Every review I have seen for the Pentax K5 (Pentax’s latest DSLR) has been glowing, seems as if Pentax are really moving in the right direction these days. In a market where Nikon and Canon dominate and are seen as the ”COOL” brands, Pentax are fighting back with the K5 that is reported as being a match for and in some cases better than the Nikon D7000 and Canon 60D.
At one time in photography, Nikon and Pentax were seen as the Japanese brands to want and own. Canon were seen as more of an outside choice in the days of film. It would be nice to see Pentax rebuild their brand identity, competition is always a good thing! As it means every camera brand will raise their game keeping standards high, meaning we as the consumer get a better end product.
Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and Olympus are making waves with their mirrorless systems, it will be interesting to see over the next five years whether mirrorless cameras will begin to dominate the market. Nikon are developing their own mirrorless system too, I have a feeling with their experience of camera manufacture they will develop a strong alternative. I personally find the lack of an optical viewfinder an area of weakness, as I prefer looking through the lens when I compose photographs,but I will be considering mirrorless cameras in the future due to their size and convenience. As much as I love my Nikon D90, there are times I simply can’t be bothered to lug it around!
Check out this Steve Huff review of the Pentax K5- http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2011/01/10/the-pentax-k5-digital-camera-review/. Great Read.
I have been looking over some of the numerous Nikon D7000 reviews out there today, seems at long last Nikon are matching Canon in terms of video performance. Check out some of the videos, Chase Jarvis has been creating with it. I know to some, DSLR video is still a bit of a gimmick, but it’s a nice feature to have. Independent film makers seem to be really making the best of DSLR video modes and are creating some amazing results!
Primarily though the Nikon D7000 is still a stills camera and it seems to be excelling in this area too. When I heard that Nikon were going to be using a 16 MP DX sensor in the D7000, I was concerned it may compromise the High ISO capabilities that the D90 has become renown for. But it would appear that this is not the case, as the D7000 offers one stop better ISO performance over the 12MP D90. Impressive stuff Nikon!
One last question though, when are you going to release the D700 replacement?
Check out these review links-