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Latest Review Posted Pentax K-01
Mirrorless done right! The K-01 came in for a lot of criticism when it appeared on the market around three years ago, but after owning a couple for more than two years now (acquired cheaply, and carrying the updated firmware), I have developed an increasing appreciation of the value of the concept, and its usefulness for a number of specific photographic tasks. As a mirrorless camera, the K-01 has often been compared with the Sony mirrorless cameras, which also have bigger sensors than the four-thirds format. In this comparison, the K-01 has been seen as too heavy and too bulky. However, the smaller size of the Sony bodies becomes much less of an advantage when bigger lenses are attached, and the Sony bodies have had various problems, such as light leaks, because of their flimsy construction. On the other hand, the K-01 is superbly made. The weight of the body balances heavier lenses nicely, and offers a lot of thermal inertia to avoid the inevitable heating that follows continued use of live view. The big D-L190 battery is interchangeable with other top-line Pentax cameras, and keeps on powering the K-01 throughout a long session or trip. Many photographers, familiar with (D)SLRs, are critical of the LCD screen finder. It is what it is: a sensible compromise between resolution and battery drain. Sure, it is not always clearly visible in certain lighting conditions, even if the screen brightness is cranked up to full. But every viewfinder system has its disadvantages. Thos...

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