Pentax hopes to attract a new group of dSLR buyers with some design flash and an updated control layout.
Though it's still a tiny interchangeable-lens compact, it has a more refined design and color palette than its predecessor, the Q7.
Among several other enhancements, this successor to the 645D is the first in the category to capture video as well as 51-megapixel stills.
While the camera still has the weather-sealed body and same basic design, almost everything else about the Pentax K-3 from sensor to control layout is different.
The Pentax Q7 has a slightly larger sensor than its predecessor's. But look -- pretty colors!
A reasonable option for an entry-level dSLR, the Pentax K-50 should satisfy if you need the weather-sealed design. But while acceptable, it and its cheaper sibling the K-500 lag behind the competition in image quality and performance.
At CES, Pentax surprised us with an overdue, if somewhat unremarkable, advanced compact, the MX-1.
The K-5 II gets an enhanced autofocus system, plus a sibling without an antialiasing filter. And they're accompanied by a couple of new lenses.
The teensy Q cameras flopped in the US, but they remain central to Pentax's effort to rebuild its business and brand. Also coming: a big price cut for the K-50 SLR -- and leaf-shutter lenses for the beefy 645Z.
The German show lets photography enthusiasts try the latest cameras, lenses, and accessories. Here's what the conference showcased.