While the other camera manufacturers embrace mirrorless technology, Pentax has made a firm commitment to continuing with DSLR cameras.
It’s probably a canny move by Pentax – it may see the venerable brand ‘owning’ the DSLR segment by default, with the common wisdom being that pentaprisms and optical viewfinders are in the past, and electronic viewfinders represent the future of camera technology.
However if all the other camera makers follow the leader (whoever that is these days) into mirrorless cameras, there may be a critical mass of camera buyers who still hanker for a more analogue picture-taking experience.
‘Pentax is committed to the future of SLR photography through the continued development of camera technology, making it more fun and exciting than ever before for all Pentax users.’
The pro-SLR message is in preparation for a new (unnamed) APS-C format DSLR from Pentax to be available this year – probably sooner than later.
The company was originally going to make the announcement at CP+ 2020, but the show was cancelled due to the coronavirus.
According to Ricoh, the most notable feature on this as-yet-unnamed camera is its entirely new optical viewfinder, which uses a special glass that ‘excels in refraction’. Magnification is likely to be 1.05x (0.7x 35mm-equivalent), the same as on the full-frame K-1. An eye sensor below the viewfinder automatically dims the LCD panel, and the eye cup protrudes further away from the back of the camera than previous models. The shape of the pentaprism is a bit different, as well.