There is no Pentax LX mirrorless camera, but there was a Pentax Digital K mirrorless camera concept back in 1997



The Pentax LX mirrorless camera was just a concept drawings created by a Pentax fan 7 years ago.

The Pentax Digital K mirrorless camera with K-mount, on the other hand, was real (pictured above) – it was designed back in 1997 and was on display at the 2006 Photokina show:

“Another interesting digital concept is the Pentax Digital K. You may heard of the Olympus E-330 DSLR that offers ‘live view’ with digital SLR photography. Well in 1997, yes that is almost ten years ago…, Pentax studied on a concept that actually had the same basic idea as today’s digital SLR cameras with live view mode. The Pentax Digital K concept is a digital system camera with interchangeable lenses and supposed to offer full features of a digital SLR camera. A digital SLR camera with live view…. almost ten years ago!”


The Pentax K-01 was another mirrorless camera with K-mount introduced back in 2012


Pentax announced their first digital camera in 1997.

Thanks for the links and pictures Mistral75!

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  • Mistral75

    There was also the Pentax X-Change concept from 2002: a digital MILC with the same dimensions as a compact camera, including a thin body with an integrated pop-up flash and interchangeable lens units (sealed modules containing both a lens and a CCD image sensor), offering a variety of focal lengths.

    The 2002 Pentax X-Change concept was also on display at the 2006 Photokina show. Ricoh did not invent anything with their GXR, which was announced in November 2009.

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