In the 21st century, a film camera was replaced by digital counterparts that are easy to use. Thanks to them, you can preview pictures and edit them. Among the large number of companies that are engaged in the production of photographic equipment, one can single out the Japanese brand Pentax.
The history of Pentax began with grinding lenses for glasses, but later, in 1933, it was offered a more interesting activity, namely the production of lenses for photographic equipment. She became one of the first brands in Japan to start producing this product. Today Pentax is engaged not only in the manufacture of binoculars and telescopes, lenses for glasses and optics for video surveillance, but also in the manufacture of cameras.
Among the range of photography equipment there are mirror models, compact and rugged cameras, medium format digital cameras and hybrid cameras. All of them are of excellent quality, interesting design, functionality and different pricing policies.
- Mark II Body. This model has a full-frame SLR camera with a 36.4 megapixel sensor. Image capture is reproduced with a natural gradation of tones thanks to the highest resolution and good sensitivity up to 819,200 ISO. The model has a Prime IV processor, which is characterized by high performance, as well as a graphics accelerator that processes data at high speed and increases the system with maximum noise reduction. Pictures are taken without artifacts and grain. Processing power favorably affects the quality of the frame, the photos are sharp and clear with natural and soft transitions of shades. The model is made in black color and stylish design, has a durable moisture and dustproof housing. There is an opto-mechanical delay filter and a movable display. The control system is very simple and highly customizable. The shooting mode has a resolution of Pexels Shift Resolution II. There is autofocus and auto exposure with a 35.9 / 24mm full-frame sensor. With the help of mechanical movements, the sensor is cleaned. There is a LED backlight based on a pentaprism with an eyepiece and a diopter corrector. Excellent image quality is obtained thanks to the large format sensor. The illumination of the control buttons allows you to comfortably work with the camera at night, each light can turn on independently. There is mechanical protection against dust. The reliability of the model is tested through testing in different weather conditions.
Snapshot data can be stored on two SD memory cards.
- The Pentax WG-50 camera model is equipped with a compact type of camera, has a focal length of 28-140 millimeters and an optical ZOOM 5X. The BSI CMOS sensor has 17 million pixels, and effective pixels has 16 million. The highest resolution is 4608 * 3456, and the sensitivity is 125-3200 ISO. Equipped with such features: white balance - automatic or using manual settings from the list, has its own flash and red-eye reduction. There is a macro mode, it is 8 frames per second with a timer for 2 and 10 seconds. There are three frame formats for taking pictures: 4: 3, 1: 1.16: 9. There is no viewfinder in this model, but you can use a screen as its quality. The LCD screen has a size of 27 inches. The model provides contrast autofocus and 9 focus points. There is its backlight and focus on the face. The smallest shooting distance from the apparatus to the subject is 10 cm. The internal memory is 68 MB, 3 types of memory cards can be used. There is a battery of its own, enough for 300 photos. With this camera, you can record video with a maximum movie resolution of 1920 * 1080, there is electronic stabilization for video and sound recording. The model has a shockproof housing and is protected from moisture and dust, as well as from low temperatures. A tripod mount is provided, there is an orientation sensor, it is possible to control from a computer. The dimensions of the model are 123 / 62/30 mm, and weight - 173 g.
- The camera Pentax KP kit 20-40 is equipped with a digital SLR camera. The CMOS CMOS Grand Prime IV has a full 24 megapixels of which the frame is built. The maximum image size is 6016 * 4000 pixels, and the photosensitivity is 100-819200 ISO, which contributes to good pictures even in low light. This model has a mechanism for special cleaning of the matrix from dust and other contaminants. It is possible to take photos in RAW format, which does not contain the finished image, but receives the original digital data from the matrix. The focal length of the camera lens is the distance between the camera’s matrix and the optical center of the lens, focused at infinity, in this model it is 20–40 mm. There is an autofocus drive, the essence of which is that the motor responsible for autofocus operation is installed in the camera itself, and not in interchangeable optics, so the lenses are compact and light. Manual focus with matrix shift allows the photographer to sharpen on their own. The camera supports the HDR function. It has two control dials in the design of the camera, which makes it easier to control the camera by changing the settings on the fly. Thanks to the built-in flash, there is no need to use additional accessories to increase the brightness. There is a self-timer function. The diagonal of the display is 3 inches, and the extension is 921,000 pixels. The touch screen is rotary, has an accelerometer that tracks the position of the camera in space and is able to make appropriate adjustments to the shooting settings. There is a connection to an additional external flash. Power model depends on its own battery. Its charge is enough to shoot up to 390 frames. The case model is made of magnesium alloy with shock protection, and there is also protection against dust and moisture. The model weighs 703 grams and has such dimensions - 132/101/76 mm.
How to choose?
In order to choose a suitable camera model, you must first determine the amount that you can spend on it. The next criterion will be the compactness of the device. If you purchase a model for amateur purposes for a home album, then, of course, you do not need a bulky device, but a compact and easy-to-use camera will do.
This model should have a wide range of focal lengths, as this is very important for amateur photography. Focus on ultra-compact models. Such devices cannot change the shooting settings, but they offer a large number of built-in programs that are useful during photographing. These are “landscape”, “sport”, “evening”, “dawn” and other convenient functions.
They also have a face focus that can “save” many of your shots.
As for the matrix, then choose the model where the matrix is larger . This, of course, will affect the quality of the photographs and contribute to reducing the level of “noise” in the pictures. As for resolution, modern cameras have this indicator at a sufficient level, so it’s not worth chasing after it.
An indicator such as ISO sensitivity makes it possible to photograph in low light and in the dark. As for aperture, this is a guarantee of optical quality and good shots.
A very useful feature is the image stabilizer. When a person’s hands are trembling or shooting is moving, it is for these cases that this function is most welcome. It can be of three types: electronic, optical and mechanical. Optical is the best, but also the most expensive.
If the model has a rotary display, then this will allow you to shoot in conditions where the object can not be seen immediately with your eyes.
Pentax KP camera review in the video below.