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Pentax Mirrorless Camera Systems Leaked

David Gilbert


Pentax Mirrorless Camera Systems Leaked

With mirrorless camera systems all the rage at the moment, it was only a matter of time until Pentax got into the game and if reports are to be believed, it will be bringing out not one but two different mirrorless camera systems this summer.

The first, which can be seen in the blurry image below, is apparently going to be the world’s smallest mirrorless system. According to reports Pentax will be announcing this system in May or June and the camera will include a 14 megapixel sensor, similar to those found in most digital compact cameras. Called the NC-1, the system will come with two lenses – prime 8.5mm f/1.9 (almost 47mm equivalent) and a zoom 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5 (28-80mm equivalent).

In more exciting news, it is reported that Pentax will be launching a second, larger type of mirrorless camera system which will be more akin to the types of system we have seen already from Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and others. The larger system will be coming along later in the summer with an APS-C sized sensor and will be compatible with K-mount lenses.

Going down the small route could be a winner for Pentax in the CSC market but as we’ve said this is all speculation for the moment and we’ll await more concrete information from Pentax before making our minds up.

Source:Mirrorless Rumours


April 2, 2011, 3:58 am

As a die-hard fan of the Pentax I just can't wait for those new cameras!


April 3, 2011, 10:30 pm

in a quandary! its taken me a month for me to decide between the NEX5 and the EPL2. was about to take the plunge with the EPL2 but now do i wait or just go for it?!


April 4, 2011, 12:08 am

what's wrong with mirrors!?


April 4, 2011, 1:51 pm

@Williamn. The mirror in an SLR needs to be pulled out of the way of the film when you press the shutter button. This requires a complex mechanism (the "reflex" part of SLR) and adds weight, bulk and expense. In addition, less moving parts means less to break and the camera is likely to last longer. Although I guess this last point is probably not a concern for most people nowadays, when the pace of technological improvement in cameras means that anyone even serious about photography will want to upgrade their kit long before it comes to the end of its physical lifetime anyway.


April 4, 2011, 11:05 pm

The advantage of mirrorless sytems in digital cameras is mostly to do with video recording and focusing with compact-like live view. traditional systems use the light reflected by the mirror to focus which means when the mirror down no light is going to the sensor which is why traditional DSLRs do not have a live image on the back screen.

It also means when recording (meaning the mirror is up it is blocking the focusing system so you cannot autofocus when filming.

Really the SLR design is no good at all for digital and is really only their as a legacy. If you designed a system ground up with digital in mind it and completely ignored film related conventions it would look nothing like what we have now!


April 7, 2011, 2:48 am

Well, at first I was quite interested. Then I noticed the date of the News Story - April 1st. Ah well.....


April 7, 2011, 3:04 am

mm - checking round the internet I find more comments on this from 30th March. Oh dear, perhaps I should think / research before I speak - er type! Maybe it will happen and I have loads of K lenses, but I must admit a small sensor vesion would be an interesting follow-up to their 110 interchangeable lens (SLR I think) camera.

Josef Salon

April 7, 2011, 3:52 pm

Looks like a Holga camera...

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