Feature Wish List for next Pentax DSLR

A wish list for Pentax

Five features I would like to see in the next high-end DSLR from Pentx:

Full frame sensor

  • P1130004.JPGYes, the old Pentax glass is compatible with the APS-C spensors but the cropping factor causes trouble. For instance you lose out on on viewing angle when using older 35mm wide angle lenses. Also, generally, a larger sensor performs better at a higher ISO. Less noise and better low light performance at higher ISO. Though, this may require a bigger body. Size, the lack of, is what Pentax is known for. Great cameras in a compact package. Though, I’ll take a bigger body for improved ISO performance and improved old lens performance.

Dual SD card slots

  • P1130002.JPGTwo 16 GB cards is still cheaper than one 32 GB. Also, a pseudo RAID 1 in camera would be great for the professionals. It’s safe to say SD cards are unreliable. Shots recorded to two cards is a great hedge against card failure.

Integrated GPS Tagging

  • GPS tagging ads your current latitude and longitude to the EXIF data in the photo. This is handy for reproducing a shot. You may want to reproduce the photo or someone else may wish to take the same photo. Tag the photo with GPS and your done!

Official Tethered Shooting Support

  • Tethered shooting is controlling the camera via an attached computer. Pentax took tethered shooting away after the K20d. It’s primarily a feature used in the studio. However, computing is becoming more ubiquitous. It’s not a remote possibility to use a tablet computer to control the camera on location. Using an iPad, Samsung TAB or an Archos 9 seems like a fun idea to me.

60 FPS 1080p Video

  • True HD recording seems like a great idea to me. How could anyone disagree?

Pentax Online Support Chat Rocks

There I was, scrounging for my Pentax K-7 manual. It was no where to be found. Luckly, Pentax publishes all of their manuals online. However, today the support site was experiencing an issue with the manuals. I could not download the one I needed.

A top the page they have a link for live chat support. Honestly, Dell and HP online chat support reps have poor reputation in my book. It often takes much longer to resolve simple issues via chat rather than calling.

However, in the case of Pentax, the support was quick, efficient and best of all in clear English. The rep I interacted with did not respond using a prescribed script. He honestly read my question and responded concisely and effectively. The full chat is copied below.

 

 

Edit: Link provided by Pentax support for the Pentax k-7 Manual: http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/man-pdf/k-7.pdf


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You have been connected to Edward.
Edward: Thank you for contacting Pentax Chat Support. I'm Edward,
and how may I help you?
Stephen Wilson: I'm attempting to download the english manual for
the K-7 however, it's not working. I've tried two different browsers
and checked other sites to ensure Acrobat is installed correctly.
Everything seems to be fine with my system. Is the site having
issues?
Stephen Wilson: If the site is having issues, is it possible to get
the manual a different way?
Edward: It may be at the moment. Let me get you a different
link to try.
Stephen Wilson: ok, thank you
Edward: Try this one.
Edward: http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/man-pdf/k-7.pdf
Stephen Wilson: That worked perfectly, thank you!
Edward: You're quite welcome!
Edward: Will there be anything else?
Stephen Wilson: That was it
Edward: Thank you for contacting Pentax, If you are in need of
further assistance, call our technical support center at 800-877-0155.
Sincerely,
Edward G.
Pentax Imaging Technical Support
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