New Cameras and Lenses From Pentax
K-50, K-500, Q7, and Weather-Sealed DA L's
By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Jun 12, 2013
Pentax has just announced a number of new cameras and lenses, including the K-50 weather-sealed DSLR, K-500 entry-level DSLR, and Q7 compact ILC. Two upgraded kit lenses will also be joining the Pentax lineup: the DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR and the DA L 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR.
Rather than discussing all of these products in a single post, we have prepared dedicated preview posts for each of the three cameras.
If you are reading this post on our homepage, the three preview posts should be visible directly below this post.
The Pentax K-50 will be replacing the current Pentax K-30 as Pentax's upper entry-level weather-sealed DSLR offering. It features a more traditional design than its predecessor and it will now be bundled exclusively with DA L WR weather-sealed lenses. In terms of specifications, the only difference between the K-50 and the K-30 is that the K-50 supports ISO 51,200. The K-50 is launching for $100 less than the K-30 did last year.
The Pentax K-500 is going to be Pentax's new entry-level model. It is identical to the K-50 except that it lacks weather sealing and the electronic level, and it will not be available in as many colors. The K-500 18-55mm kit will be available for $180 less than the K-50 18-55mm WR kit.
The Pentax Q7 is the latest addition to the Pentax Q system, featuring a larger 1/1.7" sensor and improved autofocus. It is being launched at a price of $479 (for the body only) and $499 with a lens, the lowest to date for a Q-series camera.
To learn more about these cameras, we invite you to read our separate preview posts, linked above. Specifications and product photos have now also been uploaded to our camera database.