Pentax is working on a new SLR

A leak on a Pentax Germany web site (quickly plugged but collected efficiently) shows the specification of a future Pentax SLR camera.

  • 10 MP CCD APS-C
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Continuous shooting: 3.5 fps
  • Sensitivity: up to 3200 ISO
  • LCD screen: 2.7″
  • RAW (PEF, DNG) and JPEG
  • Four AA/R6/LR4 batteries

It is difficult to extract real product data out of so little information, but it is clear that these are the features of an entry-level SLR camera that would allow Pentax to widen its customer base. A post is stating a target price of 500€ (body only) and 600€ with a 2-lens kit!

Apparently, the leak was wide since it was also describing the following bunch of lenses:

  • DA super telephoto coming up later (not precise)
  • new SDM 1.4x converter
  • AF160 FC ring flash
  • DA 15mm f/4 LTD (coming in 2009)
  • DA * 60-250 SDM (1300€)

I don’t really understand if this is to be presented during the Photokina. But we can translate all this into: Pentax is going to fight hard and dirty (understand with a good ratio of features-over-price) in order to get a strong foothold in the widest part of the SLR market.

Via 1001 Noisy Cameras.