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11-28-2020, 07:53 AM   #121
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Unlock the video ISO max limit to match the max still images limit of the camera.

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Add the KPs Outline Peaking Feature to K-1 and or K-1II or other cameras
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Deletion of a zoomed image in the Playback mode and it should keep the zoom factor for other images will be useful.
In earlier models (like my K-5iis), when I view my pictures in zoomed in mode, I can't delete them. I have to press Ok to revert the zoom, then press Delete.
In newer models (like my K70), in zoomed mode, it accepts the Delete function. But the image zooms back to original pic and I have to zoom again to view the next image.
Pressing Delete button in zoomed in mode, should delete without zooming back and also keep the zoom factor the same

(Sorry for the poor English)
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QuoteOriginally posted by siva.ss.kumar Quote
Deletion of a zoomed image in the Playback mode and it should keep the zoom factor for other images will be useful.
In earlier models (like my K-5iis), when I view my pictures in zoomed in mode, I can't delete them. I have to press Ok to revert the zoom, then press Delete.
In newer models (like my K70), in zoomed mode, it accepts the Delete function. But the image zooms back to original pic and I have to zoom again to view the next image.
Pressing Delete button in zoomed in mode, should delete without zooming back and also keep the zoom factor the same

(Sorry for the poor English)
Probably the reason it will not maintain the zoom is because using the directional arrows when zoomed in simply moves the area of zoom in the direction of the arrow that was pressed. Also, I've never tried to delete a pic while zoomed in.

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Better software on mobile to view the images would be great! I really hope some polished android / iOS apps can come through for my K1 ii
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Allow custom image + digital filter settings to be saved as new user-definable presets.
Example, allow a user to create their own film simulation preset in camera and name it.

Also allow more fine tuning of Custom Image parameters, e.g. -100 to + 100.
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Another idea - adding in support for taking autofocus tune beyond the +,- 10. While these autofocus settings may be enough for well calibrated factory lenses, the older ones that have been repeatedly handled may need more range on the autofocus settings to make it worthwhile.

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QuoteOriginally posted by brainwave Quote
Another idea - adding in support for taking autofocus tune beyond the +,- 10. While these autofocus settings may be enough for well calibrated factory lenses, the older ones that have been repeatedly handled may need more range on the autofocus settings to make it worthwhile.
That is the thing I do shout about since first K-5 release times, and no one cares about it AF adjustment scale provided with Pentax cameras is about 1/2 narrower than other DSLR competition provides. I had some lenses that I had to use service menu to get global adjustment into working AF range for those, and then compensate rest of my set up or down to be spot on. Service menu allows almost indefinite shift in that matter- I don't get what is the problem to just extend range provided within user menu to be -20/+20 steps.
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Add AF Fine Tuning to button customization, the Custom Function dial, or E-Dial Programming.

This would allow it to be done more or less 'on the fly' negating the need for multiple ranges a la the Sigma and Tamron USB docks.
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Remove the 4GB limit for video files when using Exfat (SDXC)cards.

Split video into 4GB files when using FAT32 (SD/SDHC) cards, rather than stopping the video recording.

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Fix and flash and bracketing. When flash is attached and bracketing is set, only flash exposure compensation is changed. Aperture, shutter speed or ISO no longer change, as they do with flash disconnected. It should be possible for these settings to change with flash too.

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Have an option to wait for the flash to recharge before allowing the next shot to be taken. Ie. Flash shutter priority, as we have for shutter focus priority.

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Warn if the SD card is missing when turning the camera on, before taking a shot.

Warn if SD card is write protected also when turning on the camera. Don't wait until it's time to take or delete a shot.
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Remove limit of 2000 shots for intervalometer. I got 5330 shots on one set of AA batteries. With one D-Li90 + 6 AA, I could probably get 7000 - 9000.

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Allow intervalometer to be used with electronic shutter to spare the mechanical shutter, and without Live view to save battery life.
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QuoteOriginally posted by beholder3 Quote
Nowadays DSLRs are really small computers and much of their functionality is software - firmware.

