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02-02-2012, 01:39 AM   #196
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You know what? This ain't so bad. It's kind of retro-1988, rather than retro-1978 (as seems to be the popular thing right now) but it looks really solid and well-built – I think the low-resolution picture makes it look more plasticky than it probably is in real life – and DIN is a beautiful typeface for these kinds of things. I'm puzzled as to why they would use the old Pentax logo though, and the neck strap is terribly ugly.

I reckon this is going to work out great. It's just the first camera in a hopefully long-lived system anyway, they have plenty of chances to make cameras with different features and design styles. The Panasonic GH1 looked like an awful, awful hunk of plastic, but m4/3 seems to be doing okay anyway.

And look at how thin that freaking lens is! I thought my DA40 was pretty svelte, but...

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Oh come on guys, stop b**ching. I think it's a very good sign that Pentax brought a new low-end consumor model. And the rumors that there's much more to come are even better. The design of the K-01 is good, looks very sturdy, just like the historical Pentax bodies.

The disadvantage of introducting 'design' in tools is that it can never be to everybodies liking. Tastes differ, and that's a good thing. That's why I was so sceptical when I heard they were introducing design... by a designer.

Of course, I hope the new high-end DSLRs that come out in future don't have any design at all. Just 100% utilitary, as it should be. So everybody can like the machines because of the high specs.
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Now that I think about it I can see that it's a good thing Pentax didn't follow the Fuji approach to vintage, otherwise like I stated above it's like riding on the coattails of the "Fuji X retro" design.
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The mode dial shows that this is an entry-level camera indeed:



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I own an *istDS and K-7 both attractive bodies imho, but on design/aesthetics alone it looks like I'll never buy another PENTAX. Good design has just gone down the gurgler since the K-7/K-5. Simply ugly, awkward and un-ergonomic designs since.
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I wanna see how it looks like with the Q white on ivory colour scheme (i think they nailed that one). Hopefully they will offer in that combo too.
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KEY FEATURES:
Contemporary styling by world renowned designer Marc Newson
Durable aluminum frame with stylish exterior in a selection of colors
Mirorrless body design is compatible with PENTAX K-mount lenses.
Exceptional 16 Megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with low noise image capture and multiple aspect ratios.
Bright high resolution 3 inch LCD with 920,000 dots
Full HD 1080p video capture at 30 FPS with h.264 compression (60 FPS at 720p) features outstanding video capture flexibility.
Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake and Dust Reduction system is compatible with every mounted PENTAX lens.
Fast 6 FPS burst mode is ideal for fast-action photography.
Shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 30 seconds and bulb with a silent shutter action.
Flexible ISO range of 100-25,600 ensures gorgeous noise-free imaging in any lighting environment.
Shooting modes include P, Av,Tv, and M, as well as powerful automatic modes, creative filters and finishing options.
Focus peaking mode provides fast and accurate manual focusing for critical focus applications.
In-Camera HDR mode combines bracketed user-specified exposures into a single, perfectly blended still image.
Built-in popup flash and external hotshoe compatible with modern PENTAX digital flash units.
Captures JPG still images as well as open standard DNG RAW.

PENTAX Announces the K-01?a More Powerful Mirrorless Camera

Looking good!... also silent shutter action! I guess without the mirror thud its going to be silent.

also details on the new lens from BHP
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/842479-REG/Pentax_DA_40mm_f_2_8_XS.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by sledger Quote
[...] un-ergonomic designs since.
I assume you've held a K-01 in your hands then?

QuoteOriginally posted by Verglace Quote
Flexible ISO range of 100-25,600 ensures gorgeous noise-free imaging in any lighting environment.
Did they remove the expansion down to 80 and up to 51,200 from the K-5 then? 51,200 was mostly an unusable gimmick, I guess, but ISO 80 is cool to have.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Verglace Quote
Captures JPG still images
does this really have to be included in the spec sheet? XD
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alizarine Quote
does this really have to be included in the spec sheet? XD
KEY FEATURES:
* Takes pictures


(If that's not a "key feature" of a camera I don't know what is.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Erik Quote
I assume you've held a K-01 in your hands then?


Did they remove the expansion down to 80 and up to 51,200 from the K-5 then? 51,200 was mostly an unusable gimmick, I guess, but ISO 80 is cool to have.
Maybe they are just not quoting extended iso range, or perhaps pentax removed that option since its entry level. I'm not a fan of extended iso, they usually hide those for a reason.
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QuoteOriginally posted by johnmflores Quote
I've been eyeing the Panasonic GX1 as the next piece of my M43 kit. But I'm seriously considering the K-01 instead. It's going to be a tough choice...

- GX1 with 14/2.5, 20/1.7, and 45/1.8
- K-01 with 21/3.2, 35/2.8 Macro (or 40/2.8) and 70/2.4

The fact is, I don't need either camera, but they are appealing!
I can't see how the Panny can compete against the K-01 sensor... It's like comparing an inline 4 against a V8!

On that analogy, FF is a V12 and the 645D is a W16!
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http://www.pentax.ru/press/pool/mirrorless/K-01/

Pentax-Russia's got the photos out
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve Beswick Quote
The grip looks like the one on an A3/A3000. The silver on the "Prism" hump looks tacky and distracts from the benefit of having all the top mounted controls silver.

I am suddenly very happy that I sold my K-x a couple of weeks ago and switched to a different system. Thank you Pentax for convincing me that I made the right choice in leaving, after 20 years as a Pentax customer.
I really find these types of posts very immature and counter-productive.

Your'e basically saying that you think you are cleverer than those reading your post as your huge intelligence has discovered something better.

I'm glad you're happy, and good luck to you. But you aren't going to make many friends braying your genius here.

Don't let the door hit you on your way out... or are you going to continue illuminating us with your ponderings?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alizarine Quote
http://www.pentax.ru/press/pool/mirrorless/K-01/

Pentax-Russia's got the photos out
Thanks for the link, those are some high rez images. It appears that the K-01 has screw drive for sure.
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