check out dpreview home page. new pentax w hd video. looks like including video is the thing at the moment. i don't really care if my cam has it. if it does, i would try it. i'm just thinking nikon is going crazy right now (or have been) trying to add video to the next version of cams - d3s/d4, d700s/d800. I would love for a d700 upgrade just because they might through something else in at the same time - new af module w more cross-type, wider focus point coverage, etc. i'm dreaming and waiting.
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Yeah I heard about that K-X rumor. You've got to love that bright red color ! :^) I think it's funny that people resist video on a still camera. I guess I'm old enough to remember how "real" photographers hated the inclusion of auto focus. Then the "real" photographers hated digital because "film will always be better" and now the "real" photographers hate the intrusion of video into their domain. I'm an old guy but I welcome new tech with open arms. It helps make me lazier :^)
Welcome to the forum jimjim.
Niko - but for many years film was better than digital. IMHO it all changed with the introduction of d2, as it was first camera that was a base for analog one - F6.
as for the pentax, the specs are quite good, although I still think pentax will not make it in a longer period of time
NikoDoby - I think you are missing the point here, the way I see it:
manufactures pushing old cameras with new video function as a new product, instead of spending resources in developing new photo technologies etc and thats what disappointing
Im not against camera with video to it
Im against commercial development on the market purely based on hype over video functionality
The D2 was not based on the F6. The D1 was based on the F100 which was a smaller F5. So all current Nikon DSLR designs or look originated from the F5. Come to think of it the Italian designed F5 showed up at Photokina 1996 so the design is up for a major remake soon. By the way, the designer of the F5 is the same guy who designed the Delorean sports car. The car that was used in the Back To The Future movies.
DSLR video is not marketing hype. It's a new technology. Photo and video are now related whether you like it or not. Give the engineers some more time and they will get it right. Early 35mm film auto focus was notoriously expensive and unreliable most of the time. The first digital cameras were junk when compared to film. They produced pixelated "digital" looking photos that not even the internet wanted.
DSLR video will improve it's only a matter of time. Each new camera is an improvement on the previous model. Just look at the 7D's dedicated video recording button. Why didn't the 5DmkII have that? The D300S is the first Nikon to at least try to have auto focus during video. Give the engineers a break. They want it to be perfect just as bad as we do.
But back to the Pentax K-X. I really like the price of $650 which includes a lens and lots of goodies.
Niko - I haven't wrote that d2 was based on F6, I've wrote that F6 was based on d2
Adamz: I think your are right that Pentax will have a hard time surviving. I remember when Minolta was near its end, they just did not have anything great to offer anymore.
Pentax SLR's I mostly sell to people with Pentax gear, but their entry K-X, D200 etc always had one big drawback: AA batteries and their K7 is simply to expensive compared to similar Nikon, Canon and Sony. I really hope that Nikon will NEWER make a red SLR. But Canon that is kind of your color, you should try it, would that not be something to see a Canon SLR in red with a White lens and matching red ring
Pentax X70 is simply a modified copy of the Nikon P90 and neither have great reviews, with the Nikon having 2 year warranty
The only P&S camera that sells is their W80, the rest are mostly junk
AND where is that medium format camera from Pentax
Pete - I'm glad that You mentioned minolta, as it made me realize that there is a hope for pentax - samsung, it's probably the only one company that can compete with sony on marketing level (and its expenditures)
Like I said all current Nikon DSLRs body layouts are based back to the Italian designed F5. The F3 and F4 were also Italian designs but the F5 layout is still around today.
The Nikon P90 is based on a Kodak design, I believe Kodak came out first. It's also used for the Pentax X70 and an upcoming Samsung model. There are actually lots of cameras that are all basically the same design but sold under different manufacturers. Kodak, Fuji, Olympus, canon, Nikon, and many others sell cameras based on each others designs so it's not uncommon. So your Fuji might actually be a canon or Nikon camera and your Nikon is actually a Kodak :^)
Adamz: Yes Samsung could be the link to the survival of Pentax, but I hope that Samsung will not follow Sony's lead and kill the Pentax name
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