One of our fellow readers suggested that Pentax could roll out fixed lens entry level DSLR in the nearest future. Something very compact with built-in DA 40mm Limited pancake.
Well, ultra-compact DSLR undoubtedly will face a warm welcome at the market, and one of the upcoming Pentax cameras will be pretty compact (not “ultra” though), but:
1. Even if it will be fixed prime lens digital SLR, it more likely will be built on 21mm lens rather than closer to short telephoto on the 1.5x sensor 40mm.
2. Back to the 80′s, Pentax released world’s first fully automatic zoom compact camera – Pentax IQ Zoom. Since that time, almost all Pentax point & shoots were equipped with zoom lenses. So, if Pentax will decide to make fixed lens SLR, it will be equipped with zoom lens too.
3. Not so long ago Pentax have showing interchangeable lens point & shoots prototypes. Also, DA and DFA lenses line-up is growing fast. So, it’s not likely that Pentax will make digital SLRs with fixed lenses, even if it will help to built something really small.