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03-11-2013, 03:36 PM   #1
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1080P on a Pentax DSLR

Which Pentax DSLR produces the best 1080P video? That question includes AF and AE performance in video mode, manual function availability during video, AF and AE noise in the microphone, external mic jack, mini HDMI jack, etc.

I bought a K7 in part for video and I was mightily disappointed, so not wishing to make the same mistake twice. I have two video cameras that will do the bulk of the shooting, but looking for a DSLR to become the third, as well as being the still camera for the shoot. The Olympus and Nikon P&S cameras can't hack it.

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I'd say the K-01 is the camera to get if you just want video ... but AF for stills stinks compared to newer Pentax DSLRs like the K5, K5II, K5IIs, and K30.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rusty Rat Quote
Which Pentax DSLR produces the best 1080P video? That question includes AF and AE performance in video mode, manual function availability during video, AF and AE noise in the microphone, external mic jack, mini HDMI jack, etc.

I bought a K7 in part for video and I was mightily disappointed, so not wishing to make the same mistake twice. I have two video cameras that will do the bulk of the shooting, but looking for a DSLR to become the third, as well as being the still camera for the shoot. The Olympus and Nikon P&S cameras can't hack it.
The K-01 is currently the best- there's no DSLR that can match it, yet. The K-30 has the same manual controls but no mic input, while the K-5 has a mic input but no manual controls. And no cameras let you manually control the ISO, which is a huge bummer! Hopefully the next Pentax DSLR improves on this a bit.

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Thanks for the replies.

I tried the K-01 when it first hit the stores and found that when I switched subjects, the AF hunted and the AE took a few moments to make up it's mind before settling down. The internal mic was useless due to mechanical noise from the AF and AE. The internal mic is only good for audio syncing a multicam shoot, which is I supposed all I'd ever use it for since I usually employ wireless or external mics on the other cams. But one can never say never. Maybe the current versions are better or maybe I'm just too fussy having been accustomed to the performance of decent HD camcorders.

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Well the K-01 is your best shot at the time.
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Thanks. Looks like I'll wait until Pentax produces a DSLR with the necessary bells and whistles plus decent AE and AF performance. Not looking to match a camcorder here, but just get reasonably close.
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My RX100 takes better video than my K-5. I don't think Pentax are interested much in video to be honest, and it shows.
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