I personally believe that Pentax Ricoh has a very good opportunity to enchant their customers and prospective buyers by adding more options and features to firmware, since while software engineering is not free, many items are quite modest changes and seem to be much, much cheaper than full scale hardware changes.

Update:
Here is a fresh survey/poll to find out which option has the most fans behind them: Firmware Upgrade Feature Requests based on 2016 Status of Pentax DSLRs

And here are the current results: https://www.murvey.com/report?57ebb18722f26fe60195ab36&key=weEaR


So first of all here is my own little feature request list:


Exposure modes and options:
  • a. aperture bracketing: offer aperture bracketing mode (in Tv mode with fixed ISO the brightness level still changes. We want same exposre overall, just with different apertures) (now covered in KP fw)
  • b. focus bracketing: offer focus bracketing mode (n pictures, m size focus advance steps); maybe even add JPG focus stacking
  • c. option to allow choosing any shutter speed when in M mode with flash or flash trigger attached on hot shoe; maybe display warning for noobs
  • d. extended bracketing options: bring back the extended bracketing options from the K-5 series
  • e. block shutter if SR is not ready yet: allow option to block shutter if SR is not ready yet
  • f. maximum shutter time in AutoISO: provide option to choose maximum shutter time in AutoISO or TAv mode to set "maximum"/longest allowed shutter speed instead of "fixed" shutter speed as option. (now covered in KP fw)
  • g. set EV offset for AutoISO: provide option to set EV offset for AutoISO (currently the low and high curves represent +1 EV and -1 EV shutter speeds; but it should be possible to set this offset manually in 0.5 EV steps between 0 and 5; with an SR which provides a 3 EV improvement to handheld shots it makes sense to offer something like this)
  • h. mirror up on 10sec timer: allow option to have mirror up on 10sec timer just as it is on 2sec timer (yes, mirror up is there, but it would be more convenient if it was built into 10 sec timer).
  • i. manual selection of seconds for self timer: allow manual selection of seconds for self timer (with auto mirror up) instead of fixed 2 and 10.
  • j. multiexposure to use a mode "dark"
  • k. maximum of 7 or even 9 instead of only 5 bracketing shots.
  • l. increase maximum possible steps for bracketing from +/- 2 to +/- 3
  • m. manual mode to go beyond 30 second shutter. Maybe add 45sec, 1min, 1.5min, 2min, 3min, 5min, 10min. Yes, we know there is bulb mode, but that requires external watch. (now covered in fw v1.40)
  • n. astrotracer with interval shooting (as long as total duration is shorter than 5 min astrotracer capability); as next step to stacking of results in camera.
  • n2. full electronic shutter (noiseless), especially for intervall shooting, to save lifetime of shutter: this actually happens for shots 2 and 3 of a pixelshift image, so why not offer it standalone?
  • n4. composition adjustment bracketing
  • n5. KP like in-camera noise reduction
  • n6. shutter speed bracketing (now covered in KP fw)
  • n7. electronic shutter in OVF mode(now covered in KP fw)

Raw:
  • o. three separate DNG files for an HDR: option to allow saving three separate DNG files for an HDR instead of one combined
  • p. 12bit versus 14bit RAWs option
  • p2 smaller raw for square crop: not only metadata crop, but actual file reduction

Metering:

  • q. advanced matrix metering: allow advanced matrix metering variants which do to target 18% grey but a ETTR logic with user choice of maximum % of pixels to clip in highlights. Default should be 1% and other options should include 0%, 0,1%, 0,25%, 0,5%, 1%, 2%, 5%. Suboption to define this overall or by RGB channel.

