The Pentax K1
In the market for one heck of a landscape camera? How about a great studio camera? What about those of us with a tight budget? What if I told you there exists a camera that excels at landscapes, product photography, and portrait work for under $2,000 that's loaded with features and a full-frame sensor? Well, search no more dear readers, that camera is the Pentax K1.
Pentax remains a hold-out in the DSLR world and as such has become somewhat of a niche camera brand. The K1 and K1-II cameras are relatively unique in their design when compared to those made by the big three. The Pentax K1 combines the ruggedness and excellent ergonomics of a beefy DSLR with interesting and useful technology to provide an excellent still camera for a great value.
Pentax has somehow managed to stuff a 36mp full-frame sensor, in body image stabilization, GPS, a star tracking mode, pixel-shift technology and much more into their flagship camera, and all for under $2,000 at that. The image quality from the camera is stellar. It provides excellent high-ISO performance, great dynamic range, and all-day comfort despite its porky build.
So what else makes the K1 such a great camera? Check out my video below for more features and sample photos from the Pentax K1, as well as a few things I didn't like about the K1.
The Sigma Foveon Cameras
Since the year 2000, Sigma Corporation and Foveon have worked together to build very unique digital cameras. Foveon developed the sensors that Sigma used in their digital cameras. What made the Foveon sensors unique was that they employed a three-layer design. The sensors would be stacked such that each individual pixel location would receive all three primary colors. This sensor design would lead to increased sharpness, fewer image artifacts, and brilliant color rendition. In 2008, Sigma acquired Foveon and continued to use their sensor design in their cameras.
Over the years, Sigma has produced many different camera bodies using the Foveon sensor design. From small, compact cameras such as the DP0, DP1, DP2, and DP3 with APS-C sized sensors, to the bigger and more robust sd1 Merrill and sd Quattro series. The Quattro-H is the current flagship of the Foveon sensor wonders. It sports an APS-H sized sensor with a resolution that is equivalent to a standard Bayer sensor of 51mp.
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The Pentax K70
The Pentax K70 is truly one of the best bargains in the camera world today. Not many cameras offer as many features jam-packed into them at such a great price. Available brand new for under $600 as of this writing, the Pentax K70 certainly delivers on value. It offers IBIS, a 24 megapixel sensor, great high ISO performance, excellent dynamic range, weather sealing, and comfortable ergonomics. This combination of features is rare in an APS-C camera, and even more rare for under $1,000. Click "read more" below the video for a summary on the Pentax K70!