Camera manufacturer Ricoh has shown in a video Pentax’s upcoming aps-c flagship camera. Quite a few details are still kept under the cap, but an eye-catching feature is the optical viewfinder. This gets a magnification of 1.05x.
In the English subtitled video, a photographer holds the camera and also asks some questions about Ricoh’s product planning department, Shigeru Wakashiro. Wakashiro indicates that he is not yet able to share all the details, but he says that he will consider some features that he thinks are the most important. One is the optical viewfinder. According to him, it gets a magnification of 1.05x.
Wakashiro explains in the video that this was partly achieved by the development of a new pentaprism, which Ricoh is said to have already started in 2017. He says an all-new glass pentaprism has been developed with high refraction. Wakashiro says the magnification is not due to a larger eyecup with new optical elements. He reports that glass with a high degree of light refraction is difficult to produce and that the new camera used an unnamed material that would have never been used on a camera before.
A magnification of 1.05x for the magnification is close to the magnification that is commonly used with full-frame cameras and is comparable to the magnification of, for example, the D500, a high-end aps-c camera from Nikon. According to Wakashiro, the brightness has also improved and is 10 percent higher than the view through the viewfinder of the Pentax KP. Compared to the KP, Pentax most recent aps-c camera, the handle has been improved, a screen has been added on top, but the size has remained relatively compact and matches the KP.
Other details are often still unknown, such as possible improvements in the area of autofocus, a part where Pentax cameras usually do not get very high. It is also unclear how the construction of the screen on the back is put together. There is a joystick visible on the back and two SD cards can be inserted in the camera. Presumably, as with the now somewhat outdated previous flagship, the K-3 II, the characteristic astro-tracer functionality is present. This means that the sensor is able to track the stars for a certain time, thanks to the integrated GPS function and the calibration of an internal electronic compass. It is still unclear when exactly the camera will be released and for what price.