Ricoh is rumored to announce the Pentax K-60 DSLR camera at the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014 along with two new K-mount HD DA zoom lenses.
In the summer of 2013, Ricoh has decided to introduce a replacement for the Pentax K-30. A new DSLR was announced last June and it goes by the name of K-50. This shooter has replaced the K-30, but there are no indications that would help us determine whether it has done a good or a bad job.
Sources in China are reporting that the K-50 will be substituted in the near future, despite being so “young”. It is said that Ricoh will reveal the Pentax K-60 camera in the middle of February at the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014.
The camera’s launch will be accompanied by two new lenses for K-mount shooters. Both are zoom models which can be used in adverse weather conditions, thanks to their “Weather Resistant” designation.
Pentax K-60 DSLR camera specs, price, and announcement date leaked on the web
The specifications of the Pentax K-60 DSLR camera have also been mentioned in the leaks. It is believed to include a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor without an optical low-pass filter and a PRIME III image processor.
These two are very similar to what the K-3 is already offering. Furthermore, the body of the K-60 is said to be lightweight and weathersealed, which are even more characteristics of the higher-end K-3.
Pentax K-60 will also pack an 11-point autofocus system, which includes three points that can focus even in -3EV conditions. The list goes further with an RGB metering of 29K pixels and a built-in 100% optical viewfinder.
For users who are quite fond of mobile devices, Ricoh will add WiFi and NFC into the mix, to allow photographers to transfer photos and videos to their smartphones and tablets in an instant.
The rumored K-60 price is said to be $699, which is also the amount consumers have had to pay for its predecessor at launch. At the time of writing this article, Amazon was selling the K-50 for $529
Ricoh might also reveal two weathersealed zoom lenses at CP+ 2014
Photographers who are looking to purchase a telephoto lens might be in luck as the Pentax HD DA 135-380mm f/4-5.6 ED IF DC WR lens is said to become official at the Japan-based event.
The second lens that could be unveiled at CP+ 2014 is the HD DA 18-70mm f/2.8-4.5 AL IF DC WR. Little is known about these optics, albeit we might see them all next month, so stay tuned!