Opinion: Pentax, if You Don’t Embrace Mirrorless Tech, it’s Game Over

I have so much love for Pentax, but if they don’t jump into the 21st century soon, they will simply slip away.

Pentax and Pentaxians get a lot of hate and smack talk directed towards them for choosing to use cameras, that by many, are seen as antiquated. Let’s be clear, though, while current Pentax cameras may not sport the fastest autofocus systems, Mirrorless technologies, or the fastest burst rates; their cameras are still pretty great. Still, there’s no denying that Pentax has fallen far behind the competition. The camera market is now more competitive than ever before, and Pentax needs to figure out where they fit into this ever-evolving industry before it’s too late. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Shoot with What You Like: Kai Wong Shows Pentax Cameras Some Love

As a huge fan of Pentax cameras and DSLR’s in general, the message Kai shares in this video is refreshing.

If you haven’t been on YouTube for a few days, you may have missed Kai’s latest video ‘I Switched to Pentax.’ The title of the latest video is a little misleading, but the message within is important. If you’re a fan of the old Digital Rev channel where Kai and Lok goofed around, you’ll enjoy the video regardless. Let’s talk about it, and the quite important message Kai is trying to get across after the break.

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The Pentax KP is a Super Compact, Weatherproof DSLR, 27 AF Points

Editor’s Note: in a previous version of this article our title stated that the camera has 67 AF points. It has 27 AF points and 67 weather seals.

The rumors have been around the internet, and it seems like the cat is out of the bag: the Pentax KP is a new DSLR designed to be super compact yet packs a lot of the features the Pentax K-3 series boasts. For example, Pentax is saying that it’s Weatherproof, has 5-axis image stabilization (called Shake Reduction II), and a brand new 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor at the heart. But most notably, Pentax is talking about the Pentax KP’s super compact body. Indeed, it looks like an old school DSLR with some retro looks–and that’s something I seriously digg.

But the biggest thing is how small it is: The specs say approximately 131.5mm/5.1 inches (W) x 101.0mm/ 4 inches (H) x 76.0mm/3 inches (D) (excluding protrusions).

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