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04-12-2012, 04:54 PM   #46
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I think some people will be surprised to learn that available mobile bandwidth is not liable to keep growing as fast as their appetite for it. Good mobile cameras and displays are a two-edged sword at best. At worst, they spell another large divide between those who can afford that bandwidth and those who cannot.

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This rumor just got even more reasonable after today's announcements of the new Samsung NX camera models with wifi and the optional wifi for the D3200!
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QuoteOriginally posted by gazonk Quote
This rumor just got even more reasonable after today's announcements of the new Samsung NX camera models with wifi and the optional wifi for the D3200!
I think they better bloody release it quick. No time like the present!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by gazonk Quote
This rumor just got even more reasonable after today's announcements of the new Samsung NX camera models with wifi and the optional wifi for the D3200!
The D3200 is an entry level dSLR from Nikon with some very interesting specs. Not only the optional wi-fi, but the 24.2 mp sensor and 6400 iso.

Nikon's New Entry-Level D3200 DSLR Packs a 24-Megapixel Sensor | PCWorld

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The Nikon D3200 will also be the latest camera to offer wireless image sharing with mobile phones, albeit only when paired with the separately sold WU-1a wireless adapter. When plugged in to a port on the side of the camera, the small adapter will allow shooters to offload images to Android phones loaded with a free Nikon app; an iOS version of the same app is due next fall. In addition to its sharing features, the app provides remote control over the D3200's shutter release at distances within 49 feet of the camera. The WU-1a wireless adapter will be available in May for $60.


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This is the future. I have been using my wifes's Olympus E-PL2 with the optional bluetooth adapter and it is really cool to use a good camera and then transfer the photo to your smartphone and then up to Facebook.

The specs for the new Nikon looks really good.
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I'm not convinced about 24MP on a camera that will be used mostly with cheap kit lenses. It's just marketing... but I don't think it hurts the camera, either.
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Pentax must not give to much field to competitors on the field of entry DSLR. K-r is oficially discontinued and other brands are staring to cover the gap. K-01 it´s a interesting camera, but to specializated IMHO. They need a more conventional one to go with the K-01.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wax Quote
Pentax must not give to much field to competitors on the field of entry DSLR. K-r is oficially discontinued and other brands are staring to cover the gap. K-01 it´s a interesting camera, but to specializated IMHO. They need a more conventional one to go with the K-01.
According to a Russian rep (info from the Russian camera show) there will be 4 bodies coming one will be entry, 1 above the Kr, a k5 replacement and another (hinted as FF, and several people have also had hints from their dealers)
I think the kr replacement was delayed for several reasons not the least of which I think was Ricoh wanting to really influence this years assortment and the october takeover didn't allow for timely replacement of the Kr
It looks to be an interesting year in any case

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QuoteOriginally posted by eddie1960 Quote
According to a Russian rep (info from the Russian camera show) there will be 4 bodies coming one will be entry, 1 above the Kr, a k5 replacement and another (hinted as FF, and several people have also had hints from their dealers)
That would be something like (please excuse the myopic sports metaphor) a full-court press of entry-to-pro bodies! Stack those next to the Q and 645D and NO other maker has a line-up like Pentax! Maybe we'll see some GXR goodies too. The trick will be to turn those into cash-cows.

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I think the kr replacement was delayed for several reasons not the least of which I think was Ricoh wanting to really influence this years assortment and the october takeover didn't allow for timely replacement of the Kr
Besides corporate strategy, some of those reasons might include seismic and climatic interruptions of the parts supply chain. Other makers' releases were similarly affected. Might we expect to see a flurry of new releases? Not from Olympus; they've announced cutting-back their camera lines.

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It looks to be an interesting year in any case
Ah, the old Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times!
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
That would be something like (please excuse the myopic sports metaphor) a full-court press of entry-to-pro bodies! Stack those next to the Q and 645D and NO other maker has a line-up like Pentax! Maybe we'll see some GXR goodies too. The trick will be to turn those into cash-cows.
that is the challenge, but damn it would be a nice situation to be in. I can see the ads now Pentax the only Full line camera maker on the planet


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Besides corporate strategy, some of those reasons might include seismic and climatic interruptions of the parts supply chain. Other makers' releases were similarly affected. Might we expect to see a flurry of new releases? Not from Olympus; they've announced cutting-back their camera lines.
Certainly Sensor supply has to be taken into account, and if it wasn't an issue likely we would have seen the kr replacement last fall, but it wouldn't have been representative of the direction Pentax is headed , just another Hoya leftover like the K-01, so it may well prove to have been fortuitous for Pentax. Releasing/Announcing 4 DSLR line that is representative of the direction the company wants to go makes a big statement. maybe add a Q2 update, and a rumoured price drop on the 645D. Jeez it's almost like they are a serious camera company again
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QuoteOriginally posted by eddie1960 Quote
I can see the ads now Pentax the only Full line camera maker on the planet
Now they just need a 4x5 field.cam to round-out the line... or at least the 6X9D folder I've been pushing for a couple years, with the 350mb sensor and full-auto lensboard movements.
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Now they just need a 4x5 field.cam to round-out the line... or at least the 6X9D folder I've been pushing for a couple years, with the 350mb sensor and full-auto lensboard movements.
Man if people think the medium format market is so small they can't see a second generation 645D coming what would they make of the 4x5 cam market which is tiny indeed
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Man if people think the medium format market is so small they can't see a second generation 645D coming what would they make of the 4x5 cam market which is tiny indeed
That's because LF is a pain. Make it painless, and it will explode!
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Man if people think the medium format market is so small they can't see a second generation 645D coming what would they make of the 4x5 cam market which is tiny indeed
The second generation 645D just needs to be slightly more compact and quite a bit less expensive, and the MF market will explode. 44x33 isn't that much different from 36x24, those who maintain that MF is a different universe, are missing the point, IMHO. Pentax has already made an MF DSLR that is usable like any other DSLR - if they bring that even further, it will attract even more advanced amateur (or pros - except action shooters) that are interested in even higher IQ than FF can offer. If they make TWO 645Ds - a 44x33 camera priced so it can compete with FF, and a ~56x41 (645FF) camera for the high end, it will look even more attractive.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gazonk Quote
The second generation 645D just needs to be slightly more compact and quite a bit less expensive, and the MF market will explode. 44x33 isn't that much different from 36x24, those who maintain that MF is a different universe, are missing the point, IMHO. Pentax has already made an MF DSLR that is usable like any other DSLR - if they bring that even further, it will attract even more advanced amateur (or pros - except action shooters) that are interested in even higher IQ than FF can offer. If they make TWO 645Ds - a 44x33 camera priced so it can compete with FF, and a ~56x41 (645FF) camera for the high end, it will look even more attractive.

Spot on! However, they need to adress the wide angle issue for a cropped 645 sensor. At over 1 kilograms and $5000 the 25mm is the most pointless lens Pentax have ever made and make the 645 system almost single handedly out of reach of most who actually want to shoot reasonably wide. An FF 645 sensor would probably not have costed $5000 dollar over the current cropped one and you would have gotten better image quality in the bargain! Not to mention the weigth savings of not having to carry a 1+ kg wide angle lens...
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