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Pentax release 10.2MP Weather Sealed DSLR


BigK 15 8
13 Sep 2006 1:31PM
Heres a link to a site that saved it before steves pulled the story.

http://ericcloninger.com/albums/DPRShots/StevesK10DRelease.pdf

Very impressive camera and I can't see anything that comes near it for the price and USM lenses on the way too!

Look out caniks here comes PENTAX!!
theorderingone 17 2.4k
13 Sep 2006 10:26PM
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2006 10:38PM
Let battle commence. On paper it looks good. A pentax camera that on the surface looks to be an interesting competitor to the D200, or is it aimed at the D80?. It is good to see Pentax taking this bold step.
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
13 Sep 2006 11:35PM
Weather sealed, anti dust and a host of other feature`s this should do well.

Paul
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
13 Sep 2006 11:44PM
It's good to see Pentax fighting back and not just going under!

The likes of Canon need competition to keep them on their toes.
mattw 17 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2006 4:22AM
I must admit, the 22bit A/D conversion sounds interesting - although this could result in huge RAW files!

Also, is 22bit not rather more tonal graduations than the human eye can make out?


Mattw
Alan84 14 7
14 Sep 2006 5:22AM
Very nice. I've always wanted a weather sealed camera.
joecool 15 350 United States
14 Sep 2006 5:40AM
The same: Very nice. I've always wanted a weather sealed camera. I feel after this that Canon should rather throw in a D40 with 10MPix and weather sealing to stay in with "crop sensor" cameras...
theorderingone 17 2.4k
14 Sep 2006 6:45AM

Quote:Also, is 22bit not rather more tonal graduations than the human eye can make out?


Yes it is, the difference will be apparent when that information has ben stretched by curves/levels.
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2006 8:21AM
But only if the sensors can resolve to that level of detail. It will depend on the signal to noise ratio of the sensor. If this is the sony CCD sensor used by Nikon and Sony I doubt they will gain much. A jump to 16 bit would be more realistic.
javam 16 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2006 8:26AM
Taken from the DPreview hands on preview:


Quote:Interestingly this CCD has slightly different specifications than the Sony unit used in a few other ten megapixel digital SLR's so we can't be sure of its origins. It's 23.5 x 15.7 mm with 10.75 million total pixels, 2-channel read-out.


So it may not be a Sony CCD, maybe samsung?
fauxtography 15 6.6k 36
14 Sep 2006 8:55AM
hmmm now this really is an interesting looking cam... bet pete's got his order in already Wink
andytvcams 18 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2006 9:01AM

Quote:Hmmm now this really is an interesting looking cam... bet pete's got his order in already Wink


He is writing a book on it Smile
Leif 16 777
14 Sep 2006 9:06AM
"Also, is 22bit not rather more tonal graduations than the human eye can make out?"

I think the RAW file only stores 14 bits as per other cameras, so it will have no consequences for post processing. BUT if the camera does in-camera processing - i.e. curves and levels - then you might get an advantage. Someone suggested it will help with the in-camera noise reduction. We will see.

Leif
mattw 17 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2006 9:21AM
If the Raw file is only 12 bits like other manufactures, then I cannot see much benifit. Yes, the camera could do extra processing when saving to JPG, but will only be saved in 8 bit.

Well, that is all speculation. Can't wait to see how this one performes. With this, Canon's 400D, Oly's E400 and Sigma's 14D - this year's photokina is going to be Very interesting! We don't even know Sony's plans yet...

Mattw

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