Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Nikon New Entry Level DSLR to Come, Whats Pentax?

Whilst Canon is to market their very strong entry level EOS 500D DSLR very soon by this April (already reported for the rumour earlier before, here), Nikon is just not sitting there and wait Canon to bite their cake! Here is the latest news from the Nikon Rumors:-

http://nikonrumors.com/2009/04/06/more-spy-shots.aspx

As we can see from the outlook of the camera and its mode dial, it is just an entry level DSLR, but with an articulated LCD display with great degree of freedom. Of course, this new DSLR is LiveView capable, and possibly should have improved video recording capabilities than their old D90, which was the first DSLR in the world for recording HD movie (although not Full HD). Well, we could clearly see the innovativeness of Nikon there.

Now, Pentax has only the K-m in the entry level class, which even has no LiveView feature nor any bonus features which have now become standard features for most other entry level DSLRs by *all* others (with the exception of the built-in digital art filters, which have now also been the new trend). What Pentax knew is to repaint and repaint again their DSLR bodies like the White, Olive K-m and the Silver K20D, which is pretty sad and just a waste of time and already limited resources IMHO.

So, what Pentax will give us in the meantime? Whats Next? When? Can they update the features for their new DSLR bod(ies)? (if any and it does not come too late.) At the end of the days, I will still like to ask: When will YOU (Pentax) give us existing Pentax users something REAL and Exotic??? Never? Forever??

April 14 Update:-

Nikon D5000! More News here at 1001 Noisy Cameras.

7 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Canon 500D ant k-m are not direct competitors, look at the price difference. And we don't know anything about new nikon yet (articulated screen doesn't mean it's a cheap entry level camera) so conclusion are a bit in a hurry?

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many people long for extras beyond getting good photos quickly and with a minimum of post-processing?

For me, having Shake Reduction built in to my Pentax dslr and great high iso performance are the key factors when out and about.

Image stabilisation costs extra with Nikon and Canon where new lenses with greater optical and mechanical complexity are needed.

Exposure accuracy? More important is colour balance, and here Pentax leads, at least to my eyes.

Happy photography.

Richard Hill

RiceHigh said...

Exposure accuracy should prevail colour accuracy as only a correctly exposed picture which has more tones recorded with less noise will have better image quality and colour rendition as well.

RiceHigh said...

> Canon 500D ant k-m are not direct competitors, look at the price difference. And we don't know anything about new nikon yet (articulated screen doesn't mean it's a cheap entry level camera) so conclusion are a bit in a hurry?

If K-m is not the direct competitor to the 500D, what's Pentax's offer to compete with the 500D? None, actually.

orly_andico said...

EOS 500D SRP is actually more than K20D current price..

RiceHigh said...

Yes, that's why Pentax can't make any money!

They need to act fast and market more updated models in time. With new models which should have more updated features, they can get a higher profit margin and sell more - the only way that they can survive.

Anonymous said...

Didn't you hear the news ? I bet you did. It's planned for this summer and it's a good thing. In the meantime, nobody, exept you, will be unhappy to find such a great DSLR as the the K20D for such a cheap price.

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