Πάλι με τον συγκεκριμένο αισθητήρα??? Περίμενα κάτι διαφορετικόOne of our forum members recently posted a leak from a French Pentax forum about the Pentax K30, which is rumored to be the new intro-level DSLR replacement for the Pentax K-r. This would seem to be the first rumor which is more than just plain speculation, as a credible photo of the camera has appeared in a French catalogue that has not yet been published. This leads us to suspect that the camera will be made available this summer, rather than at Photokina, as Pentax typically informs retailers about their products no earlier than 1-2 months before launch.
The camera's name change may suggest a departure from convention, as this new Pentax is weather sealed, has additional external buttons, and has two e-dials: a first in an intro-level Pentax DSLR. On top of that, it seems to have been redesigned quite significantly, meaning that this camera will be much less of a derivative than its two predecessors. Like the K-m/K-x/K-r, however, the Pentax K30 will not have a top LCD.
The launch price is rumored to be higher than that of the K-r: 799 euros for the kit, or some $900 in the US.
The preliminary Pentax K30 specifications are as follows:
* 16 Megapixel sensor (likely inherited from the K-5)
* Full HD video recording (framerate unknown, likely same as the K-01)
* Weather sealed body
* 3-inch LCD
* Uses AA or rechargeable batteries
* 4FPS shutter (slower than in the K-r, but will we see a bigger buffer to compensate?)
* ISO range: 100-25,600
The introduction of weather sealing in a budget DSLR body may make this camera a success. We remain hopeful that it will launch sooner rather than later!