Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Nikon D7000 is Around the Corner, Can Pentax Really Cope With?



This latest rumour at the Chinese Xitek Forum does make some sense..

http://forum.xitek.com/showthread.php?threadid=781433
(in Simplified Chinese)

So, there will not be a D95, but a D7000 instead, which has specifications and an useful feature set that is just more than a K-5 Plus a K-r, for what it has been rumoured and as compared, as follows:-

Nikon D7000:

- 100% Field-of-View Optical Finder
- Dual SD Card Slots
- Magnesium Alloy Body
- Sony 16.2MP HD APS-C CMOS Imager
- Expeed 2
- 1080p/24 Full HD or 720p/30 HD Videos, Maximum 20 Minutes
- Can Take Pictures During Video Recording
- Continuous AF Possible During Video Recording
- Stereo Microphone
- 6 FPS
- Electronic Level Meter
- One-Touch Video Recording and Live View
- ISO Range: 100-25600
- 39-Point AF System
- Wireless Flash Support
- Weather Sealed
- New Proprietary Battery Model
- Expected Suggested Price: US$ 1199

So, below is an overall summary on what the K-5 and K-r are rumoured so far, yet with rather limited information anyway:-

Pentax K-5:

- Magnesium Alloy Body (as It Should Be, for a Model *Above* the K-7)
- Sony 16.2MP HD APS-C CMOS Imager
- 1080(p/i?) Full HD Video Support
- 7 FPS
- ISO Up To 25600
- Weather Sealed
- Expected Suggested Price: JPY 139,000 (~US$ 1,640) <- This Price is Insane, IMHO!

Pentax K-r:

- 120 Colours (12 Body x 10 Grip Colours)
- Sony 14.2MP HD APS-C CMOS Imager
- 720p HD Video
- 6 FPS
- Red Dot Indication for AF Point Selection
- New Proprietary Battery Model Plus Support to Use AA Batteries Also
- No Vertical Grip Option

- Expected Suggested Price: JPY 74,800 (~US$ 880)

After looking at these, the BIG Question comes across my mind is Just: How Could and CAN Pentax/Hoya Compete if the information "leaked" are true? WHY PENTAX?? :-o :-|

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