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Ricoh offers details on its upcoming Pentax APS-C DSLR flagship

Ricoh offers details on its up...
The new Pentax APS-C format DSLR camera is due for release towards the end of 2020
The new Pentax APS-C format DSLR camera is due for release towards the end of 2020
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The new Pentax APS-C format DSLR camera is due for release towards the end of 2020
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The new Pentax APS-C format DSLR camera is due for release towards the end of 2020

The current coronavirus pandemic has seen the cancellation of many of this year's tech shows, including the CP+ 2020 camera show where Ricoh was intending to show off its new APS-C format flagship DSLR. The company went online instead to share a few details.

The APS-C flagship shooter was first unveiled during a 100th anniversary Pentax event last year, and the focus of Ricoh's latest announcement was the new optical viewfinder in the new compact camera. It's reported to be constructed using a special glass chosen for its excellent refraction qualities, and the designers are aiming for 1.05x magnification, for frame previews as wide as on the K-1 Mark II.

There's a little more padding around the eye cup for user comfort, and a sensor below the viewfinder auto dims the LCD panel when it detects the user's eye approaching.

Autofocus will be subject to improvements on previous models, though other than saying that it should match the K-1, Ricoh is saying no more than that at the moment. The focus point lever to the rear has been reworked for improved ergonomics. A new pentaprism design got a quick mention, along with the promise of improved autofocus subject tracking, and refinements to all essential components, including the drive control and AF systems.

Ricoh engineers are also working on a new battery grip for more shots per charge and ease of use for vertical shooting, including placing such things as the duplicate focus joystick in a similar position to where it would be found on the camera body when in horizontal shooting mode.

The as yet unnamed flagship is due for release toward the end of the year, with the company hoping that the current pandemic will not affect production schedules. More information will appear in the run up to release.

You can watch Ricoh's announcement in full in the video below, which also includes some new lenses in development.

CP+2020 まぼろしの参考展示PENTAX製品 ---Introducing PENTAX products currently in development---

1 comment
Lsaguy
Four years ago I bought a brand new Pentax K50. At just more than 1800 exposures the aperture control solenoid failed, Little did I know they'd been having these failures since the K30 and continued into the K70 model. When I emailed Ricoh they couldn't be bothered to answer. After 30 years of being a Pentax user I'm done with them. Consider that if you consider ANY Pentax product.