Autofocus:

  • r. AF-Correction for Zoom lenses in 3 steps: allow AF-Correction for Zoom lenses in 3 step (close/medium distances/far) and for different focal lengths for zooms.
  • s. keep autofocus points and grid in the K-1 type viewfinder illuminated in red all the time (especially for dark environments where black is no good) option
  • t. software-focus-limiter: allow software-focus-limiter for macro lenses
  • u. more customization of the autofocus in AF.C to include (reference the options in a Canon 5D3)
    • Accelerate/Decelerate Tracking: acceleration of adjusting focus (how quickly focus will be adjusted from near to far): see Making the most of Canon's new autofocus - 5Dmk3 and 1D
    • AF Point Auto Switching f ollowing/tracking of AF points when the subject is being handed over from one AF point to another see Making the most of Canon's new autofocus - 5Dmk3 and 1DX
  • x. automated support for AF adjustments. The camera could shoot automated picture series of 21 pictures, each one with a plus one adjustement starting from -10 up to +10. User could select how many shots to be fired at one stage (e.g. 1-10 shots each). The camera should also automatically unfocus to one extreme position after each shot. This is what users today do and it is a pain to do manually.
  • y. switch AF drive between SDM and screwdrive: allow user to switch AF drive between SDM and screwdrive for SDM lenses
  • z. drive AF to target hyperfocal distance option (yes, this would require the camera to calculate subject distance a little bit more precise.
  • aa. automatically tilt the selected AF point depending on landscape/portrait orientation of the camera
  • aa2. extended autofocus adjustements to -20/+20

Video:

  • bb. choose video SR between software SR and hardware SR: allow user to switch video SR between software SR and hardware SR (like K-5); yes fully understanding that this records SR noise; maybe display a warning for the noobs
  • cc. Capture options: MJPEG/.avi and AVC/.mp4: allow user to choose between MJPEG/.avi and AVC/.mp4 video formats
  • ee. video bitrates: allow user to choose one of three video bitrates
  • ff. focus peaking during video: allow focus peaking during video capture (not only before)
  • gg. microphone input level control during video: allow microphone input level control during video (not only before)
  • hh. raw video streaming
  • ii. magnification during video recording (full screen or smaller picture in picture)

Legacy/Historic and manual lenses:

  • jj. allow non-open-aperture-metering with non-A-lenses, so that using them in Av-mode does not require pressing the green button any longer
  • kk. Customable short list of focal lengths in the input focal length menu
  • ll. manually enter the aperture for K/M lenses, so it matches what's on the aperture ring

Usability / Ergonomics:

  • mm. two sets of User modes: allow RAW/Fx button to toggle between two sets of User modes switchable from the mode dial (adding a second set U4, U5 and U6)
  • nn. switch between SD cards to write using button: allow user to switch between SD cards to write onto via press of a button (configurable button, at least Fx-button).
  • oo. Fx-button to completely/quickly turn on/off the backside display: allow user to switch off info intermediary menu step or alternatively allow an Fx-button to completely turn on/off the backside display. Today it is three clicks.
  • pp. More options for the Fx buttons
  • qq. all camera settings to be saved by the user to a xml/txt file stored on the SD card and to load/import it later.
  • rr. don't exit live view when accessing the Control Panel. Seriously, I feel sorry for my poor mirror when it has to go up and down just for a small settings change.
  • ss. configure green button more flexibly than today, similar to Fx buttons
  • tt. Catch-In-Focus with the back AF button
  • uu. user to calibrate electronic level: provide option for user to calibrate electronic level if needed
  • uu2. option to name folders and image files to start with date of shooting. Dates should allow for selection of a chosen format (e.g. YYYY-MM-DD or just YY-MM or MM-DD, or in the case of files, YYYY-MM-DD-hhmmss)
  • uu3. format both cards at the same time

Viewing / Displaying / Live View:

