June 13, 2013

Pentax Announced 3 New Cameras the K50 & K500 DSLRs and Q7 Mirrorless

Availability updated 30 August 2013
Pentax announced not one but three new cameras with a broad collection of features and a broader selection of colors.

Pentax K-50
K-50 is a mid-level DSLR with most prominent features:
Customizable in 120 colors
16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
6 frames per second continuous shooting
Fast Shutter speed up to 1/6000
ISO Speeds up to 51200
High Precision SAFOX IXi+ Auto Focusing
Pentaprism Viewfinder for 100% Field of View & 4 optional Focusing Screens
Fully Weather-sealed, Dustproof, Coldproof Design
Innovative In-body Shake Reduction (SR) Mechanism
Dual-axis electronic level
Standard Lithium-ion battery or optional use of AA-size batteries.

K-50 will be offered as a body only version or bundled with also weather sealed lenses DAL 18-55mm AL WR, DAL 18-55mm AL WR + DAL 50-200mm AL WR, or DAL 18-135mm AL WR.

I don't know if fancy colors will be of any help when shooting pictures but the selection of colors for the K-50 is impressive with 120 Color combinations to choose from!
You may play with Pentax K50 Color Simulator for a preview of each though.
Pentax K-500
The entry level K-500 has all the K-50 characteristics but the weather sealing and Li-Ion battery, coming with an AAA battery adapter and in black only color.
K-500 will be offered as a kit with non weather sealed lenses DAL 18-55mm, or DAL 18-55mm  + DAL 50-200mm .



Pentax Q7
Although Q7 features a 12.2 mp sensor is a major upgrade over the Q10 with an 1/1.7" back-illuminated CMOS censor and a new image engine. Key features:
Customizable in 120 colors
Q-Mount Compatible with system of lenses
Smart Effects Modes & Creative User Modes, Bokeh Control, Customized Quick Dial
In-body Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction (SR) Mechanism
Fast shooting at 5 FPS and shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 30 seconds, Fast Autofocus, ISO Speeds up to 12800
Traditional DSLR Modes, In-body raw development, HDR Capture, Full 1080p h.264 HD video recording
HDMI Port, Built-In Popup Flash, SD, SDHC, SDXC compatible, Optional External Viewfinder Available for Purchase
Q7 will come as a kit with a Q mount 5-15mm zoom lens (27.5-83.0mm 35mm equivalent).
You may also play with Pentax Q7 Color Simulator for a preview of the 120 color combinations.

Availability:
The K-50 and K-500 DSLRs are going to be available for delivery on the 1st of July 2013 while the Mirrorless Q7 will be available in August 2013.
Meanwhile, all models are available for pre-order : Pentax K-50 DSLR CameraPentax K-500 DSLR CameraPentax Q7 Mirrorless Camera at Adorama.com

Update 30 August 2013
The Pentax K-50 DSLR and Pentax K-500 DSLR, are in stock at Amazon.com with a 4% back in rewards for selected models while the Pentax Q7 Mirrorless will be available on September 15, 2013.

Relevant Links:
Pentax K-50 DSLR Full features and specification
Pentax K-500 DSLR Full features and specification
Pentax Q7 Mirrorless Full features and specification

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