In an interview with Dpreview Ricoh/Pentax manager said:

"With current technology we believe the time is not right for us to make a large sensor mirrorless camera."

So there are you have it. No FF mirrorless coming yet from Pentax/Ricoh. Pity, I think it would be the right time to launch such a system before Canon and Nikon do it!


Recent comments

  • March 11, 2015 18:03, AlexisH said:

    Well, at least I haven't heard this argument before. But that doesn't mean it's a compelling argument.

    How many patents do you think Fuji had before they started their system? Yet, in a few years they have produced a more complete lens lineu...

  • March 11, 2015 17:51, AlexisH said:

    Compatibility: Pentax had the smallest market share in DSLR segment even when Sony and Olympus were in that market. The compatibility sounds good on paper, but in practice, the modern K mount is crippled, most of the lenses are manual, most of the...

  • March 11, 2015 11:10, Simen1 said:

    Pentax had plenty lens design patents suitable for Q from C/CS mounts. They had plenty of 645 and FF K mount lens design patents too. But they don't have many existing large sensor short flange distance lenses. Optimizing old design need far less ...

August 05, 2014

Pentax QS-1 announced!

Pentax officially announced the QS-1. Specs and price info can be read at Adorama (Click here). In short these are the highlights of the new camera:

Pentax QS-1 Features

1/1.7 inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor
Q-Mount Compatible with system of lenses
Customized Quick Dial
Smart Effects Modes & Creative User Modes
In-body Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction (SR) Mechanism
High-speed continuous shooting at 5 FPS and shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 30 seconds
Large 3-inch LCD Monitor with advanced anti-reflection coating
Bokeh Control
ISO Sensitivity up to 12800
Traditional DSLR Modes
In-body RAW development
HDR Capture
Full 1080p h.264 HD video recording
Built-In Pop-up Flash
SD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi card compatibility
Optional External Viewfinder Available


Recent comments

  • August 06, 2014 01:50, James Donahue said:

    Does this come with a matching purse?

  • August 05, 2014 12:15, Jethro said:

    Well as much as I like the Q7, this release, after a year as well!!, seem quite pointless.

Digicameinfo spotted an image that shows the new Pentax Q-S1 in all his beauty...or ugliness depending on your taste :)

The camera will use the "usual" 1/1.7 inch sensor and be available in 36 different color combinations!



Recent comments

  • August 04, 2014 12:07, Jethro said:

    Got to admit it's not pretty.

  • August 03, 2014 16:56, J Shin said:

    By "ugly", you mean "Argus-like"? :-)

  • August 03, 2014 15:19, xe_om said:

    It's part of the general un-professionalism of this blog. After all, you can't have blatant grammatical errors in EVERY post.

Like you know the superzoom compact camera market is still growing and that's why we already have the next new superzoom announcement: Ricoh launched the new Pentax XG-1 (specs here at BH).

It doesn't feature a large 1 inch sensor like the recently unveieled Panasonic FZ1000. But it costs also less than a half!


Recent comments

  • July 15, 2014 22:45, Leiya Lee said:

    Well, technically anything but SLRs (or even TLRs) IS mirrorless...
    (Sorry, bad joke)

  • July 15, 2014 20:05, tim said:

    Had another look at the RX100mk3, really nice. And a Canon 100D with a 18-135 kit lens is selling for around 700 - less than the RX100 or RX10! (each around 850). But that RX100 viewfinder is real neat, shame about the zoom range.

    But I agre...

  • July 15, 2014 14:07, iudex said:

    You may be true, but when comparing consumer DSLRs with CSCs, you have to take price into consideration: entry-level Canon/Nikon/Pentax DSLRs cost some 300-400 eur, while the Sony a6000/ Pana GX7 are middle class/high-end CSCs not only regarding t...

A big rumor time is ahead of us. And from what I got from my sources manufacturers are defintiely NOT going to wait til the Photokina in September to announce new great cameras. From begin January til mid February we can expect the following announcements:

Sony: New Sony NEX-7 successor is coming. It will likely use an updated new 24MP sensor and a more high-resolution EVF. It will also have on sensor PDAF. What we don't know yet is if Sony will also announce a new entry level NEX...pardon Alpha E-mount camera :)

Olympus: There will be certainly a new entry-level OMD camera. Not the E-M5 successor! It will be cheaper than the E-M5.

Panasonic: Panasonic is heavily working to launch the new GH 4K camera. I am not sure yet they will announce it in February or April. But it's coming!

Leica: Leica will launch a new mirrorless system with EVF and AF lenses. Primes will be designed and fabricated in Germany. The zooms are made by Panasonic in Japan. The camera should cost close to $2000 and have a bigger than ASP-C sensor (FF or less big).

Samsung: Samsung will launch a new NXF1. No specs are given yet but the "F" suggests that this could be the first FF camera?

Fuji: Fuji is going to make a digital version fo the glorious Fujica ST. While the X-PRO1s will come too.

Sigma: They are working on a interchangeable DP camera version. The chances stay good this will have an MFT mount.

Canon/Nikon/Ricoh/Pentax: It's very quiet on that front. There were some rumors about a Pentax LX FF camera but you know...these Pentax FF rumors are floating around the web since the web has been invented :)

So here we are, ready to start a new rumor time with new energy and with the new MirrorlessRumors theme! I kindly invite you to read the presentation of the new site here:

Join in masses! :)



Recent comments

  • December 13, 2013 10:57, Dave said:

    you do realize Sony's been in camera business for MUCH longer than Samsung right ? I already knew Sony's gonna go for nex-style FF ever since they released their first nex 5 camera over 2 years ago the price-point is indeed shocking but I did expe...

