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Hiya Gizmodo! My 15 year old son has really started getting into photography -- it has quickly become one of his favourite subjects at school. I'd love to get him a decent camera (under $1000) that can grow with him and his skills, for a few years at least. What's the best direction to go in? Cheers, Mum

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

As the sub-$1000, beginner DSLR camera's utility has been gradually been replaced by the rise of mirrorless cameras, the just-over $US1000 DSLR market remains an area where camera companies are hoping to reign in more advanced and even professional users. With that in mind, let's take a look at Pentax's new K-3, a completely overhauled mid-range shooter from the storied brand.

Pentax has overhauled the excellent dustproof, shockproof, water-resistant Pentax K-5 from 2010 with a brand new autofocus system that works in darker conditions than every before. The Pentax K-5 II might just be the best sticky situation camera out there.

Pentax has this week announced the K-30 -- a mid-market interchangeable lens DSLR designed for beginners who are looking to throw a nice-looking piece of kit at the great outdoors and be rewarded with decent photos rather than a replacement bill.

Apparently, some people love the Pentax DSLRs because they can stand storms and heavy rain. I never imagined they could be subjected to this kind of hardcore testing. That's probably why US Army soldier Alex Jansen, now deployed in Afghanistan, loves them.

A collection of official-looking leaked photos made it on to the Pentax Forums today, purportedly unveiling the upcoming K-01 mirrorless camera. It looks to be available in multiple colours, features an HDR mode, and comes equipped with a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens. There's been no official word from Pentax as to availability or price.

Point and shoots are generally seen as the wimpy hacks of the camera world, when compared to modern DSLRs and fancy new Micro Four Thirds cameras. But their specs -- like the 18x optical zoom on the Pentax Optio RZ18 -- are getting pretty impressive. It's like when Carrot Top grew mega-muscles and could all-of-a-sudden kick your arse.