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.