Today in Gear: April 15, 2014

Today in Gear we examine Land Rover's new Discovery concept, an app for commission free trades, TwelveSouth's BookArc Möd, the emasculating smart grill of the future, Pentax's impressive new medium-format rig and a table you can take anywhere.

Scrappy Shooters

Adventure Proof: 5 Best Rugged Compact Cameras

Smartphones have made typical point-and-shoots about as useful as Ryan Lochte in a public speaking class. But until our favorite thigh weights gain a thicker skin, there will always be space for tougher rigs designed to take a licking and keep on clicking. Toss one of these rugged cameras into your bag before your next big adventure, and maybe you'll finally capture some evidence to go along with that hell of a yarn.

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Mellow Yellow

Design Spotlight: A Brief History Behind the Pentax K-01

A culmination of the company’s non-comformist sense of self, yet still embracing their storied history, the Pentax K-01 is unlike any other camera in the mirrorless camera world. Indeed, it embraces its lineup of beautiful K-Mount lenses (both modern and from the film days) allowing users to fasten them with a satisfying click, but what...

Special K

Pentax K-01

Don’t let the bright colors — a signature Pentax touch — fool you. Behind the bold design by Marc Newson, the Pentax K-01 ($749+), pronounced “kay-zero-one”, has the intentions of a serious enthusiast’s camera. Within the machined aluminum frame, the K-01 houses a 16 megapixel APS-C with sensor-shift stabilization, compatibility with nearly all Pentax lenses...

Camera with a silver lining

Pentax K-5 Limited Edition Silver

Is silver the new black? Nah, but Pentax does a fine job arguing the case for the heritage finish with their Pentax K-5 Limited Edition Silver ($1,699). The special edition model touts a 16.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, 7 fps capture, 80-12800 ISO (expandable to 51200), 1080p HD video capture at 25fps with built-in mic or...

$250 per Megapixel, If You're Counting

Pentax 645D

Ringing in at a lofty 10 grand your first thought might be “for a Pentax?” but the 645D is nothing to scoff at. The 40-megapixel medium format camera will feature a massive 44x33mm CCD sensor, 3.0″ 931k dot LCD display, to capture ultra sharp high-resolution images. The traditionally shaped, weather-resistant, ruggedized steel-alloy body will be...

For Shooters With Furrowed Brows and Grizzly Dispositions

Pentax Optio W90 Ruggedized Compact Camera

The march of ruggedized cameras continues with the waterproof (20 ft), shockproof (4 ft), coldproof (14°F) Pentax Optio W90 ($330). Specifically designed for adventure photography, the Optio W90 is equipped with a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 5x (28-140mm) wide optical zoom lens with a unique “Digital Microscope” mode that utilizes a unique LED lens lighting feature...

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