More Pentax rumors

More details surfaced about the upcoming Pentax announcements on September 9th and September 20th. In addition to the K-5 and the K-r, expected are also, at least two new lenses, some compact cameras and may be “something completely new”. Still not sure how the new products will be divided between both announcements.

The two new lenses are:

  • DA 35 f/2.4: budget, all-plastic lens; target price below $200
  • DA 18-125 f/3,5-5,6

The K-x and K-r models will probably coexist for a while. K-7 production has already been stopped. Some more details on  the new DSLRs in addition to the specs from yesterday:

  • Pentax K-r: K-x body; AF active sensor visible in the viewfinder; Sony Exmor HD 14 MP sensor (NOT 12 MP as previously reported); 720p video.
  • Pentax K-5: K-7 body; slightly better AF (incorporating some tweaks developed for 645D); Sony Exmor HD 16 MP sensor; 1080 video (unclear whether “i” or “p”).

In terms of the “completely new” product, the expectations are for a new Pentax EVIL camera that could be shown at Photokina , probably under glass, just like the 645D few years back. The second possibility (very low chance) is a new full frame Pentax DSLR.

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