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Pentax, owned by the Japanese multinational imaging and Electronics Company, Ricoh just unveiled its first full frame DSLR camera at the CP+ show in Japan. Known as K-1, the DSLR sports a 36.4-megapixel CMOS full frame sensor. Powered by the Prime IV image processor, the camera can record 14-bit RAW images along with an ISO range of 100-204800. The burst shot feature is capable of 4.4 fps. Apart from this, a 5-axis image stabilization system, full-HD video recording and a 33-point autofocus system with a 25 cross-type point are some of the major features of the camera giving a tough run for the money. Available at a price of $1,799 starting April, the company is giving a tough challenge to its competitors since Canon and Nikon’s basic full-frame models are far more expensive than the K-1.
At the price that is being offered, the K-1 seems like a good bargain considering the anti-aliasing filter, which minimizes noise and patterns in images by applying microscopic vibrations to the image sensor. The magnesium alloy body comprises of 87 sealing parts, making it weatherproof and secure. It has built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, a 3.2-inch LCD display with a pull-out, twisting ability and a tampered glass for added safety and durability.
The company is claiming to provide a total of 12 full-frame lenses which will be compatible with the model after its release. But, to use lenses designed for the APS-C sensor cameras, the K-1 has a crop mode although with a strong legacy of SLR lenses, the company is sure to get some products out soon.
But, the interesting fact is that before launching the prototype for the K-1 last year at the CP+ in Japan, the 6 megapixel digital SLR, whose prototype was displayed at the PMA in 2001 was cancelled owing to cost and technological restraints back then. It took 15 years for the product to come into the market. This is a perfect example of how to keep the dream alive. The company gave up back then but when the right time came, it took the opportunity to introduce a whole new product type into its market.
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