17
Sep
09

Pentax K-X announced

It seems that the PhotoRumors rumour was correct.

It has now officially been released; today, after yesterday.

The specs are as the rumour went. Again:

  • High resolution 12.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor features sensor-shift Shake Reduction for stabilized image and video capture up to 4 stops max.
  • Large 2.7 inch LCD features Live View with contrast, phase difference, and Face Detection autofocus (up to 16 faces).
  • Widescreen HD video capture in full 720p resolution (1280×720) at 24 FPS cinematic framerate, using any PENTAX 35mm lens.
  • Creative processing and filter modes produce high quality finished images, while offering the ability to explore artistic freedom through unique special effects.
  • True High Dynamic Range (HDR) image capture blends 3 bracketed images into a single picture with outstanding shadow, highlight, and midrange detail.
  • Fast 4.7 FPS capture speed and 1/6000 second maximum shutter speeds are possible with the PENTAX PRIME II image processing engine.
  • Powerful automatic modes, including PENTAX Auto Picture and scene modes, ensure the perfect shot in any situation, while helping new photographers learn DSLR photography.
  • Responsive 11 point wide angle SAFOX VIII autofocus system focuses quickly and accurately, and can easily track moving subjects.
  • Captures up to 1900 shots with universally available, easy-to-find AA lithium batteries (also compatible with AA NiMH rechargeable and alkaline batteries).

The bodies surprisingly also come in red, white and blue; though admittedly it looks somewhat odd and like Camera Armour.

RRP is $650 including 18-55mm. It will be available sometime in October.

Update: prices have been confirmed, and the kits (and prices) are:

  • Pentax K-X with DA L 18-55mm lens for US $649.95.
  • Pentax K-X with two lens kit (DA L 18-55mm and DA L 50-200mm zoom) for US $749.95
  • Pentax K-X with two lens kit (DA L 18-55mm and DA L 55-300mm) for US $849.95
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