First, there is no sample by the new kit prime. Second, there is no portrait sample. Isn't that the 645D is targeted to be a studio camera? Why no portrait??
Nevertheless, I am completely not impressed with the Image Quality, Colour Accuracy and Exposure Accuracy of all those samples. Image look dark, colours look dull and unfavourable whilst greens look too ex-exaggerated than real. Digital sharpening is just too obvious and they are actually like those pictures from a P&S when you look into the pictures at full size! Just a total disappointment, if I have to say..
Do note that the samples are now made with firmware version 1.00 as shown in the *main* EXIF tag. Which means that they *should* be coming from a production 645D. I hope Pentax/Hoya this time do not cheat like what they did previous times with their K-7 and K-x when they were just launched. But then, on the other hand, if those samples are really from a production unit, then it is really worrisome!
In fact, just a few days ago when I saw this hands-on report and video, I suspected that the 645D was still half-baked. Why? There was nothing useful demonstrated but actually this demonstration and the "findings" of that hands-on are of no difference from anyone handles any newer Pentax DSLR! There is actually nothing in-depth nor anything useful about the 645D for this "pre-production" unit and demo! (So, I just opted not to report that and include the link here last time when I saw it.)
Lastly, I think I just want to air this out: IF the IQ of the 645D is just like this, why Pentax/Hoya needed to waste the time and resources to put out such crap? And at that price tag, who would buy such a crap (possibly..)? Frankly, they should concentrate to make a Full Frame K-mount DSLR instead. Or, even just to make an EVIL first, in order to secure their market position and share! :-(
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Thursday, May 20, 2010