How to buy a camera: 5 things you need to know about choosing a DSLR

How to buy a camera: 5 things you need to know about choosing a DSLR

Looking to buy a camera but overwhelmed by all the choice? Our expert guide on how to buy a camera reveals 5 crucial DSLR tips covering sensors, pixels, shooting modes, interfaces and everything else you need to know when buying a camera.

Pentax K-5 II, K-5 IIs: specs, release date, price revealed

Pentax K-5 II official specs, release date and price revealed

Pentax has announced two upgrades to its premium DSLR, the K-5, in the form of the Pentax K-5 II and Pentax K-5 IIs.

Pentax K-30 review: get the verdict on this new weatherproof DSLR

Weatherproof Pentax K-30 DSLR revealed

Find out what our in-house testing team thought of the Pentax K-30 and its 81 seals designed to keep water and dust at bay.

Pentax DSLRs top global consumer satisfaction survey

Weatherproof Pentax K-30 DSLR revealed

Pentax DSLRs receive the highest customer satisfaction ratings, according to a new survey of camera owners.

The survey, conducted by global market research firm JD Power and Associates, collected responses from DSLR owners who used an e-commerce site to make their purchase.

Pentax unveils weatherproof K-30 DSLR

Weatherproof Pentax K-30 DSLR revealed

Pentax has announced a new DSLR to sit in its line-up, featuring a weatherproofed body and shake-reduction technology.

The company says that the features found in the K-30 are more commonly found in higher specced cameras, but the body shape and size is more reflective of an entry-level model.

Featuring a 16.2 million pixel CMOS sensor and a PRIME M image processor, which enables the K-30 to shoot full HD video at 30fps. A wide sensitivity range of between ISO 100 and ISO 12,800 (expandable up to ISO 25,600) is also available.

DO or Di? Your lens markings explained

DO or Di? All your lens markings explained

Does your lens has more letters after its name than a retired rocket scientist. What do all these lens markings mean? You can refer to a lens simply by the name of the manufacturer, the focal length, and its maximum aperture – a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6, say, or Canon 50mm f/1.4. But as lenses have often evolved from decades of development, they usually have a line of additional letters after their names, stamped on the barrel or printed on the boxes.

Some lens markings are about manufacturer branding – defining a more recent range, or a lens that’s built to higher standards than another. Others are to do with the optics themselves, and to highlight specific technologies used in the lens construction. In the jargon-busting guide below, we’ll translate these lens markings for you.

Pentax Q sales ‘disappointing,’ company admits

Pentax Q sales 'disappointing'

Pentax has admitted that its first compact system camera, the Pentax Q, is not selling as well as the company had hoped.

Speaking at the launch of the Pentax K-01, the company’s newest compact system camera the General Manager for Pentax UK, Jonathan Martin, told our sister website TechRadar, “Though it [the Q] has been well received, we haven’t seen the numbers that we would have liked to.”

Pentax K-01 unveiled with ‘world’s thinnest’ lens

Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera revealed

Pentax has unveiled its latest mirrorless camera, the Pentax K-01, which boasts what the company claims is the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens – the smc Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 XS unifocal.

This latest addition to the popular Pentax K series features 16.28-megapixel resolution with a newly developed CMOS image sensor measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm, as well as high-speed burst shooting, an extra-wide sensitivity range with a top sensitivity of ISO 25600 and Full HD video recording.

More Pentax mirrorless compact rumours

New rumours of a Pentax mirrorless camera

Forget CES and PMA, Japan is the place to go for new camera news….

Pentax 645D review

Pentax 645D

The Pentax 645D’s SLR-like controls make it refreshingly quick and easy to operate, but is £10K just too high a price to pay for this 40Mp medium-format camera?