  • December 13, 2013 09:17, tecnoworld said:

    So how could sony have released a ff mirrorless camera for 1600$? I think you would have considered that impossible as well, following your reasoning, and again Sony is much smaller company compared with Samsung.

    My take is: Samsung can do w...

  • December 13, 2013 02:22, Dave said:

    think of all these things ? dude have you ever though of why stuffs that samsung make depreciate so much after only several months of use ? Have you ever wondered why their cameras have such a toy-ish build when held at hand, I know you will argue...

Today Pentax announced the release of a new Q-mount wide anle zoom. It's the smallest and lightest ultra-wide angle zoom of any mirrorless system. It's 17.5mm-27mm (FF equivalent) and has a f/3.7-4 aperture.

Press text:

RICOH IMAGING U.K LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX-08 WIDE ZOOM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed exclusively for use with super-compact Q-mount digital lens-interchangeable cameras.

The latest model in the high-performance Q-mount lens series, the PENTAX-08 WIDE ZOOM is the world’s smallest, and lightest ultra-wide-angle zoom lens on the market.* When mounted on the PENTAX Q7 camera body, it provides focal-length coverage from 17.5mm to 27mm (in 35mm format), making it suitable for a wide variety of subjects including snapshots, architecture and sweeping landscapes.

* The world’s smallest, and lightest ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with a focal length of 20mm (in 35mm format) or shorter at its wide-angle end, as of November 1, 2013 (based on RICOH IMAGING research).

Major Features

1. Super-compact, ultra-lightweight design

The incorporation of three molded-glass aspherical elements in its optics, means that this zoom lens has the shortest overall length (approximately 38mm) in the Q-mount zoom lens range and features a super-compact body weighing a mere 75g. With its pocket size and unique focal-length coverage from 17.5mm to 27mm in 35mm format (with a Q7 camera body), it can be used for a wide range of subjects and applications — especially for  shooting in confined spaces where the subject is close to the camera, and for scenic photography with exaggerated perspectives. Its machined-aluminium barrel cam assures a smooth, comfortable zooming operation.

2. Exceptional visual description

The incorporation of a moulded-glass DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element in the first optical group means this lens reduces distortion to a minimum. By incorporating two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one super-low-dispersion glass element in its optics, it delivers clear, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness, while effectively compensating for chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range.

3. Other features

  • Inner-focus mechanism for high-speed, low-noise AF operation

  • Quick-Shift Focus system for instant switching to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system

  • SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and stains

  • Built-in lens shutter equipped with an ND (neutral density) filter and an iris diaphragm

RRP: £429.99
Availability: TBA

Recent comments

  • November 09, 2013 04:33, Raist3d said:

    It seems this lens is well designed. The real problem is- many of us were expecting a faster wide prime. Imagine say $300 USD tops. We are getting instead a zoom that while it may be nice, is not too fast, and is $500 USD.

    Line up wise as f...

  • November 09, 2013 04:31, Raist3d said:

    Actually the main advantage of the system is very small, very lightweight with semi pro DSLR class control/options in it.

    Even the GM1 handling is not quite this. And while the GM1 has the nice kit lens, it doesn't have something anywhere ne...

  • November 09, 2013 04:30, Raist3d said:

    To his credit though he mentioned what it would be on Q, but just because in Q is not exactly ultra wide doesn't mean the lens isn't because on the Q7 it is.

Damn, it's a long time we didn't post some weird Pentax Full Frame camera rumor. So let's keep the dream well alive with some more (likely fake) Pentax FF rumors :)

Apparently Pentax Russia said there will be certainly a Pentax FF camera in 2014 (Source: Pentax Russia forum).

And on the usually very (un)reliable dpreview forum you can read that entry:
"The rumour mill is busy with talk of a retro style Pentax LX full frame coming soon. Pretty similar in fact to the anticipated new Nikon retro F3 coming in two weeks. Both of these old cameras looked fairly identical actually as well as also featuring interchangeable viewfinders, so will that carry forward into the new digital versions? The main difference with the retro-Nikon F3-D (for want of a name at this point) in the speculation as far as I can see is it will be standard SLR F mount, while the new retro-Pentax LX-D will adopt a whole new shorter flange A-mount (A for Ace, after K and Q), which will allow two adapters for legacy K mount lens - one for manual focus with metering etc, and a more expensive motorised adapter for auto focussing as well. So basically the Pentax will be able to take short-flange lenses while the Nikon will not, so the question for all us Ricoh users is will this become the successor to the GXR we've been waiting for?"

Don't worry, next fake Pentax FF rumors coming in a couple of months ;)

Recent comments

  • October 30, 2013 18:19, john said:

    pentax better get it right this time - the design. And no fancy colors, please.

  • October 30, 2013 15:37, Renato S. said:

    But people are buying A7/r without trying nor even reading reviews because there are no full review yet. I don't have a lot of apportunities to try cameras, even living a big city like SP, unless it's Canikon, it'll be hard to find mirrorless came...

  • October 30, 2013 09:15, lol said:

    You take part of my sentence to fit in with your stupid remark. Be proud of yourself, you are not a part of the less stupid world, but rather, they opposite.