Pentax’s prime DSLR makes use of picture stabilization to scale back noise
Given the moribund DSLR market, Ricoh wasn’t about to fiddle with the comply with-as much as its common Pentax flagship, the Okay-three. Positive sufficient, the Okay-three II retains the climate-proof physique, quick eight.three fps capturing velocity and excessive-high quality 24.four-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor of the final mannequin, whereas getting some engaging new tweaks. At the beginning is the so-referred to as Pixel Shift function which makes use of in-physique shake discount to pattern pixels 4 occasions, considerably decreasing noise at low-mild ranges. Whereas the function solely works for static topics, it ought to be perfect for astrophotography and different purposes.
The revised in-digital camera shake discount additionally improves stabilization to four.three stops. The K3-II has a brand new, constructed-in GPS receiver that may document capturing location, digital camera orientation and different options. Along with acceleration sensors and the in-physique stabilization, it could actually sync the CMOS sensor to the motion of celestial our bodies with its “Astrotracer” perform, one other boon for star shooters. Sadly, the GPS mechanism replaces the constructed-in pop-up flash, which can disappoint informal customers.
Different new options on the Okay-three II embrace new algorithms for its 27-level autofocus system and automated horizon correction, however, WiFi nonetheless is not constructed-in and needs to be executed by means of a FLU card. The worth is probably the perfect function of all: at $1,099, it is $200 lower than the final mannequin and $seven hundred cheaper than Canon’s 7D Mark II, for example. It’s going to arrive within the US subsequent month.