Pentax K-X, tomorrow?

According to Photo-rumors, Pentax is going to announce tomorrow a new SLR photo camera named Pentax K-X. Its most prominent features are going to be:

  • 12.4 MP CMOS APS-C sensor (Aspect Ratio 3:2)
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-6400 (exp. 12800 ISO)
  • Shutter speed: 30s – 1/6000s, Flash Sync at 1/180s
  • Live View mode with options: Contrast Detection AF with face recognition option
  • Movie/Video capture with Mono-Audio recording (with built-in microphone),
  • Supported video modes: 1280 x 720 Pixels (16:9 Standard High Definition), 640 x 416 (3:1.95), all modes at 24 frames per second
  • Rear LCD screen: 2.7″ LCD, 230,000 colour dots
  • Metering System: 16-segment
  • AF System: SAFOX VIII AF System (11-Point, 9 Crossed)
  • Focusing modes: AF-S, AF-C, AF-auto, MF; Via dedicated focusing mode selector level
  • Dedicated AF button
  • Built-in Flash: Auto-Manual pop-up, GN12 @ ISO 100
  • Shake Reduction: in-body, by sensor displacement
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode (One composite image from 3 exposure-bracketed images)
  • IR Remote Control, with front receiver
  • Lenses: Pentax KAF2 compatible (K-mount, support AF KAF and SDM KAF2/KAF3 lenses)
  • Viewfinder: Glass pentamirror, with 96% image coverage, 0.85x magnification
  • Battery: compatible with AA batteries and AA-type recarcheable NiMH and alcaline batteries
  • Storage Media: SD and SDHC cards
  • Dimensions: 130.5(W) x 96.5(H) x 72.5(D) mm (5.1 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches)
  • Weight: 516g (18.2 oz.), Body Only (without battery and SD card)
Pentax K-X

Pentax K-X

This makes it a quite nice little buddy. It seems that Pentax is aiming at a low cost (e.g. plastics rather than magnesium alloy, only 2.7″ LCD), but the photo features are going to be real fine: fast shutter, top sensitivity (up to 12800 ISO), top-of-the-line AF system.

The Pentax K-X camera should appeal to those who are not ready to compromise on the photo quality but have a tight budget. In these back-to-school times of recession-frozen salaries, it should be stealing a lot of attention.