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Ricoh Publishes New Information for Pentax K-Mount Flagship APS-C DSLR Camera

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Ricoh released a new “Pentax Vision Part 2” video and shares additional information on the upcoming Pentax K-mount flagship APS-C DSLR camera. The video, embedded below, is the latest in a series that Ricoh is creating ‘to reinforce its commitment to DSLR photography.’

The latest rumors suggest that the Pentax K-Mount Flagship APS-C DSLR Camera will be officially announced in September 2020. The camera is currently ‘under development for market launch in 2020’.

The part 2 video gives a little hands-on with the new camera and lenses and discuss many facets of the upcoming Pentax APS-C DSLR. Here are a few of the highlights from the conversation:

  • The new optical viewfinder will be brighter and clearer than the one found in the Pentax KP; it uses a new high-refraction glass pentaprism first developed back in 2017.
  • It will be compact and offer a new grip for ‘increased comfort.’
  • The camera will have a joystick on the back (for autofocus and more) and use larger buttons for better tactile feedback
  • The shutter release will use the same ‘leaf switch’ mechanism found in the Pentax 645Z and Z-1.
  • The rear LCD display will be ‘extra large’ (no specific size is shared, however).
  • The new sensor will be improved across the board, at lower and higher sensitivities

Ricoh also has new silver versions of the following Pentax star lenses. There will be also a new Pentax K-1 Mark II limited silver edition model:

  • HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
  • HD PENTAX-D FA★70-200mmF2.8ED DC AW

What we know about the flagship Pentax K-mount APS-C DSLR Camera:

  • Model name is still unknwon
  • New large optical viewfinder with 1.05x magnification
  • The optical viewfinder uses “special glass”
  • Eye sensor that turns off the LCD screen
  • Improved AF performance
  • Improved AF tracking
  • AF joystick
  • New battery grip
  • To be released in 2020

Check out the Pentax Flagship APS-C DSLR Camera dveelopment announcement.

Reminder: Ricoh has released the new firmware updates for Pentax K-1 Mark II, Pentax K-1 and K-3. With this firmware Pentax K-1 Mark II upgraded to version 1.05, Pentax K-1 to 1.53 and K-3  to 1.41. Overall the new firmware adds support for the new HD PENTAX-D FA* 85mm f/1.4 ED SDM AW lens for three DSLR cameras.