The video below is a press release on the new Pentax due to hit the shelves soon. It fits my budget and from the research I’ve done, will give me the most for my money. The HD video is particularly important to me. As is the fact I can get the camera with the 18mm-55mm and 55mm-200mm kit lenses for $700 or less. Technically it’s listed at $750 at the moment, but I’m sure it’ll drop a bit by Christmas.
Much as I’d love to get a Nikon 5000 or Canon T1i, they are just a little beyond my reach financially. The alternatives to this that I’ve looked at have all been bridge compacts, but I’d really much prefer a DSLR. If anyone cares to share any info or experience with Pentax cameras, especially the K2000/K-m upon which this is heavily based, or any other info that’s relevant – I’d be grateful.