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02-17-2016, 04:15 PM   #1
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K-1: On-demand body lighting helps you see what you're doing

I found this to be very interesting in another review:

One LED sits beneath the pentaprism assembly on the front of the camera, providing illumination for the lens mount.


More LEDs can be found hidden beneath the rear of the LCD monitor. Tilt it to one side, and the Pentax K-1 will illuminate its own rear-panel controls for you, making setup changes easier after dark, especially before you're completely familiar with the camera and its control layout.


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I could see this being useful... but no K-1 for me so...
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This may not be some people's jaw-drop feature but it demonstrates attention to detail and is a bit of an attention grabber, as well as being useful at times - I well remember fumbling with great difficulty on the Hampshire Solent sea front in the dark last year, looking for ISS and star shots. Nice work by our current lords and masters Ricoh!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dave L Quote
This may not be some people's jaw-drop feature but it demonstrates attention to detail and is a bit of an attention grabber
I would not say it is a jaw dropping item. More of a duh??? Why didn't we think of that item. Kenspo may have a different translation of "jaw dropping", but personally I think this is a little detail that will prove useful and shows attention to the little details. Not a 'me too' sensor in a box.

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I'm hoping that this new camera is a preview of a future K-3* series features!

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02-17-2016, 04:38 PM   #6
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My first thought: Lighting the backside of the tilt screen?
Nice feature though.
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I think this is a useful feature as well.
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leftover LEDs from the K-S1?

guess they had a few leftover LEDs from the K-S1 and needed to put them to good use! :P

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QuoteOriginally posted by MJSfoto1956 Quote
guess they had a few leftover LEDs from the K-S1 and needed to put them to good use! :P

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For sure the K-s1 was their LED and backlighting test platform.
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they have sure found a good use for these LED lights.
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QuoteOriginally posted by grahame Quote
One LED sits beneath the pentaprism assembly on the front of the camera, providing illumination for the lens mount. More LEDs can be found hidden beneath the rear of the LCD monitor. Tilt it to one side, and the Pentax K-1 will illuminate its own rear-panel controls for you, making setup changes easier after dark, especially before you're completely familiar with the camera and its control layout.
Here's another take on it, emphasizing the LED light.

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It appears that this camera has a number of things with Astro-photography in mind. LEDs to show controls, tilting LCD, Astrotracer. Someone on the design team talked to someone that does astro.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
It appears that this camera has a number of things with Astro-photography in mind. LEDs to show controls, tilting LCD, Astrotracer. Someone on the design team talked to someone that does astro.
My take also. I like these little extras a lot
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They are certainly squeezing every possible thing out of their in-body SR system and adding more (e.g. LEDs) as they know Canikon cannot do these things, or haven't yet thought of it! Brilliant design philosophy for a minority DSLR maker... even the LCD screen is novel. This kind of differentiation along with keen pricing may prove to be the key to success.
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I think the lights are brilliant! I can see these being so incredibly useful.
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