Pentax considering Mirrorless 35mm Full Frame and Mirrorless 645 (interview)
ORIGINAL POST: The head of Pentax R&D was talking to the Japanese Impress Japan magazine and during that interview he mentioned that Pentax is considering the possibility of a mirrorless 35mm full frame camera and even a mirrorless 645 camera! Granted, this is the head of R&D talking and these were his personal thoughts, but still, he said it on the record during an interview with an industry publication.
We also just mentioned the Olympus interview, so there is actually a method to the madness. These comments came out of an industry roundtable Impress Japan held with eight camera manufacturers writes Rice High. The eight are: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Pentax, Ricoh, Olympus, and Shiguma.
If you can read Japanese, the interview is available as a PDF file. Unfortunately neither Google Translate nor Chrome's built-in PDF reader offer computer-translation.
Rice High also notes that this was human-translated from Japanese to Chinese at the Xitek forums which you can read computer-translated. Considering the three-level translations, don't do a victory dance or jump off a bridge based on these interviews ;-)
Speaking of Olympus and Pentax, it is an interesting tale of two cities. A few months ago the roles were reversed. Hoya was looking for a way to get rid of Pentax and seemingly no one wanted Pentax, while Olympus was riding the mirrorless wave with the Micro Four Thirds system.