Could this Pentax flash patent be for their rumored mirrorless camera?

Pentax filed a patent in Japan for a compact camera flash:

The flash drawings look very similar to the pop-up flash of the Panasonic GF2:

Could this flash patent be for the rumored Pentax mirrorless camera? Based on the complexity of the design, I think Pentax is planning at least a high-end point-and-shoot camera (see their current P&S line-up here).

Some more drawing from the patent application after the break:

  • Patent publication: 2010-266770
  • Patent release date: 11/25/2010
  • Patent filing date: 05/18/2009
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