  • vv. overlay chosen focus point when viewing: option to display chosen focus point as overlay to photo playback on display and immediately center magnification view on this. We want to see over which part of the subject the focus point was (not just which one was chosen).
  • ww. two picture synopsis: bring back the two picture synopsis from the K-5I
  • xx. underexposure clipping: bring back the underexposure clipping display / zebras from the K-5
  • yy. display timer in large on backside display: option to display timer in large on backside display for both self-timer modes, interval shooting and exposure times beyond 1 sec
  • zz. RAW histogram: option to display RAW histogram instead of JPG histogram
  • aaa. zoom in to used focus point: provide option to zoom in to focus point chosen in display, not always middle of picture
  • bbb. allow diagonal scrolling again (like K-3) in view mode
  • ccc. LV display gain for very dark environments option
  • ddd. dark red color scheme for the backside display for night time shooting (now covered in fw v1.40)
  • eee. focus peaking color: allow user to choose focus peaking color (now: white); red, yellow, green, blue
  • fff. keep liveview magnification active once the shutter is pressed option (currently it jumps back out of magnification)
  • ggg. Live bulb like Olympus has
  • hhh. Allow CDAF operation on a magnified live view image
  • iii. display ETTR headroom: option to display ETTR headroom on backside display (that is how much more you could expose the correct exposed picture without clipping to white; this picture would then be overexposed but could be corrected in post processing; based on RAW histogram)
  • jjj. Option to keep the status screen on when half-pressing (later they could add an eye sensor) and the reverse as well: turn of status screen completely until a backside button is pressed.
  • kkk. display declination and right ascension in AstroTracer mode
  • 5:4 aspect ratio (Magazines!) and 1,3x Crop.

Flash:

  • lll. built-in flash trigger wirelessly off camera flashes in PTTL HSS: option to have the built-in flash trigger wirelessly off camera flashes in PTTL HSS (not do HSS itself, but trigger the other one into HSS)
  • mmm. activate center flash hotshoe pin HSS mode / shutter times: option to activate center flash hotshoe pin HSS mode / shutter times in addition to side pins (today beyond snyc time the center pin does not trigger anything) and regradless of recognizing an HSS capable flash); may display a noob warning
  • nnn. limit/set longest shutter time when using slow sync: allow user to limit/set longest shutter time when using slow sync flash mode (currently goes up without limits)

Pixel Shift:

  • ooo. setting a time delay between the four pixelshift images to allow flash usage (to be set in 0.25 second steps; between 0 and 6 seconds) and activate the center pin on the flash hotshoe for pixelshift.

Miscellaneous:

  • qqq. Open source API for firmware
  • rrr. STF-simulator: More creamy bokeh through dynamic aperture movement
  • sss. dust alert function brought back
  • ttt. Catch In Focus work with modern lenses that don't have an AF/MF switch.
  • www. FAT32 Support.
  • give pixelshifted images a file name appendix
Metadata and GPS:
  • Add last known Position to Image: When using the GPS, store the last Position and include it in the Image, even if there is no fix available yet.
  • xxx. Exif info editor and auto fill
  • uuu. lens identification into the standard exif field "exif:LensModel" writing
  • vvv. enter text notes for an image and put these into exif option
  • ppp. improved focus distance data in the metadata / exifs
  • Add the possibility to copy height, longitude and latitude (GPS Position Info) from one (RAW or JPG) image to another one (RAW or JPG) or a series of images. This comes in handy if you shoot a series of images and the fix occurs only after shooting a few frames and you want all images to have a near exact Position Info. It would help a lot to get missing position info into an already shot RAW image.



Do you have any more suggestions? I can add them to this intro post later to have a complete set.

Remember: Nothing which requires changes hardware. Nothing which sounds like a complete overhaul. Nothing about external software/apps. Stay realistic. Be positive and constructive. No whining.

Great idea for a thread.

I'd welcome being able to assign Bluetooth on/off to a button, like you can wifi?
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Did anything come off this list? For instance, did it reach anyone at ricoh and was there any input on whether they will be implementing some of these?
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My suggestion for the K-3 Mk. III: add the electronic/mechanical shutter to the Smart Function button.
It makes sense to use the electronic shutter as much as possible, to spare the mechanical shutter. But the mechanical shutter must be used for flash, and while shooting in continuous mode, to keep the subject in the OVF. The OVF goes black with the electronic shutter in continuous mode.

Adding it to the S.Fn removes the need to go into the menu to change the shutter selection.
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