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View Poll Results: Would you like Pentax to upgrade to the K-5 III?
Yes, a new K-5 III would be great! 2430.77%
No, keep the K-5 II in production. 3038.46%
No, ditch the K-5 II, there is no room for an extra body in the camera line-up. 2430.77%
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10-09-2013, 12:53 AM   #1
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K-5 iii

Should Pentax come with an update for the Pentax K-5 II in spring to make the cameraline more complete? As off now there are 4 dslr's in line with K-500, K-50, K-5 II and K-3. Pentax could drop or fase out the K-5 II, but could also run the line off 4 camera's (maybe topping it with a FF K-1).

K-5 III
  • Keep the current body from K-5 II and the D-GB4 grip.
  • Keep the 16 megapixel sensor.
  • PRIME III processor.
  • Safox 11 AF-module.
  • Framerate of 7 fps with the 100k shutter.
  • One SD card.
  • USB 3.0 port instead of USB 2.0
  • New 86k RGB metering system.
  • Sensor only with AA-filter.
  • Videospecs from K-3, but no headphone jack.
  • Pentaprism as in the K-5 II.

I think that would be a great camera in line-up. Basicly only updating the electronics inside with the PRIME III, Safox 11 AF-module, new metering system and USB 3.0 port.

Do you think this would be a good idea for expanding the camera line-up or just be a bad way to undercut the K-3 market?

10-09-2013, 12:57 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Should Pentax come with an update for the Pentax K-5 II in spring to make the cameraline more complete? As off now there are 4 dslr's in line with K-500, K-50, K-5 II and K-3. Pentax could drop or fase out the K-5 II, but could also run the line off 4 camera's (maybe topping it with a FF K-1).

K-5 III
  • Keep the current body from K-5 II and the D-GB4 grip.
  • Keep the 16 megapixel sensor.
  • PRIME III processor.
  • Safox 11 AF-module.
  • Framerate of 7 fps with the 100k shutter.
  • One SD card.
  • USB 3.0 port instead of USB 2.0
  • New 86k RGB metering system.
  • Sensor only with AA-filter.
  • Videospecs from K-3, but no headphone jack.
  • Pentaprism as in the K-5 II.

I think that would be a great camera in line-up. Basicly only updating the electronics inside with the PRIME III, Safox 11 AF-module, new metering system and USB 3.0 port.

Do you think this would be a good idea for expanding the camera line-up or just be a bad way to undercut the K-3 market?
I don't think many would complain about this, especially if it were priced at $999 (halfway between the K-50 and K-3).

On the other hand, they could just as well keep the K-5 II in production.

IMO they will take the usual route and simply discontinue the K-5 II, however. Since they current have 3 other bodies, they should be in better shape than they've been in a long time!

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10-09-2013, 01:51 AM   #3
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You forgot to mention a yellow-bodied version, Ron!

I'm not sure what market segment this proposal would address. The K-50 is a very capable camera, probably lacking only the top LCD and body material of the K-5. I recognise the attraction of keeping the same basic underpinnings from a successful predecessor, but there has to be a recognisable market for it, and I think the K-50 would probably undercut it, especially if some of the K-3 technology filters down to the next K-50 iteration.

Personally, although it's not in the same product stream, I think Pentax would be better putting their efforts into a 2nd generation K-01, preferably with an EVF built into the body, and definitely with some of the K-3 technology. I don't think I'd get an argument from you on that one.
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I see no reason to get rid of it at this point in time. It still makes sense as a camera for people who just want still photography features. It's also a great price now and it's always good to have choice. Even though the price of the k-3 is quite reasonable, the price jump from the K-5ii to the K-3 is currently enough to get a lens.

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Wow we are evening out at the moment with all three choices on a same level.
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That`s simply put a K5II with Prime III... or, depending how you look at it, a cutdown K3.
I know I would fork out the extra €300 for the K-3 and I guess a lot of people probably would also (If the price not allready got lower).
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Safox 11 AF-module.
I like an upgraded K5III, KEEPING 16MP SENSOR. Maybe not the same one as on K5, but newer one with better high ISO noise control. not sure if pentax can find a new 16 APC-S sensor though.
But I would like to see the 25 AF-module.
And why do you not like the Pentaprism on K3? a brighter viewfinder is great!
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Interesting.
The K5II is a great camera, and I could see it still being in production as it's a better camera than the K50/500 and it can live in the price point below the K3.

That's a good point. Let's see what Ricoh does.

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The only con with the K-3 is increased size. I think APS DSLRs should be as small as possible Hence, my prelim preference for the K-5II.
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Just keep the current K-5 in production, making whatever FW updates are possible given hardware limitations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Just keep the current K-5 in production, making whatever FW updates are possible given hardware limitations.
Agreed.

As much as i love the K-5 form factor I feel the engineering resources should be focused on shoving the FF sensor into the larger chassis and developing new lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Agreed.

As much as i love the K-5 form factor I feel the engineering resources should be focused on shoving the FF sensor into the larger chassis and developing new lenses.
K5II/s is a spectacular camera in its own right, especially at a lower price point. Allow consumers to decide to "reach" for the K-3 - don't tempt them to compromise by moving new tech down to a K5III. Work on the shutter(s) and flash for the K-1 and 645DII. Incrementally improve your, then, quite competent base technologies.

That is the Ricoh way.
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Essentially won't this be the K-30, the mid-range version of the K3? Oops, they already used that...screwing up their numbering scheme.
I guess they could do K-300, an entry-level version. I'd rather see them use the K3 format and make reduced-cost versions. I won't buy one, but it might make sense to leverage the R&D and production investments.

Will we see a K-03, the mirrorless version? That might be very interesting.

The K3 is the camera I hoped they'd release. I'm already seeding the idea of upgrade at home - going for the soft sell, since my K5 is still darn good.
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I like the K5III idea !
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And why do you not like the Pentaprism on K3? a brighter viewfinder is great!
I like the bigger pentaprism, but the general idea to this K-5 III is to update the internals and not developing a new body.
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