21 February 2016

more K-1 camera comparisons

http://camerasize.com/compare/#659,462 - | - http://camerasize.com/compare/#462,394

The mirrorless camera evolution is about many things, but size is a big one (ha?) Putting a 24×18 or 36×24 sensor into a smaller body with less moving parts saves cubic inches, grams and potential breakdowns. And presumably costs are lower, but of course that's not easy to prove.

However: the size factor breaks down somewhat since lens size still has to match up with the camera sensor lest the corners of all your images go dark.  Smaller sensors like 4:3 helps shrink the lenses - but then owners crave really fast glass to compensate for the smaller sensor size.. The 24×18 crowd want fast zooms with lots of great optics.  The 36×24 say "where is my fast gear?" The lenses are only a bit smaller for mirrorless than for dSLR for the same sensor since the lens must send light to the entire sensor regardless of body type.  And so smaller cameras (with small gripping areas) begin to spout large, unwieldy lenses requested by the users, especially at the telephoto end.  

My NX300 is great for short zooms at the wide end or for fairly wide primes.  My K-50 won't fit in any reasonable pocket even with a pancake prime.  Step up to the K-1 and you must accept the bulk whatever lens you choose - it's half again the weight of the K-50 but the cubic inches will also be significant! 

Looking at my current set of K-mount lenses, I am well covered in both 'FF' and APSc formats. So if the lottery funds flow our way it could be managed optically.  As to physically, it would be a shock - but the NX300 could be the easy-shot camera when it came to distinctions.
  • 36×24 "FF" primes = 28, 50, 135, 300, 400mm
  • 36×24 "FF" zooms = 15-17mm fisheye*, 35-105/3.2-4, 80-200mm f/3.5, 100-300 (15-400mm)
  • 24×18 APSc = 10-17 fisheye, 18-55WR, 55-300WR plus all the above (15-450mme + 600mme prime)
*10-17mm fisheye >15mm as shown on K-1 demo pages!

I swear I'm not actually planning to buy a K-1 any time in the future - but its features are enough to make me consider the benefits of strapping a massive camera to my chest.  I honestly did not expect that, as even the K-3ii seems like a lot of camera.  But everything that APSc flagship camera can do, the K-1 does better - and more features besides, many of which I find.. intriguing.

Below is a link to the specs, and a subset that highlights all the gee-whiz new-to-me features and improvements that my K-50 lacks.

CMOS. Size: 35.9 x 24.0 (mm)  Effective Pixels Approx. 36.40 megapixels
Dust Removal Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II"
Sensitivity  ISO AUTO/100 to 204800 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV)
Image Stabilizer Sensor-shift shake reduction (SR II : Shake Reduction)(5-axis)
File Formats File format RAW (14-bit PEF/DNG), JPEG
Dual SD slot Sequential Use, Save to Both, Separate RAW / JPEG, Image copy between slots possible
Viewfinder Overlay AF Points, Grid Display, Electronic Level, AF Frame, Spot Metering Frame, Crop
LCD Outdoor View Setting Adjustable ±2 step
Focus Sensor SAFOX 12, 33 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)
Metering Type TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor, Multi-segment, Center-weighted and Spot metering
Metering Range EV-3 to 20 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)
EV Compensation ±5EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps can be selected)
Multi-Exposure Composite Mode (Additive/Average/Bright)Number of Shots(2 to 2000 images)
Capture Settings Custom Image includes Flat
Clarity 'Adjustable ±4
Skin Tone Type1/Type2
Pixel Shift Resolution Available, Motion Correction ON/OFF
GPS GPS Logging (Logging Interval, Logging Duration, Memory Card Options), GPS Time Sync
Customization USER Modes Up to 5 settings can be saved
Button Customization Fx1 Button, Fx2 Button (One Push File Format, Outdoor View Setting, Flash Mode, Pixel Shift Resolution, Shake Reduction, Horizon Correction, Electronic Level) AF Button (AF1/ AF2/ Cancel AF) separate AF and AE buttons
Hold AF Status: OFF, Low, Medium, High
Power Supply Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90P
Wireless LAN Standards IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Weight Approx. 1010g (Including dedicated battery and SD Memory Card),Approx. 925g (body only)