new ruggedized cameras which are designed to cope with the demands of thrill-seeking photographers. In addition to being tough enough to use in extreme conditions - whether that's underwater, in very cold temperatures, or being subjected to shocks - the new WG-4 GPS, WG-4 and WG-20 cameras will also work with a new action-oriented mounting system.  Read More

The Pentax K-3 DSLR from Ricoh Imaging

Ricoh Imaging America has taken the wraps off a new Pentax K Series flagship camera that's been described by Executive VP Jim Malcolm as the most complete and capable APS-C offering in the history of the company. The K-3 high-end 24 MP enthusiast DSLR features a brand new sensor, the latest image processor and a sensor shift image stabilization system that's been persuaded to impersonate a low pass filter.  Read More

There are 20 body colors to choose from and six grip colors, with buyers being able to sel...

When it comes to outlandish color schemes for digital SLR cameras, Pentax surely takes the crown. With the launch of its K-50 mid-range DSLR, Japan's photography giant is putting the choice of camera body color firmly in the hands of its customers. There are 20 body colors to choose from and six grip colors, with buyers being able to select from up to 120 combinations. The new 16 megapixel camera includes a broad sensitivity range, an 11 point tracking autofocus system, and an optical viewfinder with 100 percent field of view. It's joined by the similar, but cheaper, K-500 entry-level DSLR.  Read More

Pentax Ricoh Imaging is taking its first dip into the enthusiast compact camera market wit...

The days when the handy pocket snapper was the weapon of choice for grabbing a quick photo or two have all-but gone, thanks largely to the increasingly capable cameras on the ubiquitous smartphone. Manufacturers looking to tempt folks into buying a dedicated compact camera are having to up their game a notch or two and offer consumers top quality sensors and powerful image processors, more manual control over the end result, and a little more style and finesse. Such is the case with the new vintage-styled MX-1 from Pentax Ricoh Imaging, featuring brass top and bottom plates, a dedicated exposure compensation dial in addition to the mode selection dial, and supporting both RAW and JPEG image formats.  Read More

Entry level DSLR Comparison Guide 2012

After a couple of years ruling the roost as the default go-to for photographers wanting a step-up from their point-and-shoot, DSLRs are now facing increased competition from mirrorless cameras. As a result manufacturers are having to up their game and in 2012 we've seen DSLRs gain improved performance and a number of new features. Our 2012 Entry and Mid-Range DSLR Comparison Guide is designed to help you pick the best new DSLR for you.  Read More

Pentax has detailed the successors to its flagship K-5 digital SLR camera – the 16.28-mega...

Two years after launching its flagship K-5 DSLR camera, Pentax has announced a successor. The Mark II features the company's latest generation image sensor, an LCD display with no air gap between the panel and glass, and a newly-developed low-light-friendly autofocus sensor that promises increased AF accuracy when using fast lenses.  Read More

The mid-level Pentax K-30 is said to offer 'worry-free photography' thanks to 81 seals whi...

Professional DSLRs like the Nikon D4 and the Canon EOS-1D X are hard-as-nails devices which can take a battering and operate in the toughest of conditions. Users with more modest cameras however, have to be a little more considerate about where and when they shoot. In the middle of a torrential downpour for example, not a good idea … normally. The Pentax K-30 is a mid-level DSLR which packs weather-resistance and dustproofing into an entry-level sized camera.  Read More

Pentax Ricoh has teamed up with noted designer Marc Newson to create the Pentax K-01 inter...

Pentax Ricoh and acclaimed designer Marc Newson have joined forces to create a new 16 megapixel mirrorless camera and a new pancake lens that's claimed to be the world's thinnest interchangeable lens. The Pentax K-01 interchangeable lens camera (pronounced "kay zero one") is also said to be compatible with over 25 million previously-produced Pentax K-mount lenses.  Read More

Pentax is about to release what is claimed to be the world's smallest and lightest interch...

Pentax has announced the first pocket-friendly interchangeable lens camera to sport its new bayonet lens mount. The company says that its Q mount is about a third less in diameter than the more familiar K-mount, thanks to a reduction in the distance from the lens mount surface to the image sensor and by tweaking the size of the lens image circle to be proportionate to the sensor. The Pentax Q also makes use of a compact camera-sized sensor and sacrifices the onboard optical viewfinder, mirror box, focusing plate and autofocus sensor to help keep proportions to a minimum - making it about the same size as my Umbra credit card case. Other features of note include a programmable dial on the front for quick access to frequently-used settings, the ability to shoot full high definition video and a built-in flash that can pop up to help reduce red-eye.  Read More

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