ראשי English Photokina 2010: Interview with Ned Bunnell – Pentax U.S. President

Photokina 2010: Interview with Ned Bunnell – Pentax U.S. President

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MegaPixel.co.il team conducted a series of interviews during Photokina 2010. Due to overwhelming public request we decided to translate some of the Hebrew texts which go along with the video interviews for the sake of our English speaking audience.

We are extremely proud to post today a comprehensive interview we conducted during Photokina 2010 with Ned Bunnell – president of Pentax U.S.

In the interview Mr. Bunnell discusses several topics including the development process of new DSLRs and Lenses, GPS integration, Color cameras, Japanese vs. U.S. managerial culture  and much more.

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Following our interview we forwarded a few follow up questions to Mr. Bunnell:

Q: Sony recently announced officially that its new A33/55 cameras have overheating issues when shooting video after several minutes. Pentax uses similar sensors in its K5/K-r cameras – will this effect those cameras as well?

A: I can’t comment on the similarity between our sensors and those used in the Sony models you refer to. However, similar to the K-7, both the K-5 and K-r feature an alert should the sensor overheat due to excessive shooting. I can share that through our own extensive use with the K-7 shooting marketing videos like “Uncle Jack”, “The Making of Uncle Jack”, an I-10 lifestyle video, etc., our film crew put several K-7’s through many longs days without heating issues, and I’m expecting that we’ll have similar results with the new cameras.

Q: Is there a reason why you didn't include SDXC support in the K5/K-r?

A: Both K-5 and K-r can be upgraded via firmware to support the higher storage capacities available with SDXC cards. Since higher transfer rate speeds associated with SDXC require new hardware, we were not able to implement this with the release schedule for these new models.

Q: On the K5 you choose stainless steel for the body – most other manufacturers use magnesium – any reason for that?

A: To clarify your question, the shell for the K-5 does use magnesium alloy like the K-7, and we use stainless steel for the camera chassis to give the body the level of rigidity that an SLR requires.

You can find the full list of translated Interviews including Canon, Nikon, Zeiss, Leica and many more (constantly updated) – on our special MegaPixel English page.

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